Cubism is someone I’ve had my eye on as one of the most talented new dubstep producers on the scene. I first noticed this Greek producer when I heard a track of his called ‘NASDA’ which completely blew me away. It was heavy dubstep, but it wasn’t following in the same path as much of the other stuff being produced these days.
Release date: September 12, 2010 What's so great about being human, anyway? The transhumanist movement -- epitomized by organizations like Humanity+ and blogs like Accelerating Future -- advocate the pursuit of technologies to fundamentally change the human condition, tinkering with our brain, bodies and genomes to make ourselves smarter, stronger, happier, and longer-lived. But many people worry that tampering with human nature could have dire consequences for individuals and society alike. In Our Posthuman Future , political theorist Francis Fukuyama sums up the position of the bioconservatives when he warns that new technologies may "in some way cause us to lose our humanity -- that is, some essential quality that has always underpinned our sense of who we are and where we are going," he writes.
March 11, 2005 Should We Fear Transhumanism And Identity Copying? On the Marginal Revolution blog Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen are debating transhumanism. Tyler discusses how much will people be willing to genetically engineer their children when doing so makes the children be less like their parents. Most people want their children to look like themselves, and to some extent to think like themselves. We invest many thousands of dollars and many months of our time to acculturate our children.
I love reading H+ Magazine , even though it often veers off of science and into the magical thinking that is endemic among Singulatarians. Still, when I checked them out today, I’m not going to lie — I laughed at their juxtaposition of stories. (click to enlarge) That is funny, right? It’s not just me? Alex Knapp writes about pretty much everything under the sun, including politics, art, religion, philosophy, sports, music, culture, and science.
Lockheed Martin tests its Human Universal Load Carrier exoskeleton. Photo: Lockheed Martin Wired | Dec 31, 2012 By David Axe The U.S. military is already using, or fast developing, a wide range of technologies meant to give troops what California Polytechnic State University researcher Patrick Lin calls “ mutant powers .”
Transhumanism - the proposition that human beings should use technology to transcend the limitations of the body and brain - is a product of the Enlightenment humanist tradition. As a consequence most avowed transhumanists are secular, and many religious are skeptical or hostile towards the transhumanist project. However there are also many religious transhumanists who find the project of human enhancement at least consistent with, and sometimes a fulfillment of, their metaphysics, soteriologies and eschatologies. Transhumanism appears to be especially compatible with religious traditions that emphasize human agency and evolution to a transcendent state, such as Buddhism, or that have incorporated Enlightenment values, such as liberal Christianity. But elements of the transhumanist worldview and enhancement technologies are compatible with one element or another of most world faiths, even the most fundamentalist.
I occasionally check out the David Bentley Hart Appreciation Page to see what has surfaced. This is a splendid review of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, with a focus on the Trans-humanists in our midst (elsewhere I call them Diabolists, recalling G.K. Chesterton’s view of the situation ) As is my custom, I have added paragraphs and bolded portions for those of us who read (or is browse?)
The future is impossible to predict. But that’s not going to stop people from trying. We can at least pretend to know where it is we want humanity to go.
And now for something totally different! For me, my introduction into one of the most dangerous ideas in history started innocently enough. It started with my own imagination, and my propensity for role-playing. I created a race for a particular game that I called the "Helios" - the Helios were a race of hyper-advanced humans whose bodies were made out of programmable matter.
I’d like to take a moment to correct the record on perfection. The below image has been kicking around the net for the past week or so, with the allegation that by combining all the most beautiful women in the world, you get the most definitively beautiful woman in the world. Counter-intuitively, combining all of these images (and one could take issue with the initial roster, of course) results in a face that is both lovely and, well, boring. Take the final face and compare it with any of the real women at the top. The little nuances of difference, the minute flaws, the subtle skin shades, eye shapes, blemishes, asymmetries, and oddities of the real women make them more attractive than the “perfect” combination at the bottom.
Is the new glow-in-the-dark kitty a look into the future of human genetic engineering? - Mary Meets DollyScientists at the Mayo clinic have made a glow-in-the-dark kitty . This is not the first time scientists have made cats glow with the green fluorescent protein (GFP) which was originally isolated from jellyfish. But these kitties are different. They do not just have the GFP gene but also a genetically engineered resistance to the feline version of HIV. The GFP and the resistance were inserted together.
Personhood Beyond the Human December 6-8, 2013 Yale University Sponsors: Nonhuman Rights Project, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale Animal Ethics Group, Yale Technology and Ethics Working Group
The “Worry” of Chinese Eugenics Posted on January 20th, 2013 Helian Click on the “About” link at the Edge.org website, and you’ll find that, Edge.org was launched in 1996 as the online version of “The Reality Club,” an informal gathering of intellectuals that held met from 1981-1996 in Chinese restaurants, artist lofts, the Board Rooms of Rockefeller University, the New York Academy of Sciences, and investment banking firms, ballrooms, museums, living rooms, and elsewhere. Though the venue is now in cyberspace, the spirit of the Reality Club lives on in the lively back-and-forth discussions on the hot-button ideas driving the discussion today. To prime the discussion, Edge comes up with an Annual Question for a select group of 150 intellectuals. This year’s was, “What *should* we be worried about?” One of the most intriguing answers was that of evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller; Chinese Eugenics .
I'm not hehe, it's something that I'd never even really thought of much.. I've considered myself a Satanist since I was 12 (I'm 30 now), but in a way I've got much the same problem with considering myself a Satanist that I do with considering myself a Juggalo - I find that 99% of the people who consider themselves one of those are total fucking idiots. In the case of Satanists, ok, yeah I understand that it's a totally self-centered philosophy, but most of them fall into solipsism, counterproductive pride and self-deceit, three of the nine Satanic sins..