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Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Contributors > Lincoln Cannon > Philosophy
Lincoln Cannon
What is the Value of Religion? by Lincoln Cannon

The value of religion depends, of course, on what you mean by "religion". If religion is merelyeuphemization of escapism or nihilism, as it so often manifests itself, then it probably has a net negative value—"probably" only because I can imagine some poor unfortunate souls that are constituted in ways that are painfully incompatible with the world as presently or possibly configured. Too many of us use religion or are used by religion to stop caring about the world and each other, except to the extent it and w...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Personhood > Minduploading > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Virtuality > Contributors > FreeThought > Phil Torres > Philosophy
Phil Torres
When Mass Suicide Might be Morally Right by Phil Torres

There are several reasons why creating a superintelligent mind could bring about an existential catastrophe. For example, the AI could be malicious, or unfriendly, a scenario that I call the amity-enmity problem. It looms large in Nick Bostrom’s recent book Superintelligence, in which Bostrom suggests that we should recognize "doom" as the "default outcome" of creating a superintelligence. And AI could also be apathetic about our well-being and continued survival. Perhaps it wants to convert the ...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Personhood > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > Jamais Cascio
Jamais Cascio
Not Very Uplifting by Jamais Cascio

What responsibility do we have for the things we make? At its root, this is a fairly straightforward science story. Neuroscience researchers at the University of Rochester and the University of Copenhagen successfully transplanted human glial progenitor cells (hGPCs) into a newborn mouse (here's the technical article in The Journal of Neuroscience, and the lay-friendly version in New Scientist). While glial cells are generally considered a support cell in the brain, positioning, feeding, insulating, and protecting neurons, they also help...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Economic > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > Harry J. Bentham > Biosecurity
Harry J. Bentham
#31: An open source future for synthetic biology by Harry J. Bentham

If the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) tells us something indisputable, it is this: GMO food products from corporations like Monsanto are suspected to endanger health. On the other hand, an individual’s right to genetically modify and even synthesize entire organisms as part of his dietary or medical regimen could someday be a human right.

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Richard Eskow
Richard Eskow
A Democratic Party in Search of its Soul by Richard Eskow

Lately there’s been a great deal of talk about finding a better Democratic message, one that will unify the party and energize voters. But how, exactly, can Democrats reconcile factions that include both the Wall Street-friendly Clintons (whose relationship with the financial industry is highlighted in this cutting infographic from The Nation) and populist senators like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown?

Rights > HealthLongevity > Vision > Contributors > Piero Scaruffi
piero scaruffi
On “The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human” by piero scaruffi

Ramachandran begins the book by wondering which features are truly unique to the human brain. Many features of the ape brain were hijacked by evolution to produce novel functions in the human brain (a process called “exaptation”). For example, mirror neurons are responsible for human culture and ethics. Ramachandran believes that these unique traits are perfectly consistent with Darwinian evolution: millennia of gradual evolution can produce the mental equivalent of phase transitions, when suddenly a substance reorganizes itself ...

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Directors > Giulio Prisco
Giulio Prisco
The Three-Body Problem, classic science fiction with China flavor by Giulio Prisco

“The Three-Body Problem,” the first book of a best-selling Chinese science fiction trilogy that sold more than a million of copies in China, is finally available in English translation. The book is solid classic science fiction, like the best space operas of vintage science fiction that we loved and still fondly remember as our first introduction to space and science.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Personhood > Minduploading > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle > FreeThought > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Innovation > Artificial Intelligence
Rick Searle
Is AI a Myth? by Rick Searle

A few weeks back the technologist Jaron Lanier gave a provocative talk over at The Edge in which he declared ideas swirling around the current manifestation AI to be a “myth”, and a dangerous myth at that. Yet Lanier was only one of a set of prominent thinkers and technologists who have appeared over the last few months to challenge want they saw as a flawed narrative surrounding recent advances in artificial intelligence.

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Contributors > Amon Twyman > Technoprogressivism
Amon Twyman
Transvision 2014, the Technoprogressive Declaration, & the ISF by Amon Twyman

I have just returned from attending the Transvision 2014 (TV14) conference in Paris, co-hosted by AFT (L’Association Française Transhumaniste) Technoprog!, fiXience, & Traces (ESPCI ParisTech), at the Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. I found this to be a particularly successful, interesting, and invigorating conference. The meeting’s theme was “Transhumanism Faces the Social Question”, which is of course a collision of worlds very much at the heart of the Social Futurist worldview.

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher > FreeThought > Philosophy
John Danaher
The Epistemological Objection to Divine Command Theory by John Danaher

Regular readers will know that I have recently been working my through Erik Wielenberg’s fascinating new book Robust Ethics. In the book, Wielenberg defends a robust non-natural, non-theistic, moral realism. According to this view, moral facts exist as part of the basic metaphysical furniture of the universe. They are sui generis, not grounded in or constituted by other types of fact.