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Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
Must A Human Be An Ape?  The Ultimate Problem of Self-Classification by Steve Fuller

How humans came to descend from apes The Oxford English Dictionaries define ‘human’ in three ways, which are listed in the following order: (1) whatever distinguishes people from God, animals and machines; (2) whenever people behave in a highly desirable fashion; (3) whoever is a member of the genus Homo. These are really quite different definitions. The first has the greatest conceptual clarity, but its clarity is limited to the realm of the conceptual. Making that definition work in practice is diabolical. The second is unclear in both...

Technopolitics > Sociology > Rights > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Affiliate Scholar > Tsvi Bisk
Tsvi Bisk
The Future of the European Union by Tsvi Bisk

The present crises of the EU (70 years after its creation) are in large part a consequence of absorbing three former fascist countries (Greece, Portugal and Spain) and eleven former communist countries, whose economies, standards of living and political cultures lagged behind the 13 more politically and economically advanced countries. The internal migrations towards a better standard of living from the 14 to the 13, in addition to the refugee crisis, have been major contributors to the dissatisfactions that led to Brexit as well as the rise...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Is Transhumanism A Religion? by John G. Messerly

Transhumanism is an intellectual movement that aims to transform and improve the human condition by developing and making available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physiological, and moral functioning. Transhumanists argue that humanity in its current form represents an early phase of its evolutionary development. A common transhumanist thesis is that humans may eventually transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities that they will have become godlike or posthuman. Notably, this incl...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Roland Benedikter Discusses Rights in a Post-Human World Cato Unbound

I agree with Rachel that the future of “serious” AI to be branded as such in the strict sense is still (far) ahead, as I have already stated in my lead essay. And I appreciate Rachel’s notion of “general intelligence” to be applied on the upcoming debates on rights for non-human “intelligence” within modern democracies. I regard this notion to be a potential “added value” to a more in-depth debate which hasn’t been taken into consideration sufficiently yet, at least in current Europe. Yet concrete legal proposal options o...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > Personhood > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
IEET’s Roland Benedikter Published Debate Article ‘Citizen Robot’ Cato Unbound

The “overcoming of man” long announced by the western political philosophy of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries seems to have begun in practice, induced – as remains to be seen, consciously or unconsciously – by states and leaders who live in a paradox: a medieval worldview connected with the hyper-technology of tomorrow.

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Technopolitics > Sociology > Philosophy > Psychology > Technoprogressivism > Rights > Economic > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Utopia of the Wastelands by Rick Searle

Part of the problem with utopia is the question of where do you put it. After all, what any imaginary ideal society ultimately ends up being is its “own world turned upside down”, which means that the world, as it is, must not have a place for anything like a paradise on earth, otherwise an author would have had no reason to dream up a utopia in the first place.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
The Transhumanist Test of Faith by Steve Fuller

Transhumanism is more often regarded as a faith by its detractors than its supporters. For my own part, I have long argued that the signature themes of transhumanism – especially the preoccupation with intellectual immortality and physical resurrection – bear the marks of Abrahamic theology. Indeed, without that theological backdrop, transhumanism’s zeal for mind uploading and cryonics looks simply bizarre. However, in this context, transhumanists can reasonably argue that they are scientifically delivering on those original theologica...

Technopolitics > Technoprogressivism > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Affiliate Scholar > Hank Pellissier
Hank Pellissier
Leo Igwe’s iDOUBT Critical Thinking workshop seeks to End Superstition in Africa and The Philippines by Hank Pellissier

Leo Igwe PhD, a Nigerian journalist and activist, has designed a 5-Step Critical Thinking (CT) workshop called “iDOUBT” that aims to obliterate dangerous superstitions in Subsaharan Africa, and in tribal groups of The Philippines.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Escape from the Body Farm by Rick Searle

One of the lesser noted negative consequences of having a tabloid showman for a president is the way the chaos and scandal around him has managed to suck up all the air in the room. Deep social and political problems that would have once made the front page, sat on top of the newsfeed, or been covered in depth by TV news, have been relegated to the dustbin of our increasingly monetized attention. And because so few of the public know about these issues their future remains in the hands of interested parties unlikely to give more than a perfu...

Technopolitics > Futurism > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Three Anthopocenes by Rick Searle

A few weeks back I read an interesting essay by Jedediah Purdy on Aeon written in the halcyon days of 2015. An article which, given the news, captured something essential and got me a little depressed. Within the space of the last three weeks hurricanes of almost unprecedented magnitude slammed into Houston, then, Florida, then Puerto Rico. All were bad, but the last looked something like something straight out of a Hollywood apocalyptic. It wasn’t just the scale of the storm that hit it which made the situation in Puerto Rico so much more...