Thursday, December 21, 2006

Mind Wars

I would like to recommend to you an interesting, authoritative, and well written book on the massive amount of research being conducted by the United States defense establishment on brain research relevant to:

- "bulding better humans" (for war purposes)
- controlling human behaviors through chemical or other means (DARPA funded early LSD experiments and Darpanet was the first name for the internet)
- "mind-reading" using imaging techniques
- brain-machine interfaces, 'borgs' (machine-human hybrids)
- improving battefield survivabiliy, making "sleepless" soliders, etc. etc.

The book is "Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense" by Jonathan D. Moreno, who holds a chair professorship and is Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia. He does not argue for a separation of the academic research world and the national security establishment, but thinks that much more effort should go into formulating an "ethics of neurosecurity and neurodefense."

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