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ieet books

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction
Author
by Robert Ranisch and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner eds.

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
by Marshall Brain

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
by Martine Rothblatt

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
by Keith Wiley


ieet events

Brin @ In the Year 2525: Big Science, Big History, and the Far Future of Humanity
February 18 -, 2015
Pasadena, CA USA


Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26 -1, 2015
New York, NY USA


Ted Chu @ Europe Trend Day
March 11 , 2015
Zurich, Switzerland


Smart, Pellissier @ Transhuman Strategies
March 21 , 2015
San Jose, CA USA


Sorgner on “Transhumanism”
March 23 , 2015
Ostschweiz, Switzerland


Hughes, LaGrandeur @ Posthumanism and Society
May 8 , 2015
NYC, NY USA


Sorgner, Schneider on “Transhumanism and Immortality”
May 20 , 2015
Hull, UK


Wallach, Hughes @ Governance of Emerging Technologies
May 26 -28, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ USA


Danaher @ Clinical Neuroethics: Bench to Bedside
June 17 -19, 2015
Paris, France


Ramez Naam on “Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity”
July 22 , 2015
San Francisco, CA USA


Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -31, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


Hughes, Sorgner @ Beyond Humanism Conf: From Humanism to Post- and Transhumanism?
September 15 -18, 2015
Seoul, S. Korea


ieet news

IEET Audience Skeptical of Taxing Bitcoin Income
(Feb 22, 2015)

We asked “Should income from virtual currencies like Bitcoin be taxed like regular income?” More than half of the 350 of you who responded were skeptical that such income could be tracked, and another 18% were opposed to taxing it if it could be.

Please Welcome David Wood and Jon Perry
(Feb 3, 2015)

The IEET is pleased to announce the appointment of David Wood as an IEET Fellow and Jon Perry as an IEET Affiliate Scholar. David is a prominent vlogger, H+ Board member, and organizer of the London Futurists. Jon blogs regularly about futurism and economics at Decline of Scarcity and the IEET, and co-produces the podcast Review the Future.


For a Longer, Brighter and More Just Future (Dec 20, 2014)

IEET Audience Wants Regulation of DIY Biohacking (Dec 14, 2014)


ieet articles


Responsible development of new technologies critical in complex, connected world
by Andrew Maynard
Mar 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On July 31, 2012, a massive blackout swept across northeast India. At 1 pm local time, a power line in the state of Madhya Pradesh became overloaded and tripped out. As the supply grid struggled to pick up the slack, other lines went down. By 1:03, a cascading series of failures had pushed the electricity supply grid into a state of chaos, resulting in the largest blackout in human history. More than an estimated 600 million people lost power temporarily as a result of the collapse.


Techno Progressive Party Updates
by Amon Twyman
Mar 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Two brief updates to get this ball rolling, (TP updates (02 Mar 2015; party discipline, TPG-reps). One is an unfortunate matter of minor party discipline, and the other is a much more important development that all core teams of TP groups need to be aware of.


The Master Switch - The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
by piero scaruffi
Mar 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

  "The Master Switch" is an intriguing history of radio, telephone, cinema and television business in the USA (note: "in the USA", which is not clearly stated in the introduction). The central theme of the book is the "oscillation of information industries between open and closed", a recurring pattern that he finds across those four industries… and that he projects into the age of the Internet. The pattern looks like this: scientific innovation creates an information technology, the information technology opens a new market, an industry is created to serve that market, a monopoly eventually comes to control that market and therefore the flow of information. 


Extract from Brenda Cooper’s EDGE OF DARK
by Brenda Cooper
Mar 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

EDGE OF DARK is the latest science fiction novel from Brenda Cooper. It is the first in the Glittering Edge Duology, and is published next month by Pyr Books. Here’s the synopsis: What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living. And yet, that life thrived? It grew and learned and became far more than you ever expected, and it wanted to return to the sun. What if it didn’t share your moral compass in any way?


Transpolitica Manifesto
by David Wood
Mar 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Transpolitica holds that human society should embrace, wisely, thoughtfully, and compassionately, the radical transformational potential of technology. The speed and direction of technological adoption can be strongly influenced by social and psychological factors, by legislation, by subsidies, and by the provision or restriction of public funding. Political action can impact all these factors, either for better or for worse.


Hume on Suicide
by John G. Messerly
Mar 4, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

David Hume (1711-1776) was a Scottish philosopher, economist, historian and one of the most famous figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. Hume is often grouped with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others as a British Empiricist


Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way
by Richard Eskow
Mar 3, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We’ll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series that features him. The greatest betrayals on “House of Cards” can be found in the misleading arguments, presented as “truth,” that suggest that cutting “entitlements” is a necessity and raising taxes isn’t even an option.


Enhancing Virtues: Fairness (Pt 3)
by J. Hughes
Mar 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Are there ways to directly strengthen fairness and moral cognition in the prefrontal cortex, and weaken the cognitive biases bubbling up from the amygdala? Research on the genetic correlates of moral cognition, and the effects of psychoactive drugs, and of electrical and magnetic manipulation of the brain, suggest there are ways to enhance fairness and impartiality.


Human Life and the Quest for Immortality
by John Danaher
Mar 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Human beings have long desired immortality. In his book on the topic, cleverly-titled Immortality, Stephen Cave argues that this desire has taken on four distinct forms over the course of human history. In the first, people seek immortality by simply trying to stay alive, either through the help of magic or science. In the second, people seek resurrection, sometimes in the same physical form and sometimes in an altered plane of existence.


A New Rule, and a Brave Official, Gain Allies Against Wall Street
by Richard Eskow
Mar 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A lone bureaucrat has been fighting the financial industry for years, on an issue that stands at the intersection of two national challenges: investment regulation and retirement security. Along the way she’s collected some new and interesting allies. Is that a sign of things to come?


Depression & Anxiety: Freedom Without Responsibility
by John G. Messerly
Mar 1, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Consider these two questions: 1) Are you responsible for being depressed or anxious? And 2) Should you feel guilty or ashamed of being depressed or anxious? Let’s consider the first question.


The Moral Philosophy of Transhumanism
by Amon Twyman
Mar 1, 2015 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Transhumanism is an increasingly popular philosophical movement, and that increasing popularity can sometimes lead to a degree of confusion among newer adherents about what its necessary features are. In my opinion the only common basis to Transhumanism, coined by Anders Sandberg as the “Central Meme of Transhumanism” (CMT) is as follows: That the human condition can and should be improved by technology.


9 “Facts” You Know For Sure About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong
by Valerie Tarico
Mar 1, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Jesus has been described as the best known figure in history, and also the least known. If you mentioned the name “Jesus” and someone asked Jesus who?, you might blink. Or laugh. Even people who don’t think Jesus was God, mostly believe they know a fair bit about him. You might be surprised that some of your most basic assumptions about Jesus are probably wrong.


Enhancing Virtues: Fairness (Pt 2)
by J. Hughes
Feb 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Fairness is a liberal virtue rooted in instinctive aversion to cheating and inequality, but then filtered through prefrontal cognition.  Since the spread of Enlightenment values fairness has grown in importance as a virtue, especially for liberals with stronger prefrontal cortices and weaker amygdalas. Fairness finds less support among conservatives for whom respect for authority, ingroup loyalty and disgust/sanctity are more neurologically salient. What impact do social policy and individual practices have on the influence of fairness and cognitive biases?


International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD)
by Ilia Stambler
Feb 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Position Paper: The Critical Need to Promote Research of Aging Below is the position paper on the Critical Need to Promote Research of Aging of the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD). This paper briefly details the rationales, the technologies and the policies that are needed to promote this research. Thus it can serve as a generally applicable advocacy or lobbying paper in different countries. Please help spread it. Please contribute to the widest possible recognition and support of biological research of aging and aging-related diseases. We welcome the readers to circulate this position paper, share it in your social networks, forward it to politicians, potential donors and media, organize discussion groups to debate the topics raised (that may later grow into grassroots longevity research and activism groups in different countries), translate this position paper into your language, reference and link to it, even republish it in part or in full (for example, the policy recommendations can fit on a single page flyer), join the ISOAD or other aging and longevity research and advocacy organizations.


How Iron Age Literacy Spawned Modern Violent Extremism
by Valerie Tarico
Feb 26, 2015 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Why aren’t Muslim and Christian extremists extremely peaceful? The answer lies in the Iron Age setting of the Bible and Quran—when literate cultures replaced the Golden Calf with the Sacred Text. Diplomats, religious leaders, and peacemakers of many stripes keep insisting that ISIS isn’t about Islam. They point to a host of other factors including colonialism, injustice, lack of economic opportunity, and hopelessness. They’re not altogether wrong, but they are missing the tyrannosaurus rex in the room.


Remembering Sidney Coleman
by Gregory Benford
Feb 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In January 2007 Sid Coleman’s wife, Diana, sent a letter to their friends about his decline. It was troubling; Sid was one of those I most admired in fandom—indeed, in life.


What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Global Catastrophe?
by Seth Baum
Feb 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Reducing the risk of major, permanent global catastrophe is arguably the most important priority for humanity today. The reason is simple: Such a catastrophe threatens countless members of future generations. Indeed, it is the difference between success or failure for human civilization. If humanity succeeds at avoid catastrophe, it can go on to achieve amazing things across the universe. If humanity fails, everyone could all die. Clearly, reducing the risk of such global catastrophe is a worthy goal. But, in practical terms, what are the best ways to reduce the risk?


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