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Nicole Sallak Anderson

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Dustin Eirdosh

Reasonable Genes, Rational Responses? - the polarized battle on GMOs

by Dustin Eirdosh

What we need is both long-term vision and short-term solutions. Remember this, if you are rabidly anti-GMO or staunchly pro-GMO.

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Pussy Riot Protest in Germany

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Four people stormed Germany’s Cologne Cathedral during services, wearing balaclavas and carrying signs showing solidarity with the jailed members of Pussy Riot. They were swiftly ejected from the premises

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piero scaruffi

A Referendum on Ayn Rand

by piero scaruffi

Ayn Rand’s writing is highly-influential today in USA politics - the current presidential contest features two candidates who stand precisely for and against her philosophy.

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Giulio Prisco

The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates (Book Review)

by Giulio Prisco

Howard Bloom‘s forthcoming book The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates, is arguably his best book so far, a page-turner with deep thoughts and entertaining bits on every page.

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IEET’s African Futures Project delivers Cellphones to Madagascar

IEET is sending an initial shipment of 25 cellphones to Madagascar as part of it’s African Futures Project, to elevate daily life there via techno-progress.

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‪Technology That Masters Nature is Not Sustainable‬

Singularity 1 on 1

Steve Mann is sometimes called the first cyborg. Other times he is called the cyborg Luddite because of the stress he puts on choosing which technologies to embrace and which ones to abandon in order to be in harmony with nature.

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‪“End the WikiLeaks Witch Hunt”‬

News Research Interviews Insights! Foresights?!

In his first public appearance since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, Julian Assange calls for President Obama to end his war on whistleblowers. “The United States must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation, the United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters,” Assange says. “The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful.” Assange spoke from a window sill near a small balcony on the second floor of the Ecuadorean embassy as dozens of police officers looked on. He carefully did not step onto the balcony, which is considered outside the legal boundary of the embassy. The diplomatic standoff between Ecuador and Britain continues this week after Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador, but U.K. authorities say they will arrest Assange and extradite him to Sweden.”

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Hank Pellissier

Who are the “Longevity Party” Co-Leaders, and What do They Want? (Part 1)

by Hank Pellissier

The recently-formed Longevity Party was co-founded by Ilia Stambler of Israel and Maria Konovalenko of Russia. This interview queries Stambler on his interest in radical life extension.

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Jamais Cascio

Ten Rules for Creating Awful Scenarios

by Jamais Cascio

Warning: This is satire! For futurists! You actually want to do the opposite of all of these things - Seriously!

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Alan Brooks

Incivility In Pursuit Of Justice Is No Vice, Civility In Pursuit Of Injustice Is No Virtue

by Alan Brooks

On the Web, promoting civility is do-able. Offline, in my opinion, this is much more problematic.

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Topless FEMEN Activist Saws Down Cross in Kiev in Support of Pussy Riot

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Activists from the Ukrainian feminist protest group Femen cut down a cross in central Kiev in a show of solidarity for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who face trial in Moscow.

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Paiden Gyal

The Problem of Personal Identity

by Paiden Gyal

Is there a “self”? Or not?  A new - Tibetan - IEET contributor examines the notion of “personal identity” via both Western and Eastern philosophies.

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Giulio Prisco

The Praxis, by Dirk Bruere (Book Review)

by Giulio Prisco

I have known Dirk Bruere online for many years, but I only met him in person a few weeks ago in London. He came to my talk on Turing Church unlimited - Transhumanist Religions 2.0, on July 14 in London, and gave me a copy of his book The Praxis.

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Leo Igwe

Who is Afraid of New Atheism?

by Leo Igwe

New ideas, they say, go through three stages. First, they are ignored. Second, they are treated as heresies and are fiercely opposed. And later, they are accepted as common sense truths and realities.

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“Putin Lights Up the Fires”

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Yekaterina Samutsevich, defendant in the criminal case against the feminist punk group Pussy Riot:

“I now have mixed feelings about this trial. On the one hand, we expect a guilty verdict. Compared to the judicial machine, we are nobodies, and we have lost. On the other hand, we have won. The whole world now sees that the criminal case against us has been fabricated. The system cannot conceal the repressive nature of this trial. Once again, the world sees Russia differently from the way Putin tries to present it at his daily international meetings. Clearly, none of the steps Putin promised to take toward instituting the rule of law have been taken. And his statement that this court will be objective and hand down a fair verdict is yet another deception of the entire country and the international community. That is all. Thank you.”

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Christopher de la Torre

Higgs Boson and the Spiritual Universe

by Christopher de la Torre

Right now the Higgs boson discovery seems little more than a spasm of speculation, but the recent event follows a progression—a hidden connection between technology, spirituality and self-awareness—that’s tough to ignore.

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‪Six Childhood Lessons that One Should Forget‬

TEDxTalks

In this persuasive talk, Nikita Singh sheds light on six childhood lessons that are better forgotten by each individual. Nikita aptly enriches her talk with relevant and contemporary examples from the Indian society. Nikita Singh is the author of three best-sellers, the latest one being It’s Not Forever ...It’s Not Love!, released in February 2012. Cosmopolitan featured her amongst “Authors who can shake it up” and titled her as the Carrie Bradshaw of India. Indian news-daily Patrika referred to her as “a writer who brought Mills and Boon into Indian background” and featured her amongst “authors to watch out for”. Nikita has also contributed to the immensely successful “The Backbenchers” series. At twenty, she is one of the youngest prolific writers in the Indian fiction scene.

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Valerie Tarico

The Atheist Visibility Movement: Should Atheists Slam Religion or Show Respect?

by Valerie Tarico

A Midwestern atheist tells of sitting in her lunchroom at work and listening as conversation opened up about religious differences. Her co-workers included several kinds of Protestants, a Catholic, a Jew.  “At least there aren’t any atheists around here,” one woman said in a warm inclusive tone.

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The Global Urgency of Everyday Empathy

TEDxTalks

John Marshall Roberts is a bestselling author, social scientist, and CEO of Worldview Learning. He has crafted his career around converting corporations and communicating with cynics. Through strategic communications and values-based messaging, John helps leaders develop the empathy skills required to inspire common vision for causes that matter. His recent book Igniting Inspiration: A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries draws on his knowledge of systems theory and developmental psychology to enable socially conscious marketers, business leaders, and activists to win over objectors and inspire radical collaboration.


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Dick Pelletier

Human-like Robots in Homes by mid-2020s, experts say

by Dick Pelletier

The robotics industry is growing exponentially, with numerous endeavors focused on integrating robots into the home. Future robots will assist with chores, provide entertainment, enhance telepresence, become companions, and assist with health and elder care.

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Labiaplasty: Understanding the Anatomy

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Otto Placik MD. a board certified Chicago based plastic surgeon presents Vulvar Vaginal Genital anatomy lesson reviewing the Vulva, Mons Pubis, clitoral hood, prepuce, frenulum, labia minora & majora, vagina, urethra and fourchette with surgical implications and techniques. Photos pictures and video of anatomic models are reviewed in detail on different models. Great for patients thinking about or planning before labiaplasty or vaginal cosmetic surgery. CAUTION: For mature audiences

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IEET Fellow Linda Glenn Publishes “Nanofood” Essay in Northeastern University Law Journal

IEET Fellow Linda MacDonald Glenn JD, LLM  is the co-author - with Lisa D’Agostino - of an bioethics essay entitled “The Movable Feast: Legal, Ethical, and Social Implications of Converging Technologies on our Dinner Tables.”

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H+ Episode 1: Driving Under

H+The Digital Series

Humanity goes offline. Survival goes on. H+ is the extraordinary web series from Bryan Singer, airing Aug 8th.

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Jathan Sadowski

Controlling Minds… With Science!

by Jathan Sadowski

Optogenetics has been heralded as one of the Breakthroughs of the Decade

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Hank Pellissier

“MindFile-Uploaded-into-Cyborg” is our Favorite Life-Extending Option, claim 800+ Transhumanists

by Hank Pellissier

“Mindfile-in-Fresh-Body” is close runner-up in Terasem Survey; “Inhabiting Different Types of Bodies” is third; Cryonics trails far behind

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Katherine McCarthy

Sleepwalk

by Katherine McCarthy

Disturbingly beautiful science fiction by a new IEET contributor. What’s it about? “Catastrophic implications of a literal technological virus that finds its host in human brain tissue.”

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‪Eat, Fast and Live Longer‬

Never Stop Discovering

Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he’s found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself - with life-changing results.

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Limbless Man to Swim around the World

Telegraph Video

French swimmer Philippe Croizon, who has no arms or legs, plans to swim around the world by tackling crossings between all five continents. He is currently attempting to swim across the Bering Strait.

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piero scaruffi

Why Iran Should Worry

by piero scaruffi

Iran’s foreign minister dismissed Israeli threats of an imminent attack against its nuclear facilities because such a “stupid act” would provoke “very severe consequences.” But there are several reasons why an Israeli attack is more likely than ever.

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George Dvorsky

Would it be Boring if We could Live Forever?

by George Dvorsky

Some futurists predict that we’ll be able to halt the aging process by the end of this century — if not sooner. Would immortality be ecstatically interesting, or would it be horrendously boring?

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