Morality

People Like Us: How Our Brains View Others

People Like Us: How Our Brains View Others

At the most fundamental level of biology, we recognize the innate advantage of defining differences in species. But even within species, is there something in our neural circuits that leads us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who may differ?

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James Hughes on Moral Enhancement, and the Cyborg Buddha Project

James Hughes on Moral Enhancement, and the Cyborg Buddha Project

James and I discuss moral enhancement and his up and coming book Cyborg Buddha. Moral Enhancement in this context: The use of information technology, psychopharmaceuticals, genetic engineering, brain stimulation or nano-neurotechnologies to control immoral sentiments, reasoning and behavior, and/or enhance moral sentiments, reasoning and behavior. “Virtue Engineering.” – Transvis...

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Implanting Morality

Implanting Morality

In a recent post I argued that humans need to become more intelligent and moral if they are to survive and flourish. In other words, they must evolve. A few perceptive readers raised objections about the nature of morality and the techniques to be used to maximize moral behavior. As for the nature of morality, I claimed that “the essence of morality lies in … the benefits of mutual cooperation and...

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