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WHAT? So let me ask what may be plainly obvious...you're saying the Government has literally been manipulating the morality of soldiers?
The goal of the Preventing Sleep Deprivation program is to define and implement approaches to prevent the harmful effects of sleep deprivation, and to provide methods for recovery of function with particular emphasis on cognitive and psychomotor impairments. Among the approaches currently under investigation include novel pharmaceuticals that enhance neural transmission, nutraceuticals that promote neurogenesis, cognitive training, and devices such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. The approaches discovered in this program will greatly increase our soldiers’ ability to function more safely and effectively despite the prolonged wakefulness inherent in current operations
Relative to TMS to a control site, TMS to the RTPJ caused participants to judge attempted harms as less morally forbidden and more morally permissible. Thus, interfering with activity in the RTPJ disrupts the capacity to use mental states in moral judgment, especially in the case of attempted harms.
I majored in philosophy as an undergraduate in order to pursue my interest in bioethics. Working on my thesis (Harvard College ‘04) on the role of intention in moral judgment, I became intrigued by how people (philosophers, bioethicists, and the folk) make moral judgments in the first place. Is moral judgment accomplished by reason or intuition? To what extent does emotion play a role? How does theory of mind (the capacity to represent the mental states of others) fit into the picture?
Liane Young - Post Doc
Moral Judgment & Theory of Mind
I study the neural basis of human moral judgment. I am primarily interested in the extent to which emotional processes inform moral judgment and the precise role of Theory of Mind, the capacity for mental state representation, in moral judgment. Are brain regions that support Theory of Mind recruited for moral judgment, specifically, judgment of intentional and unintentional harmful, helpful, and neutral actions? If so, what do their functional profiles reveal about belief attribution during moral judgment? What are the component processes of belief attribution for moral judgment, and does spontaneous belief attribution occur in certain moral contexts? To address questions like these, I use methods of cognitive neuroscience: functional neuroimaging (fMRI), studying patient populations with selective cognitive deficits, and modulating activity in specific brain areas using trancranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Originally posted by soficrow
Clearly, Liane Young is the key researcher and study lead. Her bio, background and lines of questioning are quite interesting.
Originally posted by melatonin
lol, guys, TMS isn't like a little magnet you can put in a hat.
TMS uses a large butterfly coil and pulses of ca. 2 teslas. It also requires exact placement using structural MRI to ensure it acts in the required region of the neocortex (we are talking very specific cortical regions). It further needs to applied in a very particular fashion, as poor application readily leads to seizure.
And, finally, we don't need TMS to make people act monstrous or become amoral. See WWII.
Originally posted by Solasis
But they might be able to find a way to filter down the size, and make the targeting less finicky. Computers used to be huge rooms. It's not a direct corollary, but it's possible the tech could advance. Especially now with proof of concept.
The concern would be about making pepole become amoral against their will. The Nazis all made a choice. A coerced choice in roughly every situation, yes, but they still had at least a semblance of a choice.
I just read your other post, and I guess it's not even THAT much proof of concept... But still, this could go to bad places.