Aug 26, 2015
Moral Enhancement: Do Means Matter Morally?Neuroethics Symposium
From a symposium at the Brains blog on Farah Focquaert and Maartje Schermer’s paper “Moral Enhancement: Do Means Matter Morally?” (Neuroethics, August 2015)
Aug 21, 2015
Why technology isn’t the answer to everythingby Nicholas Agar
Today there are high hopes for technological progress. Techno-optimists expect massive benefits for humankind from the invention of new technologies. Peter Diamandis is the founder of the X-prize foundation whose purpose is to arrange competitions for breakthrough inventions. His aim is “a world of nine billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and nonpolluting, ubiquitous energy”.
Aug 20, 2015
Consciousness and MeditationMarc Howard - LoneMind.com
LoneMind.com exclusive interview with Mikey Siegel, Founder of Consciousness Hacking and former employee at NASA and the MIT Media Lab.
In this interview we explore questions like:
-What is consciousness hacking?
-How did meditation change your life?
-How does negative emotions effect the brain?
-What is non-judgemental meditation?
-The difference between Cosmic and Awareness consciousness.
-Mikey’s favorite books…and more.
Aug 17, 2015
Quantified Self and Transhumanism – A Means to an Endby Thomas Damberger
“Quantified Self” means self-knowledge in numbers. A goal of the Quantified Self is to capture as much data as possible about oneself and save it in digital form. This may be someone’ s weight, but also their finances, calories they burn per day, kilometers they jog, sent or received emails, pulse rate, sleep patterns, number of sexual partners or even the quality of sexual intercourse. Data are registered with special gadgets, such as fitness bracelets or smartphone applications. The digitally recorded data can then be assessed.
Aug 13, 2015
Don’t Worry, Intelligent Life Will Reverse the Slow Death of the Universeby Giulio Prisco
A scientific paper announcing that the universe is slowly dying is making waves on the Internet. But don’t worry, intelligent life will be able to do something about that.
Aug 9, 2015
The Pharmacology of MoralitySmartDrugsSmart
SmartDrugsSmart takes a deep dive with Dr. Molly Crockett into the world of moral decision-making. A recent study shows how two common medications can sway moral judgments, and Dr. Crockett provides an up-close look into the experiments’ design and its conclusions. Could we be inadvertently chemically altering our moral intuitions more than we realize?
Aug 8, 2015
Free Will, Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation - interview with Terry Hylandby Hank Pellissier
Terry Hyland is Emeritus Professor at University of Bolton, UK and Lecturer in Philosophy at Free University of Ireland, teaching courses in mindfulness. He has written over 150 articles, 19 book chapters and 6 books. His book Mindfulness and Learning was published by Springer in 2011. I interviewed him via email.
Jul 25, 2015
Transhumanist Therapy II: A Century of Electronic Psychotherapyby William Sims Bainbridge
While less controversial than it was fifty years ago, psychotherapy is an anomalous feature of modern culture, plagued by defects. Among its shortcomings, psychotherapy has made remarkably little use of information technologies. This blog considers electronic devices to measure human emotional response, that may have been stigmatized by their use in radical religious movements, or by their origins in primitive attempts a century ago to cure neurotics. I do not recommend simply adopting those religious or therapeutic practices, but adapting the technology to new uses. A mentally healthy individual could employ emotion-sensing hardware to identify personal goals, consider the meaning of past events, and explore future possibilities.
Jul 16, 2015
Transhumanism – The Final Religion?by Dirk Bruere
After several decades of relative obscurity Transhumanism as a philosophical and technological movement has finally begun to break out of its strange intellectual ghetto and make small inroads into the wider public consciousness. This is partly because some high profile people have either adopted it as their worldview or alternatively warned against its potential dangers. Indeed, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama named it “The world’s most dangerous idea” in a 2004 article in the US magazine Foreign Policy, and Transhumanism’s most outspoken publicist, Ray Kurzweil, was recently made director of engineering at Google, presumably to hasten Transhumanism’s goals.