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How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise

The Revenge of the Pagans: Ovid as prophet of the posthuman

Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (Series Index)

Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologists

Artificial Intelligence is Already Here—Artificial Consciousness is What Eludes Us - See more


Buddhism and Robot Ethics

CyBuddha Events

Cyborg Buddha Resources

Altered States of Consciousness and Transcendence

  • Trans-Spirit list a transhumanist research program into religion and spirituality. It seeks to understand religion and spirituality in terms of cognitive science and evolutionary psychology, and to project the future of religion and spirituality in the dawning transhuman era.
  • "Trans-Spirit: Religion, Spirituality and Transhumanism," Michael LaTorra, Journal of Evolution and Technology 14(1) August 2005: 39-53.
  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Promoting clinical research on psychedelics
  • Council on Spiritual Practices

  • Scientific Study of Consciousness and Neurotechnology

  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
  • NeuroInsights a neurotechnology consulting firm directed by Zack Lynch
  • Mind and Life Institute Works on establishing research partnerships between modern science and Buddhism, especially the Dalai Lama.
  • The "neurodharma" project of psychologist Rick Hanson and neurologist Rick Mendius, both of whom are Buddhist meditators. They teach a "Train the Brain Course" and have a many talks, slides, and articles at the site.

  • Neuroethics and Cognitive Liberty

  • Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics
  • Wikipedia on Cognitive Liberty
  • Neuroethics Society scholars, scientists and clinicians who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience.
  • Neuroethics at UPenn a source of information on neuroethics, provided by Martha Farah of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Happiness, Positive Psychology and The Virtues

  • Positive Psychology Center at UPenn, directed by Martin Seligman
  • Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman.
  • Wikipedia on Positive Psychology
  • Ethics of Mood Enhancement NY Academy of Sciences
  • The Hedonistic Imperative Advocates the development of neurotechnology to permit the elimination of all suffering
  • Abolitionist SocietyPromotes eliminating involuntary suffering and increasing lifelong individual happiness through science

  • Cyborg Buddha Project

    IEET Executive Director James Hughes - a former Buddhist monk and attenuated Buddho-Unitarian - is writing a book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People.

    IEET Board member Mike LaTorra - a Zen priest and author of A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao - runs the Trans-Spirit list promoting discussion of neurotheology, neuroethics, techno-spirituality and altered states of consciousness.

    IEET Board member George Dvorsky - a practicing Buddhist - writes and podcasts frequently from a rationalist, transhumanist, and Buddhist point of view, winning him an award this year as one of the best Buddhist blogs.

    The three of us are launching the IEET Cyborg Buddha Project to combine our efforts and promote discussion of the impact that neuroscience and emerging neurotechnologies will have on happiness, spirituality, cognitive liberty, moral behavior and the exploration of meditational and ecstatic states of mind.

    Nov 28, 2015

    How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise

    Internet Society

    Douglas Rushkoff - How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise; Response: Astra Taylor


    Nov 27, 2015

    The Revenge of the Pagans: Ovid as prophet of the posthuman

    by Rick Searle

    I would argue that as far as imagining the future is concerned many of us, in the West at least, have had our vision blurred from what amounts to a 2,000 year philosophical hangover called Christianity. But no one ever seems to care about this point. The most common response I’ve gotten from a certain sect of singularitarians and transhumanists upon pointing out that both their goals and predictions seem to have been ripped from a man on the street’s version of Christianity has been- who cares?

    Nov 26, 2015

    Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (Series Index)

    by John Danaher

    In the past year, I have written several posts about Chalmers and Clark’s famous extended mind thesis. This thesis takes seriously the functionalist explanation of mental events, and holds that the mind is not confined to skull. Instead, it can extend into artefacts and objects in the world around it.

    Nov 22, 2015

    Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologists

    by Christopher J. Benek

    It is often articulated in society that Christianity and science/technology are at odds. While most people of faith do not hold this belief, it is imperative that the church universal continue to dispute this negative stereotype. The most effective way that Christians can do so is by actively affirming their support for people called to work in the fields of science and technology.

    Nov 19, 2015

    Artificial Intelligence is Already Here—Artificial Consciousness is What Eludes Us - See more

    by Nicole Sallak Anderson

    “I’m trying to throttle back, because particularly the triplets are starting to gain consciousness.
    They’re almost two.” Elon Musk in a “Wait, But Why” interview with Tim Urban

    Nov 13, 2015



    Post-Human is an indie proof of concept film short for David Simpson’s Post-Human novel, which is part of a best-selling eBook series (the Post-Human Series) about Transhumanism and future technology. Invasive nanobots, greater-than-human AI, terraforming, and more, the novels explore philosophical and ethical components of advanced technology and are fast-paced and full of suspense. The film was shot in Vancouver Canada by a crew of just three in only three hours.

    Post-Human from Post-Human Media on Vimeo.


    Nov 12, 2015

    Buddhism and Robot Ethics

    Against the Grain

    IEET Executive Director James Hughes thinks Buddhist psychology and cosmology can and should inform the creation and design of AI beings. For one thing, Hughes doesn’t believe it’s ethical to create self-aware machine minds geared only toward the satisfaction of human needs.

    Download program audio (mp3, 50.27 Mbytes)

    A discussion of the essay “Compassionate AI and Selfless Robots: A Buddhist Approach” in Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, George A. Bekey eds. 2011. MIT Press.


    Nov 11, 2015

    Religious Transhumanism

    Christian Transhumanist Podcast

    Micah Redding talks to IEET Executive Director James Hughes about cyber-Buddhism, religious transhumanism, and the longevity dividend. Subscribe or download additional episodes of the Christian Transhumanist Podcast here


    Nov 10, 2015

    Transhumanism’s Goal is to Increase Our Capacity for Love - interview with James Ledford

    by Hank Pellissier

    Transhumanists have multiple goals - to live longer, to be more intelligent, to enhance the physical body physically. But what about our feelings? Do we want to “upgrade” our emotional capacity? James McLean Ledford believes the primary goal of transhumanism is to “increase our capacity to love.”  I interviewed him via email below:

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    Nov 6, 2015

    Altered States of Consciousness through Technological Intervention

    Adam Ford

    A mini-documentary on possible modes of being in the future – Ben Goertzel talks about the Singularity and exploring Altered States of Consciousness, Stelarc discusses Navigating Mixed Realities, Kent Kemmish muses on the paradox of strange futures, and Max More compares Transhumanism to Humanism



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