Los Angeles Event: Thursday Feb.
6, 7pm - midnite
The Learning Party presents:
Cognitive Liberty: Can You Change Your Own Mind?
a dialogue with Wrye Sententia
of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
Profound advances in cognitive technologies &
neurochemistry are further changing our ability to manipulate the brain. In
the next few decades we will see even more intricate breakthroughs in
neurotechnologies & neurochemistry. How will society respond to new options,
new possibilities for treating or manipulating the mind? What sorts of
freedom to benefit from these advances will we have, what sorts of
limitations should/will there be?
The current War on (some) Drugs already restricts
unapproved psychoactive substances & the right to change your mind with
them. When legal, prescription drugs become available not only for treating
ailments like depression or Alzheimer's disease, but for enhancing "normal"
cognitive faculties--like improving memory & retention--what sorts of rights
to these tools will/should we have?
What role will the government play in regulating, or
even in deploying for their own purposes, emerging technologies &
psychoactive drugs? Are there foreseeable dangers that we, as a democratic
society should anticipate and forestall?"
(w/downtempo-ambient mixing after discussion)
Located at Club Mobius, 209 S. Garey Street,
near Japantown/Artist's District, Los Angeles
2 blocks E on 2nd from intersection of 2nd & Alameda.