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The Politics of Transhumanism 2.0 by J. Hughes

Presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science Cambridge, MA November 1-4, 2001


Transhumanism is an emergent philosophical movement which says that humans can and should become more than human through technological enhancements. Contemporary transhumanism has grown out of white, male, affluent, American Internet culture, and its political perspective has generally been a militant version of the libertarianism typical of that culture. Nonetheless transhumanists are becoming more...

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Prolegomena to any Future Philosophy by Mark Walker

Abstract: Since its inception, philosophy has struggled to reconcile the apparent finitude of humans with the traditional telos of philosophy—the attempt to unite thought and Being, to arrive at absolute knowledge, at a final theory of everything. In response, some pragmatists, positivists, and philosophical naturalists have offered a deflationary account of philosophy: the ambitions of philosophy ought to be scaled back to something much more modest. Inflationism is offered as an alternative: it is conjectured that philosophy m...

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Appendix to “Cybofree- Cyborgs, Fantasy, Reality, Ethics and Education” by V.R. Manoj

- V.R. Manoj and Jayapaul Azariah Post Graduate Student of Microbiology, 1160, 6th Avenue, Z-Block, Annanagar, Chennai - 600040, India

-  Jayapaul Azariah, Ph.D. President, All India Bioethics Association, New No. 4, 8th Lane, Indiranagar, Chennai 600 020. India

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Cybofree - Cyborgs, Fantasy, Reality, Ethics and Education by V.R. Manoj


This paper examines ethical issues associated with cyborgs. A core issue is whether the cyborg body offers a fredom for the fantasies of the mind. It is a freedom that enables the mind to explore into the new environments. To characterize such a cyborg based freedom for fantasy creation, we propose the term “CYBOFREE”.

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The Doomsday Argument Adam & Eve, UN++, and Quantum Joe by Nick Bostrom

Abstract  The Doomsday argument purports to show that the risk of the human species going extinct soon has been systematically underestimated. This argument has something in common with controversial forms of reasoning in other areas, including: game theoretic problems with imperfect recall, the methodology of cosmology, the epistemology of indexical belief, and the debate over so-called fine-tuning arguments for the design hypothesis. The common denominator is a certain premiss: the Self-Sampling Assumption. We present two stran...

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Medical ethics through the Star Trek lens by J. Hughes

(with John Lantos) Science fiction, which started out on the edges of literature and pulp fiction, has become more than mainstream; it is now an essential way of interpreting the world.—Eric P. Nash Throughout the twentieth century, science fiction has been deeply entwined in the popular moral imagination about the future. Novels, stories, and movies about science, technology, and moral decisions have shaped the way we think about people and the choices they make. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Aldous Huxley’s Brave Ne...

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Brain Fingerprinting: Databodies to Databrains by Wrye Sententia

While in some respects, the sheer proliferation of information and data means no one particular entity can control it, current applications of technological monitoring are allowing governments to compile extensive “databodies” of individuals. Whether criminal or not, anything from a fingerprint to an intercepted e-mail can be tracked, and more and more of what we say and do is recorded. The global trend, in terms of personal data, is toward total monitoring.

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World Transhumanism Changesurfer Radio

Interview with Nick Bostrom, co-founder World Transhumanist Association

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J. Hughes
The Future of Death:  Cryonics and the Telos of Liberal Individualism by J. Hughes


This paper is addressed to four questions: First, what is trajectory of Western liberal ethics and politics in defining life, rights and citizenship?  Second, how will neuro-remediation and other technologies change the definition of death for the brain injured and the cryonically suspended? Third, will people always have to be dead to be cryonically suspended?  Fourth, how will changing technologies and definitions of identity effect the status of people revived from brain injury and cryonic suspension? I propos...

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The Intelligent Other in Science, Fantasy and Horror Fiction, 1895 to the Present by J. Hughes

Images of non-human intelligence in popular culture reflect our attitudes about the desirability and feasibility of a liberal democratic society. This study tests for a trend toward more positive depictions of non-human intelligence in popular culture, reflecting the gradual expansion of rights and inclusiveness of American liberal democracy. A second, more pessimistic, hypothesis of growing misanthropy also suggests there will be a positive trend in depictions.

Examples of depictions of non-human intelligence are collected from the...