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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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Valerie Tarico

Ten Proofs That There is No God

by Valerie Tarico

Philosophers and theologians have been quarreling for centuries over a handful of abstract arguments –ontological, cosmological, teleological, experiential . . .– that some insist either prove or disprove the existence of God. 

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Ayesha Khanna

How Technology Promotes World Peace

by Ayesha Khanna

Much as economic integration made the world more cooperative and less conflict-prone, so can technology. Is this Pax Technologica?

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Buddhism as a “Science of the Mind”

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Kadam Morten Clausen is a Buddhist teacher in the New Kadampa tradition, a modern, worldwide tradition founded by Buddhist master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He is the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center NYC as well as the Vajra Light Buddhist Center in Hartsdale, NY.

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IEET’s “Buddhist Right Speech” Policy - 100 Day Anniversay

Comment sections on many websites are filled with venomous invective, aggressive one-upmanship, cruel insults, and disrespectful toxicity. Bucking this trend, IEET offers - exclusively - Non-Violent Dialogue. “Buddhist Right Speech” is our ethical guideline. Today - September 25, marks the 100th day since this policy has been instated.

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Nikola Danaylov

Bald Eagle Gets 3D Beak Prosthesis

by Nikola Danaylov

This is the story of Beauty and her 3D printed prosthetic beak. Beauty is an American bald eagle that got shot in the head by a poacher and consequently lost the top half of her beak.

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Omid Safi

12 Essential Points about the Offensive Film on the Prophet Muhammad

by Omid Safi

The hateful piece of propaganda about the Prophet Muhammad, known as “Innocence of Muslims” continues to have repercussions around the world, due to the attacks on the US Embassy in Libya and Egypt.  

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P. Tittle

What’s Wrong With Selling Your Organs?

by P. Tittle

It seems to be morally acceptable to sell one’s blood, sperm, eggs, and hair. So… what’s so unacceptable about selling one’s kidney?

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We Are All Amazingly Stupid, But We Can Get Better

Nikola Danaylov

Anders covers a wide variety of topics: his childhood and early passion for science fiction; his intellectual journey from science fiction to science and—eventually - to ethics; the goals and benchmarks of his work; human enhancement, body modification and the risks of early adopters; the problem of finding the right priorities; the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it; other existential threats to humanity.

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Martin O'Shea

The Subjectivity Trap - Examining Problems in Mind-Uploading

by Martin O'Shea

There are a number of fundamental problems in how we generally approach the areas of mind uploading and consciousness. I would like to address two major points: how we define computation and the nature of consciousness.

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Russell Blackford

Sam Harris on the “Innocence of Muslims” affair

by Russell Blackford

I see that Sam Harris has published a post on the violent responses to what he calls “an unwatchable Internet video titled ‘Innocence of Muslims.’”

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Lincoln Cannon

Evolving Gods and Richard Dawkins

by Lincoln Cannon

I’ve repeatedly found inspiration in Richard Dawkins, despite an important difference between us: he’s a devout atheist, and I’m a devout theist.

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Dick Pelletier

Quantum Computers: Headband Telepathy, Medical Advances, and more!

by Dick Pelletier

Quick: without grabbing your cell phone, tablet or PC, when did Earth population reach 7 billion? In the near future, the answer might be immediately whispered into your ear, “October 31, 2011.”

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Leo Igwe

Freedom of Speech and Religious Offence

by Leo Igwe

The ‘anti-Islam film’ which led to protests, attacks and killings across Middle East, Asia and Africa has sparked debates over religious offense, particularly how to balance freedom of speech/expression and freedom of religion globally.

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Dustin Eirdosh

Lemur Steaks & Pigeon Pickings - The Malagasy Bushmeat Conundrum

by Dustin Eirdosh

Last night I had the fortune of sitting down with the leading researcher in Madagascar focused on the intersection of wildlife conservation and human health, Dr. Chris Golden from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner is busy with Conference, Symposium, Film Discussion

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is extremely productive. Recently he organized a conference in Dubrovnik, he is participating in an analysis of the film “Mensch 2.0 - Die Evolution in unsure Hand” and his most recent monograph is the subject of a symposium organized by the Nietzsche Forum in Munich.

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Explaining Quantum Computing

Explaining Computers

Quantum computers store and process information using quantum mechanical states. This video by futurist Christopher Barnatt explains what this means and the future implications.

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The Singularity Is A Progressive Apocalypse

Nikola Danaylov

Cory covers a wide variety of topics such as: how Star Wars inspired him to become a science fiction writer; Cory’s initial jobs as a bookstore seller, Greenpeace activist, web developer, entrepreneur and director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; the intimate relationship between being a science fiction writer, a blogger and an activist; the motivation and goals behind his work; what science fiction is about and what it is good and bad at doing; Doctorow’s take on the technological singularity as a “progressive apocalypse”; his “militant atheism” and technology activism.

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piero scaruffi

The Age of Big Data and the Death of Theory

by piero scaruffi

Is the World Wide Web and modern technology… replacing the human mind? Knowledge today is not a set of theories, but instead just Data, and the machine is a better place to store data than the human mind.

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