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Setting the week's cultural agenda.
23 January 2006
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Smart pills", "mind-reading machines" and "Viagra for the brain" are just some of the headlines sparked by breakthroughs in the world of brain science. But these developments raise many ethical questions about the use of drugs to control behaviour and the use of brain imaging to identify potential psychopaths. Neuroscientist PROFESSOR STEVEN ROSE discusses the future of neuroscience: the promises, the threats and the implications. Steven Rose participated in the Second European Citizens' Convention on Brain Science and Brain Research which presents its findings to the European Parliament today.

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society is changing its name after more than 70 years to Dignity in Dying. As the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill has its second reading in the House of Lords, Chief Executive DEBORAH ANNETTS explains why she is campaigning to change the law.

It's 150 years since the birth of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. The Freud Museum marks this anniversary with a conference looking at his legacy. His ideas about our unconscious lives have influenced countless writers. The novelist A S BYATT is one of the speakers at Freud Yesterday, Freud Today and discusses Freud's impact on literature.

More than 2000 years have passed since Plato wrote about the Cave - prisoners tied up in a cave who mistook shadows for reality and how this represented the human preference for diversion over truth. Today, philosopher ANTHONY O'HEAR finds this more relevant than ever and discusses why he thinks modern society is moving further away from reality. Plato's Children: The State We Are In is published by Gibson Square.
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