Decoding Consciousness and Bioethics: Perspectives on Consciousness and Its Altered States
Human consciousness is one of the most fascinating mysteries sheltered by the brain, evidencing that what happens between our ears is more important than what happens outside our skull. In addition, how do we know whether someone other than ourselves is conscious? This book offers a compelling bioethical analysis of one of the most intriguing topics of neuroscience: states of consciousness. It brings together the thought-provoking contributions of international experts concerning the role of bioethics in fostering dialogue between different, but related, fields of study concerning human consciousness and its altered states, including ethics of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and anthropology, theology, clinical ethics, law and social studies.
Alberto García Gómez is the Dean and Professor of Philosophy of Law and International Law at the School of Bioethics of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He is also a Researcher of the Human Rights Institute at Complutense University of Madrid and a member of the Steering Committee of Bioethics in the Council of Europe. In 2005, he was honored with the National Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in the field of legal and social sciences.
Alberto Carrara is the Director of the Neurobioethics Research Group of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Fellow of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, and member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. He is also Doctor in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Padua, Italy, and in Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. His research fields are anthropology, philosophy of mind, bioethics, neuroethics, neuroscience, and biotechnology.
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