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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view







ieet books

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
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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

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
by Ilia Stambler


ieet events

Brin @ AAAS Annual Meeting
February 12 -16, 2015
San Jose, CA USA


Sorgner on “Meta-, post- and transhumanism and the arts”
February 17 -21, 2015
Hamburg, Germany


Hughes on “Using Neurotechnologies to Enhance Virtues”
February 19 , 2015
Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA


Sorgner on “Nietzsche and Transhumanism”
February 22 , 2015
Hessen, Germany


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


Sorgner on “Nietzsche, the overhuman and transhumanism”
February 27 , 2015
Nijmegen, Netherlands


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


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


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

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

2014 has been an exciting year for emerging technologies, and we want to share some of our news. We hope we can count on your continued support and involvement in the coming year.

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

We asked “Should DIY biohackers be subject to the same safety regulations and oversight as corporate biological research labs?” Of the 573 of you that responded six out of ten (61%) believed that biohackers should be subject to some kind of regulation.


Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014 (Nov 22, 2014)

New Affiliate Scholars: John Messerly and Amon Twyman (Nov 21, 2014)


ieet articles


Edward O. Wilson’s Dull Paradise
by Rick Searle
Feb 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In all sincerity I have to admit that there is much I admire about the biologist Edward O. Wilson. I can only pray that not only should I live into my 80’s, but still possess the intellectual stamina to write what are at least thought provoking books when I get there. I also wish I still have the balls to write a book with the title of Wilson’s latest- The Meaning of Human Existence, for publishing with an appellation like that would mean I wasn’t afraid I would disappoint my readers, and Wilson did indeed leave me wondering if the whole thing was worth the effort.


Transhumanism Needs to Establish a Meaning to Life
by Nikola Danaylov
Jan 30, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

It is important that the transhumanist movement establish a consensus on the meaning of life. Failure to do so will result in conflict, the extent of which is difficult to predict. As it stands today, transhumanism is a divided movement of various competing interests promoting values which are contradictory in nature. It seems the only agreement the movement has reached thus far is that the proper course of action is to promote the widespread adaptation of transhumanism.


The Lima Accord on Climate Change – A New Hope for Health?
by Utibe Effiong
Jan 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Two months ago the Washington Post summarized the outcome of the recent Climate Change Conference held in the Peruvian capital in these words:  “… the Lima Accord may nudge countries to do better on climate change (but won’t solve the problem)”. It looks like we might have to live with the health impacts of climate change for a while longer than hoped.


Anti-Koch: The Fight For Green Energy is a Fight for the 99 Percent
by Richard Eskow
Jan 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The fact that this even needs to be said demonstrates that there’s been a breakdown in the democratic process, but we’ll say it anyway: Our number one priority should be protecting the planet for future generations. That said, green energy makes sense even if we base our thinking on economic considerations alone.


Fairness on the Public Airwaves
by David Brin
Jan 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In a previous political posting, we ran through a long list of political addictions – nostrums and catechisms that believers return to decade after decade, despite their having been relentlessly and decisively disproved. Like the notion that a seventy year Drug War can cure chemical dependency, or that a fifty year trade embargo on Cuba ever did a scintilla of good.


10 Reasons Popular Versions of Christian Heaven Would be Hell
by Valerie Tarico
Jan 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Maybe descriptions of Hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be—even without Pat Robertson in the mix. Most Westerners are at least vaguely familiar with the popular Christian version of Heaven: pearly gates, streets of gold, winged angels and the Righteous, with their bodies made perfect and immortal, singing the praises of God forever. What’s surprising is how few people have actually thought about what a nightmare this kind of existence would be.


Time to Start Looking At ‘Cyborg’ As a Gender Identity
by B. J. Murphy
Jan 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I am a Cyborg. No, I don’t have any technological enhancements just yet, though I plan on doing so very soon with help from my friends within the DIY grinder community. Even then, my “choosing” to identify myself as a cyborg is more than a mere desire for cyborg enhancements, but is an identity that I feel deeply within myself – a longing to express myself in ways that my current biological body cannot.


The Media was Right… Bad Luck Causes Most Cancers in Nigeria!
by Utibe Effiong
Jan 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The recent study in the journal Science, which suggested that most cancers are due to bad luck rather than lifestyle or environmental factors, generated massive media ripples. To summarize, authors Tomasetti and Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins University say the “majority [of cancers] are due to “bad luck,” that is, random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells”.


The End of Religion Misrecognized
by Lincoln Cannon
Jan 28, 2015 • (3) CommentsPermalink

So much anti-religious dogmatism, so much misrecognized religiosity, so little time. It's a wonder to me that some clearly sophisticated persons can express such unsophisticated opinions about religion. Maybe it's just because we all have vested interests? On the one hand, those who have distanced themselves from tradition seek to justify their choice, as those who have continued to embrace tradition likewise would justify themselves. What's to be made of the strange creatures, arguably not so uncommon now or ever, that reject any notion of the choice being all or nothing or even mutually exclusive?


If There Are Gods, They Are Evil
by John G. Messerly
Jan 28, 2015 • (5) CommentsPermalink

Here is a brief summary of a piece by B.C. Johnson, “Why Doesn’t God Intervene to Prevent Evil?” It offers a devastating critique of the possibility that there is an all powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving god. Are there any good excuses for someone (or a god) not saving a baby from a burning house if they had the power to do so? It will not do to say the baby will go to heaven, since one suffers by burning to death. 


The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower
by Norman Solomon
Jan 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.


Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life
by John G. Messerly
Jan 27, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Are there trends in evolution — cosmic, biological, and cultural — that support the claim that life is meaningful, or is becoming meaningful, or is becoming increasingly meaningful? Perhaps there is a progressive direction to evolution, perhaps the meaningful eschatology of the universe will gradually unfold as we evolve, and perhaps we can articulate a cosmic vision to describe this unfolding — or perhaps not.


Blockchain Consensus Models Increase the Information Resolution of the Universe
by Melanie Swan
Jan 27, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

There is ample opportunity to explore blockchains as a new form of information technology, including what consensus models as a core feature might mean and enable. A key question is “What is consensus-derived information?” that is, what are its properties and benefits vis-à-vis other kinds of information? Is consensus-derived information a different kind or form of information? 


Death With Dignity vs. “Redemptive Suffering” - The Legacy of Brittany Maynard
by Valerie Tarico
Jan 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

 In the fall of 2014, a young dying woman, Brittany Maynard, captured the hearts of millions around the world. Now her husband and mother have teamed up with a national advocacy group, Compassion & Choices to honor her final wish—that aid in dying be available to terminally ill Americans in every state.  


Are We Passing Through a Bottleneck, or Will the Explosion of Existential Risks Continue?
by Phil Torres
Jan 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Many futurists are fond of projecting historical trends into the future. Ray Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent champion of making bold claims about what the future holds based on what the past has held, but he’s not the only one. Interestingly, though, few have applied this predictive methodology to the phenomenon of existential risks. For the purposes of this paper, I’ll define an existential risk as a catastrophe that’s terminal in intensity, transgenerational in temporal scope, and global in spatial scope, and which affects either our current population (Homo sapiens) or some future population that we value. (See this article for details and criticism of other definitions, such as Nick Bostrom’s.)


Everyone loves a genetically modified mosquito – right?
by Utibe Effiong
Jan 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

When I first learnt of the idea to genetically modify mosquitoes (GMMs) as a strategy for controlling the diseases transmitted by these much-maligned insects, I thought it was refreshingly innovative. Little did I know that scientists had been fiddling with mosquitoes, and other insects, for the same reason long before I was born.


The End of Religion: Technology and the Future
by John G. Messerly
Jan 24, 2015 • (5) CommentsPermalink

History is littered with dead gods. The Greek and Roman gods, and thousands of others have perished. Yet AllahYahwehKrishna and a few more survive. But will belief in the gods endure? It will not. Our descendents will be too advanced to share such primitive beliefs.


The Power of Pull
by piero scaruffi
Jan 22, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A general rule that rarely fails is: “Be wary of books written by multiple authors”. Multiple authors tend to amplify each other’s crap instead of edit it down, and the results are often embarrassing ideological pamphlets, no matter how smart the premise.The premise here is interesting. The digital age has changed the world in which we live in not only from the point of the consumers but also from the point of the producers. We live in the age of Web platforms that were not designed top-down but sprung up bottom-up. The future may be more of it, and faster.


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