As I was cleaning out my files over the weekend, I came across some neuroethics articles which may interest some of you. The enclosed articles are a little dated, but I think the ethical implications are still relevant:
Neuroethics: A Guide for the Perplexed by Martha J. Farah, Ph.D.
In this provocative excerpt from a special issue of Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, psychologist Martha J. Farah considers the possibility that what you see is what it is—that the neural universe is primary. “If mental processes prove to result from purely physical events,” the editors write, “this opens to question our notions of consciousness, spirituality, free will, and moral responsibility.”
Monitoring and Manipulating Brain Function: New Neuroscience Technologies and Their Ethical Implications by Martha J. Farah, Ph.D. and Paul Root Wolpe
The eye may be a window to the soul, but neuroscientists aim to get inside and measure the interior directly. There’s also talk about moving some walls.