Mass Effect is epic. It’s the product of the best parts of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and more with a protagonist who could be the love-child of Picard, Skywalker, and Starbuck. It’s one of the most important pieces of science fiction narrative of our generation. Mass Effect goes so far beyond other fictional […]
I have never met a person who can do what most video game heroes can do. Can you endlessly jog, climb, dive and jump whilst carrying multiple high-powered firearms, grenades, ammo for everything, take several direct shots from often experimental alien plasma weaponry and yet, somehow, maintain laser-like precision for half-mile […]
Braden Allenby, Nicholas Agar, and myself have squared off (hexagoned? how does one extend the analogy for a three person debate?) for a discussion of transhumanism’s ethical implications. The conversation was one of the most polite and enlightening that I have had in a long time. I really must thank Slate’s Future Tense for organizing […]
A great summary and review, particularly the discussion of Agar’s conclusions and how his view has evolved since his last work, Liberal Eugenics.
Agar is acutely aware that talk about the threat of becoming alienated from experiences that give our lives meaning sounds awfully like those “bioconservatives” he used as foils inLiberal Eugenics. And he […]
My latest for Science Not Fiction. My favorite part? DeMarle doesn’t have a precise answer because she recognizes the complexity of the issue at hand.
Q: Can you please give a brief summary of how augmentations are invented and popularized in the world of the game? What are the motivating factors for those who […]
Wesley J. Smith, a man who has perfected the art of not thinking and is a paragon of intellectual poltroons, has decided to taunt me a second time. His article “The Trouble with Transhumanism” attempts to take me to task. I suggest you read it in full, because rarely does one have such a […]
My latest Science Not Fiction post addresses the “My body, my choice” mantra in relationship to transhumanism. Somatic rights and the freedom of bodily determination are at stake:
Because you have the right to do something, you are also responsible for the results of that decision. For example, if you choose to do drugs, […]
Kotaku’s got a slick little gallery of new Deus Ex 3 screens. I have high hopes this prequel recaptures the glorious and fun gameplay of the original, not to mention the absurdly complex conspiracy theory based plot. Oh, and the transhumanist elements are would be great too. I guess.
m1k3y at grinding.be points to a TED video which, as he puts it quite nicely, is an illustration of how the “mainstream re-packages the fringe as the cutting edge.”
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