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April 11, 2014

What Price Immortality? Privately Funded Projects and the Prolongation of Life

By Richard Koo, Bioethics Program Alum (MS Bioethics 2011) and Adjunct Faculty Seemingly ripped from the covers of comic books, no less than three privately funded projects seeking the prolongation of human life have been publicized in the past year. The 2045 Initiative, dubbed “the Avatar Project”, is arguably the most futuristic and non-traditional of the […]
September 4, 2013

Media Meld: Science, Credit and Peer-Review

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, a research team at the University of Washington announced what they jokingly refered to as a “Vulcan mind meld.” For those of you who are not Star Trek aficionados, that fictional process is where a Vulcan can reach into the mind of another Vulcan or human to understand and read that other mind.…

August 30, 2013

Faster Than the Speed of Thought

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1983 comedic film, The Man with Two Brains,”  Steve Martin’s character falls in love with a female brain preserved in a jar.…

February 7, 2013

AJOB Neuroscience 2013 issue 1 is here!!!

This year’s first issue of
AJOB Neuroscience includes:

COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT AND EMOTION

RECONSIDERING DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

MINIMALLY CONSCIOUS AND END-OF-LIFE CARE

July 31, 2012

Patenting (part of) the brain?

I have recently become aware of the news that a company has patented regional brain responses to “appeal” and “engagement”. Through the scarcity of the material presented, it is really hard to get an idea of what the patent really entails. But from the sound of it, we are suggested that the patent is about [...]
March 9, 2012

DIY mobile EEG – real-time tracking in the store

OK here goes. A brief time ago we recorded real-time EEG while a person walked and shopped in a grocery store. An abbreviated version of the movie can be seen here. As you can see, besides the large frame showing what the person is oriented towards (although there is no eye-tracking) the smaller right hand [...]
October 28, 2011

Creative Machines: Tomorrow’s Possibilities, Today’s Responsibilities

The issue that lurks right over the horizon of possibility is whether increasing complexification in generatively encoded “intelligent machines” could instantiate some form of consciousness.  I argue that the most probable answer is “yes”. The system would become auto-referential, and … Continue reading
October 18, 2011

Genetic Testing for the Injury Prone

Professional soccer teams (football to the rest of the world) are using high-powered science to give them a competitive edge. The most recent venture into the world of professional sport and science involves an “unnamed Premier League club” [that] has commissioned Yale University scientists to genetically test its players and attempt to identify genetic indicators that can serve as a warning sign to whether an athlete is prone to injury.” According to Bleacher Report, scientists claim that there are more than 100 genetic factors linked to being prone to injury.…

October 12, 2011

Creative Machines: Self-Made Machines and Machine-Made Selves

Could robotic systems create environments and bodies for themselves? To answer these questions, let’s start with something simple (and most probable), and then open our discussion to include a somewhat more sublime, and more futuristic vision. Let’s also lay down … Continue reading
September 21, 2011

Creative Machines: On the Cusp of Consciousness?

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Lakshmi Sandhana as she was preparing her article, “Darwin’s Robots” that appeared in last week’s New Scientist. Lakshmi specifically addresses the work of Jeffrey Clune, of the HyperNEAT Project of Cornell University’s … Continue reading

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Published Articles (79)

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 2 - Mar 2014

Controlling Bias in Forensic Radiology Carolyn Meltzer & John Banja

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 2 - Mar 2014

Brain Imaging in the Courtroom: The Quest for Legal Relevance Stephen J. Morse

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 2 - Mar 2014

Daubert, Frye and DTI: Hijacking the Right to Trial by Jury William G. Jungbauer & Christopher W. Bowman

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 2 - Mar 2014

The Potential for Medicolegal Abuse: Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Traumatic Brain Injury Hal S. Wortzel, A. John Tsiouris & Christopher G. Filippi

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 2 - Mar 2014

Neuroimaging, Expert Witnesses, and Ethics: Convergence and Conflict in the Courtroom Leonard Berlin

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 2 - Mar 2014

If You Have Any Questions or Concerns, Please Contact… Peter Kalina

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 1 - Jan 2014

Thinking Ahead on Deep Brain Stimulation: An Analysis of the Ethical Implications of a Developing Technology Veronica Johansson, Martin Garwicz, Martin Kanje , Lena Halldenius & Jens Schouenborg

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 1 - Jan 2014

Brave New Love: The Threat of High-Tech “Conversion” Therapy and the Bio-Oppression of Sexual Minorities Brian D. Earp, Anders Sandberg & Julian Savulescu

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 1 - Jan 2014

A Technological Fix for the Self? How Neurotechnologies Shape Who We Are and Whom We Love Felicitas Kraemer

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

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

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News (393)

April 1, 2014 5:18 pm

Spite Is Good. Spite Works.

The “Iliad” may be a giant of Western literature, yet its plot hinges on a human impulse normally thought petty: spite.

March 31, 2014 3:57 pm

Human Faces Can Express at Least 21 Distinct Emotions

Distinct facial muscles were used to express compound emotions.

March 27, 2014 5:38 pm

CDC: 1 in 68 U.S. children has autism

One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 26, 2014 4:00 pm

How your brain makes moral judgments

Imagine a CEO wants to profit from a venture that, by the way, involves emitting pollution toxic to the environment, but she doesn’t care because the goal is profit.

February 26, 2014 12:54 pm

New APA autism guidelines 'reduce diagnosis by more than 30%'

New autism guidelines could leave thousands of children who have developmental delays without autism diagnosis, meaning they will miss out on social services, educational support and medical benefits.

February 18, 2014 5:52 pm

Doctors fear kids’ brain disorders tied to industrial chemicals

Global restrictions on environmental toxins needed in face of rising autism and ADHD, say two top medical researchers.

January 15, 2014 6:45 pm

Autism and Alternative Medicine: Getting Real About the Benefits and Risks

With no approved medications to treat autism, more parents are turning to alternative therapies to help their kids.

January 14, 2014 6:14 pm

Sight, Sound Out of Sync in Kids With Autism, Study Finds

Ordinary noises — screeching car alarms, knocking radiator pipes, even the whirr of a fan — can be intolerable to children with autism.

January 6, 2014 5:02 pm

Brain Death Really Is Death

Concepts matter in medicine. This could not be more obvious than in the utter confusion on display over the concepts of ‘brain death’ and ‘life support technology’ that has resulted in two dead bodies being kept on ventilator support in California and Texas.

November 11, 2013 6:47 pm

Exercise During Pregnancy Can Boost Your Baby’s Brain

For women who are pregnant, as little as 20 minutes of exercise three times per week can advance a newborn’s brain activity, according to a new study.

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