Wrye Sententia

Wrye Sententia, Ph.D., served as co-director of the CCLE from 1999-2005. As director of the CCLE, Dr. Sententia analyzes developing technologies in relation to individual freedoms and human rights and assists educators, policymakers and companies in navigating ethical and legal dilemmas raised by new cognitive technologies and drugs in society at large. 

Dr. Sententia has guided the CCLE in sponsoring the National Science Foundation’s initiatives aimed at “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance” and in other public engagements.  In 2002, Sententia provided comments to the appointed President’s Council on Bioethics in Washington D.C., on the topic of cognitive enhancement technologies and in October 2004, debated members of the Council on the democratic values of the US Declaration of Independence in relation to emergent enhancement biotechnologies and human freedom: http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/news/Wryecbc2004_pic.htm

Sententia has written and spoken extensively on just how the scope of novel technologies will impact human freedom. E.g.: “Neuroethical Considerations:  Cognitive Liberty & Converging Technologies for Improving Human Cognition,” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. (Vol. 1013).(April 2004). She has taught, published articles, translations, and papers, on the topic of cognitive liberty & neurotechnologies; appeared frequently on radio and, increasingly, on television and regularly provides invited lectures at numerous universities, professional conferences, and events, both in the US and beyond.

Wrye Sententia is a 2005-6 Postdoctoral Lecturer, at the University of California, Davis, a 2005-6 fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and serves on the technology ethics advisory board for the Nanoethics Group.

In addition to her nonprofit work on the policy and ethics of freedom of thought in an age of neurotechnology, Sententia currently teaches  both for the UC Davis Technocultural Studies Program and the Universtiy Writing Program. With Lexington Press, she is currently at work on an academic book that considers cyberpunk science fiction and the impact of novel media, medicine, and  technology on freedom of thought.


Dr. Sententia seeks to coordinate with national and international stakeholders in creating model guidelines and a policy infrastructure for the protection and promotion of human freedom and choice. 

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