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Gareth John
A Response to ‘Michael LaTorra explains Buddhist Transhumanism in a nutshell’ by Giulio Prisco by Gareth John

This essay is a response to Giulio Prisco’s article on Mike LaTorra’s essay Buddhist Transhumanism in a Nutshell.

Being the ex-Buddhist that I am, who studied and practiced Zen for three years before migrating to the Tibetan tantric tradition, I guess it’s only to be expected that I would have some criticisms of Michael LaTorra’s perspective. However, bear in mind that these are my criticisms alone, so should in no way be taken as authoritative.

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Giulio Prisco
Michael LaTorra explains Buddhist Transhumanism in a nutshell by Giulio Prisco

My friend Michael LaTorra, an ordained Zen priest and the abbot of the Zen Center of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has written a short, simple and readable introduction to Buddhist Transhumanism. The article was published in Theology and Science in April with the title “What Is Buddhist Transhumanism?”

Directors > Mike LaTorra > Fellows > Ben Goertzel > Natasha Vita-More > Interns > Kristi Scott
Congrats to Kristi and Natasha

Congratulations to IEET Fellow Natasha Vita-More and IEET intern Kristi Scott on their election to the Humanity+ Board of Directors.

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Mike LaTorra
Cyborg Buddha: Science and Spirit by Mike LaTorra

Science and spirituality in Western civilization began to go their separate ways centuries ago, when astronomy, biology and other observational and experimental disciplines showed in no uncertain terms that the religious world-view inherited from the Bronze Age religions of the Middle East did not correspond to the world that could be measured. The Earth most definitely revolves around the Sun, and not the other way round.

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IEET folks in latest h+ magazine

Lots of great stuff in the Fall 2009 issue of h+ magazine, including an interview with Martine Rothblatt, and these pieces from IEET folks.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Personhood > Vision > Directors > Mark Walker > Mike LaTorra > Fellows > Martine Rothblatt > Aubrey de Grey > Natasha Vita-More > Russell Blackford > FreeThought > CyborgBuddha > Nick Bostrom
Global Spiral Publishes Ten Defenses of Transhumanism

In its “Special Issue on Transhumanism”, the magazine Global Spiral gave guest editor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and five other authors - Ted Peters, Katherine Hayles, Don Ihde, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, and Andrew Pickering - all participants in a Templeton Foundation-funded project on transhumanism - an opportunity to critique transhumanism’s alleged faults. This responsive second Special Issue on Transhumanism is an opportunity for ten transhumanist authors - seven of them members of the IEET community - to evaluate the criticisms a...

Directors > George Dvorsky > Mike LaTorra > Fellows > Ben Goertzel > Mike Treder > Nick Bostrom > J. Hughes
Update on Humanity+ Board Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected Board of Humanity+ which now includes IEET Board members Nick Bostrom, Mike LaTorra and George Dvorsky, IEET Fellows Ben Goertzel and Mike Treder, and the IEET Executive Director J. Hughes.

Vision > Directors > George Dvorsky > Mike LaTorra > Fellows > Ben Goertzel > Former > Mike Treder > Technoprogressivism
Humanity+ Board Elections

Some of you are members of our sister organization Humanity+ (formerly World Transhumanist Association), so I wanted to just drop a quick note about this week’s elections for the Humanity+ Board of Directors. (If you aren’t a voting member you have until Thursday to join and vote).  All the candidate statements are here.  There are four IEET folks in the running that I thought you should be aware of including IEET Board members Michael LaTorra and George Dvorsky, and IEET Fellows Mike Treder and ...

Vision > Directors > George Dvorsky > Mike LaTorra > CyborgBuddha > J. Hughes
George’s notes on Cyborg Buddha presentation at Convergence

Mike Latorra and J. Hughes presented a workshop on the themes of future mass unemployment and our need to use neurotechnologies to pursue flourishing personalities instead of psychological and cultural stasis. George took notes.

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Mike LaTorra
Is life a gift? by Mike LaTorra

Harvard’s Michael Sandel argues in his book The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering that life is a gift and that we should accept the unbidden nature of this gift, working toward acceptance and solidarity with others rather than seeking unbridled mastery over human biology.  But is life properly viewed as a gift?