Leading neuroethicist considers whether thoughts are truly private

WHAT: “Is My Mind Mine? Neuroscience, Privacy and the Self,” a keynote lecture delivered by Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., considered a founder of the field of neuroethics.

Advances in neuroscience raise novel questions about what can be inferred about the inner workings of a person’s mind and how that information should be used. It was once taken for granted that a person’s innermost thoughts were private. That may not always be true with the advent of new technologies that have some potential to access thoughts, perhaps without the thinker’s consent.

Dr. Wolpe’s evening lecture and an accompanying lunch seminar are the 13th in the “Conversations About Ethics” series presented by The Ecumenical Center and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center through the generous support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

The evening lecture is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
• 5:30 p.m. Reception
• 6-7 p.m. Lecture

WHERE: Pestana Lecture Hall 3.104A (between School of Medicine and Briscoe Library), UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

WHO: Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. His work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of biotechnology on the human condition. Dr. Wolpe won the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, has recorded a TED Talk, was named one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, and was profiled in the Atlantic Magazine as a “Brave Thinker of 2011. He is a frequent contributor and commentator in both the broadcast and print media.

NOTES: The “Conversations About Ethics” lecture series examines ethical dilemmas that influence health care delivery throughout the life cycle. For more information, visit ConversationsAboutEthics.org or facebook.com/ConversationsAboutEthics.


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