Week 2 Cognitive Enhancers.docx - Martha J Farah examines...

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Martha J. Farah examines ethical issues surrounding cognitive neuroscience by using a method of reviewing “examples of each type of issue, including the relevant advances in science and technology and their accompanying social and philosophical problems” (Farah, 2005). “Thearticle discusses many different facets to neuroethics. One of striking interest is cognitive enhancers. There are three main ethical concerns when it comes to cognitive enhancers. The first group of concerns come from health issues. That is the concern of making sure we know the health risks involved when researching to include safety, side effects, and unintended consequences. This is like any new medication on the market, but it’s a different arena because “brain-based enhancement involves intervening in a complex and poorly understood system, and the likelihood of unanticipated problems is consequently higher” (Farah, 2005). Ethically, it’s hard to brace for unintended consequences and any experiment is subject to turning unethical in

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