In the past year, I have written several posts about Chalmers and Clark’s famous extended mind thesis. This thesis takes seriously the functionalist explanation of mental events, and holds that the mind is not confined to skull. Instead, it can extend into artefacts and objects in the world around it.
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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
Cyborg Buddha Resources Altered States of Consciousness and Transcendence
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.
Cyborg Buddha Blog
It is often articulated in society that Christianity and science/technology are at odds. While most people of faith do not hold this belief, it is imperative that the church universal continue to dispute this negative stereotype. The most effective way that Christians can do so is by actively affirming their support for people called to work in the fields of science and technology.
“I’m trying to throttle back, because particularly the triplets are starting to gain consciousness. They’re almost two.” Elon Musk in a “Wait, But Why” interview with Tim Urban
Post-Human is an indie proof of concept film short for David Simpson’s Post-Human novel, which is part of a best-selling eBook series (the Post-Human Series) about Transhumanism and future technology. Invasive nanobots, greater-than-human AI, terraforming, and more, the novels explore philosophical and ethical components of advanced technology and are fast-paced and full of suspense. The film was shot in Vancouver Canada by a crew of just three in only three hours.
Post-Human from Post-Human Media on Vimeo.
IEET Executive Director James Hughes thinks Buddhist psychology and cosmology can and should inform the creation and design of AI beings. For one thing, Hughes doesn’t believe it’s ethical to create self-aware machine minds geared only toward the satisfaction of human needs.
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A discussion of the essay “Compassionate AI and Selfless Robots: A Buddhist Approach” in Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implicatio...
Micah Redding talks to IEET Executive Director James Hughes about cyber-Buddhism, religious transhumanism, and the longevity dividend. Subscribe or download additional episodes of the Christian Transhumanist Podcast here
Your browser does not support HTML5 audio.Projects from Dr Hughes: Citizen Cyborg, Cyborg Buddha and the IEET The experience of being an unusual transhumanist Pentecostalism and altered states of consciousness The longevity dividend Technological unemployment & Universal Basic Income The Chri...
Transhumanists have multiple goals - to live longer, to be more intelligent, to enhance the physical body physically. But what about our feelings? Do we want to “upgrade” our emotional capacity? James McLean Ledford believes the primary goal of transhumanism is to “increase our capacity to love.” I interviewed him via email below:
A mini-documentary on possible modes of being in the future – Ben Goertzel talks about the Singularity and exploring Altered States of Consciousness, Stelarc discusses Navigating Mixed Realities, Kent Kemmish muses on the paradox of strange futures, and Max More compares Transhumanism to Humanism
IEET Fellow Ben Goertzel spoke on cosmism and AI at teh Modern Cosmism meeting in NYC on October 10, 2015.
In recent years, as practical technological progress has made AI more palpable for the common person, public commentary on AI has tended to focus on the potential for AIs and robots to take over human jobs, and even the potential of artificial superintelligences to exterminate humanity.
But these worries, while understandable, understate the potential transformative impact of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) techn...
IEET Executive Director J. Hughes spoke on spirituality and moral enhancement at the Modern Cosmism conference in New York City on October 10, 2015.
Most people are neurologically incapable of living up to their own moral aspirations. In response to our moral inadequacies religious traditions have developed technologies such as fasting, meditation, special clothing and psychoactive drugs to improve moral cognition and behavior. Today psychopharmacological, social neuroscience and behavioral research are illuminating moral cognition,...