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Top Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
November 9, 2005

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CCLE Co-Sponsors Conference at Stanford University:
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 scholarly treatment of this topic. Send your topic and 1-page paper proposal to info AT by January 1, 2006.

Dr. Danielle Turner joins as CCLE Fellow

The CCLE is pleased to welcome Dr. Danielle Turner as a CCLE fellow. Dr. Turner is currently a researcher at the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry in the UK, where she successfully completed a PhD in psychopharmacology. Dr. Turner is best known for her work on cognitive enhancement, which she has presented at national and international conferences, and on which she has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her work has received widespread recognition, as from the Royal Institution, UK, and has been discussed in public forums such as the UK Guardian Newspaper, The Today Programme and the BBC World Service. Dr. Turner, together with Barbara Sahakian, has a forthcoming paper (early 2006) on the neuroethics of cognitive enhancement in Journal BioSocieties, a new journal produced by the London School of Economics and Harvard University.

CCLE at International Drug Policy Conference - Long Beach, CA

Dr. Wrye Sententia, CCLE Director, presents on a panel devoted to the topic of “Our Right to Drugs,” echoing CCLE Advisor Dr. Thomas Szasz’s  book by the same name. (Friday, 4-5:30 Nov. 11 Marina Room, Westin Hotel Long Beach). The CCLE is a National Partner of this extensive conference on drug policy to take place in Long Beach, Nov. 10-12th

US Supreme Court Hears Argument in UDV Ayahuasca Case
The UDV (Uniăo do Vegetal) ayahuasca case was argued before the Supreme Court on November 1st. The case goes to the very foundation of the free exercise of religion, and pits freedom of religion against the symbology of the “war on drugs.” For the past six years, the federal government has attempted to prohibit a small religious organization and its members from practicing their religion, which involves the use of a sacramental tea, ritually prepared from two unscheduled South American plants. For a report on the arguments, see the above link.


“Give Me Cognitive Liberty” by Salim Muwakkil

Salim Muwakkil discusses the work of the Center for Cognitive Liberty and CCLE Senior Fellow Richard Glen Boire, J.D., in this article confronting US drug policy.


“Choose to Forget” Nov. 3rd article in Sydney Morning Herald

Wendy Champagne interviews CCLE Director, Dr. Wrye Sententia, on the ethics of neuropharmaceuticals for memory erasure to memory enhancement.


Richard Glen Boire’s “Dangerous Lessons”
Set for publication in Controversial Issues Series

“Dangerous Lessons” a popular essay by Richard Glen Boire on the dangers inherent in drug testing public school students, will be reprinted for the anthology, At Issue: Drug Testing, which is part of an educational series on controversial issues by leading advocates.


Conferences & Events

Michael Chorost Visiting Lecture
2:00 pm to 3 pm; 126 Voorhies
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Supported by the CCLE, UC Davis Technoculture Program, & the University of California, Davis Writing Program: Michael Chorost speaks about the craft and content of his new book: Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human. Speaking from personal experience as a recipient of a cochlear implant that allows him to hear via state-of-the-art computertechnology, Chorost offers a writer's finely-tuned sensibility to complex issues raised by techno-human mergers.


International Drug Policy Conference - Long Beach
Thursday, November 10-Saturday, November 12th, Long Beach, CA

The world’s most comprehensive conference on drug policy, organized by the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance, takes place this weekend. The CCLE is a National Partner (see news item above for CCLE speakers).


Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference
Saturday, November 12- Wednesday, November 16, Washington, D.C.

The Society for Neuroscience celebrates 35 years as a leading organization for the study of the brain and nervous system. More than 30,000 scientists from across the globe are expected to gather and exchange ideas about the latest discoveries and research on the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. Nearly 17,000 presentations are scheduled (!), including 14 special lectures, 28 symposia, and 27 minisymposia, covering research ranging from single molecules to human behavior.


November 20th-22nd 2005
Beckley Foundation's Second Annual Global Drug Policy Seminar

House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London
(invitation only event; summary record of proceedings to follow)

Senior politicians, policy officials and world-recognized experts convene debate the latest evidence and challenges in national and international drug policy. Held, as last year, in the grand surroundings of the House of Lords, London, the event incorporates four interlinked meetings - A Main Policy Seminar, a second Seminar jointly hosted with the UK Government looking at scientific changes to patterns of psychoactive drug use in the next 20 years, an Academic Symposium, and a meeting of the International Drug Policy Consortium. This is a unique opportunity to debate, in a respectful and confidential atmosphere, real policy dilemmas in this difficult area of social policy.


MIT conference on The Future of the Brain
Thursday, December 1, 2005

In conjunction with the opening of MIT's new brain and cognitive sciences complex, the Picower Institute will host some of the world's most eminent neuroscientists and molecular biologists, including five Nobel laureates, who will gather to discuss future developments in brain research. The symposium will also examine the relationship between the human brain and the mind and will look at the possible impact of research about learning and memory on human health.

Speakers include neuroscientists/biologists/chemists: Dr. Richard Axel, Dr. Sydney Brenner, Dr. Eric Kandel, Dr. Christoph Koch; Dr. James Watson; Dr. Alexander Shulgin; author Oliver Sacks; MIT President Susan Hockfield, and many others.

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