Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sorgner @ 3rd World Humanities Forum
October 30-1
Daejeon City, S. Korea


Pearce, Sorgner on Nietzsche and transhumanism @ “Transhumanism and Asia”
November 3
Seoul, South Korea


Technology and Politics
November 6-8
Miami Gardens, FL USA


Sorgner on transhumanism
November 12
Nürnberg, Germany


Brin @ San Diego
November 12-13
San Diego, CA USA


2014 Longevity and Genetics Conference: Vancouver
November 15
Vancouver


Sorgner on robotics and H+
November 17
University of Innsbruck, Germany




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

Reading robots’ minds

Genetic Enineering and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Can Gene Therapy Cure HIV?

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014

The Most Controversial Decision in History

Artificial Photosynthesis

Artificial intelligence and the Singularity - History, Trends and Reality Check

The Union of Nanotechnology with Biotechnology

Innovation Ecosystems in Emerging Economies

The Future of Robotic Automated Labor

Consciousness and Neuroscience

Fusion: “Posthuman” - 3D Printed Tissues and Seeing Through Walls!

Is The Ebola Crisis (in the US) As Severe As The Media is Making It Out To Be?

Five Things Worth Knowing About Ebola

SETI Institute: Risky tales: Talking with Seth Shostak at Big Picture Science




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New Articles in JET

JET has published two new essays: Stefan Sorgner’s “Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism ,” a response to the essays responding to his original JET essay on Nietzsche and posthumanism, and Edgar Dahl’s “Gendercide? A Commentary on The Economist’s Report About the Wordwide War on Baby Girls.”

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The Year Doesn’t Matter Anymore

by Marcelo Rinesi

We don’t live in scientifically or technologically advanced times. We live in a scientifically and technologically patchy world, one in which different societies, industries, individuals, and even specific roles of individuals have all adopted widely separated levels of technology.

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Sir, Could I See Your Breeding License?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The whole discussion about what we’ll find immoral in the future got me thinking about that little group often described as our collective “future”: children. We often hear about children as our future when someone says, “Think of the children!” or “We shouldn’t leave this problem for our children to solve!”

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At TransVision 2010 in Milan, Italy

by Mike Treder

I am attending today’s session of the transhumanist conference, Euro-style, where I will speak this afternoon. I will also offer brief reports throughout the day on other presentations.

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Limited resources and emerging technologies: China does the math

by Andrew Maynard

New technologies depend on uncommon materials, and society depends on new technologies. Which means that economies that develop the former and control the latter have something of an upper hand in today’s interconnected and technology-dependent world.

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It’s a control thing: Religion and human reproduction

by George Dvorsky

Christianity is, like many other religions, a reproduction control system.

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Terraforming the Earth, Taken Seriously

by Jamais Cascio

It’s amazing what can happen in five years.

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Zone of Life Prolongation

by Natasha Vita-More



The Unaugmented Consumer is Obsolete

by Marcelo Rinesi

There is no part of our daily thoughts that is more relentlessly, skillfully, and resourcefully manipulated than our decisions on whether and how we spend or invest our money.

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How Can Human V2.0 Find Meaning?

by Kris Notaro

This article is not about nihilism, but about epistemology and ontology, the end result in the form of scientific value of existence. Ethics from a nihilist-like world makes sense in light of current theories of existence.  Human V2.0, or posthumans, will have to deal with the same scientific paradigms as we do today.  Their sped-up cognition may allow for paradigms to come and go quickly, but let’s imagine that the meaning to existence is still not answered, that it all comes down to agnostic, atheistic value.

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Rehabilitating “Risk”

by Andrew Maynard

Now that I’ve had some time to get to grips with my new position as Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, I thought it was high time I started letting people know something about where the Center will be heading over the next few years.

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Dedication to Healthy Foods Considered an Eating Disorder

by George Dvorsky

It almost sounds like the headline from an Onion article.

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Fundamentalism

by Russell Blackford

What is fundamentalism? What is wrong with fundamentalism, anyway? Is there such a thing as a fundamentalist atheist? What would such a creature be like?

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IEET Fellow Patrick Lin on NPR

Dr. Patrick Lin, a Fellow of the IEET and an assistant professor of philosophy at California Polytechnic State University, was a featured guest on a recent edition of the NPR program “Talk of the Nation,” discussing the ethics of robot warfare.

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What is Progressive in the 21st Century?

by Edward Miller

I have often referred to myself as a progressive but I have felt increasingly uneasy doing so. The word -progressive’, like virtually every other term which refers to a political ideology, has become so broadly applied as to become virtually meaningless.

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Mixed Results on Robot Honesty

We asked our readers whether they think laws are needed to stop robots and computers from lying, and the results are decidedly mixed.

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What to do about drugs?

by Mike Treder

In the USA, the decades-long “war on drugs” has, according to most, been an abject failure. In Portugal, meanwhile, drug decriminalization has, according to some, been a resounding success. Is there a lesson to be learned?

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The Clinton Global Initiative on Long Term Viability

by Jack Lundee

Bringing food and providing shelter to victims of flooding and other natural disasters is one form of aide, but there also are long-term preventative measures that require attention.

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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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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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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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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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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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Why Johnny Can’t Program

by Doug Rushkoff

A new medium requires a new kind of literacy.

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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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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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Novae produce gamma-rays. Damn.

by George Dvorsky

Bad news: Novae emit gamma-rays.

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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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Beyond the “New Atheism”?

by Russell Blackford

Understanding (and misunderstanding) the so-called New Atheists

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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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