Food for thought at PhD New Year's Lunch

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On January 14th we had a very inspiring RIHS PhD New Year's Lunch. Philosopher Leon de Bruin started out with a lecture on cognitive enhancement and its implications for identity. The lecture crossed various topics: understanding the effects of deep brain stimulation on situating the self, mind-body dualism, Ritalin as a brain stimulant for self-improvement. After the lunch, we discussed the questions raised in the lecture. 

At the end of the lecture we were left with some food for thought, as the lecture has some implications for our own research projects. What is the difference between making someone well and making someone better? Do I think that there are limitations to the enhancement of the body and the brain? All in all it gave us some interesting insights in medical care from a different point of view.

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