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Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics
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Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction
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How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
Marshall Brain

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
Martine Rothblatt


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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

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Andrew Maynard

Rehabilitating “Risk”

by Andrew Maynard

Now that I’ve had some time to get to grips with my new position as Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, I thought it was high time I started letting people know something about where the Center will be heading over the next few years.

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Life in 2050

By mid-century there will likely be 9 billion people on the planet, consuming ever more resources and leading ever more technologically complex lives. What will our cities be like? How will we eat? Will global warming trigger catastrophic changes, or will we be able to engineer our way out of the climate crisis?

In part one of a ten-part series, urban theorist Richard Florida says the changes to our urban and rural areas will reinvent our education system. Our economy will be less real estate driven, people will be more flexible, and the divisions between home and work and life will all fade away.

Faster, More Urban, More Diverse

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George Dvorsky

Dedication to Healthy Foods Considered an Eating Disorder

by George Dvorsky

It almost sounds like the headline from an Onion article.

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I am my connectome

In the brain, neurons are connected into a complex network. Sebastian Seung and his lab at MIT are inventing technologies for identifying and describing the connectome, the totality of connections between the brain’s neurons—think of it as the wiring diagram of the brain. We possess our entire genome at birth, but things like memories are not “stored” in the genome; they are acquired through life and accumulated in the brain. Seung’s hypothesis is that “we are our connectome,” that the connections among neurons is where memories and experiences get stored.

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Russell Blackford

Fundamentalism

by Russell Blackford

What is fundamentalism? What is wrong with fundamentalism, anyway? Is there such a thing as a fundamentalist atheist? What would such a creature be like?

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Becoming Gods pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Terryl Givens, professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and a scholar of Mormon theology. They discuss the doctrine of theosis, the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and the Mormon’s church’s position on women, homosexuality and race.






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Becoming Gods pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Terryl Givens, professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and a scholar of Mormon theology. They discuss the doctrine of theosis, the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and the Mormon’s church’s position on women, homosexuality and race.





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IEET Fellow Patrick Lin on NPR

Dr. Patrick Lin, a Fellow of the IEET and an assistant professor of philosophy at California Polytechnic State University, was a featured guest on a recent edition of the NPR program “Talk of the Nation,” discussing the ethics of robot warfare.

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Edward Miller

What is Progressive in the 21st Century?

by Edward Miller

I have often referred to myself as a progressive but I have felt increasingly uneasy doing so. The word -progressive’, like virtually every other term which refers to a political ideology, has become so broadly applied as to become virtually meaningless.

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Every Sperm is Sacred

From Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

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Mixed Results on Robot Honesty

We asked our readers whether they think laws are needed to stop robots and computers from lying, and the results are decidedly mixed.

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Mike Treder

What to do about drugs?

by Mike Treder

In the USA, the decades-long “war on drugs” has, according to most, been an abject failure. In Portugal, meanwhile, drug decriminalization has, according to some, been a resounding success. Is there a lesson to be learned?

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Jack Lundee

The Clinton Global Initiative on Long Term Viability

by Jack Lundee

Bringing food and providing shelter to victims of flooding and other natural disasters is one form of aide, but there also are long-term preventative measures that require attention.

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Richard Eskow

Social Security Cuts Would Increase Inequity and Keep Deficits, Er, High

by Richard Eskow

Get this: Republicans on the Deficit Commission aren't just refusing to consider any tax increases. Now they're proposing tax decreases designed to help the rich while taking benefits from everyone else. Dealing with people like that is like negotiating with somebody who's high on drugs.

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Ben Scarlato

Caprica: Artificial Heavens

by Ben Scarlato

This week saw the return of Caprica. In its world with technology not too far beyond our own, Caprica jumped right back into action with a premiere remarkably relevant to transhumanism. While Sister Clarice seeks to attract followers to her religion with an artificial heaven, Daniel Graystone wants to win back his company with software to remove the pain of a loved one’s death.

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Russell Blackford

Vatican condemns Nobel Prize to Robert Edwards

by Russell Blackford

British biologist Robert Edwards, who developed the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF), has won a Nobel Prize. But the Vatican says the choice of Professor Edwards was “completely out of order.”

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Fetal Personhood: The Movie

ChoiceUSA Tube

What would the world be like if the walking-around and thinking people took fetal personhood seriously?

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Dvorsky on “The Future of Humans”

IEET Director George Dvorsky was a featured guest on a recent edition of “The Mark Radio,” talking about transhuman-tech developments we can expect to see in the coming decades.

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The Moral Landscape

Best-selling author Sam Harris (The End of Faith) joins Jon Stewart to discuss his new book, The Moral Landscape, and explains how we can begin talking about morality and human values in the context of our growing scientific understanding of the world.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Sam Harris
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

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Mike Treder

Defending Transhumanism

by Mike Treder

The blog Rationally Speaking has just posted two articles about the transhumanist movement, one by Julia Galef that defends transhumanism, and another by Massimo Pigliucci that dismisses transhumanism as “irrelevant,” among other things.

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It Gets Better

It Gets Better Project

Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller share their stories about the difficult challenge of being a gay teen. If you’re “different” from the approved majority in any way, and if you’ve ever felt bullied or harassed for being who you are, watch this and remember, it gets better!

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The Genius of Isaac Newton

Who was the greatest physicist in history?

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Doug Rushkoff

Why Johnny Can’t Program

by Doug Rushkoff

A new medium requires a new kind of literacy.

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Stefan Sorgner

Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism

by Stefan Sorgner

I am focusing here on the main counterarguments that were raised against a thesis I put forward in my article “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” (2009), namely that significant similarities can be found on a fundamental level between the concept of the posthuman, as put forward by some transhumanists, and Nietzsche’s concept of the overhuman. The articles with the counterarguments were published in the recent “Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms” issue of The Journal of Evolution and Technology (January-July 2010). As several commentators referred to identical issues, I decided that it would be appropriate not to respond to each of the articles individually, but to focus on the central arguments and to deal with the counterarguments mentioned in the various replies. I am concerned with each topic in a separate section. The sections are entitled as follows: 1. Technology and evolution; 2. Overcoming nihilism; 3. Politics and liberalism; 4. Utilitarianism or virtue ethics?; 5. The good Life; 6. Creativity and the will to power; 7. Immortality and longevity; 8. Logocentrism; 9. The Third Reich. When dealing with the various topics, I am not merely responding to counterarguments; I also raise questions concerning transhumanism and put forward my own views concerning some of the questions I am dealing with.

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Phil Torres

On Why It Might Be Wise To Think More About Wisdom

by Phil Torres

“In a world torn with strife and warfare, perhaps no problem is more important [than that of understanding and developing wisdom], as wisdom may be the only hope out of the bloodshed.” - Robert Sternberg

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George Dvorsky

Novae produce gamma-rays. Damn.

by George Dvorsky

Bad news: Novae emit gamma-rays.

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Mapping the Universe

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with science writer Ann Finkbeiner (annfinkbeiner.com and lastwordonnothing.com), author of A Grand and Bold Thing which tells the story of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. They discuss the structure of the universe, its origins and expansion, citizen science, the search for habitable planets, and the culture of science.

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Essential Psychopathology Of Creativity

by Andrea Kuszewski

If we could identify a gene for creativity - let’s call it the “creativity gene” - you would be hard pressed to find many people who would consider it a negative gene or a hazard to possess or carry.

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Why Aren’t Monkeys Still Evolving?

Bill Maher

...asked US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. Give us a decade or two and we’ll evolve your monkeys, and give your mice human neural tissue. Oops - was that a secret?

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Russell Blackford

Beyond the “New Atheism”?

by Russell Blackford

Understanding (and misunderstanding) the so-called New Atheists

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