Cognitive Liberty & Neuroethics Readings: Week 1: Introduction to Cognitive Liberty

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Cognitive Liberty & Neuroethics Readings:

Week 1: Introduction to Cognitive Liberty


Richard Glen Boire “On Cognitive Liberty” (Parts I-III) Part I, with links to II & III available at:

Adina Roskies “Neuroethics for the new millennium” (from Neuron 35:21-23, July 3, 2002).

John Stuart Mill “On Liberty” (Parts I&II) Available at:

Plato “Apology” Available at:

Martin Heidegger “What is Called Thinking?: Lecture I” (in What is Called Thinking?)

U.S. Constitution: Amendments. Available at:

Aldous Huxley “Culture and the Individual” Available at:

Week 2: Introduction II: Philosophical Issues


John Stuart Mill “On Liberty” (Parts III&IV) Available at:

Isaiah Berlin “Two Concepts of Liberty” (in Four Essays on Liberty). Excerpts.

H.L.A. Hart “Are there any Natural Rights?” (in Philosophical Review, 64 (1955))

Jean-Francois Lyotard “The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge” (27-32, 47-53)

Week 3: Food for Thought: Input & Output


U.S. Supreme Court: STANLEY v. GEORGIA, 394 U.S. 557 (1969) Available at:

ACLU briefing paper “Freedom of Expression” Available at:
Laurence H. Tribe, "The Constitution in Cyberspace" Available at:

John Perry Barlow “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace“(Feb. 1996) Available at:

Week 4: Manufacturing Content I: Freedom and the Classroom (Academic and Intellectual Freedom)


Stanley Fish “Academic Freedom: When Sauce for the Goose Isn't Sauce for the Gander” Available at:

Ronald Dworkin “We Need a New Interpretation of Academic Freedom” (in The Future of Academic Freedom. ed. L Menand, p181-198).

American Association of University Professors “Academic Freedom Of Individual Professors And Higher Education Institutions: The Current Legal Landscape” (Excerpts). Full text available at

Week 5: Manufacturing Content II: The Construction of Social Meaning


Louis Althusser “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” (in Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays)

Lawrence Lessig “The Regulation of Social Meaning” (in University of Chicago Law Review Summer 1995). Excerpts.

Douglas Rushkoff “They Say” (in Coercion: Why We Listen to What ‘They’ Say)

Bernard McGrane “The Zen TV Experiment” Available at

Week 6: Consuming Thoughts: The Mass Media


Noam Chomsky “Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies” Chapter 1.

Kalle Lasn “Culture Jam” 29-41.

Ben H. Bagdikian “Democracy and the Media” (in The Media Monopoly) Available at:

Daniel Forbes "Prime Time Propaganda" (Salon 13 January 2000). Available at: Mirrored at:

Philip Jenkins “Ecstasy and Synthetic Panics” (in Journal of Cognitive Liberties Vol. 1, Issue No. 3, Fall 2000,7-28) Also available at:

Week 7: The Politics of Consciousness, Altered States, & Base-line Consciousness


R.D. Laing “The Politics of Experience” Chapter 6, Transcendental Experience

Arnold M. Ludwig “Altered States of Consciousness” (in Altered States of Consciousness Ed. Charles Tart. P18-33.

Thomas B. Roberts “Multistate Education: Metacognitive Implications of the Mindbody Psychotechnologies” (in Journal. of Transpersonal Psychology 1989, Vol. 21, No. 1)

U.S. Supreme Court: UNITED STATES v. STANLEY, 483 U.S. 669 (1987). Excerpts. Full text available at
Neil Munro “Brain politics” (from The National Journal Feb.3, 2001) Also available at:
“MKULTRA: Joint Hearing Before The Select Committee On Intelligence And The Subcommittee On Health And Scientific Research Of The Committee On Human Resources, United States Senate.” Excerpts. Full text available at:
Arthur Allen “readin’, ritin’ and ritalin” (Salon July 97) Available at:

Thomas S. Szasz, M.D. ”Chemical Straitjackets For Children” Available at:

Week 8: Drugs: A Highly Opi(nion)ated Battle


Jacques Derrida “The Rhetoric of Drugs” (in Points…Interviews, 1974-1994)

Huston Smith “Do Drugs Have Religious Import?” The Journal of Philosophy, Vol LXI, No. 18, September 17, 1964

Charles H. WhitebreadThe History of the Non-medical Use of Drugs in the United States” (Vol. 1, Issue No. 3 pages 29-64 (Fall 2000))

‘A Psychedelicist’ “Psychedelics: A First-Amendment Right”

Week 9: Technology & the Mind I


Alan W. Scheflin and Edward M. Opton, Jr. “Rewiring the Mind” (Chapter 8 of The Mind Manipulators)

Wrye Sententia “Brain Fingerprinting: From Databodies to Databrains” (in Journal of Cognitive Liberties Vol. 2, Issue No. 3, 2001, 31-46). Also available at:

Laurence Tribe “Electronic Monitoring and Neurological Manipulation” in Channeling Technology Through Law 304-323.

Steve Kirsch “Identifying terrorists before they strike by using computerized knowledge assessment (CKA)” Also available at:

Sharon Begley “Your Brain on Religion: Mystic visions or brain circuits at work?” (Newsweek May 7, 2001). Available at:

Week 10: Technology & the Mind II: Social Implications


Sadie Plant “Information War in the Age of Dangerous Substances” (in Journal of Cognitive Liberties Vol. 2, Issue No. 1 pages 23-43 (2000)). Available at:

US v. Dr Sell Forced Drugging Case:

Kelly Patricia O'Meara “Federal Court OKs Forced Drugging” (Article in Insight) Available at:

Dr. Charles Thomas Sell’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States

Brief Amicus Curiae of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics in Support of the Petition for Certiorari

Alan W. Scheflin and Edward M. Opton, Jr. “Asserting the Mind” (Chapter 12 of The Mind Manipulators)

James C. O'Leary “An Analysis of the Legal Issues Surrounding the Forced Use of Ritalin: Protecting a Child's Right to ‘Just Say No’” (from New England Law Review V27#4, Summer 1993).

Week 11: Reading the Mind: Looking Out, Looking In–Surveillance Technologies


Michel Foucault “Panopticism” (from Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison)

David Lyon “New Directions in Theory” (Chapter 7 of Surveillance Society)

Brandon Mercer, Tech Live “Can Computers Read Your Mind?” (Article, May 29, 2002),23102,3386341,00.html

Web reading: ACLU “Drug Testing: A Bad Investment” Executive Summary & link to PDF document at:

Week 12: Reality Models


Robert Anton Wilson “Creative Agnosticism” Journal of Cognitive Liberties Vol. 2, Issue No. 1 pages 61-84. Available at:

Ine Gevers “Subversive Tactics of Neurologically Diverse Cultures” Journal of Cognitive Liberties Vol. 1, Issue No. 2 pages 43-60 (Spring/Summer 2000). Available at:

Erik Davis “This is Your Brain on Buddha: Dharma and Neuroscience” Appeared in Feed, June 23, 1999; also available at:

Jean Baudrillard “Simulacra and Simulations” (Excerpt from Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster). Also available at:

U.S. Supreme Court “Employment Div., Ore. Dept. Of Human Res. V. Smith.” Available at:

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