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The decision to start a Neuroethics Society came out of a small meeting held in Asilomar, California in May of 2006. Up until that time, people interested in neuroethics interacted through the occasional meeting or conference symposium, but did not participate in any larger scale or more permanent organization. The Asilomar attendees decided that such an organization was needed to promote the kind of sustained interaction, learning and critical discussion that will strengthen our field. We also felt it would help draw new people into neuroethics, a critical next step for continued progress in the field. In October of 2010 we aligned with the International Neuroethics Network (INN). In February 2011 our name was changed to the International Neuroethics Society.