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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

 
Michael Gazzaniga, widely considered the "father of cognitive neuroscience" and member of the President's Council on Bioethics, in his most recent book, The Ethical Brain, tackles the moral dimensions of neuroscience. Gazzaniga, who directs the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College and is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, says, "We need a moral compass, and neuroscience has things to say about important ethical issues that affect everyone."

Science and the City, the Web site for the New York Academy of Sciences, offers highlights from an Academy-sponsored public conversation between Gazzaniga and author Tom Wolfe that took place last June. While the highlights from this dialogue are interesting in their own right, what most intrigued me on that page was its link to a chapter from Gazzaniga's book.

In the excerpt from Chapter 1 -- Conferring Moral Status on an Embryo -- Dr. Gazzaniga asks and then attempts to answer the question: "When should we call an embryo or a fetus one of us?"

I'll spend a little time on this in the next post.


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