Leon Kass still at it

I vainly hoped that Leon Kass would retire from the fight over human enhancement after being retired from the President’s Council on Bioethics. But in this piece in the Wall Street Journal he’s still beating the same old drum:

“consider the kind of choices people might make if their biological deadlines were to be extended by decades. How long would our de facto adolescence last? How much longer would we postpone childbearing, if many of us didn’t abandon the business altogether? How would the balance of social...

Fellows > Aubrey de Grey > HealthLongevity
Aubrey makes the case for SENS on 60 Minutes

Here’s the first bit of the transcript of the 60 Minutes episode that, on January 1, 2006, profiled IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey and his ideas about anti-aging therapies. Watch the show here

Jan 1, 2006

Scientist Ponders Eternal Youth

(CBS) How’s this for an offer you can’t refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health? It’s both a Utopian and a nightmare scenario but there are those who say it is well within the realm of possibility.

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Aubrey profiled at Damn Interesting

From Damn Interesting :

Zen and the Art of Human Maintenance

by Alan Bellows on December 29th, 2005 at 4:12 pm

Hans Baldung Grien: The Ages And Death, c. 1540-1543There is a disease which causes the human body and mind to gradually deteriorate, causing its sufferers to experience discomfort, memory loss, failed health, disfigurement, and severe physical and mental handicaps. It is always fatal, and there is no known cure. The scientific term for this disease is Senescence, though it is more commonly known as aging or gr...

Arnhart: Use Posthuman Tech to Excite Kids About Evolution and Biology

Larry Arnhart is one of the stalwarts of the “politics and the life sciences” movement which brings together political scientists interested in health policy, bioethics, evolutionary psychology and transhumanism. In an interview for Connect for Kids he is asked about the intelligent design controversy and how best to inspire kids to study evolution and biology:

“Besides teaching Darwin, do you have any other recommendations for engaging students in biology education?

Arnhart: I would suggest that biology teac...

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Andy Miah in The Lancet (and the London Times)

A great article by Andy has just appeared in the latest special issue of The Lancet:

Kayser B, Mauron A, Miah Andy “Legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs” page S21 Link

The rules of sport definne a level playing field on which athletes compete.Antidoping policies exist,in theory, to encourage fair play.However,we believe they are unfounded dangerous,and excessively costly.

The need for rules in sports cannot be dismissed. But the anchoring of today’s antidoping regulations in the noti...

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Douglas Rushkoff’s last book is out!!!

Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out is out! Written by IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff, it’s an original, playful and passionate work about innovation and where it comes from.

”American companies are obsessed with window dressing,” Rushkoff writes, “because they’re reluctant, no, afraid to look at whatever it is they really do and evaluate it from the inside out. When things are down, CEO’s look to consultants and marketers to rethink, re-brand or repackage whatever it is t...

Fellows > Andy Miah
Andy Miah in The Globe and Mail

IEET Fellow Andy Miah has been mentioned in an article about engineered athletes in The Globe and Mail

Like Prof. Mureika, Prof. Miah, a lecturer in media, bioethics and cyber-culture, thinks that the idea of a “natural” record is artificial or obsolete.

“We have to start again with thinking through human limits. Rather than see them in isolation, understand them as functioning in collaboration with technology. Enhancing the performance of athletes in this way should not be seen as cheating, but a fu...

Fellows > Aubrey de Grey > HealthLongevity
Aubrey is #1 Aging Researcher in Trading Card Set

The SAGE site on aging research put up a couple dozen trading cards to introduce the leading aging researchers in the English speaking world. IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey’s card is their #1 traded card.

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Doug Rushkoff’s TESTAMENT #1

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff‘s comic book Testament, on sale December 21, is being described by publisher DC Comics as

Grad student Jake Stern leads an underground band of renegades who use any means necessary to combat the frightening threats to freedom that permeate the world of TESTAMENT — a world very much like our own. They employ technology, alchemy, media hacking and mysticism, discovering a modern threat that has its roots in ancient stories destined to recur in the modern age.

With intricate, darkly detaile...

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Nanotechnology: Societal Implications

The first part of the new Nanotechnology report has been published on the web:

Nanotechnology: Societal Implications - Maximizing Benefits for Humanity A second volume, which will have the title Nanotechnology in Society, will be published by Springer and contain 48 essays by individual contributors.

The third Converging Technologies volume (to which IEET E.D. J. Hughes contributed) is also in press with Springer and about to be printed.