Tuesday, November 06, 2007

And on Speaking on TECHNO

From Page 3.14 blog, the point we’re always making here, which appears to be falling on conspicuously non-proactive ears:

Today's festivities featured a great talk on neuroethics. Actually, it was one of the first truly good talks I've heard about neuroethics. The speaker was Martha Farah, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She skipped the dreadful sci-fi speculation that peppers so many talks on neuroethics and stuck to the facts, providing a broad but compelling overview of the current practice of neuro-enhancement. And rather than waffling about over the ethics, she concluded with strong recommendations—specifically, she recommended that there be more public funding for neuro-enhancement and neurotechnologies. If we keep the balance of power in the private sector, she said, the development of ethically questionable neurotechnologies and drugs may never be transparent. The relevant risks may never be disclosed, and we may not have the public debate we need before new products come to market.

Exactly. Once the former college cheerleaders and beauty queens from the drug and bioengineering companies start smiling up those legislators and governor’s assistants, the game will be over, folks. Fiscal pressures are building fast (see CA above). Where’s our conference and all the foundation funding on this?

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