Changing the Way We Think
The following post is part of a special series emerging from Contemporary Issues in Neuroethics, a graduate-level course out of Emory University’s Center for Ethics. David is a student at Emory University working on his Master’s degree in Bioethics. After completing his graduate studies he will be attending medical school in Texas.
Let’s start at the beginning. Why do we think of our mental “mind space” (i.e., thoughts and memories) differently from our physical property? One reason we feel differently about our thoughts is that they reside in the only place in the universe that is genuinely secure. Our mind is a loyal confidant, a safe haven for our thoughts, feelings and memories and no one, without our permission, is allowed access. This is a big deal since most of us dislike (or hate) the idea of a friend or family member, certainly a stranger, having unrestricted access to our smart-phones or laptop computers and reading just a tiny fraction of our thoughts – imagine every thought being made public.
Paul R. Wolpe et al., Emerging Neurotechnologies for Lie-Detection: Promises and Perils, 5 AM. J. Bioethics 39, 39 (2005)
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