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From the Center for
Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
Dec. 19, 2006
In 2006 CCLE operated with a strategy that
gives priority to setting in place and supporting high-level long-term
anchors for cognitive liberty.
Instead of reacting to the daily flux of
hot-button cognitive liberty issues, our mission and projects are primarily
designed to address the larger trends. By focusing on the long term and
making necessary investments in the future, our efforts have a higher
probability of securing a more systemic recognition and protection of
freedom of thought. For a small organization like ours, which currently
operates with volunteers, a minimal budget, and project-based grants, this
strategy makes the best use of our resources.
We’re happy to report that having now
completed our first full year of operating with this longer horizon, we are
already seeing cumulative benefits that should continue to compound over
time. As we prepare to enter 2007, we are pleased to see the ripples of
cognitive liberty continuing to make waves.
As always, we depend upon unique individuals
like you to keep the Center operating.
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Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, and have a fantastic new year!
Cognitive Liberty from Stanford to the United Nations
In the Spring of 2006, the CCLE teamed up with the Institute for Ethics and
Emerging Technologies (IEET) and the Stanford Center for Law and the
Biosciences, to hold a 3-day conference on Human Enhancement Technologies
and Human Rights. Conversations that began at that conference, were recently
continued at the UN Plaza in New York during an evening panel organized by
the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and The Appignani Center
for Bioethics (the United Nation bioethics liaison office of the
International Humanist and Ethical Union). Among the panelists and other
participants who discussed the impacts of emerging neurotechnologies on
cognitive liberty were James J. Hughes, executive director of the IEET,
Elizabeth Phelps Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New
York University, and Bradley Lewis MD, Ph.D., who teaches at the Gallatin
School at New York University.
CCLE provides input for CBS 60 Minutes segment “A Pill to Forget”
Earlier this year, CCLE Senior Legal Fellow Richard Glen Boire spoke with
producers from the 60 Minutes television show to provide the CCLE’s
viewpoint on new medications that are proving helpful at diminishing painful
memories and treating post traumatic stress disorder. Richard also discussed
a wide range of other cognitive liberty issues and story ideas with the
producers, some of which may show up in future broadcasts. On Nov. 26, CBS's
60 Minutes broadcast the memory pill segment with favorable discussion on
the core issue of an individual’s right to manage his or her own memories
and cognitive processes.
RGB at TED Conference, March 2007
Richard Glen Boire was invited to attend the 2007 TED conference in
Monterey, California. This is an exciting opportunity to connect with 1000
of the most creative and visionary people on the planet today. The TED
conference should be a fertile bed for spreading the cognitive liberty meme,
and networking with other forward-looking ideas and projects that will be
discussed during the three-day meeting. If you’ll be attending TED, please
let us know!
Wrye Teaching Technology & Human Values at UC Davis
After designing a new course on "Technology and Human Values" and discussing
it with administrators at the University of California, Davis, CCLE Director
Wrye Sententia was hired to teach the course in Summer 2006. The course
covers topics such as cognitive enhancement, technologies of perception, and
neuroethics in literature. The course was a definite success and will likely
be offered in years to come. Following the success of her teaching, Wrye was
hired as full-time faculty during the 2006/2007 academic year.
* Boire, Richard Glen & Feeney, Kevin _Medical Marijuana Law_ Ronin Press,
[Due Spring 2007] (A new book on current medical marijuana laws.
Co-authored, with Kevin Feeney, CCLE Summer Fellow.) <<
* Boire, Richard Glen, "Neurocops: Drug Policy and the Future of Enforcing
Social Policy From Inside the Body," Law Review Article in _Journal of Law
and Health_ [Due Spring 2007] (Law review article on new trend toward
* Boire, Richard Glen, "Civil Liberties for the Mind," Chapter in
_Neuromarketing: An Introduction_ (ed. Nareen Taher) ICFAI University Press,
2006 (Business text book). <<http://www.icfaipress.org/books/>>
* Boire, Richard Glen, "Student Drug Testing is an Invasion of Privacy,"
Chapter in _Drug Testing: At Issue_ (ed. Cindy Mur) Thomson & Gale, 2006
(Student text book). <<http://www.gale.com/greenhaven>>
CCLE Fellow Dr. Danielle Turner honored for her research
CCLE Fellow, Danielle Turner, was short-listed for the Britain-based Times
Higher Education “Young Researcher of the Year” award, sponsored by the UK
Research Council. Danielle’s CCLE role, interests, and research in cognitive
enhancement, are featured on page 10 of this comprehensive document:
Research Grant Update: Collateral Punishments
The CCLE has completed the first 6-month phase (legal research) of a
year-long project funded by the Marijuana Policy Project. Our study examines
the hidden punishments (e.g., loss of public housing, restrictions on
adoption, professional licenses and employment bars, etc.) that are
triggered by a marijuana conviction. The results of this comprehensive study
will be available in early Summer 2007.
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