Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Neuroethics–Technology, Your Brain, and Mental Health with Cynthia Joyce
Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St.
212-874-5210 Price: $5
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What does one do when there’s no clearly defined ethical road to take? This program features speakers from a variety of backgrounds — medicine, law, business, science, education, the arts, social work, etc. — who share their experience and knowledge of ethical issues in those fields. Monthly, 1st Mondays.
From your DNA analysis to your digital footprint, modern science gives us much to learn about and play with. Do we even understand, much less dedicate enough time, to the ethical considerations associated with these marvelous developments? Reflection has never been more important than at this time, when technology has the potential for huge impact on brain function and mental health across one’s lifespan. The discipline of “neuroethics” works to provide us with an academic foundation for such reflection. In our lives, everyday needs and issues tend to be most compelling and to drive our behavior. Researchers and their funders want and need to learn more from us how to have meaningful discussion enabling them to better handle the ethical considerations. What shall we tell them?
Cynthia Joyce is the Executive Director of the MQ Foundation, a new charity supporting research for better understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. The MQ Foundation works with its London-based affiliate, MQ: Transforming Mental Health, and other charities around the world to help make research a part of the solution to our growing mental health problem. In previous posts, Cynthia has led non-profit and for-profit teams working on new and/or better treatments for motor neuron disease, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. With a life-long focus on brain and mental health issues, she is convinced we can do better.