'Mind Wars -- Brain Research and National Defense'
Jonathan Moreno discusses his new book, Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense (Nov. 2006/Dana Press) in a public lecture featuring Jennifer Bard, Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Program, Texas Tech University; and, Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Fellow of the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. The discussion will be moderated by P.J. Crowley, Senior Fellow and Director of National Defense and Homeland Security, Center for American Progress.
The discussion will focus on Moreno’s groundbreaking investigation into the connections between national security and cutting-edge brain research. In his book, for instance, he reveals the many ways U.S. security entities are seeking to manipulate the human nervous system to help its warfighters and disrupt their enemies. Moreno documents such projects as virus-transported molecules called "neuroweapons" that fatally infect the brain; the development of drugs that repress emotional reactions to violence; "anti-sleep" medications that enhance soldiers’ battlefield performances; and brain machine interface devices that relay images and sounds between human brains and machines. Amidst these fascinating advances, Moreno and fellow panel members will also discuss the ethical and political issues that may emerge from this relationship.
Program: Thursday, December 07, 2006 Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW Washington, DC 20005 12:30pm to 2:00pm Admission is free. Lunch will be served at noon.