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Humanity+ @Melbourne May 5-6 2012

Ben Goertzel interviews Adam Ford about the upcoming Humanity+ @Melbourne (May 5-6 2012), which will feature Aubrey de Grey, Natasha Vita-More, Stelarc and many more inspiring speakers.

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Transhumanist Avatars Storm Second Life

More than 80 transhumanist avatars stormed the virtual world of Second Life for a community event organized by Humanity+ on September 15. This has been by far the largest virtual transhumanist event that I have seen, and I believe I have seen them all. Two or three years ago the Second Life system would have been slowed down to a halt by 80 participants, but now everything worked without a glitch: virtual reality tec...

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Engineering Transcendence: Addendum from 2011

Engineering Transcendence: Addendum from 2011

In "Engineering Transcendence" I argued that science may someday develop the capability to resurrect the dead and build (and/or become) God(s), and proposed to base a "transhumanist religion" on this idea. I also argued that the ultra-rationalist, aseptic engineering language dear to most transhumanists does not seem able to have an emotional impact on the majority of other people. This means that "traditional" trans...

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Human, More Human

Human, More Human

Transhumanists strive to humanize–the opposite of “dehumanize.” We want everyone to be as human as possible. What does “being human” mean? Whatever you want it to. But since you’re human, I’ll bet that it includes some or all of life, love, family, beauty, dignity, sexuality, creativity, freedom, learning, and the like. There are also other, less important values: To scarf a boxful of PopTarts, to see our enemies ...

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H+ Magazine Needs Your Support – Donate Today

Humanity+, the parent organization of H+ Magazine, is launching a fundraising drive to support H+ and other transhumanist projects. Thanks to a generous matching grant by the Life Extension Foundation and other major donors, if we raise $15,000 independently, we will secure a total of $30,000 in funding for Humanity+ this summer, enabling the organization to start new programs, hire additional editing staff and mak...

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Postgenetic Code Implementation

Postgenetic Code Implementation

Humans have generated and entered a new postgenetic era of evolution. We now have new relationships with natural selection and DNA because we impact both to an unprecedented degree. Barring a catastrophe, this new power, fueled by rapid advances in cultural evolution, is only going to increase. Cultural evolution is a new power player in evolution, exerting an increasing influence on both natural selection and DNA...

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Anthropic Principles and Existential Risks

Anthropic Principles and Existential Risks

Existential risks are more likely than you think. Imagine that God is going to toss a coin. If it comes up heads, he will create 10 people in isolated numbered rooms. If it’s tails, he will create 1,000 people, similarly housed. You learn all this from a poster on the wall of the room you have suddenly found yourself in. Though interested in the deeper meaning of your strange origin, you find yourself most curi...

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The Future of Madness

The Future of Madness

"Nothing New Under the Sun" is the title of Robert Silverberg's column for the June 2011 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Although the sobering thought that humanity keeps repeating certain types of mistakes is not one I particularly relish, I think it needs to be discussed.

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Mormonism:  The Most Transhumanist Religion?

Mormonism: The Most Transhumanist Religion?

According to my informal observations, the majority of transhumanists don’t consider themselves affiliated with any traditional religious organizations or belief systems – though some, like Giulio Prisco, are deeply interested in the creation of new spiritual traditions founded on transhumanist ideas. However, there is also a nontrivial minority of transhumanists who combine their transhumanism with traditional reli...

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Question the Authority of Your Brain

Question the Authority of Your Brain

The Greek notion of “hubris” is rooted in the religious idea that humans shouldn’t transgress the “presumption of the gods.” In Greek mythology, hubris was represented by Prometheus, “the bringer of light.” Greek mythology blames Prometheus for bringing science, mathematics, medicine and general productivity into the world. To the Greeks, Prometheus was their greatest sinner. In Western Christian mythology, Lucifer (...

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