Vol. 13 No. 11 | November 2013

Vol. 13 No. 11 | November 2013

ISBN: 1526-5161

editorial.

At the mention of “anti-love biotechnology,” one imagines futuristic science-fiction scenarios in which a “lovesick” patient swallows a magic pill or undergoes a certain treatment (à la Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and ends up magically “cured.” It comes as no surprise that this notion of a “love cure” has long existed in folklore and popular culture. One only need look ...

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target articles.

If I Could Just Stop Loving You: Anti-Love Biotechnology and the Ethics of a Chemical Breakup

Brian D. Earp, Olga A. Wudarczyk, Anders Sandberg & Julian Savulescu

“Love hurts”—as the saying goes—and a certain amount of pain and difficulty in intimate relationships is unavoidable. Sometimes it may even be beneficial, since adversity can lead to personal growth, self-discovery, and a range of other components of a life well-lived. But other times, love can be downright dangerous. It may bind a spouse to her domestic abuser, draw an unscrupulous adult ...

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Some public health behavioral intervention research studies involve deception. A methodological imperative to minimize bias can be in conflict with the ethical principle of informed consent. As a case study, we examine the specific forms of deception used in three online randomized controlled trials evaluating brief alcohol interventions. We elaborate our own decision making about the use of decep...

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