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How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
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by Marshall Brain

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
by Martine Rothblatt

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
by Keith Wiley

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
by Ilia Stambler


ieet events

Brin @ NASA NIAC Meeting
January 27 -30, 2015
Orlando, FL USA


Brin @ AAAS Annual Meeting
February 12 -16, 2015
San Jose, CA USA


Sorgner on “Meta-, post- and transhumanism and the arts”
February 17 -21, 2015
Hamburg, Germany


Hughes on “Using Neurotechnologies to Enhance Virtues”
February 19 , 2015
Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA


Sorgner on “Nietzsche and Transhumanism”
February 22 , 2015
Hessen, Germany


Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26 -1, 2015
New York, NY USA


Sorgner on “Nietzsche, the overhuman and transhumanism”
February 27 , 2015
Nijmegen, Netherlands


Sorgner on “Transhumanism”
March 23 , 2015
Ostschweiz, Switzerland


Sorgner, Schneider on “Transhumanism and Immortality”
May 20 , 2015
Hull, UK


Wallach, Hughes @ Governance of Emerging Technologies
May 26 -28, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ USA


Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -31, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


Hughes, Sorgner @ Beyond Humanism Conf: From Humanism to Post- and Transhumanism?
September 15 -18, 2015
Seoul, S. Korea


ieet news

For a Longer, Brighter and More Just Future
(Dec 20, 2014)

2014 has been an exciting year for emerging technologies, and we want to share some of our news. We hope we can count on your continued support and involvement in the coming year.

IEET Audience Wants Regulation of DIY Biohacking
(Dec 14, 2014)

We asked “Should DIY biohackers be subject to the same safety regulations and oversight as corporate biological research labs?” Of the 573 of you that responded six out of ten (61%) believed that biohackers should be subject to some kind of regulation.


Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014 (Nov 22, 2014)

New Affiliate Scholars: John Messerly and Amon Twyman (Nov 21, 2014)


ieet articles


The Media was Right… Bad Luck Causes Most Cancers in Nigeria!
by Utibe Effiong
Jan 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The recent study in the journal Science, which suggested that most cancers are due to bad luck rather than lifestyle or environmental factors, generated massive media ripples. To summarize, authors Tomasetti and Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins University say the “majority [of cancers] are due to “bad luck,” that is, random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells”.


The End of Religion Misrecognized
by Lincoln Cannon
Jan 28, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

So much anti-religious dogmatism, so much misrecognized religiosity, so little time. It's a wonder to me that some clearly sophisticated persons can express such unsophisticated opinions about religion. Maybe it's just because we all have vested interests? On the one hand, those who have distanced themselves from tradition seek to justify their choice, as those who have continued to embrace tradition likewise would justify themselves. What's to be made of the strange creatures, arguably not so uncommon now or ever, that reject any notion of the choice being all or nothing or even mutually exclusive?


If There Are Gods, They Are Evil
by John G. Messerly
Jan 28, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Here is a brief summary of a piece by B.C. Johnson, “Why Doesn’t God Intervene to Prevent Evil?” It offers a devastating critique of the possibility that there is an all powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving god. Are there any good excuses for someone (or a god) not saving a baby from a burning house if they had the power to do so? It will not do to say the baby will go to heaven, since one suffers by burning to death. 


The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower
by Norman Solomon
Jan 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.


Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life
by John G. Messerly
Jan 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Are there trends in evolution — cosmic, biological, and cultural — that support the claim that life is meaningful, or is becoming meaningful, or is becoming increasingly meaningful? Perhaps there is a progressive direction to evolution, perhaps the meaningful eschatology of the universe will gradually unfold as we evolve, and perhaps we can articulate a cosmic vision to describe this unfolding — or perhaps not.


Blockchain Consensus Models Increase the Information Resolution of the Universe
by Melanie Swan
Jan 27, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

There is ample opportunity to explore blockchains as a new form of information technology, including what consensus models as a core feature might mean and enable. A key question is “What is consensus-derived information?” that is, what are its properties and benefits vis-à-vis other kinds of information? Is consensus-derived information a different kind or form of information? 


Death With Dignity vs. “Redemptive Suffering” - The Legacy of Brittany Maynard
by Valerie Tarico
Jan 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

 In the fall of 2014, a young dying woman, Brittany Maynard, captured the hearts of millions around the world. Now her husband and mother have teamed up with a national advocacy group, Compassion & Choices to honor her final wish—that aid in dying be available to terminally ill Americans in every state.  


Are We Passing Through a Bottleneck, or Will the Explosion of Existential Risks Continue?
by Phil Torres
Jan 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Many futurists are fond of projecting historical trends into the future. Ray Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent champion of making bold claims about what the future holds based on what the past has held, but he’s not the only one. Interestingly, though, few have applied this predictive methodology to the phenomenon of existential risks. For the purposes of this paper, I’ll define an existential risk as a catastrophe that’s terminal in intensity, transgenerational in temporal scope, and global in spatial scope, and which affects either our current population (Homo sapiens) or some future population that we value. (See this article for details and criticism of other definitions, such as Nick Bostrom’s.)


Everyone loves a genetically modified mosquito – right?
by Utibe Effiong
Jan 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

When I first learnt of the idea to genetically modify mosquitoes (GMMs) as a strategy for controlling the diseases transmitted by these much-maligned insects, I thought it was refreshingly innovative. Little did I know that scientists had been fiddling with mosquitoes, and other insects, for the same reason long before I was born.


The End of Religion: Technology and the Future
by John G. Messerly
Jan 24, 2015 • (5) CommentsPermalink

History is littered with dead gods. The Greek and Roman gods, and thousands of others have perished. Yet AllahYahwehKrishna and a few more survive. But will belief in the gods endure? It will not. Our descendents will be too advanced to share such primitive beliefs.


The Power of Pull
by piero scaruffi
Jan 22, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A general rule that rarely fails is: “Be wary of books written by multiple authors”. Multiple authors tend to amplify each other’s crap instead of edit it down, and the results are often embarrassing ideological pamphlets, no matter how smart the premise.The premise here is interesting. The digital age has changed the world in which we live in not only from the point of the consumers but also from the point of the producers. We live in the age of Web platforms that were not designed top-down but sprung up bottom-up. The future may be more of it, and faster.


Yes, Obama “Won Twice” – as a Progressive. Deal With It, Everybody.
by Richard Eskow
Jan 22, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Today’s American right is burdened with a highly specialized and hyper-amplified sense of outrage. That outrage was triggered during this week’s State of the Union speech, especially by the president’s off-the-cuff response to a group of Republicans who sarcastically applauded the line, “I have no more campaigns to run.”


Religion’s Dirty Dozen—12 Really Bad Religious Ideas That Have Made the World Worse
by Valerie Tarico
Jan 21, 2015 • (4) CommentsPermalink

Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good.


Problems with Defining an Existential Risk
by Phil Torres
Jan 21, 2015 • (3) CommentsPermalink

What is an existential risk? The general concept has been around for decades, but the term was coined by Nick Bostrom in his seminal 2002 paper, here. Like so many empirical concepts – from organism to gene to law of nature, all of which are still debated by philosophically-minded scientists and scientifically-minded philosophers – the notion of an existential risk turns out to be more difficult to define than one might at first think.


Appleman’s: The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life (Part 2)
by John G. Messerly
Jan 20, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cosmic evolution gave birth to our sun and planet; chemical evolution brought forth atoms, molecules and cells; biological evolution led to us.  The process ran itself, there was no intelligent designer. But consciousness emerged, we are here, and within limits we are free. And yet we will die.


Why the CIA Is So Eager to Demolish Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling
by Norman Solomon
Jan 20, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Midway through the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, one comment stands out. “A criminal case,” defense attorney Edward MacMahon told the jury at the outset, “is not a place where the CIA goes to get its reputation back.” But that’s where the CIA went with this trial in its first week — sending to the witness stand a procession of officials who attested to the agency’s virtues and fervently decried anyone who might provide a journalist with classified information.


There are two paths to superlongevity: only one of them is good
by Rick Searle
Jan 19, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Looked at in the longer historical perspective we have already achieved something our ancestors would consider superlongevity. In the UK life expectancy at birth averaged around 37 in 1700. It is roughly 81 today. The extent to which this is a reflection of decreased child mortality versus an increase in the survival rate of the elderly I’ll get to a little later, but for now, just try to get your head around the fact that we have managed to nearly double the life expectancy of human beings in a little over two centuries.


Review of Appleman’s: The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life (Part 1)
by John G. Messerly
Jan 19, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Philip D. Appleman (1926 –  ) is an American poet, a Darwin scholar, and Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University. He has recently published a new book: The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life. It is a short book, only about 60 pages, but it is carefully and conscientiously crafted, so I will quote extensively from its beautiful prose.


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