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Atheism Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Reggie Finley about the arguments for atheism. Finley produces the “Infidel Guy” radio show,  part of the Atheist Radio network.

Rights > Vision > Staff > J. Hughes > CSR > FreeThought > Philosophy
Infidel Guy Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Reggie Finley about the need to fight the Religious Right and the Bush administration. Finley produces the “Infidel Guy” radio show,  part of the Atheist Radio network.

Vision > Directors > HealthLongevity > Nick Bostrom
Nick Bostrom
The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant by Nick Bostrom


nce upon a time, the planet was tyrannized by a giant dragon. The dragon stood taller than the largest cathedral, and it was covered with thick black scales. Its red eyes glowed with hate, and from its terrible jaws flowed an incessant stream of evil-smelling yellowish-green slime. It demanded from humankind a blood-curdling tribute: to satisfy its enormous appetite, ten thousand men and wome...

Interns > HealthLongevity
An Ravelingien
To the core of porcine matter: Evaluating arguments against producing transgenic pigs by An Ravelingien

Abstract The production of transgenic pigs for xenotransplantation is based on an urgent human need for transplantable organs. Although the particular genetic modifications are small and do not alter the organism phenotypically, several authors consider it morally problematic. This chapter attempts to establish whether there are genuine reasons to refrain from producing ‘humanized’ pigs for xenotransplantation. We distinguish two types of ethical arguments often confused in debating the matter: consequentialist and inhere...

J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Human Enhancement on the Agenda by J. Hughes

From bioethicists to nanotech geeks, the enhancement debate is stirring the pot

By James Hughes

President Clinton appointed the second presidential-level bioethics commission, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC),in 1995 to advise on the permissibility of human cloning. It was the only one appointed since President Carter’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Not because Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. didn’t want to establish bioethics com...

Vision > Fellows > Russell Blackford > Technoprogressivism
Russell Blackford
Transhumanism at the Crossroads by Russell Blackford

To survive and thrive, transhumanism must become an inclusive social movement

Fellows > Russell Blackford > HealthLongevity
Russell Blackford
Should We Fear Death? Epicurean and Modern Arguments by Russell Blackford

Buenos Aires: LibrosEnRed. 2004. 257-69.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > HealthLongevity > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Cover Everyone and Cure Aging: Counterintuitive answers to healthcare inflation by J. Hughes

One of the chief points raised by opponents of life extension and human enhancement medicine is that healthcare costs are rapidly inflating, so how can we afford 150-year-old seniors and smart pills? The naysayers have a point. Healthcare spending has been inflating rapidly throughout the industrialized world, and all these countries will be graying over the next decades.

Directors > Giulio Prisco
Giulio Prisco
Transhumanismo, una propuesta filosófica para el tercer milenio by Giulio Prisco

Fukujama ha arremetido en un artículo contra el transhumanismo,  considerándolo como una de las ideas más peligrosas del pensamiento actual, aunque reconociendo que ya no se le puede considerar como "ciencia ficción tomada demasiado en serio". El transhumanismo es un fenómeno social mucho más complejo que se basa en los previsibles cambios venideros: un mundo nuevo en el que la muerte ha desaparecido merced a las capacidades tecnológicas alcanza...

Fellows > Jamais Cascio > HealthLongevity
Jamais Cascio
What Would Radical Longevity Mean? by Jamais Cascio

Technology Review reports that MIT Professor Leonard Guarente may have found the genetic factor that allows mice undergoing ‘caloric restriction’ to live up to 30% longer. It’s long been known that cutting down food intake by about 1/3 can extend the lifespan of mammals by up to 50%. Professor Guarente has found that manipulating a single gene—the SIRT1 gene— can produce longer mice lives without  ...