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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

Longévité et surpopulation : déconstruire une idée reçue

Why Drone Operators, Non-Combat Soldiers, and Peace Corps Volunteers Get PTSD

How To Live With Doubt About Life’s Meaning


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
Author
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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IEET Fellow Steven Wise will be featured in Animal Rights documentary

Documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus – husband/wife directors of The War Room, the Oscar-nominated 1993 look at Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign—will feature IEET Fellow Steven Wise in their next project. The film will examine Wise’s mission to gain legal personhood for nonhuman animals.

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Maria Konovalenko

Russians Create the “Longevity Party”

by Maria Konovalenko

On July 19, we made the first step towards the creation of the Longevity Party. The initiative group of 10 people gathered together in Moscow to establish the first political party aimed at extending human lifespan using technological advances.

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Break Free of the “Man Box”

TEDTalks

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”

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Why Not Eat Insects?

TEDTalks

Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone’s diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.

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The Walk from “No” to “Yes” - How to Create Agreement in Difficult Situations

TEDtalksDirector

William Ury, author of “Getting to Yes,” offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations—from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.

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Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

TEDtalksDirector

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.

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‪8th Annual Virtual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology in Second Life‬

Giulio Prisco

The workshop is an exchange of scholarly views on uses of lifesaving nanotechnologies, including the impacts on people, accessibility, monitoring compliance with ethical norms. This year’s speakers: Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D. — “Geoethical Rules for Nanotechnological Advances” Peter Wicks — “Nanotechnology and the Environment: Enemies or Allies?” Alex Wissner-Gross, Ph.D. — “Physically Programmable Surfaces”

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IEET Fellow David Brin interviewed by Geekwire

David Brin, an IEET Fellow, was interviewed recently by Geekwire while on book tour for his just-published science fiction novel, Existence.

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‪Israel Curious About New Pirate Party in Germany‬

Jewish News One

In Germany the young generation seems to be looking for new ways to participate in the political system, and with 25 per cent of its voters under 30 a new party calling itself the Pirate Party has already secured seats in four state legislatures. The growing success of the Pirate Party has prompted Israel’s Embassy in Berlin to meet with Pirate leaders.

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Conversations with History

UCtelevision

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler is joined by linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky to discuss activism, anarchism and the role the United States plays in the world today.

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Lincoln Cannon

Do Dyson Spheres and Von Neumann Probes make the Fermi Paradox Worse?

by Lincoln Cannon

Are we ourselves perhaps the self-replicating probes (panspermia?) of another civilization that has already begun colonizing the universe?

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Owen Nicholas

Pirate Party Wants Copyright Laws to “Walk the Plank”!

by Owen Nicholas

In an age where the mainstream media is quick to label any dissenting opinion as controversial, dangerous, and a threat to the natural order, it is perhaps surprising that such an unorthodox, radical organisation as the Pirate Party should have achieved such popular electoral support over the past 6 years.

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David Brin

The First Synthetic Organism: Our Victor Frankenstein Moment?

by David Brin

In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world’s first computer model of an organism has been completed, Stanford researchers reported last week in the journal Cell.

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P. Tittle

What Went Wrong with Political Correctness?

by P. Tittle

My guess is that it started well enough, as sensitivity: people realized that terms such as ‘crippled’ and ‘retarded’ had gathered too many negative connotations, had become insults; so they replaced them with new words such as ‘physically challenged’ and ‘mentally challenged’ – words that, because new, would be free of such slant.

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Hank Pellissier

Water Wars - Nine Thirsty Regions where H20 Conflict is Steaming

by Hank Pellissier

“I’d kill for a drink of water,” could be a military call-to-arms soon, as the planet’s most essential commodity is swallowed, evaporated, polluted, and utilized at unsustainable levels.

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Phil Torres

The Evolution of Robots: Natural Selection in Action

by Phil Torres

Chapters 6 and 7 of the recently-published book, A Crises of Faith - Atheism, Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity

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Alan Brooks

Remembering the 1960’s: Racism, Prisons and… What Went Wrong?

by Alan Brooks

The ‘60s were like the Beatles: overrated but good nonetheless…  What I remember is the incongruity of the era…

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Andrew Maynard

“We Took a Rat Apart and Rebuilt It as a Jellyfish”

by Andrew Maynard

Sometimes you read a science article and it sends a shiver down your spine.  That was my reaction this afternoon reading Ed Yong’s piece on a paper just published in Nature Biotechnology by Janna Nawroth, Kevin Kit Parker and colleagues.

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Evan Selinger

The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun

by Evan Selinger

Does the old rallying cry “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people” hold up to philosophical scrutiny?

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The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory

TEDtalksDirector

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy—and our own self-awareness.

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David Brin

Deny Killers the Notoriety They Seek

by David Brin

Now it’s “James Eagan Holmes,” another name we’d rather not know. Opening fire at a crowded Colorado movie theater during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Holmes killed twelve and injured dozens—seizing world attention and far more than his fair share of our collective memories.

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Stem Cell Breast Reconstruction Surgery

CafeMomStudios

Watch Suzanne Somers’ amazing breast reconstruction surgery on Suzanne Somers Breaking Through - Episode 1. Find out how Suzanne used her own stem cells to regrow her breast after battling breast cancer.

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Wilfredo Méndez

Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency

by Wilfredo Méndez

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity [1], the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference to a performance-based beauty for design.

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Consciousness and Thinking Machines‬

The Rational Future

Dr. Goertzel is a leader in the AI field, with a dozen academic books and 100+ papers published; and the chief individual behind the Artificial General Intelligence conference series, which has played a key role in the overall advent of AGI technology in the past few years. He is Vice Chair of nonprofit organization Humanity+; chief founder of AI consulting firm Novamente LLC and bioinformatics consulting firm Biomind LLC; and co-founder and chief cognitive architect of the OpenCog open-source AGI project. He has also pioneered the application of advanced AI to life extension genomics. Currently he is focusing efforts on his role as Chief Scientist at Hong Kong financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings.

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Why Science Needs an Infusion of Rebellious Entrepreneurship

TEDxTalks

Fulbright Dr. Justin Mih gives talk about the need for the entrepreneurial spirit in scientific innovation.

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The Upgraded Self: Why Biohacking Changes Everything

Vimeo

This presentation talks about real-world techniques Dave Asprey used to upgrade his brain by 12 IQ points, lose 100 lbs, radically reduce sleep, and fit 40 years of Zen meditation into one very long week.

This talk leverages years of nonprofit work with leading anti-aging physicians and researchers like Aubrey de Grey and Gary Taubes, along with extensive research (1300 references) completed for The Better Baby Book, my upcoming (Wiley & Sons) book about how to have a smarter baby by hacking your environment during pregnancy.

Dave Asprey introduces the exposome, explain why it’s bigger than your genome, and why it’s infinitely easier to biohack at any age than your genome. He covers the top 5 things you can do to upgrade yourself, ranging from bio and neurofeedback to hacking mitochondrial function.

The Upgraded Self: Top 6 Biohacks to Upgrade Your Body and Mind from Bulletproof Executive on Vimeo.

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Phil Torres - IEET writer - publishes e-book: “A Crisis of Faith”

IEET writer Phil Torres has written and published an e-book, available at Amazon in Kindle. The book is entitled “A Crisis of Faith - Atheism, Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity”

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Dick Pelletier

End of Human Aging Can Be Achieved in 20 years, experts say

by Dick Pelletier

Technologies with the greatest promise to provide humans with this treasured dream of extended health, youth, and longer lifespan include stem cell therapies, genetic engineering, and nanomedicine.

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David Brin

Bulletins from the Transparency Front

by David Brin

1) Toronto researcher Steve Mann, who was one of the earliest pioneers of wearable computing and augmented reality (AR), and who co-coined the term “sousveillance,” was physically assaulted by employees of a Paris McDonald’s restaurant during a recent family vacation, for the crime of wearing AR visual aids akin to Google’s Project Glass.  We are indeed in an era of rough transition.

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Ben Goertzel

Creating/Discovering New States of Mind

by Ben Goertzel

Our society puts a fair bit of energy, these days, into creating new technologies and discovering new scientific facts. But we don’t put hardly any effort at all into creating/discovering new states of mind. I think maybe we should – at the end of this blog post I’ll suggest a specific type that synthesizes spiritual mindfulness and intense scientific creativity.

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