Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for
Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
May 17, 2007
The concept of cognitive liberty has been featured in a
recent series of high-profile articles, from Jeffrey Rosen's piece in New
York Times Magazine on "neurolaw," to Richard Glen Boire's law review
article on pharmacotherapy. All of these can be seen as part of a broader
social trend in which issues surrounding freedom of thought are gaining
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Cognitive Liberty in New York Times
Magazine Cover Story
New York Times Magazine, March 11, 2007
"The Brain on the Stand" By JEFFREY ROSEN
Jeffery Rosen explores new developments in technology and law
"that threaten our privacy and mental freedom, leading some to call for the
legal system to respond with a new concept of 'cognitive liberty'." Mr.
Rosen included comments form CCLE Board Member Paul Root Wolpe on the
potential extralegal effects of emerging neurotechnologies, stating that
"We're going to have to make a decision about the skull as a privacy
Cognitive Liberty on NPR Fresh Air
Jeffrey Rosen, who penned the NYT Magazine article, also
appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air radio show. Mr. Rosen discussed “cognitive
liberty” and many of the same issues that we have been focusing on since our
founding in 2000.
Cognitive Liberty in JAMA
Journal of American Medical Association
28, 2007; 297: 1382 - 1383.
The Journal of American Medical Association includes a review
of Jonathan Moreno's new book Mind Wars: Brain Research and National
Defense. The book is a history and commentary on "the rendezvous of soldiers
and science, national security imperatives, and the equally compelling
question of 'cognitive liberty'."
CCLE mentioned in Time Magazine's
special “Mind & Body” Issue
TIME Magazine, January 29, 2007
The January 29, 2007 issue of Time Magazine contained a
number of articles focused on neuroethics and cognitive liberty. Richard
Glen Boire was interviewed prior to publication and contributed information
on the various issues constellated around cognitive liberty. He was quoted
on the topic of Ritalin use in schools.
“Neurcops” Law review article published
in Journal of Law & Health
Richard Glen Boire’s 43-page law review
article on the topic of pharmacotherapy has been published as the lead
article in the Journal of Law and Health. The article documents a recent
shift in America's rhetoric and strategy, from a 'War on Drugs' to an
emphasis on medically "curing" the "disease" of drug use. As part of this
new approach, pharmaceutical companies, often with assistance from the U.S.
government, have begun to create a new class of drugs that biologically
block or reduce the effects of illegal drugs. The article examines the
possibility that these 'treatments' may be made compulsory for some people.
(The issue just came out in March 2007, although it is dated 2004. – the
Journal is running a bit behind). A full and free pdf can be downloaded from
the Journal’s site at the link above.
of Geoethical Nanotechnology
Wrye Sententia's 2006
presentation "The Ethics of Imagination: The Space Between Your Ears" speaks
to freedom of thought within the context of ensuring and evolving human
rights. The presentation examines how accessible and forward looking
narratives, in the form of science fiction novels and films, serve a
critical function in enhancing ethics as we navigate the challenges posed by
neuro-nanotechnology and other future technologies.
Welcome to new
CCLE Legal Intern
The CCLE is very pleased
to welcome Christopher Camp, a current law student at UC Davis School of
Law. Chris is interested in the interplay between law, technology and the
right to privacy. We are grateful to Chris for his reliable, intelligent,
and insightful support of the CCLE's ongoing work.
Call for New CCLE Director
The CCLE is
seeking our next director! If you are committed to the CCLE's mission to
protect and promote cognitive liberty, understand the scope of related 21st
century issues, have strong verbal and writing skills, a record of
fundraising and management success, or a willingness to volunteer to create
that track record, and are available at least 10-20 hours/week, please send
a letter of introduction to: info[at]cognitiveliberty.org
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