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Massimo Pigliucci
On guns: the facts, the reasons by Massimo Pigliucci

I've wanted to write about the always highly contentious topic of guns for a long time (RS has covered the issue before: here and here, but I have never written about it). The aftermath of last week’s horrific events seems like a good time to do it (despite repeated calls from conservative quarters that it is “too soon” to do so, whatever that means). This essay cannot come even close to being comprehensive enough to cover all relevant aspects of the debate, and as it is often the case for my writings here, it is more a...

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Rick Searle
Kant’s Utopian Daydream by Rick Searle

I am currently reading a monster of a book. At 802 pages, Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature, leaves even a voracious reader like myself a little winded. Pinker’s argument is that the world has become less and less violent over time, so much so that we now live in what is the most peaceful period of human history ever.

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Robot Wars: The Rise of the Machines RT

The UK is preparing to test a new supersonic stealth drone, seen as the next generation of front line bomber. Named after the Celtic god Taranis, the unmanned aircraft can evade radar and select its own targets. But as RT’s Sara Firth reports, experts are nervous about the beginning of ‘robot wars’.

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How movies teach manhood TED

When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

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Five Things You May Have Missed
From Religion to the Quantified Self, 5 things you may have missed! by Five Things You May Have Missed

1: Q&A: Lean on me by Dale McGowan 2: CREATe: a trade fiction author’s perspective by Charlie Stross 3: Quantified-self Experimentation Platforms by Melanie Swan 4: As Public Makes “Hard Choices” On Social Security, Alan Simpson Ducks His “Moment of Truth” by Richard Eskow 5: Second child syndrome by Carol Lloyd

Vision > Contributors > HealthLongevity > Dick Pelletier > Futurism > Innovation
Dick Pelletier
Kardashev Civilizations: Star Trek-like world in our future by Dick Pelletier

Imagine if you could enjoy an exotic vacation billions of light years from Earth; or travel back in time to observe the dinosaurs in their violent world; or hop into a parallel universe where another you is living a better life than you; and you could swap places if you like.

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David Swanson
First City in U.S. Passes Resolution Against Drones by David Swanson

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, February 4th, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., passed what is believed to be the first anti-drone resolution in the country.  According to my notes, and verifiable soon on the City Council's website, the resolution reads…

Vision > Affiliate Scholar > John Niman > HealthLongevity > Futurism > Innovation > Implants
John Niman
Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2) by John Niman

Returning to our Deus Ex graphic, the next three categories are the torso, back, and skin. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll lump the torso and back together. The skin, however, deserves its own category.

Vision > Fellows > David Brin > HealthLongevity > Enablement > Innovation > Implants
Bionic Bodies HuffPost Live

David Brin Discusses breakthroughs in organ rebuilding and regeneration with two scientists and an ethicist.  Can we reconstruct ourselves, piece by piece, and should we? The one hour panel-interview is now up/online.

Vision > Contributors > Dick Pelletier > Futurism
Dick Pelletier
Technologies could one day enable us to simulate the deceased by Dick Pelletier

Technologies that can simulate a deceased person’s life experience, consciousness, and memories do not exist today, but many experts believe that exponential advances in computers, artificial intelligence, and communications technologies could bring this dream into reality by mid-century or before.