Sci + Society,

#076: The Ethics of Moral Enhancement

May 15, 2015

Jesse has a freewheeling discussion with John Danaher about “moral enhancement” technologies – old and new.  They talk about emerging technologies, ethics and the notion that the mind extends much beyond our body and brain.  (All without sounding remotely woo-woo!)

Also, for those who are not pain enthusiasts, keep your ears peeled for the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick, where Jesse reveals a secret to (modestly) reducing pain that you can anticipate in advance.

By the way, here is the article that first turned Jesse on to John Danaher – heartily recommended if you like some philosophy along with your doomsday scenarios. – Jesse

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Show Notes
  • 00:01:09

    The future of moral enhancement and and control systems.

  • 00:02:05

    This Week In Neuroscience: A gene mutation that enhances images making them more vivid.

  • 00:04:08

    iTunes reviews and the Smart Drug Smarts Audience Census.

  • 00:05:24

    An introduction to John Danaher.

  • 00:06:56

    What is enhancement? A quick lowdown.

  • 00:08:52

    Going deeper into moral enhancement.

  • 00:10:00

    Feeling the pull of the moral compass with the "Trolley Problem."

  • 00:12:33

    If moral enhancement was possible, how would it work?

  • 00:13:59

    The benefits of moral enhancement in the criminal justice system.

  • 00:14:33

    The methods of enhancement - internal and external.

  • 00:16:08

    Neuroplasticity and tampering with the brain.

  • 00:17:00

    Introducing the Extended Mind Project.

  • 00:20:28

    Modifying morality with classical conditioning and an interesting device called Pavlok.

  • 00:21:31

    The arguments against Extended Mind hypothesis.

  • 00:24:50

    John Danaher's personal take on the Extended Mind hypothesis and the enhancement debate.

  • 00:32:45

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: A great tip to reduce pain.

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