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January 14, 2005
Happy new year! Things are off to a fast start, with several upcoming
events, a number of new publications, and a new look for the CCLE's popular
feature Ask Dr. Shulgin Online.
Thanks to all of you who made year-end donations for the CCLE's 2005
operating expenses. Because of your generosity we are happy to report that
operations will continue in 2005. For those who haven't donated, please join
the eclectic global community of people who believe that Freedom of Thought
deserves fulltime protection, and consider making a tax-deductible donation
to support the CCLE's work. Any amount helps!
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Visions: Re-Membering Virtual Reality
Join Dr. Wrye Sententia at Penn State on Monday, January 17, 2005, where
she'll be speaking about the ways that virtual reality and the reality of
the virtual can be hacked using drugs, texts, and other technologies, to
produce moments of "autonomous affect," in which one suddenly experiences
one's environment in a radically new and productive way. Where and When:
Monday, January 17, 2004, 3:00 p.m., Penn State's Kern Bldg, Room 102.
in the New Yorker Magazine
Richard Glen Boire was quoted by Jeffery Toobin in an article in the New
Yorker about last month's ruling in the federal case concerning hoasca (aka
ayahuasca) use by members of the Uniao do Vegetal. After a half-hour
conversation with Toobin concerning the meaning and importance of the case,
Toobin ended up using only a rather off-the-cuff comment by Richard that
underscored the fact that ayahuasca is not, and never will be, a "drug of
abuse." Read Toobin's full article (it's quite short) at the above URL.
Note: a subsequent ruling changes much of what Toobin wrote: See,
Technologies For Improving Human Performance
NBIC 2005: A 2-day conference February 24-25, Kailua-Kona, HI.
For the third year in a row, the CCLE is proud to be sponsoring and
presenting at this prestigious conference, chaired by members of the
National Science Foundation. The conference looks at how nanotechnology,
biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science are converging
on the human, and thereby making it possible for improved physical and
mental performance. Simultaneously, these developments raise many new legal
and ethical issues. In the past years, we've found this conference to be a
great place for discussing and developing the multi-dimensional scope of
cognitive liberty with a diverse group of experts from government, industry,
and academia. Join us there!
Dr. Shulgin Online - New Look for 2005 and a New Answer
A new version of the Ask Dr. Shulgin Online website went online on January
1, 2005. The new design utilizes a blogger platform, and adds a bookstore
featuring books by Dr. Shulgin and friends. In addition, we've added a array
of new-answer notification systems, including RSS feeds and e-mail. Visit
the new site at the above URL and sign up to receive a notice whenever a new
question is answered!
discussed in Canada
In December, Canadians in the Province of Alberta heard Richard Glen Boire
discuss the trends that threaten to move the policing of tomorrow's drug war
straight into our bloodstream. As pharmaceutical companies continue to
develop new drugs that block the effects of illegal drugs, and government
rhetoric continues to cast even responsible adult users of marijuana and
other illegal drugs as "sick people who need treatment," the stage is set
for a frightening expansion of the drug war. Richard discussed this
possibility, ways to avoid it, and answered questions from listeners, during
a live one-hour radio show carried on the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation's (CBC) WildRose Forum, hosted by Don Hill. Unfortunately, the
CBC does not archive MP3s of that show. To read the CCLE's report "Threats
to Cognitive Liberty: Pharmacotherapy and the Future of the Drug War," go
Century Brains - New Dimensions in Bioethics
Join Wrye Sententia, R.U. Sirius, and special friends on January 27th 2005,
in Mill Valley, CA, for "21st Century Brains" a bioethics debate sponsored
by the neofiles (see URL above.) The Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., at the
Mill Valley Community Center.
Albert Hofmann turns 99!
The man who gave birth to a little known pharmaceutical drug trade named
Delysid, which later became a worldwide phenomenon despite criminal
prohibition under its nontrade name lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) turned
99 on January 11. CCLE Advisor Rick Doblin, president of the
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) rigged up an
amazing live online conference call with Dr. Hofmann and guests. Those who
tuned in live for the web event were treated to an amazing sonic happening,
and participated in a unique multi-nodal celebration of Dr. Hofmann and
ongoing efforts to reassess the potentials of psychedelic and empathogenic
drugs. MAPS is leading the way. The event is archived in MP3 format on the
MAPS website at the above URL.
Available: The Published Proceedings of
The European Workshop on "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 succeeded in generating lots of discussion about the
need to respect and protect freedom of thought in existing and new European
laws. The proceedings are now available free from the King Baudouin
Foundation at the URL above.
Abuse: Opposing View Points
A new textbook published by Thomson & Gale is designed to give high school
and college students a diversity of view points about drug use and drug
policy. Richard Glen Boire was honored to supply a rebuttal to Supreme Court
Justice Clarence Thomas, who argues that random drug testing of public
school students is reasonable. Richard disagrees, arguing that "random drug
testing of students teaches by example and the lesson is that the Fourth
Amendment has become a historical artifact, a quant relic from bygone days
when our country honored the scrupulous protection of constitutional
freedoms of the individual." A version of Richard's essay can be read online
at the above URL. The book itself can be purchased from
http://www.gale.com. The ISBN number is:
0-7377-2226-6 (hardcover) and 0-7377-2227-4 (paperback).
New Year Fundraiser Ė Please Donate!
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today, and give whatever you can. Thanks! - Richard Glen Boire & Wrye Sententia
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