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Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

A friend emailed me to say that he believed that transhumanists should strive to be free, if free will doesn’t currently exist, or strive to be freer, if humans currently possess some small modicum of free will.

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Neuroscience and Free Will

Neuroscience and Free Will

This discovery — that our brains ‘make us do it’ and that ‘we’ don’t — is thought to have a number of significant social implications, particularly for our practices of blame and punishment.

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The Philosophical Importance of Algorithms

The Philosophical Importance of Algorithms

In the future, every decision that mankind makes is going to be informed by a cognitive system like Watson…and our lives will be better for it. (Ginni Rometty commenting on IBM’s Watson) I’ve written a few posts now about the social and ethical implications of algorithmic governance (algocracy). Today, I want to take a slightly more general perspective on the same topic. To be precise, I want to d...

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Heritability

Heritability

a handy guide to what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and that giant meta-analysis of twin studies

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