“In a crisply written book...[Moreno] imagines a future
conflict in which one side can scan from a distance the brains of soldiers on
the other side and learn what they may be planning...[He] doesn't limit his
discussion to brain-related reseasrch...but leaves substantive discussion...of
the ethical implications...to his praiseworthy last chapter."
“Moreno asks the tough ethical and policy questions that
arise from using knowledge about how the human brain functions... Accessibly
written... Given the topic's provocative nature, this is recommended for all
science and bioethics collections."
“A fascinating and sometimes unsettling book... Any academic
involvement in military research presents an ethical dilemma, and Moreno's
exploration of this theme is one of the most interesting aspects of the book.
He is no knee-jerk pacifist: he accepts that military force is sometimes
necessary and argues convincingly that contact between military and civilian
research is healthier than the alternative of total secrecy. He also
acknowledges the 'dual-use' argument that many DARPA-funded programs have clear
civilian pay-offs. Yet by taking military funding, he says, researchers are in
some sense accomplices to the perpetuation of what he calls a 'national
security state,' a posture of open-ended militarization supported by a vast
budget that in the view of many critics, bears little relation to the actual
threats confronting the United States."
“Quietly provocative... Moreno takes an evenhanded, thorough
look at how deeply the intelligence and defense communities are involved in
many of those advances and the mindfields that might lie ahead... In a
thoughtful, easy-to-digest way, Moreno catalogs a long list of projects, some
purely speculative, others in the development pipeline."