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Cognitive Rights Are Human Rights


A campaign for cognitive freedom, as articulated through Steiner's principles in the first 7 chapters of "The Philosophy Of Freedom", could serve as a countermeasure to the current trend of censorship, brainwashing, and various forms of thought control. The values these freedoms uphold — such as intellectual autonomy, the pursuit of knowledge, accurate perception, and unrestricted cognition — are essential to a society that respects individual thought and freedom of expression.

Here's how these cognitive freedoms could be articulated in a more activist, rights-oriented context:
1. The Right to Conscious Action: Everyone should have the freedom to understand and choose the reasons behind their actions, free from manipulation or coercion.
2. The Right to Seek Knowledge: Individuals have the right to pursue knowledge according to their own curiosity and intellectual needs, without interference or constraint from external entities.
3. The Right to Independent Thought: Everyone has the right to think freely and guide their thoughts based on the content and logic of the thoughts themselves, free from external biases and influence.
4. The Right to Accurate Perception: Individuals should have the freedom to continually refine their perceptions of the world, to reduce subjective bias and more accurately understand reality.
5. The Right to Truthful Understanding: Everyone has the right to apply their concepts to their perceptions correctly, forming accurate judgments about the world.
6. The Right to Individual Ideation: Individuals should have the freedom to form their unique ideas by correctly applying and integrating concepts, reflecting their personal understanding and perspective.
7. The Right to Limitless Cognition: Everyone should have the freedom to actively connect their personal experiences with the outside world, continuously growing and deepening their understanding without any imposed boundaries or restrictions.

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What Are Cognitive Rights?


Science Of Cognition: Cognition is how we acquire knowledge. The science of cognition can lead an individual to free thinking and self-determined action, or it can be misused by creating cognitive bias in the individual. Cognitive abuse has many names such as mind control, brainwashing, or marketing.

Cognitive Rights: Cognitive rights are an extension of the recognized human right of free thought to include free thinking. Free thought is the right of an individual to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, independent of others' viewpoints. Free thinking includes the right of the individual to pursue and acquire knowledge in their own way. The right of free thinking is violated when someone seeks to exploit an individual by manipulating cognition to change a person’s beliefs, behaviors or identity.

Evaluation Of Cognitive Environment: Each day people try to influence our thinking. This can be helpful in our pursuit of truth or it can be cognitive abuse depending on the cognitive environment. The question is whether the environment and methods used are respectful of individual cognitive rights or exploit and manipulate to serve the agenda of another.


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