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Meditation Apps Evaluated - “Headspace” Receives the Highest Score

Moral Enhancement: Do Means Matter Morally?

Why technology isn’t the answer to everything

Consciousness and Meditation

Quantified Self and Transhumanism – A Means to an End

Don’t Worry, Intelligent Life Will Reverse the Slow Death of the Universe

The Pharmacology of Morality

CyBuddha Events

Advances in Meditation Research: Genetics, Neuroscience and Clinical Applications


Siegel @ Transformative Technology Conference
2015-10-02 - 04
Sofia University, Palo Alto CA, USA

Horizons - Perspectives on Psychedelics
2015-10-09 - 11

Hughes, Prisco, Goertzel @ Modern Cosmism Conference

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

  • Zen and the Brain 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.

    Aug 27, 2015

    Meditation Apps Evaluated - “Headspace” Receives the Highest Score

    by Hank Pellissier
    Research from the School of Psychology and Counseling at Queensland University of Technology in Australia identified 700 apps associated with “mindfulness” on either iTunes and Google Apps Marketplace. Inclusion criteria was stringent; only apps that cost less than $10 were included.

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    Aug 26, 2015

    Moral Enhancement: Do Means Matter Morally?

    Neuroethics Symposium

    From a symposium at the Brains blog on Farah Focquaert and Maartje Schermer’s paper “Moral Enhancement: Do Means Matter Morally?” (Neuroethics, August 2015)



    Aug 21, 2015

    Why technology isn’t the answer to everything

    by Nicholas Agar

    Today there are high hopes for technological progress. Techno-optimists expect massive benefits for humankind from the invention of new technologies. Peter Diamandis is the founder of the X-prize foundation whose purpose is to arrange competitions for breakthrough inventions. His aim is “a world of nine billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and nonpolluting, ubiquitous energy”.

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    Aug 20, 2015

    Consciousness and Meditation

    Marc Howard - exclusive interview with Mikey Siegel, Founder of Consciousness Hacking and former employee at NASA and the MIT Media Lab.

    In this interview we explore questions like:

    -What is consciousness hacking?
    -How did meditation change your life?
    -How does negative emotions effect the brain?
    -What is non-judgemental meditation?
    -The difference between Cosmic and Awareness consciousness.
    -Mikey’s favorite books…and more.





    Aug 17, 2015

    Quantified Self and Transhumanism – A Means to an End

    by Thomas Damberger

    “Quantified Self” means self-knowledge in numbers. A goal of the Quantified Self is to capture as much data as possible about oneself and save it in digital form. This may be someone’ s weight, but also their finances, calories they burn per day, kilometers they jog, sent or received emails, pulse rate, sleep patterns, number of sexual partners or even the quality of sexual intercourse. Data are registered with special gadgets, such as fitness bracelets or smartphone applications. The digitally recorded data can then be assessed.

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    Aug 13, 2015

    Don’t Worry, Intelligent Life Will Reverse the Slow Death of the Universe

    by Giulio Prisco

    A scientific paper announcing that the universe is slowly dying is making waves on the Internet. But don’t worry, intelligent life will be able to do something about that.

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    Aug 9, 2015

    The Pharmacology of Morality


    SmartDrugsSmart takes a deep dive with Dr. Molly Crockett into the world of moral decision-making.  A recent study shows how two common medications can sway moral judgments, and Dr. Crockett provides an up-close look into the experiments’ design and its conclusions.  Could we be inadvertently chemically altering our moral intuitions more than we realize?



    Aug 8, 2015

    Free Will, Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation - interview with Terry Hyland

    by Hank Pellissier

    Terry Hyland is Emeritus Professor at University of Bolton, UK and Lecturer in Philosophy at Free University of Ireland, teaching courses in mindfulness. He has written over 150 articles, 19 book chapters and 6 books. His book Mindfulness and Learning was published by Springer in 2011. I interviewed him via email.

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    Jul 25, 2015

    Transhumanist Therapy II: A Century of Electronic Psychotherapy

    by William Sims Bainbridge

    While less controversial than it was fifty years ago, psychotherapy is an anomalous feature of modern culture, plagued by defects.  Among its shortcomings, psychotherapy has made remarkably little use of information technologies. This blog considers electronic devices to measure human emotional response, that may have been stigmatized by their use in radical religious movements, or by their origins in primitive attempts a century ago to cure neurotics.  I do not recommend simply adopting those religious or therapeutic practices, but adapting the technology to new uses.  A mentally healthy individual could employ emotion-sensing hardware to identify personal goals, consider the meaning of past events, and explore future possibilities.

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    Jul 16, 2015

    Transhumanism – The Final Religion?

    by Dirk Bruere

    After several decades of relative obscurity Transhumanism as a philosophical and technological movement has finally begun to break out of its strange intellectual ghetto and make small inroads into the wider public consciousness. This is partly because some high profile people have either adopted it as their worldview or alternatively warned against its potential dangers. Indeed, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama named it “The world’s most dangerous idea” in a 2004 article in the US magazine Foreign Policy, and Transhumanism’s most outspoken publicist, Ray Kurzweil, was recently made director of engineering at Google, presumably to hasten Transhumanism’s goals.

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