Neuroscience at Trial: Society for Neuroethics Convenes Panel of Front-Line Practitioners

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  1. This is fortuitous, for me at least, as I’ve almost finished reading Raymond Tallis’s very important book, Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Durham: Acumen, 2011). Tallis’s background includes research in clinical neuroscience yet he has become a formidable philosopher in several subfields within philosophy of mind, including personal identity and the study of consciousness. It would be nice to see a panel like the one above include folks like Tallis…and M.R. Bennett, P.M.S. Hacker, Michael S. Pardo, Dennis Patterson, Daniel N. Robinson, and Steven Horst, in other words, those a bit more constitutionally sceptical of the extravagant if not grandiose claims often made on behalf of the neurosciences, owing in large measure to their training in philosophy of mind and/or philosophy of science (sans scientistic biases) (Bennett is an exception: he has co-written several things with Hacker but is a neuroscientist and not a philosopher).