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Mindplexing - Cooperative, Shared, Distributed Collaboration between Networked Minds by Jønathan Lyons

In December 2012, I wrote an IEET essay about humankind as a networked species.  This is undoubtedly true, as even casual observation would reveal.

The notion of a mindplex, or mindplexes, seems to be something toward which we are evolving, and I have had the good fortune to experience this phenomenon twice, recently.

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Futurism: Go Big by Jønathan Lyons

Elon Musk wants 1,000,000 human colonists on Mars as a precaution against the extinction of our species. Ray Kurzweil has plotted a timeline for the coming technological Singularity. Michio Kaku has a strategy to avoid AIs overthrowing us: We augment and become them.

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The Smallpox Dilemma by Jønathan Lyons

Over the past few weeks, a question we have faced before as a species reared its head once again: Should we destroy the last known samples of smallpox on Earth? The answer might seem obvious, may not even seem to require a second thought: Of course we eradicate smallpox! What good is it? One question I would ask in response is: What kind of species do we want to be?

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A Biocentric Multiverse by Jønathan Lyons

I’ve been thinking of ways in which Biocentric Universe Theory and multiverse theory could both be true. What if our nature as conscious beings inhabiting a multiverse of endless possibilities, where we are quantum-superposition beings, actually all adds up to us creating the multiverse, while perceiving time and space only within the limitations of our immediately observable, three-spatial/one-time-dimensional universe?

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My strategies for longevity by Jønathan Lyons

As a futurist and H+ enthusiast, I think it wise to have longevity strategies in place. And while future such plans might include mind uploading or radical life extension via other means (and certainly, I hope for both), strategies available to us today are simple enough to embrace.

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A Continuum of Personhood by Jønathan Lyons

I have previously based my own ethical approach to interactions with other species on Jeremy Bentham’s derivation of rights from the ability to suffer. Bentham was a British philosopher and the founder of utilitarian philosophy (utilitarianism is “a theory in normative ethics holding that the proper course of action is the one that maximizes utility, usually defined as maximizing happiness and reducing suffering.”). As Bentham put it, “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?&rdq...

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Inception: Lucid Dreaming as Radical Life Extension by Jønathan Lyons

I teach a course on science fiction and futurism. As a result, sci-fi ideas often influence my transhumanist essays for the IEET. This essay is no exception.

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Personhood: Revisiting the Hierarchy of “Ender’s Game” to expand the circle by Jønathan Lyons

For the consideration of which beings qualify as persons, I suggest that the bar be set higher than that of mere sentience: a conscious life; intelligence; and the capability of abstract thought — that is, the process of using one’s mind to consider something carefully. ... A Hierarchy of Exclusion is a tool whose very name tells us that it is designed to keep some out of a privileged status for moral consideration; but our purpose here is inclusion. So let’s upend Card’s hierarchy.

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New Affiliate Scholars: Jønathan Lyons and Marc Roux

The IEET is pleased to announce the appointment of writer Jønathan Lyons and French technoprogressive activist Marc Roux as Affiliate Scholars.

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Abolition and the Simulation Argument by Jønathan Lyons

It does not seem to me that a society that had advanced technologically to this point and which had embraced Pearce’s Abolition as part of its core philosophy could bring itself to simulate so much misery as exists in our world, today, as we know it.