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Rick Searle
The Dangers of Religious Rhetoric to the Trans-humanist Project by Rick Searle

When I saw that  the scientist and science-fiction novelist, David Brin, had given a talk at a recent Singularity Summit with the intriguing title “So you want to make gods?  Now why would that bother anybody?” my hopes for the current intellectual debate between science and religion and between rival versions of our human future were instantly raised.

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Lee-Roy Chetty
Disgrace in our winelands (African Futures Project) by Lee-Roy Chetty

Out of South Africa’s nine provinces, the greatest number of farm-workers resides in the wealthy and fertile Western Cape.Despite their fundamental role in the success of our country’s valuable fruit, wine, and tourism industries, farm-workers benefit very little, in large part because they are subject to exploitative conditions and human rights abuses without sufficient protection of their rights.

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The End Of Privacy Huffpost Live

“Your personal details will soon show up in any search across billions of Facebook web pages. Lucky you! Is “Graph Search” the final straw for online privacy?” -

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All it takes is 10 mindful minutes TED

“When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)” - TED

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Dick Pelletier
End of Death by Dick Pelletier

Is the end of death in our future? Positive futurists say it is. Infectious disease, accidents, starvation, and violence have kept average life expectancy at 20-to-30 years throughout most of human history. However, the quest to live longer and enjoy good health is one of the most ancient and deep-rooted hopes ingrained in our species.

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John Niman
Why Lance Armstrong’s Doping Doesn’t Matter by John Niman

Manny Ramirez. Mark McGwire. Barry Bonds. Baseball is no stranger to superstars using steroids. Sprinter Ben Johnson was disqualified from an Olympic victory decades ago. More likely than not, every sport has players who use ‘performance enhancing drugs’ – it’s just that the player’s performance is not generally enhanced to superstar status. Now Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping, and once again the world is shocked.

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Lee-Roy Chetty
The Importance of Social Safety Nets on the African Continent by Lee-Roy Chetty

Social safety nets are on the rise in Africa, and continue to evolve from scattered stand-alone programs into dependable safety net systems.

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Leo Igwe
‘Child Witches’ in Ghana by Leo Igwe

The west African nation of Ghana is rather widely known for its ‘witch camps’, where mainly old women who are accused of occult crimes and subsequently banished from their communities. They seek refuge in these ‘camps’ to avoid being killed by their family and community members. But in the village of Sang, off Tamale-Yendi Road, in the northern region of Ghana there is a care center for vulnerable children.

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George Dvorsky
Bruce Sterling Thinks Artificial Intelligence Has Jumped the Shark by George Dvorsky

Bruce Sterling wrote influential works like Schismatrix and Islands in the Net, plus he practically invented cyberpunk (with all due respect, of course, to William Gibson and Rudy Rucker). We are serious fans of his work. And if his recent comments about the potential risks of greater-than-human artificial intelligence — or lack thereof — are any indication, he's itching to start a giant fight among futurists.

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Time to Find Common Ground: Climate Change Union of Concerned Scientists

“Extreme heat, drought, storms, and other weather disasters are increasingly fueled by climate change and affect everyone regardless of political affiliation. Now two scientists — one who has usually voted for Republicans, the other for Democrats — have come together to urge leaders of both parties to find bipartisan solutions to human-caused climate change. Share this video—and urge Congress to find bipartisan solutions to climate change—at” -  Union of Concerned Scientist...