Top Cognitive Liberty News | November 2005

CCLE Co-Sponsors Conference at Stanford
Call for Papers on Human Enhancement Technologies & Human Rights

The CCLE is pleased to join the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, together with the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University, in an exploration of the contours of human enhancement at an upcoming (May 26-28, 2006) conference devoted to the rigorous treatment of this topic.
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Top Cognitive Liberty News | September 2005

CCLE Awarded Official Consultative Status
with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council

Following a year-long application process, (itself an education in large-scale bureaucracy) the CCLE has been awarded official status as a consulting organization to the United Nations’ Economic and  Social Council. We strongly believe in the strength and efficacy of smaller organizations to address and help resolve issues of global importance. This UN endorsement gives greater visibility and strength to the CCLE’s positions on global drug policy, technology issues, and other international human rights issues that we may bring before the United Nations in this capacity.

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Top Cognitive Liberty News |  Summer  2005

The American Journal of Bioethics
Volume 5 Number 2 | March-April 2005

The current issue of the American Journal of Bioethics is focused on the important topic of "neuroethics." There are many great articles, including one by Richard Glen Boire that argues that the Fourth Amendment ought to protect the insides of our heads as much as the insides of our homes. We believe that neuroethics will completely reframe the future of neuropharmacology and psychotropic drugs. This issue of the American Journal of Bioethics is a great place to get up-to-date on the importance of this emerging field of study which is already beginning to influence law and policy.

>> Read This and Other Top News for Summer 2005

International Conference on Drugs in the Future
Jun 17, 2005 - London, England

The CCLE's Dr. Wrye Sententia will Chair the International Conference on Drugs in the Future, to be held June 17, 2005, in London. Join Dr. Sententia, the Erowid Librarians, Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and other special visionary guests to supercharge your thinking about the future of drug use, drug information and drug policy. Sponsored by DTL, and supported by Release and the Beckley Foundation. >> Read This and Other Top News for April

Top Cognitive Liberty News |  April  2005

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Ayahuasca Case:
Freedom of Religion Pitted Against Drug War Symbolism

On Friday April 15, the US Supreme Court agreed to review an important case involving US members of the ayahuasca-using Uniao Do Vegetal (UDV) church. The CCLE's Richard Glen Boire is an expert on the legal issues concerning ayahuasca use and spoke about them live on the BBC Radio 5 on April 18, 2005, noting that the case pits Freedom of Religion against the symbolism of the War on Drugs. Ayahuasca is not a drug of abuse, and has zero impact on the "drug war," whereas freedom of religion is one of the most cherished freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. During alcohol prohibition, religious users of wine (a drug far more habituating) than ayahuasca were exempted, and the CCLE maintains that a similar exemption ought to be recognized for the members of the UDV. Indeed, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act mandates such an accommodation.
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Top Cognitive Liberty News |  March  2005


The newspaper The Australian reports that “a group of Queensland politicians want the federal Government to investigate giving an anti-junkie vaccination to babies. The vaccination, being considered by British MPs, would render children immune to becoming smokers or drug users.” Our 50-page Pharmacotherapy Report foresaw this trend last year and we have been working hard to forestall government efforts to enforce social policy by altering the very architecture of the human body. >> Read this and other news for March 2005

Top Cognitive Liberty News |  February  2005

UN Considers CCLE Suggestions 
for Protecting Freedom of Thought

In late-January, the UN’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) and International Bioethics Commission (IBC) met to review written comments to guide the draft of an International Declaration on Universal Norms on Bioethics. The CCLE recommended incorporating clear freedom of thought protections and stressed the need to incorporate clear wording and protections for brain privacy, autonomy and choice. We are still awaiting to see if our suggestions are incorporated in the final draft.  >> Read this and other news for February 2005


Top Cognitive Liberty News |  January 2005

Now Available:
"Connecting Brains and Society"

Last year, Dr. Wrye Sententia was one of 25 experts who met in Amsterdam to discuss the ways that neuroscience will make it possible to improve the ways our brains function. At the same time, some potential applications of neurotech will pose a slew of legal and ethical issues for the newly formed European Union. Wrye generated lots of discussion about the need to respect and protect freedom of thought in existing and new European laws. >> Read this and other news for January 2005



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