Cesagen response to Nuffield Council on bioethics consultation on novel neurotechnologies:intervening in the brain

Gunnarsdottir, Kristrun and Chadwick, Ruth and Hughes, Jacqueline and Lewis, Jamie and O'Connor, Alan and Stephens, Neil (2012) Cesagen response to Nuffield Council on bioethics consultation on novel neurotechnologies:intervening in the brain. Lancaster University.

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Abstract

In what follows, we do not answer every question [by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics). We first proceed with our comments, referring to the numbered questions as appropriate. Thereafter, we give a case study from recent studies within Cesagen to illustrate more general insights for public policy. Case study 1 illustrates some of the complications that arise in public consultation about human enhancement, in particular, with reference to idealistic perceptions which are strongly influenced by long-term popular imaginations about the future of humans and their societies. As we said in a response to a previous consultation, our position is that attention needs to be paid to how the technologies and the associated issues are framed – ethically, politically, scientifically, and by whom. This includes how a given technology is itself described (typically well before it actually exists, if it comes to do so); the claims made for its purported benefits; how stakeholders are conceptualised; how social-cultural aspects will evolve. Such framing is not exclusively a scientific and technological matter but involves cultural and social imaginations as well as artistic ones.

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18 Jun 2015 06:14
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