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Top Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
http://www.cognitiveliberty.org
March 2, 2006

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CCLE Co-Sponsors Conference at Stanford University:
Human Enhancement Technologies & Human Rights
May 26-28, 2006
http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/HETHR
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The CCLE is excited about the upcoming conference we are co-sponsoring with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences. The conference will explore the intersection of Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights, and will take place May 26-28, 2006, at Stanford University. Make your plans to attend by following the link above.

See the next item to learn about our scholarship opportunity. Applications are due March 31.

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CCLE Offers Scholarships to Attend Stanford Conference
http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/mdsf/index.htm
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In conjunction with the upcoming “Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights” (See above item) to be held at Stanford University on Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28, 2006), the CCLE is pleased to announce a limited scholarship fund.  Each of the 5 scholarships will cover conference registration fees, and provides an additional $100 to help with some travel costs. The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2006. Follow the link above to apply.

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CCLE Fellow, Danielle Turner’s Cognitive Enhancement Article Featured on DEMOS
http://www.demos.co.uk/catalogue/betterhumanscollection/
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Danielle Turner and Barbra Sahakian’s article, “The Cognition-Enhanced Classroom,” discusses the use of psychotropic medications to enhance study skills.  Turner and Sahakian address the issue of college students using new prescription drugs to enhance their study skills.  Because some recent drugs have very little side effects, healthy students are using them.

Danielle Turner has also a recently published article in Poiesis & Praxis: the International Journal of Ethics of Science and Technology.
http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-40100-70-1151372-0,00.html

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PODCAST: Wrye Sententia + Richard Glen Boire + RU Sirius
http://www.mondoglobo.net/neofiles/
(From pull-down menu select no 027 “cognitive liberty”)
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Wrye Sententia and Richard Glen Boire were recent guests on RU Sirius’s MondoGlobo Network’s Neofiles Podcast. Listen to the discussion at the above link. 


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The Shulgin Project: A Documentary Film
http://shulginthefilm.com/index.htm
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Dr. Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin will be featured in an upcoming documentary film, explaining their roles in the discovery and exploration of novel psychoactive drugs and the cultural landscape around them.  Dr. Shulgin questions why psychedelics are outlawed or restricted, when many people can benefit from them through pain-relief or mind-expansive experiences.  Dr. Wrye Sententia also appears in this British documentary.  

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Wrye Sententia to speak at 2nd Annual Geoethical Nanotechnology Workshop
July 20, 2006, Lincoln, Vermont
http://www.terasemfoundation.org/program2.htm
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This year’s workshop, focused on “Neuronanotechnology and the Preservation of Human Consciousness,” is designed to develop new ideas and educate the public regarding ethical issues that pertain to nanotechnology.  Dr. Sententia will speak on “The Ethics of Imagination: Using the Space Between Our Ears” for workshop invitees. Public participation is encouraged via webcast.

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Meeting of the Minds: Second European Citizen Convention in Brussels
http://www.meetingmindseurope.org/

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This convention, held last year, was designed for citizens from across Europe to discuss up coming developments in brain science with the goal to aid European policy makers.  Wrye Sententia contributed the cognitive liberty perspective to the European Citizen’s Deliberation. A summery of the convention can now be found at the above link.

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CCLE Policy Fellow, Michael Ostrolenk Reports from DC: 
Bush Administration Pushes New Electronic National Medical Records Infrastructure
http://libertycoalition.net/
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The Bush Administration, their allies in Congress, their hi-tech contributors, medical researchers, insurance companies and other major players in the healthcare industry are pushing for the creation of an electronic medical records national infrastructure.  This effort follows an Executive Order from Bush that turned into bi-partisan legislation in the House and Senate in 2005. This proposed new government mandated and taxpayer-supported system is 'supposed' to save Americans billions in healthcare costs by making the system more efficient. While the Senate passed a version of the bill at the end of 2005, the House bill, H.R. 4157,  deceptively called the "Health Information Technology Promotion Act," is expected to come up for a vote within the next month.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at
Arizona State University, together with the
Advanced Concepts Group of Sandia National Laboratories
Arizona State University
May 3, 2006


CCLE director, Dr. Wrye Sententia will join invited workshop participants (neuroscientists, bioengineers, neuroethicists, social scientists, relevant entrepreneurs, and people with legislative, executive, and regulatory experience)  to address how a converging set of new technologies that promise to give human beings opportunities to develop, heal and alter their cognitive abilities in a variety of ways will impact society.  Governments increasingly will be called upon to support, permit, require, or limit, research and application of such cognitive enhancement technologies.

Freedom, Tolerance, and Civil Society:
A Civil Liberties and Personal Freedom Seminar for College Students
July 15-21st, 2006

http://www.theihs.org/subcategory.php/144.html

The seminar will look at the role that rights and responsibilities play in creating a peaceful and prosperous society, as well as the challenges and threats to this tradition; consider how society balances individual liberty with public health and safety, how personal freedom benefits society, and how civil liberties relate to both political and economic freedom. Topics covered will include free speech, the war on drugs, smoking bans, gun control, freedom of religion, gambling, "fat taxes," alternative medicine, gender/sex issues, and education.  Deadline for applications is March 31, 2006.

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