Does brain surgery to treat disease change the essence of who we are?
Category: Cognitive Liberty
The UK government’s use of psychology has suddenly become controversial.
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.
Melanie Swan on Introduction to Ethics of Perception in Nanocognition
As we march into the technological frontier, new possibilities for humanity are emerging — along with new questions
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 substances to minimize risks of adverse outcomes or to increase the likelihood of good outcomes. By discussing this topic, we also hope to encourage scientists to bring their expertise to bear on this current public debate.
“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.” ― Bill Hicks
Edward Snowden leaked a top-secret GCHQ document which details the operations and the techniques used by JTRIG unit for propaganda and internet deception.
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.”