Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (EJAIB) Vol 13 (5) September 2003

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161-2 Editorial: Bioethics dialogue in public -Darryl Macer

162-6 Let's Never Stop Bashing Inhumanity - Jing-Bao Nie

166-7 Let's Deal with the Issue: Commentary on Leavitt - Michael Thomas

167-8 Reply to Leavitt's Commentary "Let's Stop Bashing Japan" - Takashi Tsuchiya

168 Commentary: Bash Evil in Every Generation, But Don't Bash Innocent Children and Grandchildren - Frank J. Leavitt

168-175 Medicality: The fifth bioethical principle of medical ethics for the internal morality of medicine - Y. Michael Barilan

175-6 A discussion on the perspectives of Suicide related Information on the Internet - Vinod Scaria

176-9 The moral status of patients in Greece - Filimon Peonidis

179-81 Globalisation and Environmental Health - A.Joseph Thatheyus and J. Delphine Prema Dhanaseeli

181-3 Strategies against the Threat to Rural Poor - A.Maria Alphonsal and J. Delphine Prema Dhanaseel

183-186 Children Rights and a Sample Study on Accidents in Children Groups Aged 0-5 Years Old in the Light of ParentsŐ Responsibilty in Turkey - OmŸr Elcioglu, Sahin Aksoy, Tarők GŸndŸz

186-9 Attitude of health care professionals in clinical care of children in Japan - Ichiro Matsuda and Shoju Onishi

189-191 Review: Blood And Guts: A Short History Of Medicine - Haim Marantz

191-194 Human Interference in the Affairs of God - M.N. Jha and S.K. Misra

Human Behaviourome Project 202
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Printed in the March 2003 issue of Discover Magazine by Darryl Macer:

Human beings are "programmed" externally from the time they come out of the womb with their "personal neural net" (PNN).  This programming takes place through the formation of language, thought and emotional structures that form the basis of individuals beliefs; which in turn form the basis for their interactions with their external world.

Emotions, as well as thought, are driven and impeded by PNN and form a "patterned memory response" (PMR) that mediates physical and emotional behavior.  PMR is made up of two parallel interactive system, "ritualized thinking process" (RTP) and "ritualized emotional process" (REP).  These processes are "triggered" by external or internal stimuli setting PMR into action. 

What Jung called cultural archetypes we could refer to as "cultural neural nets" (CNN).  Which is the driving force for the formation of Personal Neural Nets.  The interplay between the forming PNN and the powerful impinging CNN determine the thoughts and beliefs that young minds absorb into their PNN. 

As a psychotherapist, the most challenging aspect of helping people change is the PNN that drives them when they come into my office.  The most powerful tool I have is to help them form new language (including the substitution of words) in order for them to adapt new emotional and physical behaviors.  All of this is ultimately dependent on their adopting new thinking and therefore new beliefs about themselves and the world they interact with. 

Sorry, for the long lead in to my comments about your project of Human Behaviorome (BNA), but, as I started to respond I realized I needed to give you some idea of the thinking behind my comments. 

While there may indeed be 50 some views when presented with moral dilemmas, and what you are contemplating doing regarding the quantification of the human BNA is interesting, I have some concerns.  What further restrictions will this place on young minds (that are exposed to BNA) that will impede the vast creativity of the human mind? 

I am mindful of Einstein's comment that he tries not to remember anything he can look up.  I am mindful of other brilliant thinkers who make the same kinds of claims, namely, that the foundation of new thinking is to always look at a problem (as much as possible) with new eyes, without the restrictions of previous thinking, as though faced with the problem for the first time without any forethought. 

Physicians refer to the placebo effect, which is important in all remediation of disease.  Even those diseases for which we have known effective "cures."  This placebo effect is fundamentally important and more often than not is the basis for ultimate healing. 

In working with people who have had physical disease assail them, their "state of mind" becomes the determining factor on whether they approach their healing with the best opportunity for a positive outcome. 

In today's world we are continually assailed with the restrictions for good health and long life by the knowledge that human DNA has been mapped and there are structures in our own bodies that determine the outcome of a healthy or unhealthy life.  This further imposition is terribly potent for the person dealing with illness.  People who have survived "against all odds" usually report that the key to their survival was something like, "I was determined that I would live, and I did."  Often these outcomes are referred to as "spontaneous remission" by physicians, but the people say, "there was nothing spontaneous about it, it was a lot of hard work, and I had to overcome the beliefs I had about illness and disease."  Some people I have seen simply say, "they told me I have a genetic predisposition to...," and die, and some die in spite of their efforts.

So, I wonder what the effect of BNA will be on the ultimate expansion or contraction of the human imagination and it's ability to come up with the new ideas that are necessary for the furtherance of human consciousness and ultimately behavior.  God knows we need imaginative thinking if we are ever going to live in a world that is beneficial to all who live on this planet. 

Again, please excuse the lengthy nature of this response to the small tidbit I read in the March issue of Discovery (I'm always 4 or 5 months behind in my reading of that great magazine).  But, as you can see it touched off a lot of thinking.  Which is a good thing.  So, perhaps my concerns are baseless and what you are proposing to do will also be a good thing. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings, I took seriously the ending sentence in the article, "Macer invites the public's input." 

Bruce F. Whizin,
4458 Matilija Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, USA
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Paid up members of ABA for 2003 (new from last issue):

Nageen Ainuddin

Mr. Dipankar Saha
Agriculture Research Service Scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Department of Agriculture Research and Education,
Minstry of Agriculture, India.

Rosemarie Tong, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor in Health Care Ethics
Director, Center for Professional and Applied Ethics
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 USA

IAB Genetics & Bioethics Network: On-line The complete address list is updated on the Internet. Send all changes to Darryl Macer. Membership of the network is not restricted to members of IAB, but open to all. Those persons who are not paying subscription to EJAIB, or granted a waiver, however, will not receive EJAIB, the official journal of the IAB Genetics Network. Recent changes include:
Cristina Gavrilovici, MD, MA (bioethics)
2650 University Blvd. #104
Shaker Hts. OH 44118, USA
Ethical aspects of cloning, especially embryo research, stem cell research.

Eduardo A. Rueda B. M.D.
Instituto de Bioetica, Universidad Javeriana
Transv. 4ta. # 42-00 Piso Quinto.
Bogota, Colombia.
Genetic testing, screening, eugenics, GMOs in developing countries.

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