Manipulating morality: Using pills, drugs and brain stimulation to solve social challenges in the 21st century
- 10th December 2014
- 6.00pm for a 6:30pm start, finishing at 8.00pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf
- free - please register via book now link
Human behaviour and human choice are in large part responsible for the greatest problems of the 21st century – climate change, environmental degradation, terrorism, poverty, global inequality, depletion of resources, infectious diseases, abuse and neglect of children.
In other words, these problems are caused by our neurobiological limitations.
In what promises to be a prescient event, Julian Savulescu, Director, Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Oxford University, returns to Melbourne, his home city, for a public lecture “Manipulating Morality: Using pills, drugs and brain stimulation to solve social challenges in the 21st century”, followed by a discussion.
At this event, we will contemplate whether we have a moral obligation to use artificial means — pills, drugs, brain stimulation — to enhance brain power so that we are better able to tackle today’s societal challenges, with a focus on terrorism, global poverty and climate change.
Our host for the evening is Scott Stephens, religion and ethics editor, ABC Online.
The event will be broadcast as part of ABC RN’s Big Ideas programme.
About Professor Savulescu
Julian Savulescu is a world leader in practical ethics. He holds the Uehiro Chair for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and is Director of both the Institute for Science and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics.
He is the author of over 250 publications, including his 2012 book, Unfit for the Future: The Needs for Moral Enhancement, co-authored with Ingmar Persson and published by Oxford University Press. He is also the editor of Journal of Medical Ethics and founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics.
Julian Savulescu contributes to the public understanding and discussion of practical ethics, through appearances on TV, radio and in the print media.
The Club Melbourne Ambassador Program is an invitation-only group of Victoria’s elite thinkers and leaders, working together to bid for and secure international conferences that promote our state’s expertise around the world.