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Video Friday: David Pearce on H.G. Wells’ Utopia

Video Friday: David Pearce on H.G. Wells’ Utopia

Intuitively, one might indeed suppose that lifelong bliss would make us weak. Contrast, for instance, the Eloi with the Morlocks in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. In practice, the opposite is true. “That which does not crush me makes me stronger,” said Nietzsche, but the best way to make ourselves stronger short of becoming cyborgs is to amplify our pleasure circuitry and enhance ...

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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Chimpanzee Seeking Legal Personhood

Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Chimpanzee Seeking Legal Personhood

The Nonhuman Rights Project filed suit in Fulton County Court in the state of New York today on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee, who is being held captive in a cage in a shed at a used trailer lot in Gloversville. This is the the first of three similar suits TNhRP are filing this week. The second will be filed on Tuesday in Niagara Falls on behalf of Kiko, a chimpanzee who is deaf and living in a pr...

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Roboroaches and Sentient Simulations

Roboroaches and Sentient Simulations

“Backyard Brains” are set to begin shipping their newest version of the “The RoboRoach“, the “world’s first commercially available cyborg”. The package includes a “backpack”, a battery, some electrodes and a cockroach to stick them in.

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Personhood Beyond the Human – Yale University, December 6-8 2013

Personhood Beyond the Human – Yale University, December 6-8 2013

A conference on “Personhood Beyond the Human” will be held at Yale University, December 6-8, 2013. The event will focus on personhood for nonhuman animals, including great apes, cetaceans, and elephants, and will explore the evolving notions of personhood by analyzing them through the frameworks of neuroscience, behavioral science, philosophy, ethics, and law.

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