Neuroscience is Ready for Neuroethics Engagement

25 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2022

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Jayatri Das

The Franklin Institute

Cynthia Forlini

University of Queensland

Darrell Porcello

University of California, Berkeley

Karen Rommelfanger

Emory University; Institute of Neuroethics

Arleen Salles

Center for Philosophical Research (CIF) - Neuroethics

Global Neuroethics Summit Delegates IBI

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 8, 2022

Abstract

Neuroscience research has been expanding, providing new insights into brain and nervous system function and transformative technological applications at an unprecedented scale and pace. In recent years, there have been a flurry of prominent international scientific academies and intergovernmental organizations calling for engagement with different publics on social, ethical, and regulatory issues related to neuroscience and neurotechnology advances. Neuroscientific activities and outputs are value-laden, they reflect the cultural, ethical, and political values that are prioritized in different societies at a given time and impact a variety of publics beyond the laboratory. The focus on engagement in neuroscience recognizes the breadth and significance of current neuroscience research whilst acknowledging the need for a neuroethical approach that explores the epistemic and moral values influencing the neuroscientific agenda. The field of neuroethics is characterized by its focus on the social, legal, and philosophical implications of neuroscience including its impact on cultural assumptions about the cognitive experience, identity, consciousness, and decision-making. Here, we outline a proposal for neuroethics engagement that reflects an enhanced and evolving understanding of public engagement with neuroethical issues to create opportunities to share ideation, decision-making, and collaboration in neuroscience endeavors for the benefit of society. We demonstrate the synergies between public engagement and neuroethics scholarship and activities that can guide neuroethics engagement.

Note:
Funding Information: This project was funded by The Kavli Foundation. JD and DP are funded by The Dana Foundation. AS is funded by the EU Human Brain Project funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under the Grant Agreements , 945539 (HBP SGA3).

Declaration of Interests: None to declare.

Keywords: Public Engagement, Science Diplomacy, Culture, brain initiatives, ethics, science and society

JEL Classification: I29

Suggested Citation

Das, Jayatri and Forlini, Cynthia and Porcello, Darrell and Rommelfanger, Karen and Salles, Arleen and IBI, Global Neuroethics Summit Delegates, Neuroscience is Ready for Neuroethics Engagement (March 8, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4052730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4052730

Jayatri Das

The Franklin Institute ( email )

Philadelphia, PA

Cynthia Forlini

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Darrell Porcello

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

CA
United States

Karen Rommelfanger (Contact Author)

Emory University ( email )

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

Institute of Neuroethics ( email )

Arleen Salles

Center for Philosophical Research (CIF) - Neuroethics

Argentina

Global Neuroethics Summit Delegates IBI

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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