FRIDAY, June 25, 2004
Welcome and Announcements
CHAIRMAN KASS: We have this morning a plan
to return to the subject of neuroscience, brain and behavior,
a topic that we've taken up a couple of times in different
forms in the last two meetings.
And I remind everybody as to why we are at least exploring
this topic in most general terms. There is certainly a sense
that studies and techniques of neuroscience and a study of
the brain is very likely to be of great importance for human
self-understanding both individual and social, and because
the brain is so intimately connected with many of the things
that make us human, interventions, technological interventions
based upon this new science will raise acutely many ethical
issues, not necessarily unique ones, but will raise certain
kinds of ethical issues in the most profound way.
The last time, responding to suggestions that before we
probed any ethical questions we ought to learn a little something
about normal brain development and normal psychological development,
we had some very interesting technical presentations on brain
development from Dr. Jessel, and on child development, cognitive
and temperamental from Jerome Kagan and Elizabeth Spelke.
There were some that where were the ethical issues in that
discussion, and the truth was there weren't any immediately
presented, but we promised that we would develop some for
the next meeting, and that the staff has tried to do.