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‘Darwinian Fundamentalism’: An Exchange by Daniel C. Dennett. In response to: Evolution: The Pleasures of Pluralism from the June 26, 1997 issue To the Editors: Stephen Jay Gould complains that in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea I attack his views via “hint, innuendo, false attribution,” and “caricature” [NYR, June 26]. That is false. On the contrary, I went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that my account of his views was fair and accurate. One does not lightly embark on the course of demonstrating that a figure as famous and as honored as Stephen Jay Gould—“America’s evolutionist laureate”—has misled his huge public about the theories in his field. I knew he was going to hate my book, and given the effectiveness of his past public attacks on sociobiology, IQ testing, and other targets of his disfavor, prudence alone would dictate that I should secure my criticisms against easy rebuttal and condemnation.

Let me say a word about “Darwinian fundamentalism.” Scientists have power by virtue of the respect commanded by the discipline. Daniel C. James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands | Talk Video. 60,000 miles up: Space elevator could be built by 2035, says new study. Imagine a ribbon roughly one hundred million times as long as it is wide. If it were a meter long, it would be 10 nanometers wide, or just a few times thicker than a DNA double helix. Scaled up to the length of a football field, it would still be less than a micrometer across — smaller than a red blood cell. Would you trust your life to that thread? What about a tether 100,000 kilometers long, one stretching from the surface of the Earth to well past geostationary orbit (GEO, 22,236 miles up), but which was still somehow narrower than your own wingspan? The idea of climbing such a ribbon with just your body weight sounds precarious enough, but the ribbon predicted by a new report from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will be able to carry up to seven 20-ton payloads at once.

It will serve as a tether stretching far beyond geostationary (aka geosynchronous) orbit and held taught by an anchor of roughly two million kilograms. The Edge of Science. Deep Space Industries – BUSINESS. Deep Space Industries – EXPLORATION/TECHNOLOGY. Higher Science. HERE IS TODAY. 50 Smartest Companies 2014. MAKERS. Shapeways - Make, buy, and sell products with 3D Printing. Print Your Own House and Furnish it Too! – Tego. Geraldine Hamilton, Ph.D. | TEDxBoston Speaker Profile. Ideacity » LifeNaut. NINJA SPHERE: Next Generation Control of Your Environment by Ninja Blocks. Your Ninja Sphere learns about you, and your environment. It uses data from sensors and actuators to build a model that can inform you if something is out of place. It can monitor temperature, lighting, energy usage, you and your pets' presence, and anything else you connect to your sphere.

By using data from your devices, environment, and location your sphere is able to advise you intelligently and give you control only when you need it. We already support a huge array of devices, but because our approach is open source, almost anybody can write and share a driver to connect a device to your sphere. The Spheramid is the gateway that enables the Ninja Sphere. WiFi - Any IP things like smart lightbulbs, IP cameras, smart TVs - anything that connects to your wireless or wired network. ZigBee - We put ZigBee in the Spheramid so if you want to try some home automation you can. USB - The Spheramid is a whole (tiny) computer. Until now, our client code and hardware have been open source. Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics and Life A new book by: Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan.

Stack Exchange - Free, Community-Powered Q&A. Quantified Self | Self Knowledge Through NumbersQuantified Self | Self Knowledge Through Numbers. Big Idea 2014: The Microchipped Self. Gunshot victims to be suspended between life and death - health - 26 March 2014. Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 Doctors will try to save the lives of 10 patients with knife or gunshot wounds by placing them in suspended animation, buying time to fix their injuries NEITHER dead or alive, knife-wound or gunshot victims will be cooled down and placed in suspended animation later this month, as a groundbreaking emergency technique is tested out for the first time. Surgeons are now on call at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to perform the operation, which will buy doctors time to fix injuries that would otherwise be lethal.

"We are suspending life, but we don't like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction," says Samuel Tisherman, a surgeon at the hospital, who is leading the trial. The technique involves replacing all of a patient's blood with a cold saline solution, which rapidly cools the body and stops almost all cellular activity. Vital signs More From New Scientist More from the web Recommended by. Digital Health Feedback System - Proteus Digital Health. Pattern survival versus gene survival. I decided to write this article after I found that many colleagues and participants whom I spoke with at the recent Humanity+ (ref.

R.A. Koene, 2010b) and Transvision (ref. R.A. Koene, 2010a) conferences were struggling with personal and strategic decisions when they considered what sort of future to strive for. We are hampered by a historical dearth of attention to the very fundamentals that could support choosing a technological objective, such as cryonics, the elimination of biological aging, artificial general intelligence, or mind uploading to a whole brain emulation or other implementation of substrate-independent minds.

There is a brewing debate about whether it is truly possible to enhance the human experience, or whether the way we experience being is in fact already the most that we can aspire to. None of us want our efforts to go to waste, or to chase down lesser and near-sighted ends. What does a self-consistent, intelligent and capable person do? Solid context for your quest. Carboncopies (substrate independence) Temple of Cosmism » Page 2. Split the atom’s heart, and lo! Within it thou wilt find a sun. — Persian Mystic Poem To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. — William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence” I’ve been doing a lot of fresh thinking about humanity’s cosmic predicament lately, and I’ve come to some surprising conclusions.

As shocking and even repugnant to my “space fanatic” sensibilities as I find some of them, I have to admit they have a logic that is difficult to deny. To cut to the chase, there is a compelling cosmic vision in which the future of Earth-based intelligent life is not a simple outward expansion to the asteroids and planets of our solar system and onward to the stars, as was the model of most of the great 20th century cosmic visionaries like Tsiolkovsky, Clarke and Sagan. John Smart, in his fascinating paper Evo Devo Universe? Here are some videos that discuss some of these ideas further. The Scale of the Universe 2. Transhuman. Mind. Uncanny valley. In an experiment involving the human lookalike robot Repliee Q2 (pictured above), the uncovered robotic structure underneath Repliee, and the actual human who was the model for Repliee, the human lookalike triggered the highest level of mirror neuron activity.[1] Etymology[edit] The concept was identified by the robotics professor Masahiro Mori as Bukimi no Tani Genshō (不気味の谷現象) in 1970.[5][6] The term "uncanny valley" first appeared in the 1978 book Robots: Fact, Fiction, and Prediction, written by Jasia Reichardt.[7] The hypothesis has been linked to Ernst Jentsch's concept of the "uncanny" identified in a 1906 essay "On the Psychology of the Uncanny".[8][9][10] Jentsch's conception was elaborated by Sigmund Freud in a 1919 essay entitled "The Uncanny" ("Das Unheimliche").[11] Hypothesis[edit] This area of repulsive response aroused by a robot with appearance and motion between a "barely human" and "fully human" entity is called the uncanny valley.

Theoretical basis[edit] Mate selection. Posthumanism and Transhumanism Literature. Posthumanism and Transhumanism Literature Hello, I am wondering if someone here knows of any good academic resources on the topics of Posthumanism and Transhumanism. Posthumanism seems to fall into several sections of discussion, but I am more interested in learning about the version which is more related to Transhumanism.

I am interested in learning what the defining and developing ideas are within these two terms. For myself, the interest in the topic is coming from art making. In the past I used to do performance art works and I would never document them. Eventually, ideas I had on the representation of a person through documentation intersected with concepts I started to discover were relevant to Transhumanism and a form of basic post-existence. So there is my question and the "why" component of it.

Thanks for reading. cosmic microwave background radiation is awesome! Seeing the Future in Science Fiction. Some of my earliest memories are of science fiction. Not of prose fiction, or of film, but of the cultural and industrial semiotics of the American nineteen-fifties: the interplanetarily themed chrome trim on my father’s Oldsmobile Rocket 88; the sturdy injection-molded styrene spacemen on the counter at Woolworth’s (their mode of manufacture more predictive than their subject, as it turned out); the gloriously baroque Atomic Disintegrator cap pistol (Etsy currently has one on offer, in “decent vintage” condition, for two hundred and fifty dollars); Chesley Bonestell’s moodily thrilling illustrations for Willy Ley’s book “The Conquest of Space.”

They were all special to me, these things, and I remember my mother remarking on this to her friends. Not that I was very unusual in my obsession. When I was five, I was chastised for disagreeing with an Air Force man, a visitor to our home, who made mock of my Willy Ley book. Orion's Arm. Orion's Arm, (also called the Orion's Arm Universe Project, OAUP, or simply OA) is a multi-authored online science fiction world-building project, first established in 2000[1] by M.

Alan Kazlev, Donna Malcolm Hirsekorn, Bernd Helfert and Anders Sandberg and further co-authored by many people since.[2] It was described by Cory Doctorow as "a pretty thoroughgoing post-Singularity thinggum with lots of opportunity for fun noodling".[3] Anyone can contribute articles, stories, artwork, or music to the website. A large mailing list exists,[4] in which members debate aspects of the world they are creating, discussing additions, modifications, issues arising, and work to be done. A computer game and a role-playing game are being developed by the community, within the OA milieu. Setting[edit] OA is a part of the transhuman space opera subgenre. The world was influenced by Iain M. Prominent theoretical technologies[edit] Technologies that feature prominently in the Orion's Arm setting include: Inventions and Ideas from Science Fiction Books and Movies at Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas and Inventions. Thinking About Futurism.

History of Constellation and Star Names. Studies of Occidental Constellations and Star Names to the Classical Period: An Annotated Bibliography Web Site For Gary D. Thompson, Melton West, Australia Contents: Introduction to the Web Site Section One (1): Introduction to the bibliography. (Last updated January 14, 2014, 8:00 pm) Summary References on Constellations and Star Names Section Two (2): References suitable for a quick overview. (Last updated February 24, 2013, 9:30 pm) Annotated Bibliography Section Three (3): Geographical listing (1) - Babylonian, Greek, Roman, other European. (Last updated April 3, 2014, 2:00 am) Section Four (4): Geographical listing (2) - Egyptian, Jewish, Persian, Arabic. (Last updated March 9, 2014, 2:30 pm) Section Five (5): Other (1) - General references, astronomical mythology, related studies. Section Six (6): Other (2) - Star maps, references with extensive bibliographies, non-western constellations and star names.

(Last updated January 17, 2014, 2:30 pm) Section Seven (7): Relevant topics. Crowlspace - A Deep Future view. There’s Plenty More Room at the Bottom: Beyond Nanotech to Femtotech. Ben Goertzel January 10, 2011 Not long ago nanotechnology was a fringe topic; now it's a flourishing engineering field, and fairly mainstream. For example, while writing this article, I happened to receive an email advertisement for the “Second World Conference on Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery,” in Kerala, India. It wasn't so long ago that nanomedicine seemed merely a flicker in the eyes of Robert Freitas and a few other visionaries! But nano is not as small as the world goes. The nanotech field was arguably launched by Richard Feynman's 1959 talk “There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom.”

"It is a staggeringly small world that is below. Why cannot we write the entire 24 volumes of the Encyclopedia Brittanica on the head of a pin? Note: the diagrams in the background of this picture were added much later in order to market Feynman's lecture – Feynman articulated the core nanotech vision but he didn't use the word “nanotech” nor depict details of this nature. Physics at the Femto Scale. 4 of the Largest Objects in the Known Universe [Weekend Feature] - From Quarks to Quasars. Don’t click the image. NOTHING good can come from you clicking this image!!!! This may come as a shock to some of you, but we haven’t actually discovered everything in the universe (we can’t even see all of it!). I know, I know. We’ve had quite some time to discover things, and we really should have discovered everything by now.

But we haven’t. So, when I say things like “this is the largest star in the known universe,” try and remember that we don’t know about all the stars in the universe. In fact, given that we have only explored a teeny, tiny portion of the universe, I am rather sure that there *are* larger stars out there…we just haven’t found them. . #1 The Largest Structure in the Universe Image via NASA Astronomers recently discovered a group of active galactic cores that stretch more than 4 billion light-years end to end.

The structure is knows as a large quasar group (LQG), and it is simply huge. Want another comparison? But that’s exactly what we see. . #2 The Largest Black Hole. 5 Most Interesting Alternative Theories About The Universe. Considering the fact that humans will not be able to travel to the moon for the second time, without even mentioning other planets in the solar system, scientists are creating quite organized and compelling theories regarding composition and origin of our universe. These theories are based on long-term observations of visible parts of the universe as well as on guesses.

Ekpyrotic theory of how the universe has evolved Everyone knows about the Big Bang theory. Without going into details about this theory, and remembering that now it is even taught in schools, let’s mention an alternative theory that attempts to explain the origin of our universe from a different perspective. Proponents of this theory follow a belief that a universe parallel to our own exists, and occasionally these two “sister” universes intersect. After the collision, the universes start moving in opposite directions, but the more they diverge, the more they are attracted to one another, which is quite plausible. Eliezer S. Yudkowsky.

The Society of Neural Prosthetics and Whole Brain Emulation Science. Affordable bootstrapping - Metzger et al (preprint 2012) Centauri Dreams — The News Forum of the Tau Zero Foundation. Icarus Interstellar | A nonprofit foundation dedicated to achieving interstellar flight by 2100. » Talmud and the Turing Test The Occasional Pamphlet. Alan Turing, the patron saint of computer science, was born 100 years ago this week (June 23). I’ll be attending the Turing Centenary Conference at University of Cambridge this week, and am honored to be giving an invited talk on “The Utility of the Turing Test”. The Turing Test was Alan Turing’s proposal for an appropriate criterion to attribute intelligence (that is, capacity for thinking) to a machine: you verify through blinded interactions that the machine has verbal behavior indistinguishable from a person.

In preparation for the talk, I’ve been looking at the early history of the premise behind the Turing Test, that language plays a special role in distinguishing thinking from nonthinking beings. I had thought it was an Enlightenment idea, that until the technological advances of the 16th and 17th centuries, especially clockwork mechanisms, the whole question of thinking machines would never have entertained substantive discussion.

What is Rabbi Zeira testing for? The Dream: The Dream of Flight (A Library of Congress Special Presentation Commemorating the Centennial of Flight) The REAL Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! IOPscience. Welcome to the Cassiopeia Project. Whole Earth Catalog Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. The Manual For Civilization Begins. Science & Environment - Drake equation: How many alien civilizations exist? The Elusive Big Idea. Cosmos. HyperPhysics. TEDxCERN - Multiplying Dimensions | TEDxCERN. Leap Motion. If the universe is accelerating, and life that will exist 100 billion years from now cannot detect things that occur in the universe today, can we detect things that happened 13 billion years ago? Would they not have just disappeared? [Details Inside] : a. Fundamental Forces. Weird Science: The Bootstrap Hypothesis. Fine-tuned Universe. Cosmic Jackpot. The Anthropic Principle. A Designer Universe? The Mind of God.

Fuck Yeah, Feynman. Lapidarium — Richard P. Feynman on the scientific view of the...