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Top Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
September 20, 2005

Now that it’s Fall, we are resuming our regular update of things done, things to come, and things in the works here at the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics.

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CCLE Awarded Official Consultative Status with the United Nations’ ECOSOC


Following  a year-long application process, (itself an education in large-scale bureaucracy) the CCLE has been awarded official status as a consulting nonprofit with the United Nations’ Economic  and  Social Council.  We strongly believe in the strength and efficacy of smaller organizations to address and help resolve issues of global importance. This UN endorsement validates and gives greater visibility to the CCLE’s positions on global drug policy, technology issues, and other international human rights issues that we may bring before the United Nations in this capacity.

Dr. Charles S. Grob joins the CCLE Board of Advisors

The CCLE is pleased to welcome Dr. Charles S. Grob, director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, to our expert advisory board. Dr. Grob is conducting an approved research investigation on psilocybin to treat terminally ill patients suffering from acute anxiety. Dr. Grob’s new book, a compilation of interviews with eminent thinkers, _Higher Wisdom: Psychedelics, Society, Mind and God_ was released this summer by SUNY Press (co-edited with Roger Walsh).

CCLE Director, Wrye Sententia's Talk on Geoethical Nanotechnology available Online

Dr. Wrye Sententia, joined other visionary thinkers, including Martine Rothblatt, Ray Kurzweil, J. Hughes, Mike Tredor, Frank Tippler, and other experts in assessing the ethics of nanotechnology. "Geoethical" analysis emphasizes principles for guiding the application of curative technologies across society, much like bioethical principles (autonomy, beneficence, nonfeasance, justice) guide the application of technologies that impact one or more patients. Medical treatments as well as environmental applications of nanotechnology (and the policy that guides them), will have wide socio-environmental impact with strong implications for personal and collective cognitive liberty.

CCLE Advisor Zack Lynch at Univ. Pennsylvania
Monday, September 19th

Monday, CCLE advisor Zack Lynch, gave an invited presentation at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Neuroscience on "Our Emerging Neurosociety: How Neurotechnology is Shaping Business, Politics and Culture." Zack Lynch is managing director with NeuroInsights, a company offering comprehensive strategic market analysis on the neurotechnology industry.

Wrye Sententia Appointed Fellow of the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies

The Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies (IEET), through its Relationships, Community and Technology Program, examines how technologies can support and improve the quality of relationships, families and communities. How can emerging technologies allow people to control their experience of trust, love, lust, jealousy, loyalty, fear, aggression and hatred, and to what effect? How can we preserve human choice and freedom in a world where people can change their own desires and motivations?  Look for contributions from Wrye and other IEET Fellows at the website above.

"Supreme Futurology": New York Times Magazine features
John G. Roberts Jr. v. The Future (Jeffrey Rosen)

If John G. Roberts Jr. is confirmed as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, his appointment will impact national policy on personal freedom for decades to come. Concerns raised by the CCLE over cognitive profiling, brain privacy, and techniques like brain fingerprinting are among those addressed in this recent New York Times article addressing 21st century legal issues and Roberts views of them.

Cognitive Liberty & the Supreme Court featured on Women's Bioethics Project

Attorney Linda MacDonald Glenn places in context views of Supreme Court Justice nominee John G. Roberts, Jr. (see above) and draws readers' attention to the CCLE's forward-looking involvement in national legal issues concerning freedom of thought. For further resources on the CCLE's involvement with the US Supreme Court, see:

Cognitive Liberty Book Resources
The CCLE's work on freedom of thought, drugs and other technologies is increasingly being cited or relied upon by others. Look for mentions or discussions of cognitive liberty  in these and other recent and forthcoming book publications:

Michael Gazzaniga, (2005) The Ethical Brain. Dana Press.

James Hughes, (2004) Citizen Cyborg. Westview Press.

Roger Walsh & Charles S. Grob, eds. (2005) Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics. SUNY Press.   

The Ethical Eye: Drug Addiction (2005) 
Read what the Council of Europe is saying about coming issues of drug policy, called out in the CCLE's 2004 Pharmacotherapy Report

From the Publisher's Synopsis of The Ethical Eye:
"Can a drug addict be forced to seek treatment? Should preventive screening be made systematic, particularly in the workplace? Do some information and education policies not have the effect of legitimizing, or even trivializing, drug use? Is the financial cost of treatment justified in the light of society's other needs?"

Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. (forthcoming 2006) International Business Management Book (featuring Richard Glen Boire's paper, titled "Civil Liberties for the Mind")

James Canton, (forthcoming 2006) The Extreme Future. Dutton Press.

Jonathan Moreno, (forthcoming 2006) Is There an Ethicist in the House? Indiana University Press.

Conferences & Events
Thursday, September 22, and Friday, September 23, Palo Alto, CA
Comparing Responses to New Human Technologies
Thurs/Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday, September 24 9:00 am to noon Stanford Law School Rooms 180 (Thursday) and 290 (Friday and Saturday)

How do France and the United States, two countries that are hosts to similarly sophisticated biotechnology R&D but that have significantly different philosophical, cultural, and political styles, address advances in the biological sciences, in particular neurosciences? Speakers include Henri Atlan, Paul Berg, Tania Bubela, Alta Charo, Luc Couay, Anne Fagot-Largeault, Hank Greely, David Magnus, Jennifer Merchant, Françoise Petry, Jean-Paul Renard, John Robertson, Moishe Yaniv, Laurie Zoloth, and others.

November 20th-22nd 2005
Beckley Foundation's Second Annual Global Drug Policy Seminar
House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London
(invitation only event; summary record of proceedings to follow)

Senior politicians, policy officials and world-recognized experts convene debate the latest evidence and challenges in national and international drug policy. Held, as last year, in the grand surroundings of the House of Lords, London, the event incorporates four interlinked meetings - A Main Policy Seminar, a second Seminar jointly hosted with the UK Government looking at scientific changes to patterns of psychoactive drug use in the next 20 years, an Academic Symposium, and a meeting of the International Drug Policy Consortium. This is a unique opportunity to debate, in a respectful and confidential atmosphere, real policy dilemmas in this difficult area of social policy.

MIT conference on The Future of the Brain
Thursday, December 1, 2005

In conjunction with the opening of MIT's new brain and cognitive sciences complex, the Picower Institute will host some of the world's most eminent neuroscientists and molecular biologists, including five Nobel laureates, who will gather to discuss future developments in brain research. The symposium will also examine the relationship between the human brain and the mind and will look at the possible impact of research about learning and memory on human health.

Speakers include neuroscientists/biologists/chemists: Dr. Richard Axel, Dr. Sydney Brenner, Dr. Eric Kandel, Dr. Christoph Koch; Dr. James Watson; Dr. Alexander Shulgin; author Oliver Sacks; MIT President Susan Hockfield, and many others.


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