Additional Web Resources 

In addition to the weekly readings, you may wish to use the web for additional resources and background information. Below is a list of web-sites containing information related to the topics. If you have any suggestions, or are aware of any dead links, please let us know at


Week 1:            Introduction to Cognitive Liberty

Center for Cognitive liberty & Ethics:

FindLaw: U.S. Constitution: First Amendment Text & Annotations:

UN Declaration of Human Rights (see Articles 18-19)

Listing of philosophers and selected works having to do with the philosophy of liberty:

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

American Civil Liberties Union

“Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts” by Peter Facione


Week 2:            Introduction II: Philosophical Issues

Philosophers of Freedom of Speech

Brain, Mind, Society And Ethics

Meta-Encyclopedia of Philosophy: this site provides access to and comparisons of entries in philosophical encyclopedia.


Week 3:            Food for Thought: Input & Output

American Library Association “Notable First Amendment Court Cases”

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Independent Media Center

Electronic Privacy Information Center

The File Room

Free Expression Network

Internet Free Expression Alliance


Week 4:        Manufacturing Content I: Freedom and the Classroom 
(Academic and Intellectual Freedom)

American Association of University Professors “Academic Freedom & Tenure” page at    Links to:

“Academic Freedom in the USA” by Ronald B. Standler

Statement on Academic Freedom, University Autonomy and Social Responsibility proposed by the International Association of Universities

Academic Freedom Links & Academic Freedom After Sept. 11

“ACTA, the new McCarthyist organization” NY Times article by Christoph Reuss

American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)


Week 5:             Manufacturing Content II: The Construction of Social Meaning

Louis Althusser archive

Guy Debord “Society of the Spectacle” Complete text at:

Douglas Rushkoff’s site

Lawrence Lessig’s home page:

“Deconstructing Constructivism: The Kantian Connection” by Tyrone J. McNichols, from Journal Of Philosophy And History Of Education, Vol. 49:


Week 6:             Consuming Thoughts: The Mass Media

Columbia Journalism Review “Who Owns What”


Noam Chomsky Archive


Week 7:         The Politics of Consciousness, Altered States, & Baseline Consciousness

Recent MKULTRA-related news article : "Scientist's Death Haunts Family" by 
Fredric N. Tulsky (San Jose Mercury News Aug 8, 2002)

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

The following summaries reflect the most pivotal legal cases impacting mental illness law and how the courts handle the complex issues of insight, competence and treatment.

TASTE (The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences)


Week 8:         Drugs:  A Highly Opi(nion)ated Battle

William James Subjective Effects of Nitrous Oxide

“In Drugs We Trust: Why Do Americans Make War on Some Drugs and Build Fortunes on Others?” Salon offers a week's worth of special features on legal drugs.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Heffter Research Institute

Vaults of Erowid


Drug Policy Alliance

TRIP: The Journal of Modern Psychedelic Culture

Council On Spiritual Practices

Office of National Drug Control Policy

US Drug Enforcement Administration

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Drug And Alcohol Testing Industry (DATIA)




Week 9:            Technology & the Mind I

Brain Fingerprinting

The Hastings Center

Various articles & links


Week 10:            Technology & the Mind II: Social Implications


Human Genome Project Information: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

World Transhumanist Association

Techné: Journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology

Essays on the Philosophy of Technology

 “The Question Concerning Technology” by Martin Heidegger


Week 11:            Reading the Mind: Looking Out, Looking In–Surveillance Technologies

Wired article: The Surveillance Society

Department of Homeland Security

Privacy Commissioner Launches Charter Challenge Ottawa, June 21, 2002 - The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is initiating a Charter challenge of the RCMP's video surveillance activities in Kelowna, B.C.

David Lyon’s homepage (links to online articles at bottom)

Echelon Watch


Week 12:       Reality Models

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts:

The Deoxyribonucleic Hyperdimension

Noosphere: The Expanding Web of Consciousness

“Mavericks of the Mind: Internet Edition” by David Jay Brown & Rebecca McCLen Novick

“Timothy Leary's Eight Circuits of Consciousness” From Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati

John C. Lilly “Programming And Metaprograming In The Human Biocomputer”