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John G. Messerly

John G. Messerly is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET,  and a Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his PhD in philosophy from St. Louis University in 1992. He was a member of the faculty of both the philosophy and computer science departments for many years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught courses on the ethical and philosophical implications of emerging technologies. He is the author of books on ethical theory, evolutionary philosophy, and the meaning of life, as well as dozens of articles, mostly on transhumanist themes. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition Group (localized at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Seattle University.

He is currently interested in how technological and cosmic evolution shed light on existential questions about the meaning in life. His most recent book is The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific, and Transhumanist Perspectives. He blogs daily on issues of philosophy, evolution, futurism and the meaning of life at his website:

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The Meaning of Life
Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice by John G Messerly (2016)

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature by John Messerly (2015)

"Yuval Harari Issues Warning at Davos 2020"   IEET Blog  (Apr 28, 2020)

"“Is It Moral To Work For A Tech Giant?”"   Reason and Meaning  (Apr 18, 2020)

"Reflections on the (Real Possibility) of the End of the World"   Reason and Meaning  (Aug 8, 2019)

"A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 5 – Transhumanism and Meaning"   Reason and Meaning  (Nov 22, 2018)

"Survival of the Richest"   Reason and Meaning  (Sep 29, 2018)

"Survival of the Richest"   Reason and Meaning  (Sep 3, 2018)

"Is Transhumanism A Religion?"   Reason and Meaning  (May 22, 2018)

"Evolution and Ethics"   Reason and Meaning  (Dec 5, 2017)

"What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?"   Reason and Meaning  (Nov 22, 2017)

"Review of Phil Torres’ “Morality, Foresight & Human Flourishing"   Reason and Meaning  (Nov 6, 2017)

"Hoffer’s The True Believer and Trump"   Reason and Meaning  (Oct 19, 2017)

"Review of Massimo Pigliucci’s, Answers For Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life"   Reason and Meaning  (Jul 1, 2017)

"Comey’s Firing: Do We Live in a Kleptocracy?"   Reason and Meaning  (May 17, 2017)

"What Is The Point of Money?"   Reason and Meaning  (May 1, 2017)

"Psychological Impediments to Good Thinking"   Reason and Meaning  (Apr 16, 2017)

"Summary of Victor Frankl on “Tragic Optimism”"   Reason and Meaning  (Mar 8, 2017)

"How To Cope With This Stressful Presidency"   Reason and Meaning  (Mar 6, 2017)

"A Defence of Hope"   Reason and Meaning  (Feb 27, 2017)

"Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside"   Reason and Meaning  (Feb 19, 2017)

"The USA Overthrows Democracies Abroad, Will They Overthrow Their Own?"   Reason and Meaning  (Feb 15, 2017)

Recent Multimedia
Does death make life worth living?   2015-04-28

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot Revisted   2015-03-17

What Is Philosophy For?   2015-03-07

Alan Watts: Who Am I?   2015-02-23

John Messerly publishes a New Book (Mar 31, 2016)

John Danaher is Top 2015 IEET Writer; Technoprogressivism is Top SubCategory (Dec 01, 2015)

New Affiliate Scholars: John Messerly and Amon Twyman (Nov 21, 2014)