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#1 ejdavis1

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 01:32 AM


The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) is a nonprofit law and policy institute working to advance sustainable social policies that protect freedom of thought.

I am not affiliated with this organization. I'm just sharing a find.
Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics (CCLE)

Edited by ejdavis1, 12 November 2004 - 01:48 AM.


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Posted 12 November 2004 - 02:27 AM

Yeah I've heard of this group, they could be helpful for the rights of nootropic users, and in the future those of us who seek cognitive improvement through whatever means become available.

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 02:37 AM

Brain-Computer Interfacing

Application of new technologies that directly affect thought functions are currently limited to devices that enhance or assist sensory perception (as with Cochlear implants, visual cortex aids, prosthetic limbs).  However, research ambitions in neuroscience and bio and/or nano technology will soon lead to more sophisticated means of computer-assisted cognition. As brain-to-computer interfaces move beyond initial “thought” experiments (moving a digital cursor via electrical brain impulse) to more expansive applications of interactive implants, or nanotech, that have the potential to augment, or influence thought, the question of how these brain technologies relate to cognitive liberty will be of utmost importance.  Will such devices be available to individuals interested in alternative, enhanced cognition? Will they be regulated or controlled by corporations and governments? Now is the time to think about protecting the right to access technologies of the mind, as well as the right to avoid their compelled use.



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Posted 12 November 2004 - 02:43 AM

Many of us are aware of them, if not members already of this group. I regularly get their newsletter for example. Please limit the number of threads you start on the same topic ejdavis. Three is certainly enough, if not one or two too many :))

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 02:49 AM

MEMORY MANAGEMENT &
Enhancement pharmaceuticals


On the near horizon are a slew of new pharmaceuticals that we call memory management drugs. Some of these aim to improve memory safely. Other drugs are designed to help people dim or to erase the sort of memories that haunt those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the next five to ten years, these memory-enhancing and memory-diminishing drugs are bound to raise important freedom of thought issues. The CCLE sees a great deal of potential in these pharmaceuticals, while at the same time we seek to identify future legal complications and threats to cognitive liberty, which may arise if used coercively.

For instance, what if emergency room personnel automatically begin giving memory-diminishing drugs to trauma victims? What if you are the victim of a violent crime and want to forget what happened to you, but need those memories in order to testify or identify the perpetrator? What if you are the only eye-witness to a crime, could the government compel you to take a memory-boosting drug at least until you testify in court?

As always, we support an individual's choice to take, or to refuse, memory management drugs. The CCLE seeks to ensure that future policies regarding these drugs help to expand rather than contract freedom of thought.


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