“The same thrill, the same awe and mystery, comes again and again when we look at any question deeply enough. With more knowledge comes a deeper, more wonderful mystery, luring one on to penetrate deeper still.” - Richard Feynman
Regarding a recent Wall Street Journal article by Russ Roberts—“Why Friedrich Hayek is Making a Comeback”—I have to react on several levels. I’ll start with one that is superficially emotional and immature… but that seems the most apropos and on-target reaction… and then follow up with added, calmer insights.
We must develop innovative problem-solving skills to face the complex world of the future—and to raise standards of living across the world. Now, for the first time in history, the entire world community is able to communicate, across borders and nationalities, to share strategies and seek solutions.
IEET Board Member George Dvorsky and blogger Greg Fish appear on the “Skeptically Speaking” podcast to discuss the predictions and the problems in the quest to enhance human beings. How will advancing technology affect our bodies, our lives, and our society? Also, another installment of “Everything You Know is Sort of Wrong” with Greg Laden.
Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Jonathan Weiner talks on WNYC Radio about the quest for eternal youth and the scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs who believe that human immortality is not only possible, but attainable in our own time. In his new book, Long for this World: The Strange Science of Immortality, Weiner meets the leading intellectuals in the field and delves into the science behind the latest research.
As civilization has advanced, education has become increasingly important—and increasingly pervasive. This trend will continue until “education” as a separate categories dies, replaced for those who choose to grow by learning that thoroughly pervades life.
The way science is taught, the way it’s portrayed on TV and in the press, the way it’s promoted by science-advocates and science bloggers, often seems to adhere to a rather pompous and hubristic view of science as the ultimate bastion of truth and certainty. So it’s been rather refreshing this week to see a group of real-world scientists shattering this image in the online event I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!
When asked if the ongoing oil drilling blowout in the Gulf of Mexico makes them less or more supportive of emerging technologies, three out of four respondents to a recent IEET reader poll said it’s either irrelevant or it means we should push ahead even more. Less than one in five are concerned that our growing technological power has outgrown our ethical sensibility.
Reflecting on his son’s graduation from high school, IEET Fellow David Brin offers inspiration and advice for students going on to college. Broaden your perspectives and take full advantage of the wealth of educational experiences awaiting you during the next four years. The key is curiosity: explore what is happening in those buildings on campus.
It has been claimed by biologists that the brains of females and males are different in obscure ways. However, physical differences in adults may be due to psychological and sociological pressures on the brains of each gender, because cultures and societies may exaggerate roles and stereotypes, having an impact on brain plasticity.
This summer True Blood, now in its third season, continues to explore the issues that it has in the past, such as personhood and the coexistence of humans with a species that has many advantages over humans. However, with the introduction of werewolves and the greater focus on shapeshifters, this year there are even better opportunities to relate True Blood to morphological freedom.