University of Washington campus, on the north side of Red Square
Seattle, Washington 98102

Jonathan Moreno (Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia) will discuss the highlights of his new book Mind Wars: National Security and the Brain (2006), in which he investigates the deeply intertwined worlds of cutting-edge brain science, US defense agencies, and a volatile geopolitical landscape where a nation’s weaponry must go far beyond bombs and men. From neuropharmacology to neural imaging to brain-machine interface devices that relay images and sounds between human brains and machines, Moreno shows how national security entities seek to harness the human nervous system in a multitude of ways as a potent weapon against the enemy soldier. Moreno charts such projects as monkeys moving robotic arms with their minds, technology to read the brain’s thought patterns at a distance, the development of “anti-sleep” drugs to enhance soldiers’ battle performance and others to dampen their emotional reactions to the violence, and advances that could open the door to “neuroweapons”—virus-transported molecules to addle the brain.

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