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View Diary: Going Foreward with Brain Imaging Should Include a New "Neuroethics" (47 comments)

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    is LONG overdue.  When the Brave New World of psychosocial manipulation was being envisioned in the 1940's, researchers lacked the power to fulfill their fantasies and even if implemented, at least the intent of all players was to improve the lives and functioning of individuals in society.  Power was vested in government, and government, although at times stifling, was at least dedicated to the service of the People.

    Since the rampant re-assertion of 19th-century capitalist ideology and social Darwinism, power is vested in the Corporation, which has the avowed purpose of doing whatever is possible in order to make more and bigger profits for its ownership caste, whatever the costs to others or society at large.  And into this, we want to toss the power to intimately interpret the tangled web of thought and emotion in the human mind?  Personally, I think that given that all advanced technologies in this society become the proprietary property of the Powers That Be, all technology higher than matches and black-powder rifles should be thrown on a bonfire somewhere out in the desert and then dusted with a 50-megaton nuclear warhead.  Power like this should not be put into the hands of greedy overaged adolescent sociopaths with delusions of competence.  And that's exactly who will get it.

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