Freedom of Thought at the Crossroads
WOULD YOU FEEL IF...
thought is at a critical crossroads.
drugs and other advanced technologies are making it possible to change your
thought processes. On the one hand, they hold tremendous opportunities for
enabling enhanced human functioning. On the other hand, they raise deeply
troubling prospects for an entirely new form of coercion. One thing is
the parameters of freedom of
thought are changing as much as the printing press and the Internet changed the
parameters of freedom of speech.
Lawmakers and judges
making important decisions now
that set alarming precedent for the future of freedom of thought. Without
freedom of thought there can be no free society.
protects your civil liberties, but who is working to protect your cognitive
THE CCLE: KEEPING
FREEDOM IN MIND
for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics is a rights-based public policy organization
dedicated to promoting freedom of thought. Our mission is to develop, and implement public polices that preserve and enhance freedom of
thought into the 21st Century.
WHY FOCUS ON FREEDOM
The right to freedom of thought is situated at the core of
what it means to be a free person. It is essential to the most elementary
concepts of human freedom, dignity, and self-expression. Itís what gives us
collective confidence that the future will improve upon the past.
In the past, civil
rights battles were centered on freeing the body from oppression.
The civil rights battles
of today and tomorrow must now focus on protecting the fundamental right to
brain privacy, autonomy, and choice (i.e., "cognitive liberty").
At stake is the unlimited potential of the human mind.
WHY IS COGNITIVE
LIBERTY A PRESSING ISSUE?
how inadequately the courts and lawmakers have handled rapid advances in
digital communication, and the Patriot Act shows how rabidly some
politicians are willing to sacrifice well-established freedoms in the name
of "increased security." Letís be sure that those charged with administering
for the public good don't run roughshod over freedom of thought.
WHAT CAN I DO?
person can make a difference.
1. Get Informed:
Find good sources of
information, and educate yourself on current and emerging freedom of
2. Take a Stand:
If you believe in freedom of thought, let others know, especially your
elected leaders. Make your stand part of who you are and the way you live
3. Get Involved:
national and local media, call or visit your elected representatives, and volunteer.
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