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Linda MacDonald Glenn
Biotechnology at the Margins of Personhood: An Evolving Legal Paradigm by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The last few years have seen scientific advancements that were thought to be possible only in the realm of science fiction.  From nuclear transfer to exogenous pregnancies, implantable brain chips to transgenic engineering, cyborg to chimera, we may be taking the next step in our own evolution. As barriers between the species begin to blur and blend, should humans retain special elevated status? How will these affect notions of “personhood”? Possible implications range from affecting the abortion debate to end-of-life decisi...

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Linda MacDonald Glenn
When Pigs Fly? Legal and Ethical Issues in Transgenics and the Creation of Chimeras by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The Walter C. Randall Biomedical Ethics Lecture

The following is a speech delivered by Linda MacDonald Glenn for the Walter C. Randall Lecture Award in Biomedical Ethics at Experimental Biology, 2003 in San Diego, CA.

The last few years have seen scientific advancements that we thought to be possible only in the realm of science fiction. From nuclear transfer to exogenous pregnancies, implantable brain chips to transgenic engineering, cyborg to chimera, we are forging the next step in our own evolution. Future developments wi...

Rights > Economic > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Getting Paid in Our Jobless Future by J. Hughes

Only a guaranteed basic income can ensure economic growth, technological innovation and social welfare

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George Dvorsky
And the Disabled Shall Inherit the Earth by George Dvorsky

Uninhibited about technological modification, they’re poised to be the first posthumans

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Nick Bostrom
Transhumanist Values by Nick Bostrom

Wonderful ways of being may be located in the “posthuman realm”, but we can’t reach them. If we enhance ourselves using technology, however, we can go out there and realize these values. This paper sketches a transhumanist axiology.

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Transhumanist Dignity Changesurfer Radio

Bostrom speaks on the illusiveness of “human dignity” and the dignity to be found in enhancements.

Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > Milan Ćirković
Milan Ćirković
Ancient Origins of a Modern Anthropic Cosmological Argument by Milan Ćirković

Ancient origins of a modern anthropic argument against cosmologies involving infinite series of past events are considered. It is shown that this argument - which in modern times has been put forward by distinguished cosmologists like Paul C. W. Davies and Frank J. Tipler - originates in pre-Socratic times and is implicitly present in the cyclical cosmology of Empedocles. There are traces of the same line of reasoning throughout the ancient history of ideas, and the case of a provocative statement of Thucydides is briefly analyzed. Moreover,...

Rights > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Beyond Gay Marriage by J. Hughes

Forget the tyranny of “the natural” and build human institutions that serve human needs

Vision > Fellows > HealthLongevity > CyborgBuddha > Wrye Sententia > Implants
Neurocops: Policing the Borders of Human Cognition TV2003

Wrye Sententia speaking at the Transvision conference at Yale University on June 28, 2003. Until recently, the idea of Brain Police patrolling and controlling a free individual through the use of drugs has remained the lexicon of the clinically paranoid, or of sci-fi authors.  In 1932, Aldous Huxley imagined his brave new world of self-medicated happiness through Soma, and much of 20th century science fiction is steeped in technologies that impose state-sponsored mind control. In “The Futurological Congress” (1971), Stanisla...

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William Sims Bainbridge
Challenge and Response by William Sims Bainbridge

Dr. Bainbridge’s address to the JBS Haldane award ceremony dinner June 25, 2003 at Yale University.