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sábado, 20 de julho de 2013
Anti-love biotechnology "If I could just stop loving you"
Love hurts”— as the saying goes — and a certain amount of pain and difficulty in intimaterelationships is unavoidable. Sometimes it may even be
, since adversity can lead topersonal growth, self-discovery, and a range of other components of a life well-lived. But othertimes, love can be downright dangerous. It may bind a spouse to her domestic abuser, draw anunscrupulous adult toward sexual involvement with a child, put someone under the insidiousspell of a cult leader, and even inspire jealousy-fueled homicide. How might these perilousdevotions be diminished? The ancients thought that treatments such as phlebotomy, exercise, orbloodletting could “cure” an individual of love. But modern neuroscience and emergingdevelopments in psychopharmacology open up a range of possible interventions that mightactually work. These developments raise profound moral questions about the potential use—andmisuse—of such anti-love biotechnology. In this essay we describe a number of prospectivelove-diminishing interventions, and offer a preliminary ethical framework for dealing with themresponsibly should they arise.