Over at Science Not Fiction, I do a close reading of Pixar’s corpus and come out with the conclusion that WALL-E and Remy are stand-ins for non-human intelligence and the struggle for the rights of the person.
What makes these films so astonishing and the message so powerful is the story arc of the […]
Kris Notaro ponders which philosophical systems will serve us best in our posthuman future. I bet you can’t guess which one he prefers!
The IEET officially promotes the idea of technoprogressivism which has in common with normative intellectualism the idea that science and technological knowledge is valued. However I personally believe in existential ethics […]
Philip Bail at New Scientist grapples with what he calls the “Frankenstein Syndrome,” that is, why are we so afraid of making people?
Some versions of the Prometheus story of Greek mythology say that he not only gave technological knowledge to humankind but actually created human beings. And the legendary inventor Daedalus was said […]
Philippe Verdoux and I seem to have had a similar experience with transhumanism. We went from “what is this crazy crap” to “holy-moly this is serious and lots of serious ethicists and philosophers think so too.”
For me, though, two simple considerations were sufficient to convince me that talk of posthumanity is not – […]
Edge asked the question, “what scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” A lot of people answered. Two of my favorites are related:
Bruce Hood –
Understanding the concept of haecceity would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit because it succinctly captures most people’s intuitions about authenticity that are increasingly threatened by the development of […]
One thing we can say with confidence is that ethical expertise is not ‘being better at being good’, rather it is being better at knowing the good and understanding […]
Michael Shermer investigates the “point” of the universe. The chart above represents the structure and drives that accompany each level of social organization. Shermer explains:
Humans have an evolved sense of purpose — a psychological desire to accomplish a goal — that developed out of behaviors that were selected for […]
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