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Overview of technopolitics

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Algocracy as Hypernudging: A New Way to Understand the Threat of Algocracy

Techno-Anxiety? We’ve Been Afraid of Disruptions Since the Printing Press

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TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
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Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

IEET > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly

John G. Messerly

John G. Messerly is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET,  and a Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his PhD in philosophy from St. Louis University in 1992. He was a member of the faculty of both the philosophy and computer science departments for many years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught courses on the ethical and philosophical implications of emerging technologies. He is the author of books on ethical theory, evolutionary philosophy, and the meaning of life, as well as dozens of articles, mostly on transhumanist themes. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition Group (localized at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Seattle University.

He is currently interested in how technological and cosmic evolution shed light on existential questions about the meaning in life. His most recent book is The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific, and Transhumanist Perspectives. He blogs daily on issues of philosophy, evolution, futurism and the meaning of life at his website:

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The Meaning of Life

Analysis of the Last Line of Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby

Is Trump A Legitimate President?

Marcus Aurelius On Getting Out Of Bed

Social Media and Personal Connection

Can We Evolve Fast Enough to Survive?

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature by John Messerly (2015)


"Can We Evolve Fast Enough to Survive?"   Reason and Meaning  Jan 12, 2017

"Will Trump Be Impeached?"   Reason and Meaning  Jan 10, 2017

"Yes, America is Descending in Totalitarianism"   Reason and Meaning  Jan 8, 2017

"American Authoritarianism, Coming 2017"   Reason and Meaning  Jan 5, 2017

"Articles About American Authoritarianism"   Reason and Meaning  Jan 3, 2017

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Does death make life worth living?   2015-04-28

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot Revisted   2015-03-17

What Is Philosophy For?   2015-03-07

Alan Watts: Who Am I?   2015-02-23


John Messerly publishes a New Book (Mar 31, 2016)

John Danaher is Top 2015 IEET Writer; Technoprogressivism is Top SubCategory (Dec 01, 2015)

New Affiliate Scholars: John Messerly and Amon Twyman (Nov 21, 2014)


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