The U.S. Office of Naval Research is funding a $7.5 million grant to build robots with morals. Philosophy gets a mention in the opening line, but after that, it seems to be seen as an engineering problem. Also, we are talking here about the U.S. military, so color me pessimistic. [Update: Though please see the comment below from project director Paul Bello!]
Can mental exercise be a way of treating ADD? (h/t Paul Strait on Facebook)
Scientists may have found a gene responsible for a form of abnormal brain growth associated with autism spectrum disorder. (h/t Tad Zawidzki and Robert Barnard on Facebook)
The editors of The Point make the case for “neurohumanities”. (h/t James Dow on Facebook)
UCSD’s Jonathan Cohen will be live-chatting with Philosophy Talk listeners at noon PST on Friday (5/16).
Michael Specter in the New Yorker (gated, unfortunately) on whether neuroscience can help us to revise traumatic memories. (h/t Richard Brown on Facebook)
The latest Brown and Mandik podcast is on “Transhumanism and Existentialism”.
And Brian Leiter asks: What are the “hot topics” in philosophy of mind?