34. Freedom by Design

Transhumanist Values and Cognitive Liberty

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Wrye Sententia

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch34

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Sententia, W. (2013) Freedom by Design, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch34

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • cognitive liberty;
  • cognitive self-design;
  • ethical right;
  • human brain;
  • legal right;
  • morphological freedom;
  • transhumanist discourse

Summary

This chapter talks about cognitive liberty, which asserts the foundational principle of the legal and ethical right to brain privacy, autonomy, and choice in relation to existing pharmacology, as well as anticipated applications of techno-human advances vectored on the brain. The cognitive liberty touches central themes in transhumanist discourse related to cognitive enhancement and morphological freedom, and support a foundational right to cognitive self-design. The very idea of freedom of thought is predicated on a historical, cultural-human bias in favor of individual thinking.