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J. Hughes
Democratic Transhumanism 2.0 by J. Hughes

An earlier, but substantially different, version of this essay was published in Transhumanity, April 28, 2002

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Abstract

Biopolitics is emerging as an axis of modern politics alongside economic politics and cultural politics. Transhumanists, people who embrace technologies that extend and enhance regardless of their effect on “natural” life spans, limitations or social institutions, are the progressive end of the new biopolitical continuum. BioLuddites, who call for bans on tec...

Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > Athena Andreadis
The Biology of Star Trek Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Athena Andreadis, neurobiologist and author of The Biology of Star Trek, about the future of the human race.

Rights > Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff
Is Pornography Driving Technology? NPR

All Things Considered, November 29, 2002 ·  Brooke Gladstone, co-host of NPR’s On the Media produced at member station WNYC, examines how the pornography industry has been a key driver in the development of new technology—technology that eventually finds its way into widespread use. (9:30)

Rights > Fellows > Russell Blackford
Russell Blackford
The Supposed Rights of the Fetus by Russell Blackford

Issues arising from actual or proposed scientific research on human embryos have introduced a renewed urgency to the long-running public policy debate about the moral rights of human zygotes, embryos and fetuses. The debate inevitably provokes participants to make familiar claims about the ethical acceptability or otherwise of abortion, since the arguments about abortion and embryo research share some of the same logic.

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J. Hughes
Cloning As A Valid Reproductive Choice by J. Hughes

Reproductive cloning should be a legal reproductive option once it is safe, even if the right to clone is not a very important right.

Vision > Fellows > Milan Ćirković > Futurism
Milan Ćirković
Cosmological Forecast and Its Practical Significance by Milan Ćirković

Cosmology seems extremely remote from everyday human practice and experience. It is usually taken for granted that cosmological data cannot rationally influence our beliefs about the fate of humanity except perhaps in the extremely distant future, when the question of heat death (in an ever-expanding universe) becomes actual. In this note, an attempt is made to show that it may become a practical issue much sooner, if humanity wishes to maximize its creative potential. Newer developments in fields of anthropic self-selection and physical es...

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Wrye Sententia
Blockbuster Depression: Drug Deals for Drug Makers by Wrye Sententia

On July 14, in an unprecedented alchemy of corporate drug deals synthesized behind closed doors, a $60 billion transaction allowed Pfizer Inc. to acquire Pharmacia Corporation, creating the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. With anticipated annual revenues of $48 billion, the newly concocted Pfizer-Pharmacia mega company will have unsurpassed global dominance on some of the most lucrative pharmaceutical drugs available on the market. The potential side effects of the merger on consumers seem to have gone unnoticed.

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Nick Bostrom
Existential Risks by Nick Bostrom Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards Nick Bostrom, PhD Chair, Board of Directors, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University   Homepage: www.nickbostrom.com   [Published in the Journal of Evolution and Technology, Vol. 9, March 2002. First version: 2001]
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J. Hughes
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

Abstract

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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Mark Walker
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...