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Moral Enhancement and Moral Perfection in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange”

This talk will be presented at the conference “From human to posthuman? Ethical Inquiries regarding the radical transformation of human beings into different kinds of beings.” organised by Johann Roduit, Collegium Helveticum, University of Zurich, Switzerland. ABSTRACT: Standard methods of

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Parental Responsibility and Gene Editing

Abstract to chapter co-authored with Emma A. Jane for the volume “Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing” edited by Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston. Until recently, genetic diseases and disorders were largely undetectable and difficult to avoid. But

Why Capacity Matters: Is it fair to treat people like that, like that, for that?

Introduction from my forthcoming chapter in Michael Sevel and Allan McCay’s edited volume Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives. David Hodgson (2012) thought that responsibility requires what he called “plausible reasoning”, which is reasoning that is not only sound,

Beyond Law: Protecting victims through engineering and design

Children groomed by online predators, revenge porn victims extorted by unscrupulous internet entrepreneurs, Muslim community members targeted for racialised cyberhate…. Many of the contributors to this book have painted a grim picture of the various ways victims of cybercrimes are

Victims of cybercrime: Definitions and challenges

This chapter highlights two groups of reasons why victims of cybercrime are overlooked by the criminal law. First, and perhaps most surprisingly to many readers, victims and their harms are at best of only marginal interest to the criminal law.

Cognitive Enhancement: A Social Experiment With Technology

Cognitive enhancement (CE) medications and devices – for instance, so-called “smart drugs” and transcranial electrical and magnetic brain stimulators – may change society and our values in various not-obviously-positive ways. But because CE is framed as a medical topic –

RECIPE: Lemon and Ginger Tofu

Ingredients • silken tofu • ginger, grated • lemon rind, grated • ponzu sauce, splash • Japanese rice vinegar, splash Method • grate ginger and lemon rind • add ponzu sauce and Japanese rice vinegar • slice tofu into bite-sized

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Neuroethics Course Syllabi

Hey y’all, I’m teaching two neuroethics(ey) courses this Fall: • Brain, Self, and Society • Neuroethics (Neurointerventions) New content this time around: links to podcasts, videos (e.g. TED talks), and newspaper articles. I’m hoping to make this material easier to

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How we think about causation

In Couterfactuals, Control, and Causation: Why Knowledgeable People Get Blamed More, Elizabeth A. Gilbert and colleagues report findings from three psychology experiments. Here’s their abstract: Legal and prescriptive theories of blame generally propose that judgments about an actor’s mental state

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Discerning Madness from Badness

In two days I’ll be at the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility conference in Orem, UT, organized by Chris Weigel. The program is brimming with fascinating talk titles and topics including “Moral Enhancement” by Adina Roskies, “Addiction, Fallibility and Responsibility”

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