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George Dvorsky
Death vs. Hope by George Dvorsky

The pace of medical progress should give patients and doctors pause when considering assisted suicide.

Late last month, Canadians were once again thrust into the assisted suicide debate.

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Mike Treder debates Nano-Enhancement Tech on SAGE Crossroads Sage Crosroads

SAGE Crossroads sponsors debates on aging. On September 27, 2004 they sponsored a debate on “Nanotechnology: The Promise of the Future or Pandora’s Box?” with:

Robert G. Best, University of South Carolina Mike Treder, Exec. Director, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology; WTA Board of Directors Morton Kondracke, Moderator

Topics included the effects of nanomedicine on battling disease and aging, the need for further public discussion of both the risks and benefits of molecular manufacturing, and the possibil...

Rights > Vision > Virtuality > Bioculture > Staff > J. Hughes > CSR > PostGender
Metabods Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Brian Ramirez Kyle, the creator of, a website devoted to gay erotic fantasies about boytaurs, men with multiple limbs or genitals, and radical size and shape transformations. We talk about how radical body mod subcultures might be on the cutting edge of the fight for tolerance of transhuman diversity. (First broadcast in 2004).

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The Tao of Democracy Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Tom Atlee, author of The Tao of Democracy and director of the Co-Intelligence Institute. Atlee argues for expanded use of participatory democracy through citizen juries to develop “co-intelligent citizenship.”

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Technologies of Self-Perfection by J. Hughes

What would the Buddha do with nanotechnology and psychopharmaceuticals?

Last year, at a conference at MIT on the contribution of Buddhism to brain sciences, molecular biologist Eric Lander suggested that in 20 years “the US surgeon general might recommend 60 minutes of mental exercise five times a week.” I hope not. It would probably have as little effect on mental health as the recommendation to exercise regularly and eat five helpings of vegetables has had on obesity and health. It would also mean that progress ...

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Mark Walker
Where did Marx go wrong? by Mark Walker

At the risk of simplifying: Marx erred in his view of human nature. Marx saw humans as having a nature that is social and productive. Various forms of impoverished economic and social life could corrupt this nature, with capitalism being the latest and the greatest of the corrupters. For instance, capitalism has the power to turn naturally productive humans into unproductive proletarians who are productive only through coercion (e.g.. through the threat of unemployment). Capitalism also has the power to turn naturally sociable humans anti-so...

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The Culture Wars Changesurfer Radio

Jende Huang of the American Humanist Association speaks on the culture wars raging in the United States between the theocratic religious right and the humanists.  Mr. Huang’s speech was delivered at Transvision 2004.

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J. Hughes
Engineering Better Citizens by J. Hughes

Human enhancement doesn’t guarantee better democracy, but better democracy may require human enhancement

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America the Almighty: Maverick Hyperpower Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Stephen L. Damours, author of America the Almighty: The Maverick Hyperpower, a critique of US foreign policy and argument for federalist solutions to global problems. Damours formerly worked at the US State Department, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens for Global Solutions and has served on the Board.

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Open Source Democracy Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Douglas Rushkoff, author of Open Source Democracy (download PDF), published by the UK thinktank Demos.  Rushkoff is the author of more than a dozen books, including Cyberia and Playing the Future.