June 25, 2002

GYONGYI GAAL, who publishes the excellent “Neuroprosthesis News” weblog, says that I’m wrong about the dangers of neuroscience. Well, sort of. I certainly find nothing to disagree with in this conclusion:

Fortunately the science of mind control is still in rudimentary stages, giving the public more than enough time to become educated about developments and potential problems. Professor Reynolds is correct that the real ultimate danger is not of the science itself but from potential totalitarian involvement by the government. Neuroscientists alone cannot avoid such a development, either by refusing to contribute to progress or by delivering their results with conditions and restrictions attached to start with.

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