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America the Almighty: Maverick Hyperpower Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Stephen L. Damours, author of America the Almighty: The Maverick Hyperpower, a critique of US foreign policy and argument for federalist solutions to global problems. Damours formerly worked at the US State Department, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens for Global Solutions and has served on the Board.

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Open Source Democracy Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Douglas Rushkoff, author of Open Source Democracy (download PDF), published by the UK thinktank Demos.  Rushkoff is the author of more than a dozen books, including Cyberia and Playing the Future.

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Buddhism and Transhumanism: The Technologies of Self-Perfection Transvision 2004

James Hughes, IEET Executive Director, speaking at the August 5, 2004 Faith, Transhumanism and Hope Symposium, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

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Transhumanism and Religion Transvision 2004

Nick Bostrom PhD, Philosophy Dept., Oxford University and chair of the IEET, speaking at the August 5, 2004 Faith, Transhumanism and Hope Symposium, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

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Trans-Spirit: Religion, Spirituality and Transhumanism Transvision 2004

Michael LaTorra, IEET Board member and author A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao, speaking at the Faith, Transhumanism and Hope Symposium, Trinity College, University of Toronto, August 5, 2004.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Fellows > Milan Ćirković > Futurism
Milan Ćirković
Cosmic Irony: SETI Optimism from Catastrophes? by Milan Ćirković

Classical arguments for skepticism regarding the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) are critically examined. It is suggested that the emerging class of “phase transition” astrobiological models can simultaneously account for all available astrophysical and biological evidence, explain several unresolved puzzle in Earth sciences, and rationally justify current and future SETI projects. In particular, the hypothesis of Annis that local gamma-ray bursts drive the astrobiological phase transition deserves to be further q...

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Milan Ćirković
Geo-engineering Gone Awry: A New Partial Solution of Fermi’s Paradox by Milan Ćirković

Another partial solution of Fermi’s famous paradox is proposed, based on our increased understanding of geophysics, geo-engineering and climatology. It has been claimed in the recent astrobiological literature (for instance, in the recent controversial “rare Earth” theory of Ward and Brownlee), that geological activity of a terrestrial planet is an important precondition for the emergence of complex metazoan life forms. Technological civilizations arising on such planets will be, at some point of their histories or another,...

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Russell Blackford
It’s Okay to Change Your Mind by Russell Blackford

While it calls for caution, there are good reasons to redesign human nature

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Cyborg Olympics Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Andy Miah, author of Genetically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping,and Sport. We discuss the ineffectiveness of global anti-doping efforts in the face of new technologies, and the need for a two-tier sporting regime that monitors but permits athletic enhancements.

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Fear and Loathing in Public Policy Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago and author of Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law. We discuss the role of disgust and shame in shaping public policies in illiberal ways, and the ramifications of Leon Kass’ yuck factor ethics.