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Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century
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Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work
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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
David Brin





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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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Journal of Evolution and Technology


The Journal of Evolution and Technology (JET) is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal published by the IEET. JET welcomes submissions on subject matters that many mainstream journals shun as too speculative, radical, or interdisciplinary on all issues relating to the future prospects of the human species and its descendants. Since its inception in 1998, JET has had five editors-in-chief: Dr. Nick Bostrom, Dr. Robin Hanson, Dr. Mark Walker, Dr. James Hughes and and (currently) Dr. Russell Blackford.

All submissions deemed to be of sufficient quality to merit consideration are reviewed by internal and external reviewers. Historically, the journal has had an acceptance rate of roughly 25%. Submission guidelines here.



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Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say  (2000)
by Douglas Rushkoff

Noted media pundit and author of Playing the Future Douglas Rushkoff gives a devastating critique of the influence techniques behind our culture of rampant consumerism. With a skilled analysis of how experts in the fields of marketing, advertising, retail atmospherics, and hand-selling attempt to take away our ability to make rational decisions, Rushkoff delivers a bracing account of media ecology today, consumerism in America, and why we buy what we buy, helping us recognize when we’re being treated like consumers instead of human beings.


Playing the Future: What We Can Learn from Digital Kids  (1999)
by Douglas Rushkoff

Arguing that media-saturated children have learned the necessary skills to survive and prosper in our digital age, the author uses everything from chaos theory, to Rodney King, to Star Wars to demonstrate that kids hold the key to the future.


The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging  (1999)
by Aubrey de Grey

Strange Constellations : A History of Australian Science Fiction  (1999)
by Russell Blackford, Van Ikin, and Sean McMullen

To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek  (1999)
by Athena Andreadis

Is the Vulcan suppression of emotion biologically viable?
What terrestrial life-form does the Borg most closely resemble?
Where does consciousness go when a crew member of the Enterprise enters the transporter?

If Star Trek has been about the search for life, To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek is about understanding these discoveries as we encounter them with the crews of the Enterprise, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine. Harvard biologist Athena Andreadis takes a lively, thought-provoking look at Star Trek’s approach to the science of human, humanoid, and other life-forms, exploring what biological principles are probable or possible on the original show and the three series and nine movies that have followed.

This absorbing, illuminating book makes everyone an armchair expert on the difference between science and science fiction on Star Trek, with keen observations into the series’ complex worlds of physiology, psychology, and sociology. Its wealth of scientific detail and cultural insight pays tribute to a show that has profoundly shaped the way we understand and view science.


Ecstasy Club  (1998)
by Douglas Rushkoff

The end of the millennium is just a couple of years away, and folks, it’s getting squirrelly out there. Survivalists are stockpiling weapons in the hills as they wait for black helicopters and a new world order; Heaven’s Gate cultists returned to the mother ship via poison-laced applesauce while members of the Solar Temple believed their suicides on earth would result in a better life on the planet Sirius. Can it get any stranger? In Douglas Rushkoff’s novel, Ecstasy Club, it can and does. Rushkoff’s club is an abandoned piano factory in Oakland, California, where members of a small group of idealists hold round-the-clock raves even as they seek to combine computer technology, mind-altering substances, and New Age spirituality to create a method of time travel. Along with end-of-the-world scenarios, the millennium brings with it a heavy dose of conspiracy theory, and Ecstasy Club has its fair share. Once narrator Zach Levi and his merry band actually succeed in “breaking time” online, they are beset by menacing government agents, religious zealots, and a host of other special interest groups who are out to shut them down. So while we’re all waiting for 1999, what better way to pass the time than with Douglas Rushkoff’s Ecstasy Club?—This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Microsoft Technology: Networking, Concepts, Tools  (1998)
by Shay Woodard, et al

Gives both executives & IT professionals practical guidance for achieving real competitive advantage with Microsoft enterprise technology. Paper. CD-ROM included.


Hyperdreams: Damien Broderick’s Space/Time Fiction  (1998)
by Russell Blackford

Unzipped Genes: Taking Charge of Baby-Making in the New Millennium  (1997)
by Martine Rothblatt

How will we handle baby-making and pregnancy in the next 5, 25, and 75 years? New reproductive technology, genetic screening, and DNA-mapping have changed the 20th-century rules. In this revolutionary manifesto, Martine Rothblatt proposes a code of ethics to guide childbirth decisions in the brave new world of biotechnology.

The trigger for Unzipped Genes is the Human Genome Project, a multibillion dollar effort to unlock the secrets of the human genetic code. This new “genomic” knowledge can be used for tremendous good, such as curing disease, or unprecedented harm, such as the kinds of master race eugenics already visible in Asia, where social pressures force families to choose to abort female fetuses. Without a bioethics of birth, we risk creating a new kind of racism, which Rothblatt calls “genism,” based on officially sanctioned genetic characteristics. Unregulated genetic decision-making can open the door to invasion of privacy, efforts to eliminate certain kinds of people from the gene pool, or government or corporate efforts to gain control of the human genome.

Rothblatt bases her bioethics of birth on four principles designed to empower the beneficial potential of genomics without unleashing genism. First, we must agree that the human genome belongs indivisibly to us all. Second, we must allow each person an unfettered right to intentionally create in his or her children new versions of the genome without limitations on its genetic characteristics. Third, we must insist that society has a right to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. And finally, we must ensure that genetically influenced characteristics—from skin tone to predispositions to disease, from sexual orientation to various mental inclinations—will not be the basis of discrimination of any kind.

Writing concretely and persuasively, Rothblatt explains the biotechnology of the Human Genome Project in terms we all can understand. Not limiting her bioethics to the realm of abstraction, she maintains that her new bioethics of birth will lead to the end of abortion and unwanted pregnancy and the creation of a world in which people can achieve a greater solidarity with one another.


The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World  (1997)
by Marshall Brain

“The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World” starts from the central reality that teenagers get to design their own lives. Many of the choices that teenagers make as teenagers will affect them for the rest of their lives. This book is designed to help teenagers see the amazing freedom they have to control their lives and their destinies, and to then help them make good decisions about the future. After reading this book teenagers understand a great deal more about themselves and the world around them. They are able to think about their choices with a new clarity and understanding, and are therefore able to begin planning a path toward success.


A Warrior Blends With Life: A Modern Tao  (1997)
by Michael LaTorra

From Complexity to Creativity  (1997)
by Ben Goertzel

This groundbreaking text applies the concepts of complexity science to provide a unified scientific explanation of all aspects of human creativity. The book clearly describes the psynet model-a novel complex-systems theory-that integrates ideas from computer science, mathematics, neurobiology, philosophy, and cognitive and personality psychology. Goertzel shows how common computer science algorithms, such as neural nets and genetic algorithms, fit into the mental and creative process, and proposes that the understanding of mathematics must be extended to successfully deal with the mind’s workings.


Media Virus: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture  (1996)
by Douglas Rushkoff

The most virulent viruses today are composed of information. In this information-driven age, the easiest way to manipulate the culture is through the media. A hip and caustically humorous McLuhan for the ‘90s, culture watcher Douglas Rushkoff now offers a fascinating expose of media manipulation in today’s age of instant information.


Free Rides: Ways to Get High without Drugs  (1995)
by Douglas Rushkoff

The first and only guerilla manual on the natural ways of getting high, Free Rides describes a wide array of ways to alter states of consciousness, from the hip to the holistic. Alternatives offered by the authors include climbing a mountain, listening to great music, tantric sex, yoga, and competitive sports.


Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics  (1995)
by Ben Goertzel, Ted George Goertzel

The GenX Reader  (1994)
by Douglas Rushkoff

Cursed by older generations, Generations X means a lot of things to a lot of people. They are a culture, a demographic, an outlook, a style, an economy, a scene, a literature, a political ideology, an aesthetic, an age, a decade, and a way of life.
Here is a collage of the most revered voices of Generation X, demonstrating that while twentysomethings may, indeed, have dropped out of American culture (as it is traditionally defined), they also stand as a testament to American ingenuity, optimism, instinct, and intelligence.


Chaotic Logic  (1994)
by Ben Goertzel

This is the first work to apply complex systems science to the psychological interplay of order and chaos. The author draws on thought from a wide range of disciplines-both conventional and unorthodox-to address such questions as the nature of consciousness, the relation between mind and reality, and the justification of belief systems. The material should provoke thought among systems scientists, theoretical psychologists, artificial intelligence researchers, and philosophers.


Evolving Mind  (1993)
by Ben Goertzel

Stressing the importance of self-organization in the evolution of complex systems, Dr. Goertzel analyzes an array of recent developments in neuropsychology, computer science and theoretical biology, emerging with cutting-edge insight regarding the structure of memory, the evolution of the brain, the psychological importance of fractals, and the relationship between genetics and macroevolution. The result is a completely new way of looking at evolution and the mind.


The Structure of Intelligence  (1993)
by Ben Goertzel

Apartheid of Sex : A Manifesto on the Freedom of Gender  (1991)
by Martine Rothblatt

Rothblatt makes a case for the adoption of a new sexual model that accommodates every shade of gender identity. She reveals that traditional male and female roles are dictated neither by genetics, genitals, nor reproductive biology, but rather by social attitudes that originated in early patriarchal cultures and that have been institutionalized in modern law, and she calls a new acceptance of human sexuality in all its prismatic variety


Contrary Modes  (1985)
by Russell Blackford

Urban Fantasies  (1985)
by Russell Blackford

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