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CCLE Co-Sponsors Conference at Stanford University:
Human Enhancement Technologies & Human Rights
May 26-28, 2006
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.
CCLE Offers Scholarships
to Attend Stanford Conference
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.
CCLE Fellow, Danielle
Turner’s Cognitive Enhancement Article Featured on DEMOS
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.
PODCAST: Wrye Sententia
+ Richard Glen Boire + RU Sirius
(From pull-down menu select no 027 “cognitive liberty”)
and Richard Glen Boire were recent guests on RU Sirius’s MondoGlobo
Network’s Neofiles Podcast. Listen to the discussion at the above link.
Project: A Documentary Film
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.
Sententia to speak at 2nd Annual Geoethical Nanotechnology
July 20, 2006, Lincoln, Vermont
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
Meeting of the Minds: Second European Citizen Convention in Brussels
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.
CCLE Policy Fellow, Michael Ostrolenk Reports from DC:
Bush Administration Pushes New Electronic National Medical Records
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.
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
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.