‘Moral Enhancement’ Is Science Fiction, not Science Fact

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Many people got very excited when the first studies on the hormone oxytocin came out. It is not only easy to use and administer, it also affects social behavior in profound ways — so much so that it was dubbed the “moral molecule.” But all things considered, traditional interventions seem to have much better chances than drugs and brain stimulation devices: the dangers of the latter are considerable, and are likely to cause more harm than good because they endanger the balance of moral intuitions. Guest column by Veljko Dubljević, assistant professor of philosophy at NC State University.