Imagine a future conflict in which one side can scan from a distance the brains of soldiers on the other side and learn what they may be planning or whether they are confident or fearful. In a crisply written book, University of Virginia ethicist Moreno notes that military contractors have been researching this possibility, as well as the use of electrodes embedded in soldiers' and pilots' brains to enhance their fighting ability. Moreno (Is There an Ethicist in the House?) details the Pentagon's interest in such matters, including studies of paranormal phenomena like ESP, going back several decades. Readers learn that techniques like hypersonic sound and targeted energetic pulses to disable soldiers are close to being used in the field, and even have everyday applications that make "targeted advertising" an understatement. Despite the book's title, Moreno doesn't limit his discussion to brain-related research; he explains the military's investigation of how to enhance soldiers' endurance and reaction time in combat as well as various nonlethal disabling technologies. The ethical implications are addressed throughout the book, but the author leaves substantive discussion to his praiseworthy last chapter. (Nov.)
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In his fascinating new book, Jonathan D. Moreno investigates the deeply intertwined worlds of cutting-edge brain science, U.S. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Martin TI
For someone who is a professor of Biomedical Ethics, written a book on Secret State Experiments on Humans, served as a senior staff member on two presidential ethics commissions,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by kas
Moreno actually presents the potential use of brain research by the U. S. National Defense at the time of the book publication. He covers transparent D.A.R.P.A. Read morePublished 10 months ago by a. d. kyles
This is a rather important book if you happen to be interested in how your brain works, and what other people can do with it if they should want to. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Gerhard Stoltz Jr.
I don't mind
* what they research
* what kind of fund they receive and research,
as long as the experiments and influence doesn't undermine
my... Read more
I just started reading this book, but I'm very interested in the topic and impressed by the credentials of the author. Read morePublished on October 31, 2008 by Alan Lesselyong
I think the use of WAR in the title by Moreno,especially having read his earlier book Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans and the concerns it raises are valid, and... Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Gerald R. Arnold