Help Protect & Advance
Freedom of Thought!





Subscribe to E-Mail News
from the CCLE.




Top Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
Dec. 19, 2006

In 2006 CCLE operated with a strategy that gives priority to setting in place and supporting high-level long-term anchors for cognitive liberty.

Instead of reacting to the daily flux of hot-button cognitive liberty issues, our mission and projects are primarily designed to address the larger trends. By focusing on the long term and making necessary investments in the future, our efforts have a higher probability of securing a more systemic recognition and protection of freedom of thought. For a small organization like ours, which currently operates with volunteers, a minimal budget, and project-based grants, this strategy makes the best use of our resources.

We’re happy to report that having now completed our first full year of operating with this longer horizon, we are already seeing cumulative benefits that should continue to compound over time. As we prepare to enter 2007, we are pleased to see the ripples of cognitive liberty continuing to make waves.

As always, we depend upon unique individuals like you to keep the Center operating.

If you haven't made a donation in some time, please take 5 minutes right now to donate whatever you can. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donations to the CCLE are tax-deductible.

To donate online visit:

Thanks for your interest in the work of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, and have a fantastic new year!

Cognitive Liberty from Stanford to the United Nations
UN Panel:

In the Spring of 2006, the CCLE teamed up with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) and the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, to hold a 3-day conference on Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights. Conversations that began at that conference, were recently continued at the UN Plaza in New York during an evening panel organized by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and The Appignani Center for Bioethics (the United Nation bioethics liaison office of the International Humanist and Ethical Union). Among the panelists and other participants who discussed the impacts of emerging neurotechnologies on cognitive liberty were James J. Hughes, executive director of the IEET, Elizabeth Phelps Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University, and Bradley Lewis MD, Ph.D., who teaches at the Gallatin School at New York University.

CCLE provides input for CBS 60 Minutes segment “A Pill to Forget”

Earlier this year, CCLE Senior Legal Fellow Richard Glen Boire spoke with producers from the 60 Minutes television show to provide the CCLE’s viewpoint on new medications that are proving helpful at diminishing painful memories and treating post traumatic stress disorder. Richard also discussed a wide range of other cognitive liberty issues and story ideas with the producers, some of which may show up in future broadcasts. On Nov. 26, CBS's 60 Minutes broadcast the memory pill segment with favorable discussion on the core issue of an individual’s right to manage his or her own memories and cognitive processes.

RGB at TED Conference, March 2007

Richard Glen Boire was invited to attend the 2007 TED conference in Monterey, California. This is an exciting opportunity to connect with 1000 of the most creative and visionary people on the planet today. The TED conference should be a fertile bed for spreading the cognitive liberty meme, and networking with other forward-looking ideas and projects that will be discussed during the three-day meeting. If you’ll be attending TED, please let us know!

Wrye Teaching Technology & Human Values at UC Davis

After designing a new course on "Technology and Human Values" and discussing it with administrators at the University of California, Davis, CCLE Director Wrye Sententia was hired to teach the course in Summer 2006. The course covers topics such as cognitive enhancement, technologies of perception, and neuroethics in literature. The course was a definite success and will likely be offered in years to come. Following the success of her teaching, Wrye was hired as full-time faculty during the 2006/2007 academic year.

CCLE Publications
* Boire, Richard Glen & Feeney, Kevin _Medical Marijuana Law_ Ronin Press, [Due Spring 2007] (A new book on current medical marijuana laws. Co-authored, with Kevin Feeney, CCLE Summer Fellow.) <<>>

* Boire, Richard Glen, "Neurocops: Drug Policy and the Future of Enforcing Social Policy From Inside the Body," Law Review Article in _Journal of Law and Health_ [Due Spring 2007] (Law review article on new trend toward "pharmacotherapy".) <<>>

* Boire, Richard Glen, "Civil Liberties for the Mind," Chapter in _Neuromarketing: An Introduction_ (ed. Nareen Taher) ICFAI University Press, 2006 (Business text book). <<>>

* Boire, Richard Glen, "Student Drug Testing is an Invasion of Privacy," Chapter in _Drug Testing: At Issue_ (ed. Cindy Mur) Thomson & Gale, 2006 (Student text book). <<>>

CCLE Fellow Dr. Danielle Turner honored for her research

CCLE Fellow, Danielle Turner, was short-listed for the Britain-based Times Higher Education “Young Researcher of the Year” award, sponsored by the UK Research Council. Danielle’s CCLE role, interests, and research in cognitive enhancement, are featured on page 10 of this comprehensive document:

Research Grant Update: Collateral Punishments

The CCLE has completed the first 6-month phase (legal research) of a year-long project funded by the Marijuana Policy Project. Our study examines the hidden punishments (e.g., loss of public housing, restrictions on adoption, professional licenses and employment bars, etc.) that are triggered by a marijuana conviction. The results of this comprehensive study will be available in early Summer 2007.

============================================================ Most nonprofit organizations rely primarily on the generosity of individual donors in order to be effective. The CCLE is no exception; indeed 90 percent of our support comes from individuals like you. If you are learning about the CCLE for the first time, we invite you to join the community that supports our work. And if you are a current or past supporter, we invite you to reaffirm the stand you have taken, and consider increasing your support this year. Your support has never been more crucial. Please give what you can. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE WHAT YOU CAN!
How do we do all this innovative work? Because unique people like you make the CCLE one of the charities they actively support. The CCLE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so donations are tax-deductible in the US. Big donations, such as transferring appreciated stock, provide major tax advantages and really help us to plan beyond the short-term. Please make a donation today, and give whatever you can. 

Thank you!

Top Cognitive Liberty News is a free service provided by the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics. The CCLE is rights-based public policy organization dedicated to promoting freedom of thought. The CCLE depends entirely on the private donations of individuals who seek to protect and enhance freedom of thought in the 21st century.