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WHY ALIEN LIFE SHOULD GIVE CAUSE TO WORRY

If we should ever succeed in discovering life on other worlds, should that discovery trouble us? I think most people would say the answer to that question is ‘yes’ only if said aliens have tremendous technological capability. If that is … Continue reading

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PESSIMISM AMONG THE SINGULARITARIANS: IS IT A BAD THING?

PESSIMISM AMONG THE SINGULARITARIANS: IS IT A BAD THING?  Have you heard? Robots are coming and they are going to steal our jobs! I expect you have heard rumours to that effect, because the tech news seems positively awash with … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSHUMANIST WAGER PART 4

PART 4: A TALE OF TWO TRANSHUMAN NATIONS. In the previous installment, we saw how Transhumanist Wager has a lot in common with Atlas Shrugged. I ended with a mention of another story and it, too, can be said to … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSHUMANIST WAGER PART THREE

PART THREE: JETHRO SHRUGGED. In 1957, a book was published that took the murder-mystery concept in a new direction.  Rather than having a plot concerning the death of a human body and whodunnit, the story was instead about the death … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSHUMANIST WAGER PART TWO

THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSHUMANIST WAGER PART TWO: TELEOLOGICAL EGOCENTRIC FUNCTIONALISM  IN THE AGE OF DECADENCE. Jethro Knights is clearly the protagonist of ‘Transhumanist Wager’. Equally obviously, Reverend  Belinas is the antagonist. But is the Reverend Jethro’s opposite? I would argue … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSHUMANIST WAGER, PART ONE.

THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSHUMANIST WAGER. INTRODUCTION. In March 2002, the Taliban, on orders from Mullah Mohammed Omar, destroyed two statues of the Buddha, which had been carved into the side of a cliff in Banyan valley, central Afghanistan. Several explanations … Continue reading

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ARE YOU ENSLAVED? ROBO-YOU HAS THE ANSWER.

So as you should all know by now, I have been promoting the idea that jobs=slavery. It is something of an oversimplification to say all jobs are a kind of slavery, though. There are some jobs that count as work … Continue reading

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