"Battlefield Brain: Neuro-weapons and the Challenge of Dual-Use Brain Science" Luncheon

Neuro-technology can be used as a weapon on many levels. Brain science is employed in intelligence, diplomatic and/or political engagements to mitigate or prevent aggression, violence, and warfare -- but can also be a chemical, biological, or technological weapon that affects thought, emotion and behaviors. New technology can control, from a distance, movements of insects and small mammals to create “cyborg drones” for surveillance or infiltration operations. Are there limitations to this kind of advancement? And how should such research and the use of the neurosciences be guided, governed or engaged?       

James Giordano, PhD is Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry, and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Giordano is the 2018 O’Malley Visiting Chair in Bioethics at LMU’s Bioethics Institute.

Please RSVP to bioethics@lmu.edu 

Tuesday, February 13 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

UNH 4511

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Student Activities, Discussions, Faculty Event, Staff Event, Scholarly Event


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Bioethics Institute


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