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Transhumanism and Marxism: Philosophical Connections

Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee

Technological Unemployment but Still a Lot of Work…

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Enhancing Virtues: Self-Control and Mindfulness
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Is using nano silver to treat Ebola misguided?
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“Lucy”: A Movie Review
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Phil Torres

What are ‘biological limitations’ anyway?

by Phil Torres

The express aim of enhancement technologies is to overcome our biological limitations: cognitive, emotional and healthspan-related. But what is almost always tacit in discussions of human enhancement is the issue of what exactly constitutes a biological limitation.

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A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

An art project created by a 17 year-old high school student…

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Next Decade of Science: Transdisciplinary Collaboration

by Andrea Kuszewski

I was asked the question, “What can we expect to see from science in the next decade?” My answer comes from the perspective of a social scientist, as I research social problems from the influence of cognitive neuroscience.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Had I World Enough, and Time

by Kyle Munkittrick

Say that I knew that medicine had advanced to the point where I could reasonably expect to live to be 350 years old, with the first two decades, of course, going to maturation, and the last two decades resembling our current aging process. What would I do with all of that time?

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Should We Tax the Banks?

Robin Hood Tax

British activists have launched a major campaign to push Gordon Brown’s government into adopting a “Robin Hood Tax” on financial transactions—a tiny tax that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and for tackling poverty and climate change. The campaigners unveiled a brilliant little sketch featuring British actor Bill Nighy as a squirming banker. 

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To Age or Not to Age

To Age or Not to Age

In this panel discussion moderated by Robert Kane Pappas, director of To Age or Not to Age, distinguished panelists debate the future of anti-aging research. Panelists include: Dr. Robert Butler, Gerontologist, Psychiatrist & Pulitzer-Prize Winner, President and CEO of the International Longevity Center; Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Biomedical Gerontologist, Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation; and Dr. Leonard P. Guarente, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT, Director, Paul F. Glenn Lab for Science of Aging.

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Science Valentine



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Reclaiming the Enlightenment pt 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Dr. Stephen Eric Bronner, professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement. Part 2 of 2. (Part 1)

 

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Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement pt 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Andrew Fenton who is a part of the Novel Tech Ethics Group at Dalhousie University and the author of “Buddhism and Neuroethics: The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement.” Part 2 of 2. (Part 1)

 

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David Brin

Distinguishing Climate “Deniers” From “Skeptics”

by David Brin

A fair number of people have written in response to my previous posting—The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change: A War on Expertise—griping that I do not get a crucial distinction between climate change “Skeptics” and “Deniers.”

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Ben Goertzel

Will and Intention: Illusion and Reality

by Ben Goertzel

Nietzsche said that free will is like the commander who takes responsibility, after the fact, for the actions of his troops.

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Hacking the Earth (without voiding the warranty)

Green Business Forum

A talk given by IEET Senior Fellow Jamais Cascio last week at the State of Green Business Forum is now available on video. It runs about 22 minutes.

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Susan Schneider Wins Essay Award

The Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics has awarded IEET Fellow Dr. Susan Schneider with the Future of Bioethics Essay Award for her neuroethics piece, “Transforming and Enhancing the Human Brain.”

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Mike Treder

Life is Not a Science Fiction Story

by Mike Treder

Many transhumanists are under the mistaken impression that the world they live in operates like a science fiction novel. It doesn’t.

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Beyond Human Talks

Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Madison

On March 27, 2009 the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Madison held a symposium titled “What is Human?” devoted to “exploring the limits and excesses of the human across the division of the humanities and the sciences.” These are some of the talks from that seminar.

Cary Wolfe, Professor of English, Rice University
“Introducing Posthumanism Again” MP3

Richard Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind” MP3

Jay Martin and Walt Schalick
“Engineering the Human Body” MP3

Alastair Hunt, Jon McKenzie, Stephanie Youngblood
“The Futures and the Pasts of the Posthuman”  MP3

Lewis R. Gordon, Professor of Philosophy, Temple University
“Theorizing the Human: A Pedagogical Imperative of a Philosophical Anthropology”  MP3

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Battle Between the Sexes

When it comes to the future of gender relations, IEET readers can’t seem to agree on anything.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Our Uncertain Future

by Kyle Munkittrick

The old cliché that the “future is not written” is an allusion to free will and the indeterminate nature of the self. Invoking hope and courage, the implicit corollary is “for we are in the process of writing it.” We may yet, it seems, create progress in spite of the looming obstacles before us.

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David Brin

The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change: A War on Expertise

by David Brin

The schism over global climate change (GCC) has become an intellectual chasm, across which everyone perceives the other side as Koolaid-drinkers.  Although I have mixed views of my own about the science of GCC, and have closely grilled a number of colleagues who are front-line atmospheric scientists (some at JPL), I’m afraid all the anecdotes and politics-drenched "questions" flying about right now aren’t shedding light. They are, in fact, quite beside the point. That is because science itself is the main issue: its relevance and utility as a decision-making tool.

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IEET

The Complicated Politics of Italian Transhumanism Part 2

by IEET

Last October we published an essay by Stefano Vaj, a leader of the Italian Transhumanist Association, responding to charges that he had ties to the Italian far right, and was himself a fascist. The seven members of the rival Italian Transhumanist Network have written the following indictment to document their charges.

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Mike Treder

Existential Reality

by Mike Treder

Take a long view of humanity. See the centuries of quotidian drudgery between periods of roiling tumult, flashes of genius amidst endless toil, billions upon billions who barely live and silently die. Ask how we are not the same.

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Moral Universalism vs. Relativism

by J. Hughes

The Enlightenment thinkers proposed that all men should be accorded the Rights of Man. Eventually this assertion of moral universalism would spread to spark campaigns for the legal equality for women, ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, and the disabled. Some transhumanists have similarly asserted that a transhuman democracy can ensure the legal equality of ur-human and posthuman citizens, and promote the rights of all persons regardless of species. But respect for diversity and self-determination, an awareness that ethical views are historically situated and not absolute, and the belief that future generations will inevitably develop a new ethics make other transhumanists hostile to the idea of any effort to impose Enlightenment values on other societies, posthumans, or animals. We need to renew our commitment to a subtler, limited form of moral universalism, and to the global political institutions it requires.

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Cruise Reservations Now Open

We are now taking reservations for our exclusive 8-day conference cruise to the Bahamas, where you can bask in sun, fun, and luxury while learning all about “The Future of Medicine.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

A.I. Special Pleading

by Kyle Munkittrick

Special pleading, along with feigned neutrality, is one of the most infuriating symptoms of faulty rhetoric one can utilize in an argument.

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Reclaiming the Enlightenment pt. 1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Dr. Stephen Eric Bronner, professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement. Part 1 of 2.

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Ben Goertzel

Causality (A Convenient Construct)

by Ben Goertzel

We humans like to think in terms of causality ... but causality seems not to be an intrinsic aspect of the universe.

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Invented Languages

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Arika Okrent, author of In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers and the Mad Dreamers who tried to Build a Perfect Language. Dr. Okrent holds a doctorate in linguisitics and cognitive neuroscience from the University of Chicago.  MP3

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Natasha Vita-More

Bringing Arts/Sciences and Design into the Discussion of Transhumanism

by Natasha Vita-More

The current discussion on transhumanism concerns human use of NBIC1 technologies and sciences to enhance human biology and to radically extend human life. I address this concern by bringing arts/sciences and design into the discussion. Artists and designers have been altering the human form-perceptually, conceptually and in actuality-from existing states to envisioned, preferred states. The perception of an ideal human is evident in the construction of statuesque sculptures. The conception of an enhanced human is evident in imagined mechanism in providing electronic senses and robotic extensions. The central issue now is that both the opponent and the advocate of transhumanism realize that the actuality of altering the human form is practicable, that duplicating the mind is probable, and that extending life is feasible.

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Ana Lita Appointed as Fellow of the IEET

Ana Lita, Ph.D., Founder-Director of the Appignani Bioethics Center, has accepted an appointment as Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies for 2010.

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Kris Notaro

Transhumanism and Phenomenological Reduction

by Kris Notaro

What properties of consciousness and mind will remain the same in a posthuman world? Will enhanced minds look at themselves and reality like we do? What can we learn from cognitive science and consciousness studies to help answer these questions? What are some ethical consequences of enhancing the brain/mind?

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Audio and Slides from Biopolitics of Popular Culture Seminar Posted

All the audio and most of the slides from the IEET’s December 4, 2009, seminar on the “Biopolitics of Popular Culture” are now available online.

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