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The "Cognitive Rights Watch" Initiative

Rudolf Steiner's told us his purpose for writing The Philosophy Of Freedom. It is a science of freedom intended "to lay the foundations of ethical individualism and of a social and political life." How to accomplish this? As the result of internet censorship the public is questioning what are their rights to access knowledge. This brings up the subject of cognitive rights. Each of 14 chapters in The Philosophy Of Freedom discusses a cognitive process, how to attain freedom of cognition and barriers to that freedom. It is a science of freedom that can form the basis of cognitive rights. In this way the whole of the book can be presented as a solution to a serious problem of today. It is a need that only TPOF can fill properly. It is also something that could be done by only a few dedicated people who could start a cognitive rights initiative.

Take for example the ACLU and ADL. The ACLU works to inform and protect human rights. The Anti-Defamation League first defines "anti-semitism" and then works to inform and protect them from it. This is a way to inform people about the science of freedom and bases human rights,  not on inalienable rights from God or a list of things people don't like,  but on science.

DRAFT 4

THE COGNITIVE RIGHTS OF KNOWING AND ETHICS

Why Cognitive Rights?
The individual is empowered by truth.

COGNITIVE FREEDOM
(free thinking)

COGNITION

MORAL FREEDOM
(free acting)

1. Freedom Of Knowing Why You Act
Problem: planting unconscious compulsions to act
Solution: become conscious of the motives of action

Willing

14. Freedom Of Individuality
opposition: conformity and group identity

2. Freedom To Pursue Knowledge
Problem: holding one-sided views
Solution: learn other views and find common ground

Access to Knowledge (A2K) movement

Feeling

13. Freedom To Pursue Happiness
opposition: duty

3. Freedom Of Thinking
Problem: think in the way determined by the thoughts implanted in your mind
Solution: observation of thought, pure thinking

Thinking

12. Freedom Of Imaginative Morality
opposition: traditional moral doctrines, moral norms

This is the right of creative situational ethics.

4. Freedom Of Perception
Problem: perception bias
Solution: recognize projection of implanted thought into perception

Perception

11. Freedom Of Purpose
opposition: mission and purpose imposed by nature, world purpose or others

5. Freedom Of Critical Thinking
Problem:
Solution:

Conception

10. Freedom Of Morality
Free to obey my own ethical principles. 
opposition: outside moral authority

6. Freedom Of Individual Ideas
Problem:
Solution:

Idea

9. Freedom Of Action
Free to act according to my own idea.

7. Freedom To Cognize (know) Reality
Problem:
Solution:

Cognition

8. Freedom To Cognize (know) Your Self
opposition: group identity, uncognized feeling and willing

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