Welcome to the Neurowars: Foreign Policy Releases Science and Technology Issue


News Story from: 9/8/15

FPSeptOct2015-HI JPEGSeptember 8, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – With science and technology rapidly progressing, how do we, as humankind, control our worst instincts? In the new September/October issue, on newsstands today, Foreign Policy examines this question and explores the triumphs of scientific advancement as well as the dangers it can pose to society.

In this 112-page issue, FP contributors examine today’s scientific and technological developments, and address whether scientific progress is a blessing or a curse:

-In the issue’s cover story, author Tim Requarth looks at cutting-edge brain technologies that can erase traumatic memories and read people’s thoughts. But these technologies can also become the 21st century’s most dangerous weapons.

-Ferris Jabr reports that scientists have developed a novel method of discovering antibiotics. Still, this may not be enough to end the global resistance crisis, fueled by decades of drug misuse and pharmaceutical companies fixating on their bottom lines.

-Christina Larson profiles Zhao Bowen, a high school drop out who has made a career by shunning state-run academies. Zhao has recently launched a gene-mapping start-up and could be the person to lead a new generation of Chinese scientists.

Other highlights of the September/October issue include:

-Elizabeth Dickinson tells the story of Libyan activist Osama Kubbar and how, in 2011, “he ran Qatari-supplied arms to Libyan rebels battling the Qaddafi regime. Today, he is watching from afar as his country is torn apart by two warring governments and a web of rival militias.”

FP’s CEO and editor David Rothkopf writes about the world-wide-web and how we are more connected than ever. He says, “Acceleration plus amplification produces volatility. Connection breaks down barriers and brings us closer, but it also creates new vulnerabilities.”

-Photojournalist João Pina captures the pain and suffering endured by so many, as a result of Operation Condor, a military campaign in the 1970s, led by six right-wing South American governments.

-Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and writer and analyst David Rieff discuss “whether society is desensitized to the realities of genocide and why it’s important to examine – and even to understand – its perpetrators.” Stay tuned for the Global Thinkers Podcast on foreignpolicy.com and available on iTunes on September 17.

-Britt Peterson examines how comics and anime are at the vanguard of transgender rights in conservative Japan.

This issue hits newsstands today. For more information or access to these and additional articles, please visit www.foreignpolicy.com.