A/Professor Andrew Crowden

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland

Title: Neuroethics: The ethics of neuroscience and the neuroscience of ethics 

Abstract: This talk is an overview of the terrain of neuroethics. First, drawing on the reflections of astronomer Carl Sagan, I will illustrate why ethics is important for (the pale blue dot that is) planet Earth. A way of approaching the nature of practical ethics and moral inquiry with reference to ethical dilemmas, conflicts and regrets will be explained. I will outline why neuroethics is generally seen as a sub-discipline of philosophy with two areas of focus. The first, the ethics of neuroscience, concerns the assessment of ethical issues arising from neuroscience, its practice and its applications. The second, the neuroscience of ethics, concerns the ways in which the sciences of the mind can illuminate longstanding issues in philosophy.  Key ethics issues concerning human brain enhancement, brain stimulation techniques, individual autonomy and capacity to make informed decisions as well as neuroscience research, will be identified and considered. 



About Neuroscience Seminars

Neuroscience seminars at the QBI play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of these seminars is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

Seminars in the QBI Auditorium on Level 7 are held on Wednesdays at 12-1pm, which are sometimes simulcast on Zoom (with approval from the speaker). We also occassionally hold seminars from international speakers via Zoom. The days and times of these seminars will vary depending on the time zone of the speaker. Please see each seminar listed below for details. 


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