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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

Summary of Schopenhauer on Hope: From “Psychological Observations”

Summary of Marshall Brain’s “Robotic Nation”

Summary of Schopenhauer’s Pessimism

Is Hope Bad?

Hope and Pandora’s Box

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

"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)

"Douthat’s “How Populism Stumbles” and Frum’s “How To Build An Autocracy”"   Reason and Meaning  (Feb 13, 2017)

"Why Truth Matters"   Reason and Meaning  (Feb 8, 2017)

"Harry Frankfurt on Bullshit And Lying"   Reason and Meaning  (Feb 6, 2017)

"Summary of Maslow on Self-Transcendence"   Reason and Meaning  (Feb 4, 2017)

"Is Trump A Legitimate President?"   Reason and Meaning  (Jan 19, 2017)

"Can We Evolve Fast Enough to Survive?"   Reason and Meaning  (Jan 12, 2017)

"Will Trump Be Impeached?"   Reason and Meaning  (Jan 10, 2017)

"Yes, America is Descending in Totalitarianism"   Reason and Meaning  (Jan 8, 2017)

"American Authoritarianism, Coming 2017"   Reason and Meaning  (Jan 5, 2017)

"Articles About American Authoritarianism"   Reason and Meaning  (Jan 3, 2017)

"Michael Brenner’s: “America, The Disgraced Super-power”"   Reason and Meaning  (Jan 1, 2017)

"Major Ideas in Henry Giroux’s “Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge into Authoritar"   Reason and Meaning  (Dec 29, 2016)

"Summary of Umberto Eco on Fascism & Its Connection to Trump"   Reason and Meaning  (Dec 27, 2016)

"Michael Brenner’s: “How Autocracy Will Come To America”"   Reason and Meaning  (Dec 25, 2016)

"Eliezer Yudkowsky on Politics – Part 1"   Reason and Meaning  (Dec 20, 2016)

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)