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ieet books

Keywords for Environmental Studies
by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow

Free Money for All: A Basic Income Guarantee Solution for the Twenty-First Century
by Mark Walker

The Brain: The Story of You
by David Eagleman

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
by Calum Chace

ieet events

Sorgner@Star Trek “New Worlds” event
April 15 -17, 2016
Nürnberg, Germany

Kevin LaGrandeur at Cleveland MOCA
April 28 , 2016
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Spring Exhibition

Wendell Wallach @ Connecticut Science Center
May 5 , 2016
Connecticut Science Center

Sorgner@8th Beyond Humanism Conference
May 25 -28, 2016
Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy

Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016

ieet news

Stefan Sorgner speaking on Transhumanism and Star Wars
(Feb 10, 2016)

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner has been invited to talk about Transhumanism and Star Trek at the Star Trek event, “New Worlds.”

Transhuman Debate 2.0: SF East Bay — want to argue?
(Feb 9, 2016)

IEET is co-sponsoring “Transhuman Debate 2.0” on April 2, 2016, in Oakland, California.

The event is seeking debaters who want to bicker on the following topics:

Stefan Sorgner edited a German journal on Transhumanism (Feb 9, 2016)

Stefan Sorgner co-organizing 8th Beyond Humanism Conference in Madrid (Feb 5, 2016)


ieet articles

Woody Evans Against Transhuman Separatism: Breakaway Cultures Become Broken Cultures
by Woody Evans
Feb 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I was recently invited to participate in a conference on “startup societies”—those groups, usually libertarian, that want to peel off from dominant cultures and governments in order to explore their own interests and freedoms in international waters.  You may have heard of The Principality of Sealand, Operation Atlantis, Liberland, Fort Galt, The First Millennial Foundation (AKA The Living Universe Foundation), or the dozens of other wannabe micronations.  What would the potentials for transhuman experimentation, I was asked, be in such micro societies?  In formulating my reply by email, I realized there was more to say, and I wanted to loop the rest of you in on the conversation.

Valerie Tarico Will Reproductive Rights Advocates Stand Up for Men?
by Valerie Tarico
Feb 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Frozen embryos open new questions about forced parenthood and whether men, too, might have rights under Roe v. Wade.

Those of us on the Left like to say that we’re all “in it” together: rich, poor; white, brown; queer, straight; old, young; secular, devout; and even other species.

Michael Cerullo Small Mammalian Brain Prize Winner!
by Michael Cerullo
Feb 9, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A team at 21st Century Medicine (, led by Robert McIntyre has won Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize, which carries an award of $26,735.

Giulio Prisco The Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize Has Been Won
by Giulio Prisco
Feb 9, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) announced that the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won. The spectacular result achieved by 21st Century Medicine researchers provides the first demonstration that near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable.

Valerie Tarico Apple Search Finally Stops Directing People Seeking Abortions to Adoption Centers
by Valerie Tarico
Feb 9, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Ask Siri where to get an abortion and get a list of adoption agencies–for five years that was the experience of Apple users in cities ranging from San Francisco to Philadelphia. Recent technical upgrades appear to have resolved the problem, but advocates seeking to end abortion stigma say they intend to keep an eye on Siri and her competitors.

Nicoletta Iacobacci Pulp Ethics Exponential tech needs exponential ethics
by Nicoletta Iacobacci
Feb 8, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Numerous innovations have the potential to dramatically augment human cognition and capabilities. They could magnify the economy and give rise to other, even more powerful technologies. Our response to this is crucial.

John G. Messerly John Searle’s Critique of Ray Kurzweil
by John G. Messerly
Feb 8, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

John Searle (1932 – ) is currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Oxford University. He is a prolific author and one of the most important living philosophers.

Robert Bruce New Gravestone Technology: Hi-Tech Gimmickry?
by Robert Bruce
Feb 7, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The typical gravestone hasn’t changed in hundreds, if not thousands of years. That said, there are more than a few companies out there trying to use modern technology to upgrade the traditional stone or marble marker. With the likes of wi-fi, video screens and QR codes abound, are these new additions useful or just a hi-tech gimmick?

Hank Pellissier Basic Income Guarantee will allow us to move up the Maslow Pyramid - interview with Gerd Leonhard
by Hank Pellissier
Feb 7, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Gerd Leonhard is an acclaimed European futurist; his popular videos are featured at IEET and he is a regular IEET contributing writer. In this interview I explore his opinions and forecasts on Basic Income Guarantee.

Rick Searle The one percent discovers transhumanism: Davos 2016
by Rick Searle
Feb 6, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland just wrapped up its annual gathering. It isn’t hard to make fun of this yearly coming together of the global economic and cultural elites who rule the world, or at least think they do.

Hank Pellissier “McMindfulness”: is Buddhism contaminated by capitalism?” - interview with Terry Hyland
by Hank Pellissier
Feb 6, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Terry Hyland is an expert on Buddhism who was interviewed by IEET for a previous article, in August 2015. He is Emeritus Professor at University of Bolton, UK and Lecturer in Philosophy at Free University of Ireland, teaching courses in mindfulness. He has written over 150 articles, 19 book chapters and 6 books.

John Danaher The Value of Deep Work and How to Prioritise It
by John Danaher
Feb 5, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

My life is filled with trivial, time-wasting tasks. As an academic, teaching and research are the most valuable* activities I perform. And yet as I progress in my career I find myself constantly drawn away from these two things to focus on administrative tasks. While efficient administration is important in large organisations (like universities), it feels like a major time-sink to someone like me because (a) I am not ultimately rewarded for being good at it (career progression depends far more research and, to a lesser extent, teaching) and (b) I don’t have any aptitude for or interest in it.

Marc Roux Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi ? (4/4) : Effets écono
by Marc Roux
Feb 5, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dernière partie dédiée à la réflexion sur “Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi?” Préserver et renforcer la part de l’économie non marchande L’accroissement d’abord progressif, puis éventuellement considérable de la durée de vie en bonne santé a commencé depuis longtemps par se traduire par une augmentation de la quantité d’activité fournie par des personnes curieusement qualifiées par les statistiques françaises de « non-actives ».

David Brin Is Cheap Oil a Bad Thing?
by David Brin
Feb 4, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

I cannot understand the markets’ panic over lower oil prices.  Sure, it hurts if you own Exxon or drilling-fracking services companies, or work for one, or if you are Saudi or Venezuela or Russia or Iran.  But for most of the world, it amounts to a spectacular tax cut and cost discount for all manufacturers, transportation and consumers of almost anything. See this article on much cheaper airline deals

John G. Messerly Ray Kurzweil’s Basic Ideas
by John G. Messerly
Feb 4, 2016 • (7) CommentsPermalink

Ray Kurzweil is an author, inventor, futurist, and currently Director of Engineering at Google. He is involved in fields such as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments; he is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism; and he may be the most prominent spokesman in the world today for advocating the use of technology to transform humanity.

John G. Messerly Book Review: The Misfortunes of the Dead, by George Pitcher
by John G. Messerly
Feb 3, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

George Pitcher is emeritus professor of philosophy at Princeton where he was a member of the philosophy department from 1956-1981. His 1984 article, “The Misfortunes of the Dead,” addresses the question of whether the dead can be harmed.

Gareth John Vajrayana Buddhism:  Preparation for the Posthuman?
by Gareth John
Feb 3, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

What is it like to be the Buddha? What, for that matter, would it be like to live as a posthuman? In this text I’m going to argue that the two could be symbiotic, mirroring each other in terms of exotic fluidity and personal transformation. In particular, I’m going to focus upon one particular brand of Buddhism - that of Vajrayana, more commonly know as tantra.

John G. Messerly Death is an Ultimate Evil
by John G. Messerly
Feb 2, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

The story of Ivan Ilyich indicates an inseparable connection between death and meaning. The precise connection is unclear, but surely it depends in large part on whether death is the end of our consciousness. While beliefs in immortality have been widespread among humans, such beliefs are extremely difficult to defend rationally.



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The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn
(Feb 6, 2016)

Should you be able to patent a human gene?
(Feb 5, 2016)

Non-lethal weapons, a moral hazard?
(Feb 4, 2016)


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