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Dr. James Hughes On Moral Enhancement Through Neurotech & Uploading The Mind To Computers

What If Artificial Intelligence Was Enlightened? Deep Breath #1

5 Steps to Achieve Enlightenment — All Supported by Science

Cyborg Buddha – IEET’s James Hughes on Transhuman Enlightenment and Basic Income

Posthuman Rights: Dimensions of Transhuman Worlds

Moral Bioenhancement: Thinking Synergistically - interview with Harris Wiseman

Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong


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Trans-Spirit list a transhumanist research program into religion and spirituality. It seeks to understand religion and spirituality in terms of cognitive science and evolutionary psychology, and to project the future of religion and spirituality in the dawning transhuman era.

"Trans-Spirit: Religion, Spirituality and Transhumanism," Michael LaTorra, Journal of Evolution and Technology 14(1) August 2005: 39-53.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Promoting clinical research on psychedelics

Council on Spiritual Practices



Scientific Study of Consciousness and Neurotechnology

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

NeuroInsights a neurotechnology consulting firm directed by Zack Lynch

Mind and Life Institute Works on establishing research partnerships between modern science and Buddhism, especially the Dalai Lama.

Wisebrain.org The "neurodharma" project of psychologist Rick Hanson and neurologist Rick Mendius, both of whom are Buddhist meditators. They teach a "Train the Brain Course" and have a many talks, slides, and articles at the site.



Neuroethics and Cognitive Liberty

Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics

Wikipedia on Cognitive Liberty

Neuroethics Society scholars, scientists and clinicians who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience.

Neuroethics at UPenn a source of information on neuroethics, provided by Martha Farah of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience



Happiness, Positive Psychology and The Virtues

Positive Psychology Center at UPenn, directed by Martin Seligman

Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman.

Wikipedia on Positive Psychology

Ethics of Mood Enhancement NY Academy of Sciences

The Hedonistic Imperative Advocates the development of neurotechnology to permit the elimination of all suffering

Abolitionist SocietyPromotes eliminating involuntary suffering and increasing lifelong individual happiness through science



Cyborg Buddha Project IEET Executive Director James Hughes - a former Buddhist monk and attenuated Buddho-Unitarian - is writing a book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People.

IEET Board member Mike LaTorra - a Zen priest and author of A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao - runs the Trans-Spirit list promoting discussion of neurotheology, neuroethics, techno-spirituality and altered states of consciousness.

IEET Board member George Dvorsky - a practicing Buddhist - writes and podcasts frequently from a rationalist, transhumanist, and Buddhist point of view, winning him an award this year as one of the best Buddhist blogs.

The three of us are launching the IEET Cyborg Buddha Project to combine our efforts and promote discussion of the impact that neuroscience and emerging neurotechnologies will have on happiness, spirituality, cognitive liberty, moral behavior and the exploration of meditational and ecstatic states of mind.

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Gareth John
Hypomania and the Hedonistic Imperative by Gareth John

In David Pearce’s Manifesto ‘The Hedonistic Imperative’ he outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmacology, and neurosurgery could potentially converge to eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience among human and non-human animals, replacing suffering with gradients of well-being, a project he describes as ‘paradise engineering.’ [1]

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Giulio Prisco and Micah Redding interviewed in Motherboard Motherboard

IEET Board Member Giulio Prisco and IEET Contributing Writer Micah Redding were recently featured in a MotherboardVICE article titled The Turing Church Preaches the Future of Religion.

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Alexandre Maurer
“Humans”, une série sur la conscience robotique by Alexandre Maurer

“Humans” est une série anglo-américaine qui met en scène un monde où les robots d’apparence humaine sont devenus monnaie courante, et assistent les humains dans leurs diverses activités. Il s’agit d’un remake de la série suédoise “Real Humans”, annulée après deux saisons faute de budget. Une première saison de 8 épisodes est disponible, et une seconde saison est prévue pour 2016.

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Nicole Sallak Anderson
#18: Will Artificial Intelligence be a Buddha? Is Fear of AI just a symptom of Human Self-Loathing? by Nicole Sallak Anderson

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on June 17, 2015, and is the #18 most viewed of the year.

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B. J. Murphy
#22: Time to Start Looking at ‘Cyborg’ as a Gender Identity by B. J. Murphy

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on January 28, 2015, and is the #22 most viewed of the year.

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Marc Roux
Real Humans, une série transhumaniste ? by Marc Roux

Au moment où j’ai commencé cet article, nous étions le 12 juin. Ce soir là, le coup d’envoi de la 20e coupe du monde de football était symboliquement donné par un jeune handicapé paraplégique équipé d’un exosquelette piloté par la pensée [1].

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Dirk Bruere
#25: Transhumanism - The Final Religion? by Dirk Bruere

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on July 15, 2015, and is the #25 most viewed of the year.

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Should You Sign Up for Cryonics? Review The Future Podcast

In today’s podcast, we discuss cryonics, a topic we only recently became interested in. After a general overview of what cryonics is and where it comes from, we try to determine whether or not cryonics is a service we would sign up for. The rational arguments in favor of cryonics seem to be very strong, and the cost of cryonics, while significant, is not so high as to be out of reach. However, we do still have some reservations. For now we remain “cryo-curious” – sympathetic to the technology but not yet signed up. Hopefully this epi...

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How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise Internet Society

Douglas Rushkoff - How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise; Response: Astra Taylor

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Rick Searle
The Revenge of the Pagans: Ovid as prophet of the posthuman by Rick Searle

I would argue that as far as imagining the future is concerned many of us, in the West at least, have had our vision blurred from what amounts to a 2,000 year philosophical hangover called Christianity. But no one ever seems to care about this point. The most common response I’ve gotten from a certain sect of singularitarians and transhumanists upon pointing out that both their goals and predictions seem to have been ripped from a man on the street’s version of Christianity has been- who cares?