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  •  The ethical implication I wonder about (1+ / 0-)
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    is the detection of either a serious condition or prediliction in someone who is not aware of it.  Should that person be informed?  Should there be follow up?

    How soon before we are prescreened to see what our predispositions are?

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:07:47 AM PDT

    •  Your concern concerns genetics, not brain-mapping (0+ / 0-)

      The ethical issues you raise are being discussed extensively in the context of using a person's genetic information and their right to privacy.  But I fail to see how a better understanding how our brains work, in the context of the Brain initiative, carry any ethical concerns beyond the usual issues of animal research and patient rights.

      Since this is a political blog, I do wonder if the Brain Initiative might help explain the current attempts by Obama's enemies to float conspiracy theories.  Why is conspiratorial thinking so preferentially found on the Right side of the political aisle? My pet theory is government conspiracies carried out by people on the Right are far more likely to actually BE conspiracies (Watergate, Iran/Contra)--precisely because those who fabricate the conspiracies on a regular basis are those best positioned to actually engineer one and participate in it.

      The nefarious but vague suggestions made in the Esquire article linked in this diary are also tin-foil if you ask me.

      All forms of fundamentalist thought breed magical thinking.

      by YankInUK on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:56:33 AM PDT

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      •  You should visit the HAARP CT parts of the left (0+ / 0-)

        "What the Bleep Do We Know", the people who talk to water to see it smile, the chemtrails CT, and many more.

        •  tin foil yes (0+ / 0-)

          But I don't see where this sort of New Age stuff is political, Left or Right.  Back in the late 60s/early 70s, the Left had more conspiracy theories than today.

          All forms of fundamentalist thought breed magical thinking.

          by YankInUK on Sun May 12, 2013 at 02:23:45 PM PDT

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          •  Maybe it's because I live in California (0+ / 0-)

            but the New Age people here are leftists.

            HAARP is my favorite example of CT, because we are asked to believe in a secret EM theory discovered by Nicola Tesla 100 years ago, which is known to the government but not taught at universities and has never been rediscovered by any physicists outside the government or military. HAARP can manipulate the weather and earthquakes. This all has to do with Geoengineering and weather and earthquake wars that the US and Russia are fighting... in secret. And all those chemtrail grids over the Monterey Bay are part of it.

            •  I'm not sure they're the sort of people I consider (1+ / 0-)
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              to be true political Leftists.  Loonies are Loonies.

              "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

              by 417els on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:04:54 PM PDT

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            •  modifying my pet theory (0+ / 0-)

              atana, you have convinced me that CT is just a general property of brains, not a political one.  Hillary was partly correct and partly wrong:  there IS a vast right-wing conspiracy, but the right does not have a monopoly on CT.

              CT occurs whenever data are subjugated to dogma, requiring stories to be fabricated to explain alternative realities. If one considers that the brains of schizophrenic people are especially susceptible to CT, perhaps the Brain Initiative will teach us what has gone wrong.  One thing is for sure:  the Brain Initiative, as envisioned by Obama et al,  is not gonna lead to corporate or government control of our minds

              All forms of fundamentalist thought breed magical thinking.

              by YankInUK on Sun May 12, 2013 at 09:07:33 PM PDT

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