Empathy moves us, but it may move us to make an unethical decision. Conversely, says Bloom, dehumanization is not the ultimate evil we typically assume it to be.
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Dr. J. Hughes
Is the technology of the future more radical than the technology of the past? Alison Gopnik provides some historical perspective.
Dr. J. talks to Robin Marantz Henig on her book Pandora’s Baby, a story about the moral panic around the first “test-tube babies,” born from in-vitro fertilization. (First broadcast March 13, 2004.)
Dr. J. talks to Richard Samson, a futurist, author of a number of books on human potential and director of the EraNova Institute. In Mind over Technology, Mr. Samson argues that, as machines automate routine physical and intellectual labor, human beings will be able to enhance their unique human capacities to find new niches in the economy. (First broadcast March 20, 2004)
Dr. J. chats with Erik Helzer (Dept of Psychology, Cornell University) co-author of the paper “Dirty Liberals!: Reminders of physical cleanliness influence moral and political attitudes” in Psychological Science. They discuss the growing literature on the ways that political attitudes are driven by disgust sensitivity, and by disgust priming such as bad smells and sticky hands. Listen also to the 2004 Changesurfer interview with Martha Nussbaum about her book Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law. (First broadcas...
For Valentine’s Day, Dr. J. talks with Katherine Gates, author of Deviant Desires: Incredibly Strange Sex, and founder of Gates of Heck Press, about the boundary between sexual variation and psychopathology, the political correctness of S&M, the market for erotic genetic engineering, and the joying of blowing up and popping balloons. (Originally broadcast February 14, 2004)
Bostrom speaks on the illusiveness of “human dignity” and the dignity to be found in enhancements. (Originally broadcast Aug 23, 2003)
Dr. J. talks with Douglas Rushkoff, author of Open Source Democracy (download PDF), published by the UK thinktank Demos. Rushkoff is the author of more than a dozen books, including Cyberia and Playing the Future. (This interview was originally broadcast August 21, 2004.)
Dr. J. talks with Tom Atlee, author of The Tao of Democracy and director of the Co-Intelligence Institute. Atlee argues for expanded use of participatory democracy through citizen juries to develop “co-intelligent citizenship.” (This interview was first broadcast September 25, 2004)
James Hughes, IEET Executive Director, speaking at the August 5, 2004 Faith, Transhumanism and Hope Symposium, Trinity College, University of Toronto. (and yes, seven years later I’m still working on that book…)
Dr. J. chats with David Koepsell about his book Innovation and Nanotechnology: Converging Technologies and the End of Intellectual Property. Koepsell is an author, philosopher, attorney, and educator who teaches at the Delft University of Technology. He is also author Who Owns You? The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes.
We recently learned that a friend of the IEET, Dominique Mainon, lost her battle with cancer several weeks ago. In her memory we repost this interview Dominique, screenwriter, filmmaker and author of, among others, Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love Gone Wrong in the Movies, Femme Fatale: Cinema’s Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies, and The Modern Amazons: Warrior Women On-Screen. (First broadcast December 2009)
Dr. J. reads Dr. Nick Bostrom’s allegory of the struggle to stop aging, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (First broadcast in December of 2004)
Dr. J. chats with Kurt Heidinger, executive director of the Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy in Westhampton MA. They discuss the ecological and food security consequences of genetically modified crops, and the corporate accountability of Monsanto in light of a recent EPA investigation of the spread of biopesticide resistant corn-borers. (Part 2 of 2)
Dr. J. chats with Kurt Heidinger, executive director of the Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy in Westhampton MA. They discuss the ecological and food security consequences of genetically modified crops, and the corporate accountability of Monsanto in light of a recent EPA investigation of the spread of biopesticide resistant corn-borers. (Part 1 of 2)