Manipulating morality.

Position:GIVEN the EVIDENCE - Brief article

In May, Bioethics published a study by researchers at North Carolina State University and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) on "moral enhancement technologies"--using drugs or neurostimulation to improve behavior.

Enhancements included:

* Oxytocin, a neuropeptide that affects social cognition and bonding (sometimes called "the moral molecule");

* Beta blockers, which have been found to decrease implicit racist responses; and

* Transcranial direct current stimulation, reported to make people more utilitarian.

Aside from various risks, including addiction, researchers found that moral enhancement techniques may not be effective (beta blockers, for example...

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