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SSRN-Preferences for Psychological Enhancements: The Reluctance to Enhance Fundamental Traits by Jason Riis, Joseph Simmons, Geoffrey Goodwin
Four studies examined young healthy individuals' willingness to take drugs intended to enhance various social, emotional, and cognitive abilities. We found that people were much more reluctant to enhance traits believed to be highly fundamental to the self (e.g., social comfort) than traits considered less fundamental (e.g., concentration ability). Moral acceptability of a trait enhancement strongly predicted people's desire to legalize those enhancements, but not their willingness to take those enhancements. Ad taglines that framed enhancements as enabling rather than enhancing the fundamental self increased people's interest in a fundamental enhancement, and eliminated the preference for non-fundamental over fundamental enhancements.
psychology  cognitive-enhancement  cognition  personality  ethics  moral  survey  bioethics  self-perception  self-concept 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Review: Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce - opinion - 12 May 2009 - New Scientist
Wild Justice: The moral lives of animals by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce Published by: University of Chicago Press
book  review  bioethics  biology  morality  animals 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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