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UPCOMING EVENTS: Neuroethics



MULTIMEDIA: Neuroethics Topics

3 Myths of Genius Debunked

What Carries Our Personal Identity?

‘No Solitary Confinement for Juveniles or the Mentally Ill — At All.’

Switzerland: Basic Income ‘Robot’ causes a commotion in Davos

Singularity 1 on 1: Compassion is the reason to reverse aging!

Dead Bodies, Naked Women or Money. Which Excites You More?

8 Intelligences: Are You a Jack of All Trades or a Master of One?

Autism Is a Term for Behavior, Not Disease

“Hey Bill Nye, How Are Ethics and Morals Related to Science?”

We can programme you to live forever: The Register Winter Lectures, 2015

How Do We Decide What’s Fair?

Altering what we remember and forget with neuro technology

Should You Sign Up for Cryonics?

How much should we care for virtual mice?

Don’t we all wish to be Wonder Woman or Superman?




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Transhuman Debate 2.0: SF East Bay — want to argue?

IEET is co-sponsoring “Transhuman Debate 2.0” on April 2, 2016, in Oakland, California.

The event is seeking debaters who want to bicker on the following topics:

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The Man with Two Brains: Suicidal Ideation and the Promise of Immortality

by Gareth John

As someone with bipolar affective disorder, I’m constantly at a loss as to the gulf that separates between the technoprogressive vision that I aspire to and the severe depression that has a life-long history of suicide attempts, from my teens all the way up until my current mid-forties. It should be apparent that I’m not very skilled at it.

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What we call mental illness is coerced contractual agreements

by Johan Nygren

Towards a governance 2.0 definition of mental illness


Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity or principles of uncertainty, phenomena that determine the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives are not our own — we are bound to others — and through each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.

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Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi ? (3/4) : Effets possibles

by Marc Roux

Poursuite de la réflexion sur “Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi?”



Hughes, Rinesi quoted in Motherboard essay on Sleep Tech

IEET Executive Director James Hughes and IEET CTO Marcelo Rinesi were extensively quoted in a Motherboard essay titled “Sleep Tech Will Widen the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor.

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Report on Nigeria ICT Festival 2015

by Agbolade Omowole

Mascot Information and Technology Solutions held the maiden edition of Nigeria ICT Fest on December 4, 2015 at Magrellos fast food, Festac Town, Lagos, and December 5, 2015 at Radisson Blu Anchorage hotel at No. 1A, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos, to bridge the technology gap between Nigeria and the developed world.

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#7: Ten Health Benefits of Marijuana

by Marc Howard

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on August 29, 2015,  and is the #7 most viewed of the year.

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Commentaire critique de l’avis n°122 du CCNE sur la “neuro-amélioration”

by Marc Roux

Une franche avancée du transhumanisme : Le Comité National d’éthique reconnaît le sérieux de ses hypothèses (Mais se trompe en partie de cible dans ses critiques).

Originally published on May 20, 2014



Children Beating Up Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System

by Kate Darling

A few years ago, the curious folks at the Radiolab show/podcast asked some kids to hold a Barbie doll, a live hamster, and a Furby robot upside down.  Not surprisingly, the children were unfazed by the Barbie, holding it on its head for a long time. When it was the hamster’s turn, the kids were quick to release the squirming animal, for fear that they were hurting it (no surprise here either).

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#17: Big Data as Statistical Masturbation

by Rick Searle

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on February 15, 2015, and is the #17 most viewed of the year.



When “Upgrading” Your Brain is Possible, Would it Be Too Good to Refuse?

by Daniel Faggella

Controlling your feelings, adding or removing memories at will, and controlling our devices telepathically… is this purely the world of science fiction? Evidently not.

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Don’t Know Mind: Zen and the Art of AGI Indecision

by Gareth John

By now I’ve clocked up a relatively comprehensive slew of reading up on Artificial General Intelligence, in particular concerning its ethical implications. Still mostly in the dark when it comes to any of the difficulties and scientific quandaries that go into creating such a machine, I am at least at a level of understanding whereby I can begin to tease out for myself some of the wider implications AGI would present for humankind.



Man’s Greatest Achievement: Nikola Tesla on Akashic Engineering and the Future of Humanity

by Giulio Prisco

The maverick genius Nikola Tesla was a Cosmist, a pre-transhumanist thinker, and an early proponent of a synthesis of Eastern mysticism and Western can-do engineering spirit. Tesla boldly dared to imagine “Akashic engineering” and Man’s “most complete triumph over the physical world, his crowning achievement which would place him beside his Creator and fulfill his ultimate destiny.”



#22: Time to Start Looking at ‘Cyborg’ as a Gender Identity

by B. J. Murphy

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on January 28, 2015, and is the #22 most viewed of the year.

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#23: The Age of Transhumanist Politics Has Begun: Will It Change the Concepts of Left and Right?

by Roland Benedikter

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on April 27, 2015, and is the #23 most viewed of the year.

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#25: Transhumanism - The Final Religion?

by Dirk Bruere

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on July 15, 2015, and is the #25 most viewed of the year.

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#28: Posthumanisms: A Carnapian Experiment

by Daryl Wennemann

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on March 19, 2015, and is the #28 most viewed of the year.

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Desiderata for a Model of Human Values

by Kaj Sotala

Soares (2015) defines the value learning problem as: By what methods could an intelligent machine be constructed to reliably learn what to value and to act as its operators intended?



Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (Series Index)

by John Danaher

In the past year, I have written several posts about Chalmers and Clark’s famous extended mind thesis. This thesis takes seriously the functionalist explanation of mental events, and holds that the mind is not confined to skull. Instead, it can extend into artefacts and objects in the world around it.



De l’amélioration morale

by Marc Roux

Les transhumanistes, en bons humanistes, pensent que l’humain est perfectible, et ceci est valable aussi bien pour ses caractéristiques physiques que morales. La différence réside surtout en ce que, à l’effet de la philosophie, de l’éducation, de la culture ou de la loi, c’est-à-dire du consensus politique, ils estiment que nous sommes maintenant en mesure d’ajouter la technologie pour contribuer à cette amélioration continue (et non la leur substituer, comme se plaisent à l’écrire de nombreux commentateurs pressés). Or, malgré des siècles de législation, de culture, d’éducation et de philosophie, les progrès de ce que les philosophes des Lumières appelaient la Vertu semblent buter sur ce qui reste jusqu’à aujourd’hui la condition biologique de l’humain.



Technoprogressive Political Platform for the USA

by Ben Goertzel

This year we’ve seen a flurry of activity at the intersection of transhumanism and contemporary politics – the emergence of Transhumanist Parties in several different countries, and Zoltan Istvan’s controversial, mostly theatrical run for US President (see this article for a brief summary of some of the controversy). 

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Que conserver de l’humain?

by Marc Roux

Article publiée initialement sur Mesacosan.com



Maverick Nannies and Danger Theses

by Kaj Sotala

In early 2014, Richard Loosemore published a paper called “The Maverick Nanny with a Dopamine Drip: Debunking Fallacies in the Theory of AI Motivation“, which criticized some thought experiments about the risks of general AI that had been presented. Like many others, I did not really understand the point that this paper was trying to make, especially since it made the claim that people endorsing such thought experiments were assuming a certain kind of an AI architecture – which I knew that we were not.



Our Narcissistic Politicians - should MRI brain scans be required of all candidates?

by Hank Pellissier

We want our government officials to be brain-healthy, right? With sanity, integrity, and high moral values?

Sadly, the inverse seems true. Psychologists claim many of our politicians have Narcissist Personality Disorder.

What is a narcissist? What’s the precise definition of this personality malfunction that afflicts 1 - 3% of the population? With huge percentiles on Wall Street and in Washington DC?

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Poverty as Precursor to Mental Illness

by Khannea Suntzu

In most of the western world we have a prevailing societal model of self-reliance and personal responsibility. It’s easy to see the limitations of this model – people get old and sick, most people have emotional or other vulnerabilities and significant periods in our life we are just unable to protect ourselves.

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The Orphan I.Q. Dilemma: Brain Plasticity and Environmental Enrichment

by Steven Umbrello

Brain plasticity is a crucial concept in the field of neuroscience and therapeutic practices. The concept involves the brain’s ability to be malleable; to be able to change and respond to new stimuli. Sale, Berardi, and Maffei say of brain plasticity that it is: 

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IEET Fellow David Eagleman to host television series on how brain works

The newest science series on PBS will showcase a familiar face, IEET Fellow Dr. David Eagleman, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. For two years, Eagleman has been writing and filming the international six-hour series titled “The Brain with David Eagleman.”

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Why I still Support Charlie Hebdo

by Russell Blackford

You know the shocking story: in January 2015, two masked Islamist gunmen launched a paramilitary attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly magazine. The gunmen murdered twelve people: two police officers and ten of the magazine’s staff, including the much-loved editor and cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier (known as “Charb”).

In the immediate aftermath, many people expressed solidarity with Charlie Hebdo’s staff and their loved ones, and with the citizens of Paris. There were vigils and rallies in cities across the world. Twitter hashtags proliferated, the most viral being #JeSuisCharlie: “I am Charlie.”

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Egalitarianism is not Radical

by Valkyrie Ice McGill

Hank Pellissier asked me to write about my views on “Radical Egalitarianism”, due to some recent experiences he has had with politics. While it’s a convenient term, it’s one often used with derision and scorn, with those who see the world this way being dismissed as hopelessly “utopian.”

However, it’s a world view more and more people are starting to share.

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Cryonics and Kim Suozzi

by John G. Messerly

A recent New York Times article chronicled 23-year-old Kim Suozzi’s decision to cryonically preserve her brain. Kim, who died recently of cancer, raised the money for her cryonic preservation by soliciting donations with this post at the subreddit “atheism” at the online site reddit—yes atheists can be generous people. Here is the video that accompanied the post:

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