COGNITIVE LIBERTY LINKS

ENTHEOGEN-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS

  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a membership-based non-profit research and educational organization. MAPS assists scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the healing and spiritual potentials of MDMA, psychedelic drugs, and marijuana.
        Join MAPS and receive the quarterly Bulletin. Progress is only possible with the support of individuals who care enough to take individual and collective action.

  • Hofmann Foundation: Throughout history people have used mind-expanding substances to explore consciousness and enhance their lives. The purpose of the Albert Hofmann Foundation is to gather the records of these endeavors and to further the understanding and responsible application of psychedelic substances in the investigation of both individual and collective consciousness.

  • DanceSafe: MDMA harm reduction group, famous for their one-site pill testing. Wondering what's really in that "MDMA" pill you bought at a rave? -- Check out their laboratory pill-testing page.

  • The Council on Spiritual Practices: (CSP) is a collaboration among spiritual guides, experts in the behavioral and biomedical sciences, and scholars of religion, dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred more available to more people. The purpose of their Entheogen Project is to systematically gather knowledge about the immediate and long-term effects of entheogen use and to explore how public policy might accommodate responsible spiritual practices incorporating entheogens.
     

  • Heffter Research Institute: The mission of the Heffter Research Institute is to conduct research of the highest scientific quality with psychedelic substances in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the mind, leading to the improvement of the human condition, and the alleviation of suffering.
     

  • Wasiwaska is a Research Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness. 

 

ENTHEOGEN-RELATED WEB SITES

  • Erowid: The Vaults of Erowid provides some of the Internet's most balanced and accurate information on visionary plants and drugs. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
     

  • Psychedelic Library: Section of the excellent Shaffer Library dedicated to information about psychedelics.
     

  • Mapinc.org: Great one-stop source for Drug War news.
     

  • Marijuana News: Richard Cowan's marijuana news clippings and commentary.
     

  • Spectral Mindustries: books and paradoxical systems analysis from RGB and friends. Don't miss COPSwatch, the media-parasite that teaches you your legal rights.
     

  • TRIP Magazine: TRIP is a print periodical dedicated to the study of psychedelics, expanded consciousness, and the science of reality and perception.
     

  • RxMarijuana: Dr. Lester Grinspoon's website, which allows vistitors to ask Dr. Grinspoon questions about marijuana and other drugs.
     

  • Spirit Plants: A nicely designed chat parlor for people interested in visionary plants. Signal-to-noise ratio varies.
     

  • Salvia Divinorum Research and Information Center: This site, run by Daniel Siebert, is the largest and most trustworthy compilation of divinorum-related information on the Web.
     

  • DrugWar.com: This is the site author Dan Russell whose books Shamanism and Drug Propaganda, and Drug War are packed with all the nasty details of the Drug War. His links page is an excellent jumping off point to numerous entheogen-related sites.
     

  • Changes Elizabeth Gips' realaudio show for the entheogen-interested.
     

  • Entheogen Review is a quarterly journal that serves as a clearinghouse for current data about the unauthorized use of visionary plants and drugs.

 

DRUG USE & DRUG WAR STATISTICS

 

 

DRUG POLICY ORGS

  • ACLU Drug Policy pages.

  • Common Sense for Drug Policy is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding discussion on drug policy by resonating the voices of those raising questions about existing law and educating the public about alternatives to current policies.

  • Drug Policy Alliance is a nonprofit organization which promotes alternatives to the current war on drugs. DPF is one of the only organizations that provides grants for progressive drug policy projects.

  • DRCNet The Drug Reform Coordination Network.

  • MPP The mission of the Marijuana Policy Project is to provide the marijuana law-reform movement with full-time, organized lobbying on issues of medical marijuana, mandatory minimums, and the new legislation affecting marijuana users.

  • NORML has worked to reform marijuana laws since 1970.

  • ReconsiDer is a grassroots not-for-profit membership organization that was incorporated in New York State by concerned citizens to provide a forum for discussing alternatives to the war on drugs.

  • Schaffer Library of Drug Policy Fantastic archive of online drug policy publications. From historical documents up to today.

  • Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Active drug policy reform student group on US university campuses.

Drug War News Sites

CCLE's News

Alternet's Drug Reporter Ongoing essays on the drug war.

MapInc. Single largest up-to-date archive of news about the drug war. Highly Recommended!

Marijuana News. Daily news and commentary on marijuana by Richard Cowan.

Drug Scope provides a newswire of European Drug-related news.

Corafax provides weekly Drug War news from around the world.

Mexico drug war news can be found at Narco-News.

Drugs and the Constitution-Essays

On Cognitive Liberty
Series of essays by Richard Glen Boire which elaborate on the individual's fundamental right to cognitive liberty and autonomy of mind. Includes a running critique of drug prohibition.

The Drug War and the Constitution. "The thesis that I want to advance today is that the drug war and the laws that prohibit the private consumption of certain drugs are un-Constitutional. Prohibition laws, themselves, violate every tenet of limited government that is embodied in our Constitution." By Paul Hager.

Are The Drug Laws Constitutional? "The truth is that behind Congress's ostensible aim of combating drug misbranding lay its growing antagonism to the habit of pharmacological self-pleasuring, manifested by the act's specifically mandating the listing on the label of what were then the main ingredients of Americans' favorite nostrums: alcohol, hypnotics, and sedatives." By Thomas Szasz 

Cognitive Liberty and the Constitution is the topic of several articles in our Journal of Cognitive Liberties.

Criminalization of Drug Use "America's drug war has always trifled with science. But the assumption that the presence alone of a particular chemical in a person's bloodstream is cause for imprisonment replaces the fundamental American right of presumption of innocence with the police-state mentality of assumed guilt. Nevertheless, we should not worry. The people in jail cells are not prisoners, just patients undergoing the new therapy of coerced abstinence." By Jopseph McNamara, D.P.A.

Pebbles Trippet's Amicus Brief in the Oakland Cannabis Buyer's Club case before the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Trippet's brief addresses some of the fundamental rights violated by the federal drug prohibition.

 Criminalization of Drug Use 
"America's drug war has always trifled with science. But the assumption that the presence alone of a particular chemical in a person's bloodstream is cause for imprisonment replaces the fundamental American right of presumption of innocence with the police-state mentality of assumed guilt. Nevertheless, we should not worry. The people in jail cells are not prisoners, just patients undergoing the new therapy of coerced abstinence." By Jopseph McNamara, D.P.A.

 

FORCED MENTAL "TREATMENT"  

  • Support Coalition is an alliance of more than 70 grassroots groups in 11 countries united to win human rights in the "mental health system."

  • ect.org focuses on abuses related to electoconvulsive "shock" therapy.

  • Pivotal Legal cases in the field of "mental illness law." 

 

NEW TECHNOLOGY

BioEthics

Timeline of bioethics happenings, including legal issues related to tests on unwitting humans.
 

Brain Implants

  • Big Brother Wants to Implant You
    Brain implant article and resources from disinfo.com. Believe what you want to believe.

  • Actual Patents on Mind Control Tek
    Go to search page of the US Governments Patent & Trademark Office at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/srchnum.htm
    (Or go to the homepage at http://www.uspto.gov), Then do a search for the following patents:
    3,951,134                   5,356,368
    4,858,612                   5,270,800
    5,123,899                   5,289,438
    4,877,027                   6,011,911
    5,159,703                   5,507,291
    5,629,678                   5,878,155
    5,539,705                   5,760,692
    5,868,100                   5,905,461
    5,935,054                   5,952,600
    6,006,188                   6,014,080

Brain Fingerprinting

Machine Intelligence

  • The Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI) was established at the University and ETH Zurich at the end of 1995. The mission of the Institute is to discover the key principles by which brains work and to implement these in artificial systems that interact intelligently with the real world.

Nanotechnology

  • Engines of Creation
    Online version of Eric Drexler's groundbreaking book on nanotech.

  • Foresight Institute
    Nonprofit organization focused on nanotech science and policy.

    • Nanodot is the Foresight Institute's nanotechnology maillist. This link will take you to today's messages, which you can read on the web.

  • Nanotechnology Magazine
    Print and online publication on nanotechnology.

  • NanoLink
    Comprehensive links page for nanotechnology issues.

  • Societal Impacts Of Nanotechnology In Education and Medicine is a 280-page report by V. Vogel of the University of Washington, written for the National Science Foundation and dated March 2001. (pdf)

    Neurotheology

  • Neurotheology is examining what specifically happens within the brain when a person has a “religious” or “spiritual” experience. Early research is showing that not only does a person’s brain activity change in particular areas while that person is experiencing a religious epiphany, but such epiphanies can be occasioned, for some people, by stimulating various parts of the brain by various means. 

Extropians and Transhumans

  • Betterhumans: provides news, features and resources related to human progress with the goal of helping people create the future they want.

  • Extropy Institute is the oldest extropy organization.

  • Singularity Institute is a transhuman-oriented nonprofit with the mission to bring about the Singularity - the technological creation of greater-than-human intelligence.  They believe that the creation of greater-than-human intelligence would result in an immediate, worldwide, and material improvement to the human condition. 

Subliminal Messages

  • Laced Media
    Article on how George W. Bush used a subliminal advert in his presidential campaign

Internet Filtering

Online Freedom

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression in the arena of computers and the Internet. EFF was founded in 1990, and is based in San
    Francisco, California, with a satellite office in Washington, DC.

  • EschelonWatch Echelon is perhaps the most powerful intelligence gathering organization in the world. Several credible reports that suggest that this global electronic communications surveillance system presents an extreme threat to the privacy of people all over the world.

  • Spirit of the Internet: Speculations on the Evolution of Global Consciousness is a book by Lawrence Hagert, which, among other things, sees the Internet as "the new battleground in the struggle for cognitive liberty."

  • Politech
    Declan McCullagh's politics and technology mailing list.

REALITY MODELS [more coming]

The Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC) is an interdisciplinary academic organization dedicated to the study of consciousness phenomena in cultures around the world. The primary areas of interest of SAC members include: states of consciousness (both "normal" and "altered"), possession, and trance states; religion; ethnographic studies of shamanistic, mediumistic, mystical, and related traditions; indigenous healing practices; linguistic, philosophical, social, and symbolic studies of consciousness phenomena; and anomalous phenomena, including the roles these play in traditional and modern cultural practices.

Models of Consciousness

There are many theories of what consciousness "is." Here are a few online resources:

MISCELLANEOUS

Book Burning interview with Professor Kamien about various incidents in which books were burned.

Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving the understanding of the laws, regulations, and policies affecting the food and drug industry (foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, biologics, and animal health products). FDLI is neutral and nonpartisan, and it does not lobby or take a stand on any issue. The FDLI produces very good, but expensive, publications on food and drug regulations.

Fusion Anomaly Alchemind Society director, RGB's, number one favorite web site (at least on August 25, 2000). Indescribable info-nodal resource, with fantastic motion and still imagery. 

HEDWEB Site devoted to "paradise engineering." Author David Pearce argues that nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and pharmacological advancements have the potential to completely eliminate aversive experience (i.e., suffering) from the face of the living world. Interesting stuff.

Media Activism page at FAIR.

The Independent Media Center is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, objective, and passionate tellings of the issues ignored by mainstream mass-media.

Psychedelic Mindview A course at Northern Illinois University, taught by Professor Thomas B. Roberts.

Religion of Freedom Foundation is a small organization that takes freedom as its religion, including the right to use entheogens.

Reporters Without Borders provides human rights news that is hard to find elsewhere.

Steroid Law is attorney Rick Collins' site for legal information about steroids.

TASTE (The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences) is  a project created by Charles Tart, and designed to provide scientists with a forum for recording their personal transcendent experiences.

Liberty Documents

BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

New Falcon publishers of rebellious counter-culture material from the likes of Robert Anton Wilson, Christopher Hyatt, Aleister Crowley, Timothy Leary and Israel Regardie (to name a few).

Journal of Consciousness Studies How does the mind relate to the brain? Can computers ever be conscious? What do we mean by subjectivity and the self?  The Journal of Consciousness Studies is a peer-reviewed monthly serial which examines these issues in plain English.

Spirit of the Internet: Speculations on the Evolution of Global Consciousness is a book by Lawrence Hagert, which, among other things, sees the Internet as "the new battleground in the struggle for cognitive liberty."

The Resonance Project: TRiP is a print periodical dedicated to the study of psychedelics, expanded consciousness, and the science of reality and perception.

Flashback Books is a mail-order bookseller dealing exclusively in rare, scarce and out-of-print books, periodicals and related materials on the history, science, and literature of drug experience, with an emphasis on psychedelic and other mind-altering plants and drugs, and the cultures and countercultures that evolved from their use.

Entheogen Review is a quarterly journal that serves as a clearinghouse for current data about the unauthorized use of visionary plants and drugs.