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Premises, Potential, and Problems, 1st Edition

Edited by James Giordano

CRC Press

354 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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New technologies that allow us to investigate mechanisms and functions of the brain have shown considerable promise in treating brain disease and injury. These emerging technologies also provide a means to assess and manipulate human consciousness, cognitions, emotions, and behaviors, bringing with them the potential to transform society. Neurotechnology: Premises, Potential, and Problems explores the technical, moral, legal, and sociopolitical issues that arise in and from today’s applications of neuroscience and technology and discusses their implications for the future.

Some of the issues raised in this thought-provoking volume include:

  • Neurotechnology in education: an enablement, a treatment, or an enhancement?
  • The potential and limitations of neuroimaging technology in determining patient prognoses
  • Tissue implantation technology as a way of engendering personalized medicine
  • Neuroprostheses: restoration of functions of the disabled vs. enhancement to transhuman capabilities
  • Deep brain stimulation and its use in restoring, preserving, or changing patients’ personal identity
  • The benefit and risk of cognitive performance tools
  • Cyborg technology and its potential to change our vision of humanity
  • Methodologies for reducing the risk of neurotechnology’s impact on ethical, legal, and social issues

With contributions from an international group of experts working on the cutting edge of neurotechnology, this volume lays the groundwork to appreciate the ethical, legal, and social aspects of the science in ways that keep pace with this rapidly progressing field.

Table of Contents

Neurotechnology as Demiurgical Force: Avoiding Icarus’ Folly ; James Giordano

The Potential Utility of Advanced Sciences Convergence: Analytical Methods to Depict, Assess, and Forecast Trends in Neuroscience and Neurotechnological Developments and Uses ; Ashok Vaseashta

Is the Use of Neurotechnology in Education an Enablement,

Treatment, or Enhancement? M. Layne Kalbfl eisch

Images of Uncertainty: Two Cases; Tom Koch

Neurogenetic and Neural Tissue-Implantation Technology: Neuroethical, Legal, and Social Issues James Giordano

Neuroprotective Agents Commonly Display Hormesis: Implications for Nanoneuropharmacology; Edward J. Calabrese, John A. Ives, and James Giordano

Neuroprostheses: Implications of the Current and Future State

of the Science and Technology; Pratik Y. Chhatbar and Subrata Saha

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Personal Identity: Ethical Questions and Neuroethical Approaches for Medical Practice; Fabrice Jotterand and James Giordano

Promises and Perils of Cognitive Performance Tools: A Dialogue; Erik Viirre, Françoise Baylis, and Jocelyn Downie

The Age of Neuroelectronics; Adam Keiper

Ethical Issues in Performance-Enhancing Technologies: From Bench to Headline Eric Racine, Donald DuRousseau, and Judy Illes

The Cyborg and Cyborgization; Paolo Benanti

Is Neuroenhancement Unnatural, and Does It Morally Matter? Helena Siipi

A Surety Engineering Framework and Process to Address Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues for Neurotechnologies; Wendy L. Shaneyfelt and David E. Peercy

Neurotechnology, Culture, and the Need for a Cosmopolitan Neuroethics; James Giordano and Roland Benedikter

Cognitive Enhancement, Analogical Reasoning, and Social Justice; Darryl Gunson

Policy Implications of Technologies for Cognitive Enhancement ; Daniel Sarewitz and Thomas H. Karas

Neurotechnology Research and the World Stage: Ethics, Biopower, and Policy; Misti Ault Anderson, Nicholas Fitz, and Daniel Howlader

Biotechnology: Who Benefits, Who Is Harmed?; Jolyon Jesty

About the Editor


James Giordano, PhD, is Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, Virginia, Fulbright Professor of Neuroscience, Neurotechnology and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, and Research Professor of Neurosciences and Ethics in the Department of Electrical and Computational Engineering at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. His ongoing research addresses the ethical issues that are generated from neuroscientific and neurotechnological research and its applications in medicine, public life, and sociocultural conduct.

About the Series

Advances in Neurotechnology

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
MEDICAL / Neurology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience