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  Better Brains, Better Selves? The Ethics of Neuroenhancements
  September 8, 2013

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Brunch and Presentation

The Rittenhouse Hotel
Grand Ballroom
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA


Better Brains, Better Selves?
The Ethics of Neuroenhancements

featuring

Richard Dees
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics
Chair, Steering Committee for Public Health-Related Programs
 
Drugs that have been developed to improve the cognitive and emotional functions of people with diseases like ADHD, depression, and Alzheimer’s can also improve the functions of those without these conditions. People will soon be able to have better memories, sharper cognition, better moods, and more empathetic personalities by taking pills. Is there an ethical problem with using these drugs to make us better than we are? If so, what exactly is the problem?

Join Richard Dees, associate professor of philosophy and bioethics, as he delves into this controversial topic. Dees chairs the steering committee for public health-related majors and writes on issues in medical ethics and public health ethics, particularly on issues related to organ transplants and to neurology. He earned his bachelor’s at Rice University and his doctorate from the University of Michigan, and taught at Saint Louis University before moving to Rochester in 2003. 

Admission is $20 and includes brunch.  If your class year ends in a 3 or an 8, congratulations on your Reunion! We invite you to attend this event free of charge.

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