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Top Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
May 17, 2007

The concept of cognitive liberty has been featured in a recent series of high-profile articles, from Jeffrey Rosen's piece in New York Times Magazine on "neurolaw," to Richard Glen Boire's law review article on pharmacotherapy.  All of these can be seen as part of a broader social trend in which issues surrounding freedom of thought are gaining popular traction.

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Cognitive Liberty in New York Times Magazine Cover Story
New York Times Magazine,  March 11, 2007
"The Brain on the Stand" By JEFFREY ROSEN
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Jeffery Rosen explores new developments in technology and law "that threaten our privacy and mental freedom, leading some to call for the legal system to respond with a new concept of 'cognitive liberty'." Mr. Rosen included comments form CCLE Board Member Paul Root Wolpe on the potential extralegal effects of emerging neurotechnologies, stating that "We're going to have to make a decision about the skull as a privacy domain."

Cognitive Liberty on NPR Fresh Air ===========================================

Jeffrey Rosen, who penned the NYT Magazine article, also appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air radio show. Mr. Rosen discussed “cognitive liberty” and many of the same issues that we have been focusing on since our founding in 2000. 

Cognitive Liberty in JAMA
Journal of American Medical Association
JAMA, March 28, 2007; 297: 1382 - 1383.

The Journal of American Medical Association includes a review of Jonathan Moreno's new book Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense. The book is a history and commentary on "the rendezvous of soldiers and science, national security imperatives, and the equally compelling question of 'cognitive liberty'." 

CCLE mentioned in Time Magazine's special “Mind & Body” Issue
TIME Magazine, January 29, 2007,16641,20070129,00.html

The January 29, 2007 issue of Time Magazine contained a number of articles focused on neuroethics and cognitive liberty. Richard Glen Boire was interviewed prior to publication and contributed information on the various issues constellated around cognitive liberty. He was quoted on the topic of Ritalin use in schools.

“Neurcops” Law review article published in Journal of Law & Health

Richard Glen Boire’s 43-page law review article on the topic of pharmacotherapy has been published as the lead article in the Journal of Law and Health.  The article documents a recent shift in America's rhetoric and strategy, from a 'War on Drugs' to an emphasis on medically "curing" the "disease" of drug use.  As part of this new approach, pharmaceutical companies, often with assistance from the U.S. government, have begun to create a new class of drugs that biologically block or reduce the effects of illegal drugs. The article examines the possibility that these 'treatments' may be made compulsory for some people.  (The issue just came out in March 2007, although it is dated 2004. – the Journal is running a bit behind). A full and free pdf can be downloaded from the Journal’s site at the link above.

Cognitive liberty featured in The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology

Wrye Sententia's 2006 presentation "The Ethics of Imagination: The Space Between Your Ears" speaks to freedom of thought within the context of ensuring and evolving human rights. The presentation examines how accessible and forward looking narratives, in the form of science fiction novels and films, serve a critical function in enhancing ethics as we navigate the challenges posed by neuro-nanotechnology and other future technologies.

Welcome to new CCLE Legal Intern ===========================================

The CCLE is very pleased to welcome Christopher Camp, a current law student at UC Davis School of Law. Chris is interested in the  interplay between law, technology and the right to privacy. We are grateful to Chris for his reliable, intelligent, and insightful support of the CCLE's ongoing work.

Call for New CCLE Director


The CCLE is seeking our next director!  If you are committed to the CCLE's mission to protect and promote cognitive liberty, understand the scope of related 21st century issues, have strong verbal and writing skills, a record of fundraising and management success, or a willingness to volunteer to create that track record, and are available at least 10-20 hours/week, please send a letter of introduction to: info[at]

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