Category: Reviews

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Review: Alpha Brain Nootropic Blend

Alpha Brain is one of the most famous nootropic blends that sparked debate and controversy in many communities. Produced by Onnit Labs since 2010, Alpha Brain has been featured in a variety of media outlets including the Joe Rogan Experience. Many nootropics users question the validity, price, and efficacy of Alpha Brain for cognitive enhancement, but few provide a full analysis of their complaints, biases, and / or compliments.

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Review of Marcelo Gleiser’s, The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning

There is a new book on the intersection between science and the meaning of life: The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning by Marcelo Gleiser, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College.

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Book Review: Jim Holt’s, “Why Does The World Exist?”

Jim Holt’s recent book, Why Does The World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, tackles the question that Martin Heidegger characterized as the greatest in all philosophy and William James called the darkest in all philosophy–why is there something rather than nothing?

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Book Review: Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhuman

The instability of the category ‘human’ has been the subject of philosophical debate for centuries but it is only recently that the biological and informational sciences have begun to shake the ethical foundations of modernity by revealing a lack of real, material distinctions between ourselves and other animals or, indeed, between ourselves and machines.

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A Detailed Overview of Clement Vidal’s “The Beginning and the End” (Part 2)

A detailed review of a forthcoming book, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective by Dr. Clement Vidal, a young scholar and member of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group at the Free University in Brussels, Belgium. Vidal investigates a most important question–whether modern scientific cosmology can satisfy our search for meaning in life. The book is a carefully and conscientiously crafted work of immense scope and daring imagination, one of the most important and timely books of the last few decades.

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A Detailed Overview of Clement Vidal’s “The Beginning and the End” (Part 1)

I have recently previewed a forthcoming book, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective. The author is Dr. Clement Vidal, a young scholar and member of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group at the Free University...

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Transcendence vs. Her: Clash of Two Wimpy Future Visions

My friend and sometime collaborator Hugo DeGaris was looking forward to the movie “Transcendence” with great enthusiasm… With its theme of anti-technology terrorists attacking scientists and provoking a sort of war between pro-Singularity and anti-Singularity forces, the movie plot reflects...

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Review: Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential by Ted Chu

Ted Chu’s first book, Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential, is a book that is going to appeal to many transhumanists, futurists and readers of H+ especially those that are looking for a spiritual or cosmist approach to transhumanism.

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“The Transhumanist Wager” by Zoltan Istvan — review by Ben Goertzel

Zoltan Istvan’s recent SF novel “The Transhumanist Wager” is a fascinating exploration of a reasonably plausible near-term future in which transhumanist technologies become prevalent and impactful — but in a highly politically controversial way.

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Book Review: The Human Race to the Future by Daniel Berleant (2013)

The Human Race to the Future (2014 Edition) is the scientific Lifeboat Foundation think tank’s publication first made available in 2013, covering a number of dilemmas fundamental to the human future and of great interest to all readers.