Thursday, September 11, 2003

Memory-erasing drugs and cognitive liberty

J. McNeil points to an ongoing discussion, originating on Brain Waves, about memory erasing drugs: first post, reply at futurepundit, followup. My own position on "cognitive liberty" is pretty close to Boire's; this is why I differ from experts such as M. A. R. Kleiman on the drug issue. Libertarians are ultimately right about drugs: the right to control one's own cognitive apparatus is a fundamental freedom, without which all other freedoms are meaningless.

Incidentally, skimming the Brain Waves blog reminds me that in B. Sterling's novel Distraction, neurotechnology is the Next Big Thing. Those days may be approaching.

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