Cognitive Liberty

420: Where do Transhumanists Stand on Cannabis Legalization?

420: Where do Transhumanists Stand on Cannabis Legalization?

A society that denies us the right to put cannabis in our brain, and forces us to pee on demand to prove we haven’t, is a society more likely to tell us we can’t use intelligence enhancers and mood modifiers and willing to use new technologies of repression to ensure we don’t.

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Free Will and Psychological Determinism

Free Will and Psychological Determinism

I am not actually sure if “psychological determinism” is the best phrase for what I see as the mental counterpoint to libertarian free will, or “something like free will,” as I call what I believe. That said, it’s the best term available, I think.

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Cognitive Enhancement and the Future of Work

Cognitive Enhancement and the Future of Work

This theoretical paper draws the scientific community’s attention to how pharmacological cognitive enhancement may impact on society and law. Namely, if safe, reliable, and effective techniques to enhance mental performance are eventually developed, then this may under some circumstances impose new duties onto people in high-responsibility professions—e.g., surgeons or pilots—to use such substance...

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What is the Greatest Threat to Humanity?

What is the Greatest Threat to Humanity?

Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century. He, on the other hand, picked up his smartphone and said “these are the greatest threat.”

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