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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

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

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

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner is co-organizing the 8th Beyond Humanism Conference, with five other scholars.

The event is May 25-28, 2016, at Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy.

Transhuman Debate in SF East Bay, co-sponsored by IEET
(Feb 2, 2016)

IEET is co-sponsoring a “Transhuman Debate” event in Oakland, California, on February 6, 2016, at Humanist Hall.

The debate will feature two “Oxford Style” Transhumanist Team Debates on these topics:

Marc Roux at the French National Assembly (Feb 2, 2016)

Benedikter publishes Transhumanism article in Challenge (Jan 31, 2016)


ieet articles

The one percent discovers transhumanism: Davos 2016
by Rick Searle
Feb 6, 2016 • (0) 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.

“McMindfulness”: is Buddhism contaminated by capitalism?” - interview with Terry Hyland
by Hank Pellissier
Feb 6, 2016 • (1) 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.

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.

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 ».

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

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.

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.

Vajrayana Buddhism:  Preparation for the Posthuman?
by Gareth John
Feb 3, 2016 • (1) 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.

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.

Gerontological Manifesto
by Alexey Matveyevich Olovnikov
Feb 2, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The necessity to create various remedies for degenerative age-related diseases is beyond any doubts. But this process is somewhat like a Sisyphean task, because the aging of each person only deepens over time, persistently destroying the results of treatment. Pharma is forced to deal with the countless consequences, rather than with their cause. The primary cause of aging is still deeply buried in gerontological terra incognita. Meanwhile, a growing and imminent new threat for humankind is becoming increasingly apparent. This threat is the increasing aging of the human population as a whole.

Top Five Features to Expect from Your Future Car
by B. J. Murphy
Feb 1, 2016 • (7) CommentsPermalink

If someone were to ask you nearly 30 years ago what your future car will be by 2016, I’d assume that you would base your ideas on Back to the Future Part II. The flying car would almost always come to mind. But then, despite the fact that flying cars do exist in 2016, they’re incredibly expensive and not very popular. What Back to the Future didn’t expect were cars that could drive themselves, were connected to online systems, and were increasingly abandoning fossil fuels.

The Man with Two Brains: Suicidal Ideation and the Promise of Immortality
by Gareth John
Feb 1, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

As someone with bipolar affective disorder, I’m constantly at a loss as to the gulf that separates between the technoprogressive vision that I aspire to and the severe depression that has a life-long history of suicide attempts, from my teens all the way up until my current mid-forties. It should be apparent that I’m not very skilled at it.

Cloudworld: A Hegelian Theory of Complexity and Algorithmic Reality
by Melanie Swan
Feb 1, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Philosophy could be an important conceptual resource in the determination of human-technology interactions for several reasons. First, philosophy concerns the topics of world, reality, self, society, aspirations, and meaning, all of which we are hoping to reconfigure and accentuate in our relations with technology. Improving human lives is after all one of the main purposes of technology. Second, philosophy relates to thinking, logic, reasoning, and being, which are the key properties of what we would like our technology entities to do.

Can A Brain-Machine Interface Bring You Peace of Mind?
by Daniel Faggella
Jan 31, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Walk into any health food store and you’re sure to find a variety of teas and remedies that offer to soothe your mind or provide an energy boost. In the future, these offerings may seem almost archaic in the wake of advancing brain machine interface (BMI) technologies. According to engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Isy Goldwasser, anyone can stimulate their mental activity through the use of a BMI, and the potential of cranial stimulation of the mind through this technology is just now being unlocked.

Epictetus: What Can We Control?
by John G. Messerly
Jan 31, 2016 • (8) CommentsPermalink

Epictetus (c. 55 – 135 CE) was born as a slave in the Roman Empire, but obtained his freedom as a teenager. He studied Stoic philosophy from an early age, eventually lecturing on Stoicism in Rome. He was forced to leave the city in 89 CE, after the Emperor Domitian banished philosophers from Italy. He then established his own school at Nicopolis on the Adriatic coast in Greece, where he taught and lectured until he died around 135. Today he is regarded as one of the preeminent Stoic philosophers.

Reality Transducer or Omniscience Engine? Five Metaphors for the Internet of Things
by John Danaher
Jan 30, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I think metaphors are important. They can help to organise the way we think about something, highlighting its unappreciated features, and allowing us to identify possibilities that were previously hidden from view. They can also be problematic, biasing our thought in unproductive ways, and obscuring things that should be in plain view. Good metaphors are key.


Made for You (Fiction)
by Richard Stallman
Jan 30, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Growing old, and having lost hope of finding love again, I read about the Lifemates Co-op and was intrigued.  “Mr or Ms Right doesn’t exist in nature.  If you want someone that was made for you, come to us.”  I made an appointment to visit their office and talk with a salesperson…


What we call mental illness is coerced contractual agreements
by Johan Nygren
Jan 30, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

Towards a governance 2.0 definition of mental illness

Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity or principles of uncertainty, phenomena that determine the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives are not our own — we are bound to others — and through each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.



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‘No Solitary Confinement for Juveniles or the Mentally Ill — At All.’
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RJP8915 on 'Ray Kurzweil’s Basic Ideas' (Feb 6, 2016)

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