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  • William Benzon
    ... From: Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 12:11:01 -0000 To: Subject: [evol-psych]
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      FW: [evol-psych] BrainEthics -- discussing the consequences of brain science
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      From: Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy <tzramsoy@...>
      Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 12:11:01 -0000
      To: <evolutionary-psychology@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [evol-psych] BrainEthics -- discussing the consequences of brain science


      Dear all,

      Today, the media is filled with weekly, even daily, news about the brain and how it is responsible for behaviour and our mental lives. As a field, cognitive neuroscience holds the promise of altering the way we are thinking about ourselves as human beings, as sentient humans and of the rules at which our society is built. Some would argue that this science has already provided us with such results.

      At BrainEthics (http://brainethics.wordpress.com/) we are presenting such findings, and we discuss the implications of these findings as well as how they are received (or ignored) throughout different communities. BrainEthics is both an in-depth weblog and an archive for a forthcoming book on Neuroethics. BrainEthics is managed by Martin Skov and Thomas Z. Ramsøy, both cognitive neuroscientists at the Danish research Centre for Magnetic Resonance.

      Of the most visited and discussed stories on BrainEthics are:

      Dawkins needs a bulldog...nay butcher <http://brainethics.wordpress.com/2006/08/11/dawkins-needs-a-bulldog-nay-butcher/>   
      A post about how the theory of evolution needs an ardent, visible and aggressive supporter. This post spurred a lot of discussion on BrainEthics.

      Don't thouch that drink, lad  <http://brainethics.wordpress.com/2006/08/10/dont-touch-that-drink-lad/>  
      Studies of the influence of alcohol in adults has shown a dramatic effect on learning-related structures and behaviours. However, even though adolescents tend to drink more and more often, little is known about the short-time and long-time effects of alcohol on the brain. Recent studies, however, suggest that the effects of alcohol might be even more adverse than in adults.

      Gene-environment interactions and the brain  <http://brainethics.wordpress.com/2006/07/25/gene-environment-interactions-and-the-brain/>  
      Instead of viewing the mind, brain and behaviour as "a bit of nature and a bit of nurture, and it's very complex", recent studies have explored in detail how genes and the environment interact in the formation of the human mind.

      On a mother's mind  <http://brainethics.wordpress.com/2006/07/20/on-a-mothers-mind/>  
      Offspring is the result of a combination of genes from both the mother and the father. Studies now demonstrate, however, that mothers receive a large dose of stem cells from their offspring, and that these cells can even cross the blood-brain barrier to become different brain cells. In this way, the brain of a woman with children has brain cells not originally from herself, but cells that have a genetic combination of themselves and her offspring's father(s)

      After only being online for a few months, BrainEthics has the luxury of being visited by thousands of visitors weekly. The authors are both full-time scientists and members of the newly established Neuroethics Society.

      Best wishes,
      Thomas Z. Ramsøy

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