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Phil Torres publishes book on Existential Risks Existential Risks, titled The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse.

IEET Affiliate Scholar Phil Torres has published a book on Existential Risks, titled The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse. The Foreword was written by IEET Fellow Russell Blackford. 

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Book review: Zoltan Istvan’s The Transhumanist Wager by Russell Blackford

“Scorned by over 500 publishers and literary agents around the world,” says The Transhumanist Wager’s back page blurb, “[Zoltan Istvan’s] philosophical thriller has been called ‘revolutionary’ and ‘socially dangerous’ by readers, scholars, and religious authorities.” Well, surely that ought to whet your appetite!

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Russell Blackford’s new book is available: The Mystery of Moral Authority The Mystery of Moral Authority

IEET Fellow Russell Blackford has authored a new book, The Mystery of Moral Authority.

Blackford describes the book as “a short monograph of about 45,000 words. That’s not a long read, but its long enough for me to explain my positive views about the nature and role of morality in a reasonably complete way.”

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Genetic editing and the tyranny of opinion by Russell Blackford

Do we need a broad consensus in society before rolling out vital new medical therapies?

CRISPR-Cas9 is a dramatic development in genetic technology. It is a powerful, relatively simple, and increasingly precise technique for editing the DNA of living organisms. Its potential application to human beings was highlighted in April 2015, when researchers in China reported their experiments on non-viable human zygotes.

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Why I still Support Charlie Hebdo by Russell Blackford

You know the shocking story: in January 2015, two masked Islamist gunmen launched a paramilitary attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly magazine. The gunmen murdered twelve people: two police officers and ten of the magazine’s staff, including the much-loved editor and cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier (known as “Charb”).

In the immediate aftermath, many people expressed solidarity with Charlie Hebdo’s staff and their loved ones, and with the citizens of Paris. There were vigils and rallies in cities ...

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JET Going So Strong We Need to Pause on Submissions

A message from Russell Blackford, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Evolution and Technology: In January 2008, I was honored to be appointed as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Evolution and Technology. In December of that year, we published an editorial in which I set out some reflections on JET’s illustrious past and my vision for its future. Seven years later, I am still in the editorial chair, and I’m pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish so far.

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Voluntary Euthanasia: Beware of the godly! by Russell Blackford

In the United Kingdom, ongoing social and political controversy over voluntary euthanasia, or (physician) assisted suicide, has reached a new stage. Labour MP Rob Marris has put forward a private member’s bill, and it will be debated in the House of Commons this month. Thus, the UK now becomes a focus of attention for those of us with an interest in the issue of assisted suicide.

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Philosophy versus Science versus Politics by Russell Blackford

We might hope that good arguments will eventually drive out bad arguments – in what Timothy Williamson calls “a reverse analogue of Gresham’s Law”  – and we might want (almost?) complete freedom for ideas and arguments, rather than suppressing potentially valuable ones.

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A Tale of Vigilante Justice: Adulterers, Hackers, and the Ashley Madison Affair by Russell Blackford

Hackers calling themselves “The Impact Team” recently stole the customer data of Ashley Madison, an online dating service for people who are married or in committed relationships. Ashley Madison employs a slogan that says it all: “Life is short. Have an affair.”

During July and August, customer data was released online by the hackers: the upshot is that it’s now possible to identify many individuals who held Ashley Madison accounts. This includes such intimate details as their sexual fetishes and proclivities.

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Locking horns over bioethics: The challenge from Steven Pinker by Russell Blackford

In a recent op-ed in the Boston Globe, high-profile psychologist and author Steven Pinker strongly criticized the profession, or academic field, of bioethics. Pinker’s article suggests that the main imperative for bioethicists right now is to “get out of the way” of potentially valuable research.