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

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We Should Consider The Future World As One Of Multi-Species Intelligence
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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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Martine & Bina Honored for Sexual Freedom Work

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Martine and Bina Rothblatt accept award on Sexual Freedom Day at the National Press Club, September 23, 2010. Sexual Freedom Day was presented by the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.



The Woodhull Foundation is named in honor of Victoria Woodhull, political and sex radical in the 19th century who was also the first woman to run for President of the United States, in 1872 as a candidate of the Equal Rights Party.

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Gay Marriage and Global Transhumanism

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with humor writer and IEET contributor Hank Pellissier, aka Hank Hyena, about gay marriage, global transhumanism and politics.

 

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Transhumanism and Virtue

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Max More, founder of the Extropy Institute and one of the founders of contemporary transhumanism. They discuss the relationship of transhumanism and religion, virtue theory versus utilitarianism and the ethical and political underpinnings of the extropian worldview. Part 1 of 2.

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The End of the World

Every generation had legends of a coming downfall. Whether you call it The End Times, Armageddon, Apocalypse, Doomsday, Ragnorak, or The Population Bomb, we’ve long been fascinated by prophecies of devastation and doom. IEET Fellow David Brin, a scientist and best-selling novelist, explores the concepts and facts behind end-of-the-world tales and discusses how modern civilization can start limiting the risk.

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Kristi Scott

Posthuman Feminism: Thoughts on Posthumanism and Beauty

by Kristi Scott

The first time I heard the term posthuman was in Natasha Vita-More’s “Primo Posthuman.” Her figure fascinated me and I thought I understood what the image meant.

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George Dvorsky

The Future of Space Telescopes

by George Dvorsky

With the Hubble Telescope project slowly winding down, it’s time to look ahead to the next generation of space-based telescopes.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Solutions for a Creativity Crisis: Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind? We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration.

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Two New Affiliate Scholars

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Swan, MBA, and Patrick Hopkins, PhD, as Affiliate Scholars of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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Kris Notaro

Why do We Believe What We Believe?

by Kris Notaro

Why do people believe different paradigms and memes over others? At this point in time there are a number of theories that can be utilized to answer this question but they remain crude in nature.

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Hank Pellissier

Brazil: Future Farm of the Planet?

by Hank Pellissier

Hungry? Want to devour a monstrous meal of chicken, pork, beef, orange juice, soybeans, coffee, corn, bananas, and chocolate [cacao & sugar]? Scoop it out of your iron skillet while wiping your saliva with a cotton napkin? And afterwards… relax with some tobacco and a drive in your ethanol-powered auto?

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Where Good Ideas Come From

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.

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Arthur Caplan

‘Super’ salmon: Safety concerns overblown, but consumers have right to know

by Arthur Caplan

Biotech types call the first genetically engineered fish - a whopper of a salmon - a food breakthrough. Critics call it -frankenfish.’ But the ultimate judge should be you, the consumer.

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Patrick Lin

On Wrestling with a Pig: Getting Dirty in a Debate

by Patrick Lin

With some people, you just can’t win. Do you engage them in a debate, or do you hold your tongue and save yourself the frustration from beating your head against a brick wall? That is the dilemma I face now.

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