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Cognitive liberty…. a human neuro-rights declaration

…the concept of Cognitive Liberty (CL), as coined by American civil rights activists. This is a concept that… is something similar to a wall to protect the individual from the claims of any other person. Indeed, cognitive liberty is the right to control one’s own mind: the basic brick of personal freedom.

In the last decade, this concept became a slogan in support of various civil rights struggles: among the others, the claims against non-voluntary interference and forced psychiatry or for decriminalisation [etc.] of psycho-active substances. CL may be considered as a new human right [and]/or as the preliminary condition to think about all human rights. This is a term designed, on the one hand, to expand the traditional notion of “liberty of thought” and, on the other hand, to push legal systems of democratic societies to integrate such a right into their constitutions. In this context, it is important to highlight that the term ‘cognitive’ denotes the process an individual uses to organize the information he receives, since the mind collects and selects information according to perception, attention, comprehension and memory to guide the behaviour.

Original Article (Universita Degli Studi Di Padavo):
Cognitive liberty. A first step towards a human neuro-rights declaration
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