Enhancing BrainsWhat Are We Afraid Of?
In 2008, Henry T. Greely, a professor at Stanford Law School, co-authored a commentary in Nature; it concluded that “safe and effective cognitive enhancers will benefit both the individual and society.” Here, he argues that only some concerns about the use of cognitive enhancements are justified; proper attention is needed to address these issues. He contends that rather than banning cognitive enhancements, as some have suggested, we should determine rules for their use.
DARPA on Your Mind
Current research at the intersection of neuroscience and national security might one day produce weapons that literally boggle (or, if desired, enhance) the mind. This would give us unprecedented war-fighting superiority as well as a set of ethical dilemmas that could make genetically-modified-organism issues pale in comparison.