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Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle > Minduploading > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Innovation > Artificial Intelligence > Neuroscience
Rick Searle
The Sofalarity is Near by Rick Searle

Many readers here have no doubt spent at least some time thinking about the Singularity, whether in a spirit of hope or fear, or perhaps more reasonably some admixture of both. For my part, though, I am much less worried about a coming Singularity than I am about a Sofalarity in which our ability to create realistic illusions of achievement and adventure convinces the majority of humans that reality isn’t really worth all the trouble after all. Let me run through the evidence of an approaching Sofalarity. I hope you’re sitting do...

Rights > HealthLongevity > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Personhood > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > Piero Scaruffi > Sociology > Psychology > Neuroscience
piero scaruffi
The Genetics and Neuroscience of Torture by piero scaruffi

Every book on torture that i have browsed is mainly devoted to methods of torture and then to three topics: Ethical arguments against torture, Utilitarian arguments against torture, and History of the rejection of torture. I cannot find a neuroscientist or psychologist who thought of writing about the exact opposite: What were the ethical justifications for torture?, What were the utilitarian arguments for torture? and What is the history of the widespread adoption of torture? 

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher > Sociology > Philosophy > Psychology > ReproRights
John Danaher
Should prospective parents have to apply for licences? An Ethical Debate by John Danaher

Should prospective parents have to apply for parental licences? The argument seems obvious. Having children is a serious business. Negligent or irresponsible parents risk causing long-term harms to their offspring, harms that often have spillover effects on the rest of society. A licensing system should help us to filter out such parents. Therefore, a licensing system would benefit children and society at large. QED

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > Gennady Stolyarov II
Gennady Stolyarov II
James Blish’s ‘At Death’s End’: An Early View of the Prospects for Indefinite Life Extension by Gennady Stolyarov II

“At Death’s End”, written by James Blish (1921-1975), was published in the May 1954 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. Surprisingly, this short story is still only accessible in hard copy, within the original Astounding Science Fiction edition. Apart from a brief review by Robert W. Franson, who introduced me to this work, there is today surprisingly little literary analysis devoted to “At Death’s End” – even though it offers a fascinating glimpse into how a science-fiction writer from an ...

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Valerie Tarico
Will Unequal Access to New IUD’s and Implants Worsen America’s Economic Divide? by Valerie Tarico

Unwanted pregnancy is contributing to a new “caste system” in America. Is that about to get worse? When new and better technologies become available only to people who are already privileged, the rich get richer and opportunity gaps get wider. That’s exactly what’s happening with family planning—and unless trends change, a recent revolution in contraceptive technology may deepen America’s economic divide. Many factors intersect to create poverty or keep people mired there: racism, sexism, untreat...

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Ilia Stambler
International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD) by Ilia Stambler

Position Paper: The Critical Need to Promote Research of Aging Below is the position paper on the Critical Need to Promote Research of Aging of the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD). This paper briefly details the rationales, the technologies and the policies that are needed to promote this research. Thus it can serve as a generally applicable advocacy or lobbying paper in different countries. Please help spread it. Please contribute to the widest possible recognition and support of biological research of aging and ag...

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Valerie Tarico
The Junk Science and Bad Faith Behind Colorado’s IUD Controversy by Valerie Tarico

Opposition to IUD’s, like opposition to vaccines, is putting American families at risk—and a Colorado controversy shows that misguided faith and scientific ignorance are to blame. When a pilot program in Colorado offered teens state-of-the-art long acting contraceptives—IUD’s and implants—teen births plummeted by 40%, along with a drop in abortions. The program saved the state 42.5 million dollars in a single year, over five times what it cost. But rather than extending or expanding the program, some C...

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Andrew Maynard
Measles mortality rates – 2008-2011 outbreak, France by Andrew Maynard

Yesterday, I posted a piece examining the oft-quoted mortality rate for measles of one to two deaths per thousand cases of infection.  Today, I want to look at what can be learned from more recent and more comprehensive dataset – this one from the 2008-2011 measles outbreak in France.

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John Danaher
Longer Lives and the Alleged Tedium of Immortality by John Danaher

Back in 1973, Bernard Williams published an article about the desirability of immortality. The article was entitled “The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality”. The article used the story of Elina Makropulos — from Janacek’s opera The Makropulos Affair — to argue that immortality would not be desirable. According to the story, Elina Makropulos is given the elixir of life by her father. The elixir allows Elina to live for three hundred years at her current biological age. After this period has...

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Valerie Tarico
Who Aborts the Most Fertilized Eggs? Families Like the Duggars by Valerie Tarico

A woman who values fertilized eggs or who believes her deity does should use the most highly effective contraceptive available. Most fertilized eggs spontaneously abort during the first weeks of life. Estimates of death before implantation range as high as 80 percent and bottom out around 45.