Readers of Ethics Etc might be interested in an interview I did with Claudia Dreifus from the New York Times on neuroethics, which appeared in print yesterday.

The online version can be found here: as-we-unlock-the-black-box-of-the-brain.html?_r=0

CHANGING SELVES: Direct Brain Interventions to “Treat” Disfavored Human Behaviors **
Stanford Law School, September 24-26, 2012.

As neuroscience teaches us more about the causes of human behaviors, direct brain interventions to change those behaviors by targeting those causes might eventually be developed. When behaviors are caused by “brain diseases”, effective and safe treatments that intervene directly in the brain will probably be readily accepted and even embraced. But what about direct brain interventions that treat the brain-based causes of socially disfavored behaviors that are not generally viewed as diseases?

Thursday, March 29, 6:30pm -8:00pm
Location: NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway New York, NY 10003

“This is Your Brain on Politics: Why people believe what they want to believe, and deny science selectively” with Jonathan Moreno and Jonathan Haidt, moderated by S. Matthew Liao.

Jonathan Moreno is David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America (BLP, 2012) and Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century (BLP pap. ed., 2012).

Please find below the Final Program for the 2012 Bioethics Conference: The Moral Brain. Although we have reached capacity, we strongly encourage you to RSVP so that you can be placed on the waitlist. We will contact you as soon as space becomes available. The direct link for RSVP is at

December 9, 2011
9am to 4pm
SUNY Global Center
116 East 55th Street, NY, NY
Sponsored by SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Speakers include:
Andre A. Fenton, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and New York University
David Glanzman, UCLA
Merle Kindt, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Adam Kolber, Brooklyn Law School
John L. Kubie, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
S. Matthew Liao, New York University
Todd C. Sacktor, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
David Wasserman, Yeshiva University

The NYU Center for Bioethics, Duke Kenan Institute for Ethics, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies present a two-part conference on the Moral Brain.

Date: Friday, March 30th – Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Location: New York University, WSQ Campus, Room TBA
RSVP Required:

UPDATE: Added a tentative list of chairpersons to Part I

Part I: “The Significance of Neuroscience for Morality: Lessons from a Decade of Research”
Organized by the NYU Center for Bioethics in collaboration with the Duke Kenan Institute for Ethics

2011 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society
Date: November 10 and 11, 2011
Location: The Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

Confirmed speakers include Helen Mayberg, Michael Chorost, Husseini Manji, Alan Leshner, Pat Churchland, Jonathan Moreno, Steve Greenberg, Jorge Moll, Hank Greely, Martha Farah, and others.

For more details, see here.

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