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Archive for the ‘Cognitive Enhancement’ Category

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March 31, 2014

When Bigger Heads and Better Brains Surpass Our Current Ones

March 14, 2014

CyberSalon based in London, UK offers monthly events bringing together artists, hackers, activists, entrepreneurs & academics around networked culture. Check out these fantastic and recently uploaded videos from their February 27th event.

February 5, 2014

The World Memory Championships are a global annual competition that every transhumanist should know about.

November 17, 2013

Stroboscopic training led to significantly greater re-test improvement in central visual field motion sensitivity and transient attention abilities.

July 17, 2013

Perhaps the IA path will allow us to have our cake and eat it too.

May 24, 2013

Could human exploration beyond the Solar System imply the need of upgrading our human condition? Back in 1960, a study by Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline called Cyborgs and Space was centered already in the idea of altering some bodily functions of the space
traveler to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial environments because, according to the writers it would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in space.

May 9, 2013

“Playing God is actually the highest expression of human nature. The urges to improve ourselves, to master our environment, and to set our children on the best path possible have been the fundamental driving forces of all of human history. Without these urges to ‘play God’, the world as we know it wouldn’t exist today.”

April 4, 2013

The availability of a range of new psychotropic agents raises the possibility that these will be used for enhancement purposes (smart pills, happy pills, and pep pills). The enhancement debate soon raises questions in philosophy of medicine and psychiatry (eg, what is a disorder?), and this debate in turn raises fundament questions in philosophy of language, science, and ethics. In this paper, a naturalistic conceptual framework is proposed for addressing these issues. This framework begins by contrasting classical and critical concepts of categories, and then puts forward an integrative position that is based on cognitive-affective research. This position can in turn be used to consider the debate between pharmacological Calvinism (which may adopt a moral metaphor of disorder) and psychotropic utopianism (which may emphasize a medical metaphor of disorder). I argue that psychiatric treatment of serious psychiatric disorders is justified, and that psychotropics are an acceptable kind of intervention. The use of psychotropics for sub-threshold phenomena requires a judicious weighing of the relevant facts (which are often sparse) and values.

March 12, 2013

"No contribution would be more generally applicable than one that improves the performance of the human brain."

March 12, 2013

Nick Bostrom interviewed at AGI 12 by Adam A. Ford

Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
January 18th, 2011

Ben Goertzel converses with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator.

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