“AAUP Publishes Final Report, Regulation of Research on Human Subjects: Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board”

from Institutional Review Blog:
“The report explains,

As things now stand, the IRB system assembles local committees whose members have no special competence in assessing research projects in the wide range of disciplines they are called on to assess, whose approval is required for an only minimally restricted range of research projects and who are invited to bring to bear in assessing them an only minimally restricted body of what they take to be information, who are only minimally restricted in the demands they may make on the researchers, and whose judgments about whether to permit the research to be carried out at all are, in most institutions, final. When one steps back from it, one can find oneself amazed that such an institution has developed on university campuses across the country.”

from here:
American Association of University Professors-

This sort of describes therputic zeal mostly for funding:
” some time back…” 1BOM
“I used the words “desperate” and “speculative” earlier to describe many of the recent presentations about the future – and this one gets high marks in both categories. Some are using the term “cargo cult science” to describe talks like this – referring to the aboriginals who build primitive airstrip facimiles in hopes of attracting planes like the real airfields they’ve seen eg throwing out neuroscience concepts hoping to attract something of value.”

“An Early – and Necessary – Flight of the Owl of Minerva: Neuroscience, Neurotechnology, Human Socio-cultural Boundaries, and the Importance of Neuroethics”
James Giordano

Center for Neurotechnology Studies

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Oxford Centre for Neuroethics

Oxford-Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

University of Oxford

Department of Electrical and Computational Engineering

University of New Mexico

Roland Benedikter

The Europe Center, Stanford University

Journal of Evolution and Technology – Vol. 22 Issue 1 – December 2011 – pgs 110-115
“Rapid neuroscientific advancement over the past 20 years has led to increased ethical, legal and social issues that are not confined to the academic world, but also are part of public discourse. There are questions on the use of neuroscientific techniques and novel neurotechnologies that are generated as we learn more about the brain and its relations to consciousness, emotion, behavior and the nature of self and relation to others. Should neuroscience and neurotechnology be used to advance humanity; or will it be engaged as demiurge and ultimately push humanity towards some new, and perhaps unanticipated reality? Irrespective of valence, the trajectory of neuroscience and neurotechnology will lead to a more neurocentrically-dominated future. How will we address and navigate the possibilities and problems that this neurocentricism fosters?”

That IRB mentioned earlier-how will it handle it’s own neurocentrism and how will those decisions filter out to the rest of us?

“When philosophy paints its gray on gray, then has a form of life grown old, and with gray on gray it cannot be rejuvenated, but only known; the Owl of Minerva first takes flight with twilight closing in.”

-G. W. F. Hegel, “Preface,” Philosophy of Right

“here we can observe a subject with
highly abnormal brain circuitry”

“Minerva (Etruscan: Menrva) was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, defence and who was born from the godhead of Jupiter with weapons.”

Finally, after the events in psychiatry and research in the years after world war two. It seems like we ought to change the manner in which we approach human subjects-people. I want to believe that would could do better in regards to neuroscience and start honest to gosh science. Not a commerical enterprise or a political statment. Maybe a dash or two of compassion as well…..

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