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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  • Tom, could you elaborate on items # 12 and # 13?

    What is freedom of imaginative mortality?

    Is # 13, the pursuit of happiness, have the same meaning as the US constitution...." Freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

    To me, happiness is an emotional state that is influenced by many factors both from the outer world and inner world. Epistemology, the looking deeply into my thought structure and my conscious decisions to engage in these lines of thought, influence my sense of meaning and enhance my experience of happiness. When I dig deep into thought, I am usually met by a question that I don't have the answer for. I leave myself open to quietness and see what comes in or I just imagine that I had the answer. This imagining often creates the confidence that starts to fuel the wheels of cognition. 

    • My most recent attempt to write a principle for each chapter is the daily meditation.  Imaginitive morality is the moral imagination of chapter 12. The highest level of the pursuit of happiness is to realize your highest ideals in life. Chapter 13 thoroughly covers the pursuit if happiness from all sides. 

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