Alan Wallace speaks at a 2-day colloquium on Buddhism and Science at Oxford University on “Toward a 3-dimensional science of the mind”, published 2013.
Apr 22, 2014
Does radical enhancement threaten our sense of self?by John Danaher
If we extended our lives by 200 years, or if we succeeded in uploading our minds to an artificial substrate, would we undermine our sense of personal identity? If so, would it be wiser to avoid such radical forms of enhancement? These are the questions posed in chapter 4 of Nicholas Agar’s book Truly Human Enhancement. Over the next two posts I’ll take a look at Agar’s answers. This is all part of my ongoing series of reflections on Agar’s book.
Apr 6, 2014
Moral EnhancementThe Rational Future
Executive Director of the IEET, James Hughes, discuses moral enhancement with Adam Ford of The Rational Future published on April 4th of 2014.
James Hughes Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a bioethicist and sociologist at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut where he teaches health policy and serves as Director of Institutional Research and Planning. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he also taught bioethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Hughes is author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future , and is working on a second book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha.
Mar 1, 2014
The Path of Least Resistance: Tracing a Path to Religious Reconciliation with Posthumanismby Yshua
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.”