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Anti-love drugs? The ethics of a chemical break up

Basic Income and Moral Enhancement

My Interest Shifted from Mathematics to Consciousness after a THC Experience

‘Spiritual/Philosophical’ is the Deepest, Highest, Most Powerful Dimension of Euphoria

Meditation Apps Evaluated - “Headspace” Receives the Highest Score

Moral Enhancement: Do Means Matter Morally?

Why technology isn’t the answer to everything

CyBuddha Events

Siegel @ Transformative Technology Conference

2015-10-02 - 04
Sofia University, Palo Alto CA, USA

Horizons - Perspectives on Psychedelics
2015-10-09 - 11

Hughes, Prisco, Goertzel @ Modern Cosmism Conference

Values, Morals, and Science: An Interdisciplinary Conference
2015-10-23 - 24
Old Westbury, NY USA

Cyborg Buddha Resources

Altered States of Consciousness and Transcendence

  • Trans-Spirit list a transhumanist research program into religion and spirituality. It seeks to understand religion and spirituality in terms of cognitive science and evolutionary psychology, and to project the future of religion and spirituality in the dawning transhuman era.
  • "Trans-Spirit: Religion, Spirituality and Transhumanism," Michael LaTorra, Journal of Evolution and Technology 14(1) August 2005: 39-53.
  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Promoting clinical research on psychedelics
  • Council on Spiritual Practices

  • Scientific Study of Consciousness and Neurotechnology

  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
  • NeuroInsights a neurotechnology consulting firm directed by Zack Lynch
  • Mind and Life Institute Works on establishing research partnerships between modern science and Buddhism, especially the Dalai Lama.
  • The "neurodharma" project of psychologist Rick Hanson and neurologist Rick Mendius, both of whom are Buddhist meditators. They teach a "Train the Brain Course" and have a many talks, slides, and articles at the site.

  • Neuroethics and Cognitive Liberty

  • Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics
  • Wikipedia on Cognitive Liberty
  • Neuroethics Society scholars, scientists and clinicians who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience.
  • Neuroethics at UPenn a source of information on neuroethics, provided by Martha Farah of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Happiness, Positive Psychology and The Virtues

  • Positive Psychology Center at UPenn, directed by Martin Seligman
  • Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman.
  • Wikipedia on Positive Psychology
  • Ethics of Mood Enhancement NY Academy of Sciences
  • The Hedonistic Imperative Advocates the development of neurotechnology to permit the elimination of all suffering
  • Abolitionist SocietyPromotes eliminating involuntary suffering and increasing lifelong individual happiness through science

  • Cyborg Buddha Project

    IEET Executive Director James Hughes - a former Buddhist monk and attenuated Buddho-Unitarian - is writing a book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People.

    IEET Board member Mike LaTorra - a Zen priest and author of A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao - runs the Trans-Spirit list promoting discussion of neurotheology, neuroethics, techno-spirituality and altered states of consciousness.

    IEET Board member George Dvorsky - a practicing Buddhist - writes and podcasts frequently from a rationalist, transhumanist, and Buddhist point of view, winning him an award this year as one of the best Buddhist blogs.

    The three of us are launching the IEET Cyborg Buddha Project to combine our efforts and promote discussion of the impact that neuroscience and emerging neurotechnologies will have on happiness, spirituality, cognitive liberty, moral behavior and the exploration of meditational and ecstatic states of mind.

    Oct 1, 2015

    Anti-love drugs? The ethics of a chemical break up

    Brian Earp

    Lecture by Brian D. Earp delivered at the University of Oxford on November 30, 2012.


    Sep 17, 2015

    Basic Income and Moral Enhancement

    Singularity Bros

    The Singularity Bros talked with IEET’s J. Hughes about basic income guarantee and moral enhancement.



    Sep 10, 2015

    My Interest Shifted from Mathematics to Consciousness after a THC Experience

    by Andrés Gómez Emilsson

    My interest in consciousness is in part the result of a marijuana experience I had when I was 16. To understand why, I need to provide some context.

    I have always felt an uncompromising need to figure out “what all of this is about.” This goes as far back as I remember. The burning need to know has always been there. What “this” means in “what all of this is about”, has evolved over the years. It has evolved as my understanding of what reality could be has gotten bigger. 

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    Sep 9, 2015

    ‘Spiritual/Philosophical’ is the Deepest, Highest, Most Powerful Dimension of Euphoria

    by Andrés Gómez Emilsson

    I have been mapping out the major axis of the states of consciousness accessible by humans via the use of psychotropic drugs.

    My procedure is: I asked people from all sorts of drug forums online, as well as people in the general population, to answer a survey in which they are required to rate the effects of a drug they have taken (rating them on 30+ attributes such as “cheerful”, “calming” and “mystical”). You can read the methodology and the details of the analysis in here.

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    Aug 27, 2015

    Meditation Apps Evaluated - “Headspace” Receives the Highest Score

    by Hank Pellissier
    Research from the School of Psychology and Counseling at Queensland University of Technology in Australia identified 700 apps associated with “mindfulness” on either iTunes and Google Apps Marketplace. Inclusion criteria was stringent; only apps that cost less than $10 were included.

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    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 everything

    by 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”.

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    Aug 20, 2015

    Consciousness and Meditation

    Marc Howard - 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 End

    by 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.

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    Aug 13, 2015

    Don’t Worry, Intelligent Life Will Reverse the Slow Death of the Universe

    by 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.

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