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From the Center for
Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
November 9, 2005
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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 scholarly treatment of this
topic. Send your topic and 1-page paper proposal to info AT cognitiveliberty.org 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
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 -
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
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
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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