Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.

Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:

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

whats new at ieet

Embrace: affordable, portable infant incubator

Visioneer Your Future - how do young people conceive of and understand the future?

Transhumanists Donate Incubators to Afghanistan to Combat Infant Mortality

Bitcoin is Steampunk Economics

Neurotechnology Revolution Seminar

Consciousness is a Mathematical Pattern

ieet books

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
Calum Chace


g3reth on 'Mindfulness-Based Therapy – Does it Work? (Summary, Part 3)' (Oct 8, 2015)

DonaldFleck on 'Mindfulness-Based Therapy – Examining the Studies (Part 2)' (Oct 8, 2015)

michaelis on 'Consciousness is a Mathematical Pattern' (Oct 8, 2015)

spud100 on 'Digital Immortality Map: Reconstruction of the Personality Based on its Information Traces' (Oct 8, 2015)

AlonzoTG on 'Digital Immortality Map: Reconstruction of the Personality Based on its Information Traces' (Oct 7, 2015)

Valkyrie Ice on 'Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014' (Oct 7, 2015)

hilariousgoat on '#2: Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so high?' (Oct 7, 2015)

Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List


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

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever
Sep 29, 2015
(120463) Hits
(4) Comments

The price of the Internet of Things will be a vague dread of a malicious world
Sep 25, 2015
(29162) Hits
(3) Comments

This Artificially Intelligent Boss Means the Workplace Will Never Be the Same
Sep 18, 2015
(16665) Hits
(1) Comments

Religion and Superintelligence
Sep 12, 2015
(8512) Hits
(0) Comments

Comment on this entry

Scientific Illiteracy in the United States

Travis James Leland

Ethical Technology

November 15, 2012

Why doesn’t everyone get excited about transhumanism? Why aren’t all people fascinated by augmented and virtual reality, radical life-extension, brain-uploading, and The Singularity? “The Casual Transhuman” examines H+ topics from the layman’s perspective and give suggestions on how transhumanists can spread their ideas without looking like crackpots to the world-at-large.


Complete entry


Posted by Intomorrow  on  11/15  at  05:21 PM

“America is the most advanced country in the world, depending on your point of view. Yet nearly half of all people in this great country truly, deeply, completely believe that even basic concepts like evolution, the Big Bang and even electricity are entirely fictional, and that those who “believe” in these ideas are lost at best, or at worst pure evil.”

“Based on the constancy of psychological processes” wrote Ravi Batra concerning outmoded economic thinking; it is also true of creationism: in the Midwest and South creationism is a dominant religious belief. Every day I talk to or overhear Christians discussing how the odds of the cosmos coming into being without God are the odds that a tornado in a junkyard… well, given the prevalence of such talk you are familiar with the argument. Since America has been a more or less religious nation since 1776, and back to Jamestown going on 400 years, it isn’t surprising the uneducated ignore science to the degree they do. Plus the Europe America derived from was Christian for more than a thousand years.
What is surprising is how educated Midwesterners and Southerners hold onto creationism.

Posted by Intomorrow  on  11/15  at  08:54 PM

Here’s something on the Hoyle “tornado in a junkyard, Jumbo Jet” quote; most of you know what it’s about, yet perhaps Chris and one or two others do not:

Posted by SHaGGGz  on  11/15  at  11:00 PM

Asimov was wrong: democracy does in fact mean that, at least when it comes to voting, and politicians are adept at exploiting this fact. This dynamic is nothing new, and its concentrated prevalence in certain parts of the US is unsurprising, given their history. At least those with the courage of their conviction that their tribal fetish wouldn’t allow them to come to harm can put this hypothesis to the test, autodarwinate and kindly self-deport from the gene pool.

Posted by contraterrine  on  11/19  at  06:10 AM

With public policy in the USA deliberately dumbing-down education and the flourish of allowed mediocrity in much of the rest of the world none of this should be in the least amount surprising.

Instead of teaching kids logic and giving them the tools for critical thinking we have a sit down and shut up approach.

Education has been replaced by deliberately boring learn-by-rote conditioning, supplimented by developmentally dangerous and toxic drugs such as adderall and ritalin mostly given to boys, no surprise there as boys are often denied recess or rough and tumble physical activities which help with being able to sit and process lessons.

Drugs which make so many billion for big pharma being pushed onto children, that in reality mostly do not need these drugs but would flourish if given optimal nutrition, plenty of appropriate learning at home and teachers who give a damn.

Posted by AstralProjectee  on  12/06  at  04:21 AM

Good article.

Add your comment here:




Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?


RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

East Coast Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @     phone: 860-297-2376

West Coast Contact: Managing Director, Hank Pellissier
425 Moraga Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
Email: hank @