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Why are men and women different? IEET readers can’t decide

It’s a big question: Are the apparent mental and emotional differences between men and women mainly from biology? Or are they primarily from societal conditioning?

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Mike Treder

The Sharp Sword of Rationality

by Mike Treder

Wielded by an expert, the sharp sword of rationality cuts deep, exposing underlying layers of confusion, intellectual laziness, or willful misunderstanding in what might on the surface appear to be logical arguments.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Unemployment and Learning

by Marcelo Rinesi

High unemployment is here to stay. Adapting to it will require changing how and when we learn.

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Dissociation & Second Life: Pathology or a State of Mind?

Hartford Ethics Group

Dr. Gregory P. Garvey of Quinnipiac University spoke to the Hartford Ethics Group on Nov 11, 2009 on the relationship of dissociative mental illness and Second Life.

Dissociation & Second Life: Pathology or a State of Mind? from James Hughes on Vimeo.

Abstract: “Classical” border/boundaries theories examine conflicts that arise between the domains of work, family and so-called third places such as clubs, sports and other social activities outside home or work life. I have argued for consideration of a fourth place, namely the virtual. In this presentation I will consider the impact of the “unrealness” of the experience of being “in” the virtual world of Second Life. I will further suggest that this experience of being “in world” invites a comparison with the diagnostic criteria for dissociation disorders such as depersonalization and derealization as described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-TR.

Bio: Professor Greg Garvey teaches in the Department of Computer Science and Interactive Digital Design at Quinnipiac University. Previously at Quinnipiac University he was the Visiting Fellow in the Arts and also was an Associate Artist of the Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale University.

The Hartford Ethics Group is a monthly discussion group on bioethics themes coordinated by James Hughes and Miller Brown of Trinity College. For more information, or to submit a topic, please contact James Hughes at: james.hughes at trincoll.edu”

 

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Charlie Stross

Designing Society for Posterity

by Charlie Stross

How do you design a society for the really long term? There are a couple of levels to consider: notably, decision-making and economics. And it doesn’t look as if we’ve got any good solutions to either.

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George Dvorsky

Let’s Get Metaphysical: How our ongoing existence could appear increasingly absurd

by George Dvorsky

So the Large Hadron Collider has been shut down yet again – this time on account of a bird dropping a piece of a bagel onto some sensitive outdoor machinery. The incident is not expected to keep the LHC out of commission for too much longer, but it represents yet another strange event that has kept the world’s most infamous particle accelerator out of service. In fact, the LHC has yet to function at full operational capacity since its completion over a year ago.

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Mike Treder

21st Century Threats

by Mike Treder

It’s useful to classify threats to human civilization not only on their potential severity, but also on their relative certainty.

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Darlene Cavalier

How the Quest for Sex Shaped the Modern Man

by Darlene Cavalier

Meet Faye Flam, a talented journalist and media personality who makes science sexy and makes sex “sciencey.”

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Jamais Cascio

Is the atmosphere simpler than we thought?

by Jamais Cascio

The “butterfly effect” is being set aside in favor of a multifractal process that will have a major impact on climate models.

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Putting the Human Back Into the Post-Human

NY Future Salon

IEET Senior Fellow Jamais Cascio speaking at the New York Future Salon, October 3, 2009.

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Should All Drug Use Be Made Legal?

Fora.tv

Greg Barns is an author, political commentator and barrister.  He was an advisor to NSW Premier Nick Greiner and also for the Howard Government. He is also a spokesperson for the Prison Action and Reform Group.

Michael Duffy is an Australian radio presenter and newspaper columnist. He presents the Counterpoint program on ABC Radio National. He was originally hired in an attempt by Radio National management to find, in the words of Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a “right-wing Phillip Adams.”

Norm Stamper is the former Chief of the Seattle Police Department. He is an advisory board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing.

Dr. Alex Wodak is the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He is also President of the International Harm Reduction Association and the author of Drug Prohibition: A Call for Change.

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Edgar Dahl

Imagine No Religion

by Edgar Dahl

Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, West Germans as well as East Germans are regularly polled on their stance toward religion. When asked whether they believe in God, most East Germans simply respond by saying: “Nope, I’m perfectly normal.”

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Kristi Scott

How do the kids know, and what do we say?

by Kristi Scott

As adults we talk about emerging technologies, but I wonder how much we factor in kids and their futures in our discussions.

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Avatar Trailer

Avatar: The Movie

James Cameron’s first feature film in 12 years…

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IEET Statistics Trending Strong

During the past year, visits to the IEET site have trended strongly upward, and our “Facebook Fan” base has nearly doubled in just six months.

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Brain Makeover

Science Cheerleader


Click here to get quick lessons from real cheerleaders on 18 important science concepts, then test your knowledge by taking a 26-question multiple choice quiz created by George Mason University physics professor James Trefil as part of Science Cheerleader’s Brain Makeover project.

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Dale McGowan

The Unconditional Love of Reality

by Dale McGowan

It’s all too easy to get one’s own narrative wrong. A pattern-seeking brain takes the raw materials of a messy life, viewed in retrospect, and knits a script with you-know-who in the heroic lead. It’s like a tornado blowing through a junkyard and assembling a 747.

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Simone Syed

Environment Set Free

by Simone Syed

I am proud to announce that this Sunday, November 8, the BIL Unconference Series will present its first ever SustainaBIL, taking place from 11 am to 7 pm at ASU’s SkySong facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Who Will Edit Your Life?

by Marcelo Rinesi

Soon we’ll be able to remember every second of our lives. But how will we make sense of it?

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Mike Treder

Memory and Insanity

by Mike Treder

How much do we need to remember about our past to be considered sane? If we remembered too much, would that drive us crazy?

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Defending Reason at Dinner Parties

Maladjustedboy

About the chance meeting of a science-skeptic named Storm, and the rapier wit of comedian Tim Minchin.

Has epistemology ever been so finger-snapping hip, and ROFLMAO funny?

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Colin Farrelly

21st Century Humanism

by Colin Farrelly

As a humanist I believe in the equal worth of all human beings.  My humanist sentiments open my eyes to the problem of global poverty, the pervasiveness of patriarchy and the dangers of extremism.

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Andrew Maynard

Do scientists encourage misleading media coverage?

by Andrew Maynard

If the science community is serious about good science reporting, it needs to get its own house in order before pointing too many fingers at others.

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Jamais Cascio

350

by Jamais Cascio

Three hundred and fifty parts per million is the carbon limit. How will we get back there?

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Neuroengineering the Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Bruce Katz, author of Neuroengineering the Future: Virtual Minds And The Creation Of Immortality. They discuss augmented cognition, induced bliss, and the elusiveness nature of personal identity. (MP3)

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Department of Mad Scientists

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Michael Belfiore, author of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs.

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Mike Treder

Fearing the Wrong Monsters

by Mike Treder

Fear is a great motivator. Throughout history, successful leaders have known how to use fear to unite and to manipulate their followers. Usually this fear is of “the other,” a group that looks different, talks different, or worships a different god.

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Bloggingheads: Deep Inside DARPA

Bloggingheads

Dr. J. interviews Michael Belfiore on his book about DARPA, The Department of Mad Scientists, Michaelbelfiore.com

Michael’s new book, “The Department of Mad Scientists” (05:27) How to get anywhere on the planet in about four hours (03:53) How much good does DARPA do us? (05:12) The slightly scary-sounding “Total Information Awareness” project (04:03) DARPA’s legendary secrecy (03:47) Should all organizations do it DARPA style? (03:58)

Recorded: October 28

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Dan Stoicescu Joins IEET Board of Trustees

Dan joins Martine Rothblatt and Arthur Caplan as an IEET Trustee.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Blinded by the Future

by Marcelo Rinesi

Not only will we spend the rest of our lives in the future, we also spend quite a bit of our present thoughts on it, wondering about, and wanting and dreading, the technologies, problems, discoveries, and upheavals that await us. But this focus on the future might be dulling our edge when it comes to adapting to it in creative ways.

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