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Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense

When Jan 26, 2009
from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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In this talk, based on my book Mind Wars, I investigate the deeply intertwined worlds of cutting-edge brain science, U.S. defense agencies, and a volatile geopolitical landscape where a nation's weaponry must go far beyond bombs and men. From neuropharmacology to neural imaging to brain-machine interface devices that relay images and sounds between human brains and machines, I describe how national security entities seek to harness the human nervous system in a multitude of ways as a potent weapon against the enemy soldier. Many questions crowd this gray intersection of science and government and ethics.

Jonathan D. Moreno

David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, and Professor of Medical Ethics and the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and has served on numerous Academies' boards and committees. He is a bioethics advisor for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Faculty Affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and a Fellow of the Hastings Center and of the New York Academy of Medicine. Moreno is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, DC-based public policy think tank, where he is also the editor-in-chief of Science Progress, a magazine of science and science policy. 

Moreno has been a senior staff member for two presidential commissions and has given invited testimony for both houses of congress. He has published 17 books, monographs, anthologies and textbooks and more than 250 papers, reviews and book chapters, and is a member of several editorial boards. His books include:  Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense(Dana Press, 2006); In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis (MIT Press, 2003); and Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans (Routledge, 2001).

Moreno received his bachelor's degree from Hofstra University in 1973, with highest honors in philosophy and psychology. He was a University Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, receiving his doctorate in philosophy in 1977. Moreno has received many awards and honors, among them a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, an honorary doctorate from Hofstra (1998) and the Benjamin Rush Medal (College of William and Mary School of Law, 2008). He is a frequent guest on news and information programs and is often quoted in the national press.