Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century

Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century

by Jonathan D. Moreno

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Overview

“One of the most important thinkers describes the literally mind-boggling possibilities that modern brain science could present for national security.” —LAWRENCE J. KORB, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense

“Fascinating and frightening.” —Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The first book of its kind, Mind Wars covers the ethical dilemmas and bizarre history of cutting-edge technology and neuroscience developed for military applications. As the author discusses the innovative Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the role of the intelligence community and countless university science departments in preparing the military and intelligence services for the twenty-first century, he also charts the future of national security.

Fully updated and revised, this edition features new material on deep brain stimulation, neuro hormones, and enhanced interrogation. With in-depth discussions of “psyops” mind control experiments, drugs that erase both fear and the need to sleep, microchip brain implants and advanced prosthetics, supersoldiers and robot armies, Mind Wars may read like science fiction or the latest conspiracy thriller, but its subjects are very real and changing the course of modern warfare.

Jonathan D. Moreno has been a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions and has served on a number of Pentagon advisory committees. He is an ethics professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the editor-in-chief of the Center for American Progress’ online magazine Science Progress.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934137437
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 657,350
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Jonathan D. Moreno has been a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions and has served on a number of Pentagon advisory committees. He is the author and editor of many seminal books, including Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century and The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Called the “most interesting bioethicist of our time” by the American Journal of Bioethics, Moreno is currently the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the editor-in-chief for the Center for American Progress’ online magazine, Science Progress.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 15

l Darpa on Your Mind 23

2 Of Machines and Men 48

3 Mind Games 17

4 How to Think about the Brain 98

5 Brain Reading 116

6 Building Better Soldiers 135

7 Enter the Nonlethals 163

8 Toward an Ethics of Neurosecurity 185

Sources 206

Index 225

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Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
johnclaydon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are many details about military applications of neuroscience that are worth reading about here because it is hard to find them anywhere else. The big problem with this book is that it is mainly journalistic science and technology writing, about current and near future applications of neuroscience, but is written by a professor of bioethics. He is just not good enough as a science and technology writer because he has not made it his fulltime occupation. The general writing quality is erratic and rather low.