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Jamais Cascio
New Rice for Africa from Africa by Jamais Cascio

Agricultural biotechnology, when done wrong, has the potential to be environmentally, scientifically and economically disastrous. The negative scenario is grim and familiar: monoculture crops, with insufficient testing for complex interactions with other organisms, owned by giant biotech companies paranoid about intellectual property ("genetic rights management," as I’ve termed it). But genetic modification techniques are not inherently evil, and when applied with wisdom, can ha...

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Fear and Loathing in a Brave New World Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Wesley J. Smith, author of Consumers Guide to a Brave New World, Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute, consultant to the Centers for Bioethics and Culture, and attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. (Originally broadcast February 4, 2005)

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Forever for All: Cryonics and Spirituality Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Mike Perry, a staff person with Alcor and president of the Society for Universal Immortalism, a transhumanist church. Perry is also author of Forever For All Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality.  (Originally broadcast January 29, 2005)

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Russell Blackford
The Supposed Sin of Defying Nature: Part Two by Russell Blackford

Arguments that something’s unnatural are really expressions of fear, and responses should be adjusted accordingly

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Modern Gnosticism Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Dr. David Pauls, author of “Transhumanism: 2000 Years in the Making.” Dr. Pauls is a surgeon in Kansas, and serves on the Christian Medical and Dental Association Ethics Commission. He is also a Board member of the Center for Bioethics and Culture.  (Originally broadcast January 22, 2005)

Fellows > Mike Treder
Mike Treder
A Time to Prepare by Mike Treder

The barriers to a successful molecular manufacturing development project may already be surprisingly low. The challenge is mainly engineering, not unpredictable scientific breakthroughs. The primary technical barriers are the lack of a detailed design and the need for a better understanding of the required laboratory techniques. Both of these problems should be solvable with sufficient resources,  and significant progress is steadily being made.

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Nick Bostrom
A Proactive Response to the Tsunami Disaster by Nick Bostrom

In the wake of the tsunami disaster, The Lancet (Vol 365, January 15, 191-193) has an editorial calling for the creation of a “World Institute for Risk Evaluation” (WIRE), noting that “a piecemeal approach to determining human risks would be an understandably reactive but deeply flawed response to this latest catastrophe.”

Fellows > Russell Blackford
Russell Blackford
The Supposed Sin of Defying Nature: Part One by Russell Blackford Why are policy debates still plagued by an irrational idea that refuses to die? By Russell Blackford     Betterhumans     1/19/2005

Appeals to what is "natural" have a long history in policy debates about unpopular practices-such as homosexual acts, technological innovations and, particularly in recent times, manipulating DNA. The assumption is that there is something wrong morally ...

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Mike Treder
The Meaning of Nanotechnology by Mike Treder

Virtually every previous technological improvement has been accomplished by making things smaller and more precise. But as the scales at which we work get smaller and smaller, we approach limits imposed by physics. The smallest unit of matter we can build with is the atom, or combinations of atoms known as molecules. The earthshaking insight of nanotechnology  is that, when we reach this scale, we can reverse direction and begin building from the bottom up, making...

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J. Hughes
Drawing a Stem Cell Line in the Sand by J. Hughes

Former lefty Wesley J. Smith is now a right-wing bioconservative, says James Hughes, and Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World will make you nostalgic for when progressives believed in progress