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March 19, 2004

Neuroethics Non-Profit Calling Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet

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Posted by Zack Lynch

After seeing Jim Carrey on David Letterman and Ellen this week, I am even more convinced that he and his co-stars would be very interested in supporting the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics.

Today's movie release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind stars Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey who want to have their bad memories erased. While memory erasure inc. doesn't exist yet, the issues presented in this movie do.

I am sure the actors and producers would be very interested in CCLE's work. Should you have access to them through your network please let them know about CCLE's real life fight to protect their cognitive liberty. Now in their fourth year, they have many accomplishments, including arguing for freedom of thought in the U.S. Supreme Court. Please help them protect your cognitive liberty.

Freedom of thought is at a critical crossroads. Policy makers and judges are making important decisions now that set alarming precedent for the future of freedom of thought. The legalization of brain fingerprinting is just one example. Without freedom of thought, there can be no free society.

Next celebs that will understand neuroethics: Robin Williams and Mira Sorvino who star in the Final Cut.

Comments (3) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Neuroethics


1. coolmel on March 20, 2004 2:16 AM writes...

just saw the movie Eternal Sunshine... very weird. i don't think memory erasure will work in the long run because you have to erase other people's memory too... no memory exists in a vacuum.

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2. Peter Hankins on March 22, 2004 11:38 AM writes...

This is rather at a tangent, but there is one area in which memory erasure is already an issue, though largely unrecognised as such. So far as professional anaesthetists are concerned, anaesthesia has three elements - it calms the patient so the surgeon can work without a struggle, removes pain (analgesia), and eliminates the patient's memory of the experience. The balance between the three depends on the drugs used, (there are clearly some potential philosophical problems here, but there is a fair bit of reliable knowledge on this point). There are two main issues. First, it is very hard to be sure that amnesia is not being used to cover a lack of analgesia. Now some patients might be prepared to accept pain which they don't remember, but the second point is - shouldn't they be aware of (and perhaps even choose) whether they are going to feel a pain they then forget, or genuinely feel no pain at all? For myself I naively equated anaesthesia and analgesia until I read an excellent essay of Daniel Dennett's ('Why you can't make a computer that feels pain' - in Brainstorms and I think other collections). I don't know why these issues haven't achieved a higher profile.

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3. Trishank Karthik on March 24, 2004 11:53 PM writes...

Hey, come on people, stop being so paranoid. People have known how to forget for, like, eons man...neurotechnology might just offer more precision and selection, that's all.

If you'd like to know how to erase your memory the
cheap way, enter Head-Whacks, Inc. :

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