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UPCOMING EVENTS: Bioculture

Global Conference: Augmentation
September 3-5


Siegel @ Indiecade
October 9-12
Culver City, CA USA


LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
October 9-12
Dallas, TX USA




MULTIMEDIA: Bioculture Topics

Can Brain Implants Make Us Smarter?

What we Hear in Music and Why it Matters to us (50 min)

Animals and Ethics

Under the ice: Looking for Life

Singularity 1 on 1: Science is an epistemology in the house of philosophy

Achieving Personal Immortality Roadmap

Buildings That Can Heal the Environment

Bits. Bits Everywhere! With MIT Media Lab’s

High Tech Jainism

Feeling Groovy: Genetic Intervensions & Wonder Drugs

Soylent Update Keto Version

A vote for stem cells

Primitivism, Progress, the Transhuman & the Technological Avalanche

Recent News on Longevity and Health

Why orthodox medicine must change - the need for preventative/regenerative medicine




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Call of the Wild: Decoding Australia’s Long-Term Future

by Michael Lee

A generation of far-reaching social change lies ahead for Australia.  There will be a serious struggle to adapt to climate change as water security becomes a critical issue for many coastal cities and for agriculture.

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India to Africa: Living in Hand-Me-Downs

by Valerie Tarico

Some years back, a group of anti-poverty advocates cast their lot in with Chevy and Ford to oppose higher gas taxes. “That’s just stupid,” said my ever-blunt brother Dan.

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Synthetic life: its Wonders could Revolutionize our Lives

by Dick Pelletier

Say goodbye to global warming, toxic waste, and dependency on fossil fuels, and get ready to enjoy perfect health with exotic drugs that could one day cure most diseases and extend lifespan indefinitely.

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Beyond the Gold: creating alternative ways to measure Olympic success and failure

by Sohail Inayatullah

We love watching the Olympics, and are inspired by athletic and organisational excellence. However, the Olympics are not a neutral venue. Every medal is based on a stream of money, power, genes and deep culture. In this essay [1] we unpack the political-economy of the Olympics.

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Progress for Immediate Profit - why can’t we consider the consequences?

by Alex McGilvery

A great deal of our behavior is determined by our instincts and prejudices, plus… Mental Laziness.

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The Transcension Hypothesis: An Intriguing Answer to the Fermi Paradox?

by Owen Nicholas

Ever since Enrico Fermi questioned back in the 1950’s why, if a multitude of civilisations are likely to exist in the Milky Way, no sign of their existence in the form of probes or spacecraft has ever been detected, scientists and critical thinkers have struggled to resolve the problem by supplying a host of inventive arguments with mixed reception.

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Abolishing Suffering via Bio-Engineering and Drugs - would this cripple social activism and art?

by Hank Pellissier

The abolition of suffering has been advanced for many years as a transhumanist ideal by IEET Fellow David Pearce. Recently, the Longevity Party engaged in a debate about it’s value.

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Evan Selinger is our new IEET Fellow

Let’s welcome Evan Selinger as our newest IEET Fellow.

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A Contact Lens for Cows?

by Dustin Eirdosh

From the You Heard it Here First department - let me present an idea that sounds patently ridiculous and yet - according to my discussions with the leading researcher in the field - is entirely possible within 20 years - a possibility that I argue - is indeed a probability.

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Too Big to Succeed? Three China Scenarios to 2050

by Michael Lee

Expect increased nationalism, including the flexing of military muscle, from China between now and 2050. Although I predict a surge in nationalistic sentiment and policy-making, one cannot rule out the possibility that a great new peaceful Chinese civilisation could emerge towards the middle of the century which would benefit, rather than harm, humanity.

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Please Donate to the Venturist Society To Save a Life

by Giulio Prisco

Kim Suozzi is 23, and about to die from a fatal brain tumor. She has already lived far longer than expectations. Kim is seeking donations to help fund her cryosuspension.

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A Matter of Feeling (exploring interzone materials between “inert” and “alive”)

by Rachel Armstrong

All matter squirms. This is the fundamental reality that underpins our cosmic fabric. Introductional essay for the Meta.Morf 2012 conference.

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IEET’s Top Essays and Videos in August

What did IEET visitors read, watch and argue about in August?  Statistics reveal a big interest in enhancement, the singularity, life extension, and tech innovation.

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How Do We Care For Future People?
 Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 3)

by J. Hughes

Buddhism and Jainism believe there is an evolutionary continuity between animals, humans and “gods,” and that all creatures will evolve from animals to a posthuman state. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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Are Animals Intelligent… Enough?  Do They Want to be… Smarter?

by David Brin

Decoding Animal Languages, by Con Slobodchikoff, is an inspiring new study that demonstrates how new technologies can open new avenues of empathy, helping humans understand the other species who co-inhabit this planet with us.

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Sixteen Wives, Twenty Children: The Role of Machismo in Overpopulation

by Valerie Tarico

At a bright, arty youth hostel in Cape Town, my teenage daughters crossed paths with a young man who seemed to spend most of his time watching late night television.  At one point he said, “I want to have twelve children.”

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How Do We Care For Future People? Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 2)

by J. Hughes

My proposal is that instead of a binary approach to jiva/ajiva, or souled and soulless, the Buddhist and Jain ideas of ensoulment are open to an analog interpretation in line with neuroscience and ethology. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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David Cronenberg’s New Film “Cosmopolis” - The Quantified Life Is Not Worth Living

by RU Sirius

Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattison) — reigning master of the universe of unencumbered digital financial trading — spends most of his disastrous day in the back of a limo in David Cronenberg’s new film.

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Top 10 Reasons We Should NOT Fear The Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

An excellent way to get motivated to create the best possible future is to read this list of the 10 most inspiring reasons we should embrace The Singularity:

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Some Brief Thoughts On Immortality

by John Niman

It’s difficult to delve far into transhumanist discussion without hearing people talk about immortality.

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Is there a place in Cryonics for Charity?

What about people who get a terminal diagnosis when they are young and don’t have the family funds to set up arrangements? In what cases should charity be extended?

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How Do We Care For Future People?
 Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 1)

by J. Hughes

Buddhists and Jains believe there is moral and evolutionary continuity between animals, humans and “gods,” and that all creatures can evolve from animal to posthuman. This places them closer to the progressive optimist and posthumanist aspects of European Enlightenment thought, than followers of the Abrahamic faiths. The Buddhist emphasis on anatta or no-self is also close to neuroscientific reductionism. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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Why Do We Love To Call New Technologies “Creepy”?

by Evan Selinger

When we can’t find another way to explain our objections to facial-recognition software, for instance, creepy becomes a crutch.

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Wake Up, Deathists! - You DO Want to LIVE 10,000 Years!

by Hank Pellissier

The future won’t be boring. It will accelerate in excitement. Don’t fear radical life extension - embrace it.

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When Science Teachers Don’t Believe in Evolution

by Valerie Tarico

Last week, as I was driving a carload of middle-schoolers to a movie, the kids started talking about their teachers.  I couldn’t help overhearing, “ . . . He’s a great science teacher, but he doesn’t believe in evolution.”  

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Prominent Scientists Sign Declaration that Animals have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Us

by George Dvorsky

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.

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Obtaining Political Support for USA Life Extension Research

by Tom Mooney

There are many ways to influence elected officials to support life extension. Here’s several suggestions on how become involved.

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Longevity Running: Life Extension Scientist Bill Andrew’s 138-mile Himalayan Ultramarathon

by Jason Sussberg

A funny thing happens when I film with biotech scientist and telomere expert Bill Andrews: I run a lot. This trend continued when I arrived in the Himalayas in Northern India to film Andrews racing in an impossibly cruel 138-mile ultramarathon at 18,000 feet.

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Are We Panspermia or Not? Does Knowing Matter?

by Gabriel Rothblatt

Did life on Earth arrive from outer space? Are we spawned by Von Neumann Probes sent from distant solar systems? Here’s pro and con arguments for both possibilities.

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Billionaire Peter Thiel Invests in the Development of 3D Printed Meat

by George Dvorsky

The prospect of lab-grown meat has intrigued both vegetarians and environmentalists for years - can this develop soon, aided by a 3D printer?

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