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Milan Ćirković
Cosmic Irony: SETI Optimism from Catastrophes? by Milan Ćirković

Classical arguments for skepticism regarding the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) are critically examined. It is suggested that the emerging class of “phase transition” astrobiological models can simultaneously account for all available astrophysical and biological evidence, explain several unresolved puzzle in Earth sciences, and rationally justify current and future SETI projects. In particular, the hypothesis of Annis that local gamma-ray bursts drive the astrobiological phase transition deserves to be further q...

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Milan Ćirković
Geo-engineering Gone Awry: A New Partial Solution of Fermi’s Paradox by Milan Ćirković

Another partial solution of Fermi’s famous paradox is proposed, based on our increased understanding of geophysics, geo-engineering and climatology. It has been claimed in the recent astrobiological literature (for instance, in the recent controversial “rare Earth” theory of Ward and Brownlee), that geological activity of a terrestrial planet is an important precondition for the emergence of complex metazoan life forms. Technological civilizations arising on such planets will be, at some point of their histories or another,...

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Russell Blackford
It’s Okay to Change Your Mind by Russell Blackford

While it calls for caution, there are good reasons to redesign human nature

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Cyborg Olympics Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Andy Miah, author of Genetically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping,and Sport. We discuss the ineffectiveness of global anti-doping efforts in the face of new technologies, and the need for a two-tier sporting regime that monitors but permits athletic enhancements.

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Fear and Loathing in Public Policy Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago and author of Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law. We discuss the role of disgust and shame in shaping public policies in illiberal ways, and the ramifications of Leon Kass’ yuck factor ethics.

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Forbidding Posthumans Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Max Mehlman, law prof at Case Western Reserve University, bioethicist and author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society, which argues for strict global restrictions on human enhancement in order to avoid exacerbating inequality.

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Mondo Revolution - Part Two Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with psychedelic futurist writer and activist R.U. Sirius, founder/editor of High Frontiers and Mondo 2000, author of The Revolution, and editor of Neofiles.

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Russell Blackford
We Can Flourish as More than Human by Russell Blackford

Despite what opponents say, not all uses of enhancement technology will lead to a dystopia

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Should We Want to be Better Than Well? Part Two Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with journalist Gary Greenberg, author of many articles for Mother Jones, the New Yorker and other magazines, about the UnaBomber, psychopharmaceuticals, brain death, Carl Elliott’s Better Than Well and the idea of human enhancement.  Dr. J. also talks with psychedelic futurist writer and activist R.U. Sirius, founder/editor of High Frontiers and Mondo 2000, author of The Revolution, and editor of Neofiles.

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Should We Want to be Better Than Well? Part One Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with journalist Gary Greenberg, author of many articles for Mother Jones, the New Yorker and other magazines, about the UnaBomber, psychopharmaceuticals, brain death Carl Elliott’s Better Than Well and the idea of human enhancement.