We are here because we recognize the frailty of human existence and the vastness of our limitations. We are here because we acknowledge that we live in a harsh world which can draw out the very worst of our already-flawed nature. We are here because we believe, in spite of overwhelming challenges, that something better is possible. We believe the path to a higher state of existence demands devotion and sacrifice.
Feb 12, 2014
Cosmic Beings: Transhumanist Deism in Ted Chu’s Cosmic Viewby Giulio Prisco
In Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution, IEET affiliate scholar Ted Chu, a professor of Economics at New York University in Abu Dhabi and former chief economist for General Motors and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, argues that post-humanity is a logical and necessary evolutionary next step for humanity, and we need a new, heroic cosmic faith for the post-human era. “The ultimate meaning of our lives rests not in our personal happiness but in our contribution to cosmic evolution,” says Chu…
Jan 5, 2014
Is mind-uploading existentially risky? (Part Three)by John Danaher
This is the third (and final) part in my ongoing series about the rationality of mind-uploading. The series deals with something called Searle’s Wager, which is an argument against the rationality of mind-uploading. The argument was originally developed by Nicholas Agar in his 2011 bookHumanity’s End. This series, however, covers a debate between Agar and Levy in the pages of the journal AI and Society. The first two parts discussed with Levy’s critique; this part discusses Agar’s response.
Dec 18, 2013
#12 Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problemsby Valerie Tarico
At age sixteen I began what would be a four year struggle with bulimia. When the symptoms started, I turned in desperation to adults who knew more than I did about how to stop shameful behavior—my Bible study leader and a visiting youth minister. “If you ask anything in faith, believing,” they said. “It will be done.” I knew they were quoting the Word of God. We prayed together, and I went home confident that God had heard my prayers.
Dec 17, 2013
But which one is ME? Letting go of our mono-being identity orientation: Poly-beings, here we come!by Chris T. Armstrong
Audience for this essay: You can save yourself from wasting some of your finite and far too short lifespan by totally ignoring this essay if you fall into any of the following three categories…
Nov 6, 2013
James Hughes, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies talks about mindfulness and moral enhancement at TEDxTransmedia, published on Nov 2, 2013
He’s a bioethicist and sociologist who teaches health policy and serves as Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. He’s the author of “Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future” and is working on a second book tentatively titled “Cyborg Buddha.”
Nov 4, 2013
Understanding consciousness: our future may depend on itby Dick Pelletier
In his latest book, “Self Comes to Mind,” Dr. Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC, defines consciousness as, “the ability that we have to look out on the world and grasp it. It is a way evolution found to increase our effectiveness in dealing with life and its struggles.”
Oct 11, 2013
Being & ConsciousnessAdam Ford
Colin Hales talks about consciousness and being at Future Salon Melbourne which was published on October 11, 2013.
Colin gets mixed reactions from the audience about dualism, physicalism, neural correlates of consciousness, and talk of linguistics and the all controversial philosophical term, qualia.
Sep 18, 2013
A Buddhist Approach to AIby Daniel J. Neumann
Humanity is on the threshold of technologies so great; we may not be mature enough to handle them. The converging technologies predicted by Kurzweil’s Singularity offer technological paradigm-shifts. More interestingly to me, Artificial Intelligence (AI) may become more self-aware than humans. The imperatives for creating smarter-than-human AI sheds light on a possible solution to our blind drive for more technology without consideration.
Sep 1, 2013
Does machine consciousness matter?by Dylan Chandler
Named for its creator Alan Turing, the Turing test is meant to test a machine’s intelligence by assessing its conversational abilities (Bieri, 1988, 163). Turing adapted the test to suit machines from an existing test, the Imitation Game, wherein a man and a woman would converse via teletype (Bieri, 1988, 163).