Should we be afraid of neuroscience?
A visualization of brain white matter nerve fibres.
In the field of neuroscience, reality has already surpassed fiction.
Who could have imagined that it would one day be possible to implant false memories in an animal’s brain, or to dictate a text to a computer by using thought alone? This is now a reality – and the technological revolution is only just beginning.
These advances are promising when they make it possible to find treatments for mental or neurological pathologies, or when they give a totally paralysed patient the possibility of communicating, or regaining some mobility.
But the ethical questions that neuroscience raises are commensurate with the hopes it generates. This is all the more true as its range of applications extend far beyond the medical sector – to include marketing, education, and even video games.