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Neuroethics: Mapping the Field
The power to examine and manipulate the brain offers the potential to change lives in profound and personal ways. As this potential becomes an ever-present reality, how will we make wise decisions about its use?
More than 150 neuroscientists, bioethicists, doctors of psychiatry and psychology, philosophers, and professors of law and public policy gathered in San Francisco on May 13 and 14, 2002 to discuss Neuroethics: Mapping the Field. The goal of the conference, organized by Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco, and underwritten by the Dana Foundation, was to project the boundaries, deﬁne the issues, and raise the initial questions appropriate to a ﬁeld that probes the ethical implications of advances in brain science. Cerebrum presents a diverse selection of short excerpts from the conference’s panel discussions and major speeches, plus longer portions of the conference summary and concluding remarks on “The Future of Neuroethics.” The full proceedings are published by Dana Press.