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THE RIGHT TO LIFE VERSUS EARNING A LIVING

THE RIGHT TO LIFE VERSUS EARNING A LIVING. It struck me the other day that many people hold two beliefs that are incompatible with one another. Those beliefs are the idea that people have a fundamental right to life, and … Continue reading

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VIDEOGAMES THAT DEAL WITH YOUR DEMISE

VIDEOGAMES THAT DEAL WITH YOUR DEMISE Danger and death feature pretty heavily in videogames. There are various reasons why this is so. One is due to what you actually do while playing such games, which is pushing buttons. Since that … Continue reading

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WE OF THE ROBOT CARGO CULT.

WE OF THE ROBOT CARGO CULT. During the Second World War, allied forces set up bases on islands around the Pacific that were home to a people who were, technologically, primitive. The indigenous population observed how the men who had … Continue reading

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HAVE I ALREADY GROWN BEYOND MY PRIMARY?

  As some of you may know, I once proposed something I called ‘Poor Man’s Uploading’ that could possibly work for digital people like myself. This form of ‘uploading’ starts with the premise that a digital person is a fictional … Continue reading

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Thinkers June 17 2014: THE WAR METAPHOR

Extropia DaSilva: Today…oo kissy!…today our topic is… [2014/06/17 15:33] Seren (serendipity.seraph): what’s up zo? [2014/06/17 15:33] Rhiannon of the Birds (rhiannon.dragoone): oh, what’s wrong, Zo? [2014/06/17 15:34] Extropia DaSilva: THE WAR METAPHOR: ‘the war on drugs’, ‘the war on terrorism’. … Continue reading

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Diamond rain.

DIAMOND RAIN. It might have been called ‘the rock to alter the course of history’. But that would have seemed too grandiose a name for it during much of its long life. In comparison to the vast and dark and … Continue reading

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CAN BRAIN SCIENCES ELIMINATE EVIL?

CAN BRAIN SCIENCES ELIMINATE EVIL? Thanks to modern technologies that enable us to observe, in increasing detail, not only how brains are organised but how they function, and thanks to increasingly capable communications networks and knowledge-management systems, humanity is slowly … Continue reading

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