Given the current state of technology, reproductive cloning is not a safe and effective means of human reproduction. Cloning reduces genetic diversity, is beneficial neither for the child nor the parent, and without restrictions could create many legal and social problems.
The FAB Congress in Singapore looks at the global aging population and feminization of it, which includes issues of migrant women elder care workers in a global economy, notions of ecological citizenship and human and nonhuman interdependency.
If you could live in a world that was just the way you wanted it to be, with specifications you’d chosen, customized and personalized to meet your every need and fulfill your fondest desires, would you spend all your time there? Or would you prefer to stay here, in the real world?
Given the complexity of the world today, plus the risks associated with current and emerging technologies, it behooves everyone on all sides of the biopolitical spectrum to be open to opposing points of view.
Cosmetic plastic surgery (CPS) gets a bad rep for the obvious reasons. It brings to mind superficial wealthy women living in glamorous places and spending someone else’s money on self-beautification. In a way it seems to be cheating—reversing the normal Darwinian structure of survival based on genetic fitness. However, cosmetic plastic surgery is an inevitable and expected outcome given psychology, natural selection, and changes in technology.
Dr. J. chats with philosopher and journalist Alston Chase, author of In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the New Tyranny of Ecology and Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist. In this second half of the interview they discuss Dr. Chase’s biography of Ted Kaczynski, the ecoterrorist “Unabomber,” linking his extremism to his having been the subject of CIA-connected research on brainwashing and interrogation as an undergraduate at Harvard. (Part 2 of 2)
Dr. J. chats with philosopher and journalist Alston Chase, author of In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the New Tyranny of Ecology and Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist. In this first half of the interview they discuss Dr. Chase’s concept of the “culture of despair” that he believes has produced radical environmentalism among other pathologies. (Part 1 of 2)
Two great talks on the rise and rule of the global ruling class, by David Rothkopf. How a select, insular group of the six thousand most powerful people on the planet make daily decisions that impact the lives of millions across borders and develop ideas that are shaping the history of our times.
What are we finding about the effects of meditation on the brain? Can software save us from digital distractions? Are psychdelics helpful on the road to Enlightenment? Is our innate empathic response to others’ pain suppressed by racism, classism and capitalist hyperindividualism? MP3
Internet pioneer David Gelernter explores the ethereal fuzziness of cognition in his Edge.org article, “Dream-logic, the internet and artificial consciousness.” He’s right about the imperfect and dream-like nature of cognition and conscious thought; AI theorists should certainly take notice.
“The antiscience tendency in anarchism, which does exist, is completely self-defeating on this score [questions of technology and revolution]. I mean, it is going to take, it is going to require sophisticated technology and scientific discoveries to create the possibility for human society to survive—I mean, unless we decide, well, it just shouldn’t survive, we should get down to, you know, 100,000 hunter-gatherers or something. Okay, except for that, if you’re serious about, you know, the billions of people in the world who—and their children and grandchildren, it’s going to require scientific and technological advances.” – Noam Chomsky