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Self-Awareness Is Essential in Comedy and in Life

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Autobiographical Nietzschean Transhumanism in New Book

Transhumanist Hank Pellissier on Being an “Atheist Missionary”

Optimize Your Brain: The Science of Smarter Eating

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner to be Featured on Public TV Show

How our police became storm troopers, redux


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

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


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Six Ways Mushrooms can Save the World

TEDTalks

Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium—and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.

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Valerie Tarico

Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention?

by Valerie Tarico

There’s no question that religion can have some ugly moral and social consequences.

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Breki Tomasson

Google Street View, Now Underwater

by Breki Tomasson

While Apple is doing their best to manage the fiasco that is their iOS 6 map roll out, Google has decided to start adding underwater shots to Google Maps, starting with the Great Barrier Reef.

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Top Essays and Videos in September

What did IEET visitors read, watch and argue about in September?  The internet, transhumanism, politics, religion and much much more.

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Ex-Miss Argentina Dies After Plastic Surgery on Her Buttocks

Associated Press

A former Miss Argentina died in 2009 from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her buttocks. The 38-year-old, who won the crown in 1994, died of a pulmonary embolism.

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Hank Pellissier

Polygamous Future? - Now that Gay Marriage is Inevitable, will Plural Unions next be Legalized?

by Hank Pellissier

How Big is Our Love? Can humans truly romantically love more than one person? Will there soon be group weddings with three, four, or five brides and/or grooms? What about ‘Jealousy’?! Or ‘The Family’?!  Is polyamory / polygamy a transhumanist issue?

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John Alexander

What the Law Requires: A Reply to P. Tittle’s essay on Business Ethics

by John Alexander

P. Tittle recently argued that those who teach and/or consult in business ethics ought to have degrees in philosophy.  Her thesis is that “business ethics taught by business faculty, ethics programs run by managers, and so on – any applied ethics course taught by non-philosophers – is superficial at best.”

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Hank Pellissier

University Students Define the Future Ethics They Want

by Hank Pellissier

College kids tell me what Tomorrow’s Ethics should look like… here’s the viewpoints of the USA’s Academic Top 10%…

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Giulio Prisco

“Let a Thousand Turtles Fly,” in the Quest for Joyful Immortality

by Giulio Prisco

Terasem has a huge potential to bridge the gap between the 1960s and the 2010s, the gap between cosmic visions and technology, spirituality and transhumanism, hard and soft rationality.

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‪Live Forever as an Android?!‬

WorldChangingTech

Thrilling forecast video from Atman Inc.

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David Brin

Crowd-Sourcing “Citizen Science,” New Products and Ideas

by David Brin

Crowd-sourced inventiveness and science is essential to our fast-changing civilization - and it’s booming.

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‪Ageing and Living “Forever”‬

Oil Crash

Aubrey de Grey is a well-known researcher on the process of ageing.
He sees ageing as a disease and believes science will soon be able to slow it down so that we’ll have more time for science to advance even further so we can fix the cellular damages of ageing and - maybe one day - live forever.

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Dick Pelletier

Our Healthcare Future: Personalized Medicine Leads the Way

by Dick Pelletier

By 2020, most of the developed world will shift towards a proactive, personalized, healthcare policy.

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Jamais Cascio

Melancholia, the Game

by Jamais Cascio

Plague, Inc., by Ndemic Creations, is an iDevice game with a simple story: you’re a plague, and your goal is to wipe out the human race.

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George Dvorsky

Did Life on other Planets originate from Earth?

by George Dvorsky

In the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, an alien Engineer is seen seeding the Earth with life — an interesting suggestion as to how life emerged on this planet.

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‪Are Droids taking our Jobs?‬

TEDTalks

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating—jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next.

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Social and Biological Networks

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Network architecture, sharing a vision and interdependence based on trust.

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Rachel Armstrong

Soft Cities (Part 1)

by Rachel Armstrong

All that is built squirms. This is the fundamental reality that applies to buildings.

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Leo Igwe

The Death of Naila Mumtaz - exorcism-related abuses must be eradicated

by Leo Igwe

Four family members in the UK have been jailed for life for murdering a pregnant woman, Naila Mumtaz, 21. They murdered her because they believed she was possessed by Djinn or evil spirit.

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Annalee Newitz

Could Aliens have Created Life on Earth?

by Annalee Newitz

We know a lot about the history of life on Earth, but how it began is still one of our greatest scientific mysteries. One hypothesis is that life actually originated on another planet, and many scientists today take the idea quite seriously.

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Rüdiger Koch

Bitcoin - a Means for Redistribution of Wealth

by Rüdiger Koch

Amazing things would happen if a large percentage of transhumanists were financially independent. How can this be done?

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Travis James Leland

Dr. Manhattan: Transhuman Hero

by Travis James Leland

Transhumanists as a subculture, are a rather underrepresented group in the media. While we often get transhumanist ideals in films, television, etc., we rarely see someone on the screen that we can look up to as an ideal transhumanist.

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‪Evolutionary Contingency and the Search for Life Elsewhere‬

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Talk given at the Oxford Martin School, Wednesday September 19th 2012.

The well-known argument against the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) due to George Gaylord Simpson is re-analyzed almost half a century later, in the light of our improved understanding of preconditions for the emergence of life and intelligence brought about by the ongoing “astrobiological revolution”. Simpson’s argument has been enormously influential, in particular in biological circles, and it arguably fueled the most serious opposition to SETI programmes and their funding.

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‪What is Bitcoin?‬

WeUseCoins

This video is a short animated introduction to Bitcoin, made possible with donations from the Bitcoin community.

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‪Chemical Brain Preservation: How to Live “Forever”‬

John Smart

A number of neuroscientists, working today with simple model organisms, are investigating the hypothesis that chemical brain preservation may inexpensively preserve the organism’s memories and mental states after death. Chemically preserved brains can be stored at room temperature in cemeteries, contract storage, even private homes. The 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Brain Preservation Foundation (‪http://brainpreservation.org‬), is offering a $100,000 prize to the first scientific team to demonstrate that the entire synaptic connectivity (“connectome”) of mammalian brains can be perfectly preserved using either chemical preservation (‪http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_brain_preservation‬) or more expensive cryopreservation (‪http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryonics‬) techniques.

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Glory Season Book Trailer

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Young Maia is fast approaching a turning point in her life. As a half-caste var, she must leave the clan home of her privileged half sisters and seek her fortune in the world. With her twin sister, Leie, she searches the docks of Port Sanger for an apprenticeship aboard the vessels that sail the trade routes of the Stratoin oceans. On her far-reaching, perilous journey of discovery, Maia will endure hardship and hunger, imprisonment and loneliness, bloody battles with pirates and separation from her twin. And along the way, she will meet a traveler who has come an unimaginable distance—and who threatens the delicate balance of the Stratoins’ carefully maintained, perfect society….

Both exciting and insightful, David Brin’s Glory Season is a major novel, a transcendent saga of the human spirit. For more information see: ‪http://www.davidbrin.com/gloryseason.html‬

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David Brin

Intelligence, Uplift, and Our Place in a Big Cosmos

by David Brin

A balanced and well-researched Wired article by Jason Kehe reveals the latest “yoo-hoo transmission to aliens” stunt.  Of course I consider these things to be at-best dopey, with a small but significant chance of being thoughtlessly dangerous for all of humanity.  

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Michael Lee

Demographic Sunset in the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan in the 21st Century

by Michael Lee

Everyone has a favourite iconic Japanese consumer product – the Sony Walkman, a Panasonic DVD recorder, Blu-ray disc player, a Canon, Nikon, Minolta or Pentax camera or even a Toyota Prius. But this century will witness the long, slow sunset of Japan’s power.

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Maria Konovalenko

Russia’s Second Transhumanist Political Meeting Takes Place in Revolution Square

by Maria Konovalenko

Russian transhumanists went to the streets and declared their demands on Saturday, September 22, 2012, in the very center of Moscow right opposite the famous Bolshoi Theater…

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Second Transhumanist Political Meeting in Moscow

Mario Konovalenko

Russian transhumanists went to the streets and declared their demands on Saturday, September 22, 2012, in the very center of Moscow right opposite the famous Bolshoi Theater…

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