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[In 2006 the Edge Foundation invited over one hundred distinguished scholars to respond to this prompt suggested by Steven Pinker: “The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian...
[Certain passages from C. Wright Mills’ The Sociological Imagination [(1959) 1969] inspire me today as they did when I happened upon my first sociology course many years ago. In the first chapter, The Promise, Mills identifies three sets of questions posed by the classic social theorists such as...
[Similar to exploring an old city I like to wander down the side streets of the transhumanity debate to read about fascinating areas of research and development such as artificial intelligence and artificial life
. However, it’s best not to get sidetracked. It helps to keep in mind that the...
[Some individuals can’t bear the thought of a transhuman future. They can’t see a place for themselves among the transcended and transformed. Nor can they see transhumanity supporting their beliefs and values. They feel an anticipatory anomie—an expectation of being displaced from a changing...
[Looking out the window on this summer day my sight is drawn to the contrasting yellow and purple flowers in the garden. The plants sway gently in the light breeze. Bees move from flower to flower. My attention shifts when Sucha, a beautiful Siamese cat, leaps onto my desk and settles on her...
[When will the transhumanity debate end? How will closure be accomplished? We know that social debates end when real world conditions change or interest wanes. For example, slavery was highly controversial in America during the 18th and 19th centuries but is no longer today.]
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