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Obsessed with equality: my techno-utopia?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

While not under any illusions that it will go viral, I’ve recently been narrating my techno-liberation thesis Catalyst to produce the audio book promised in the last post. Here is what I’ve done so far. I put together a YouTube […]

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Visions of the Future (@lifeboathq)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I’d like to draw your attention to my full review of Visions of the Future, published to h+ Magazine on 31 March 2016. My review of Prospects for Human Survival, also a Lifeboat Foundation book I got a review copy […]

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Synthetic biology… but will dragons exist?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Most people don’t understand what can now be done through modern understandings of biology. If the child in me could ask the pioneers of synthetic biology a question, it might be about dragons. While I am no biologist, I understood […]

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Who are your influences? (belief, philosophy)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Who are your influences? This is a question I have decided to think about recently, and I encourage you to do the same. Our ideas aren’t purely credited to us. We are all part of an almost infinite continuum of […]

Enernet: a vision of control or liberation?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

One idea that caught my eye while reading the essays compiled in Visions of the Future, a book from the grandiose Lifeboat Foundation, was the so-called “enernet”. Much like the “internet”, the enernet would be a network designed to make […]

Fusion power is not the answer

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The implications of nuclear fusion power as a panacea for the world’s energy needs are not good. There are better alternatives and I’d like to write about them again. As explained by nuclear power critic Linda Gunter in a recent […]

Myth of progress, reality of change

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Social progress, which is closely tied to the notion of modernity, has been a core belief of the so-called Western world since, possibly, the French Revolution. It is not without merit, but simplistic assertions that modern Western political systems are the best can obscure […]

Synbio scientists more than playing God

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is a fact that science now has the capacity to introduce whole new species. The means of such creation is synbio, synthetic biology. To people with conservative ideas about humanity and nature (James Hughes would say bioconservative) the rapid development of synbio […]

Why are science and technology not ending poverty?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je ne dis ces choses que dans la mesure où je considère que cela permet de les transformer. I do not say such things except insofar as I consider this to permit some transformation of things. Michel Foucault We have […]

Googling Google: bigotry and hypocrisy found

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Soyons fermes, purs et fidèles ; au bout de nos peines, il y a la plus grande gloire du monde, celle des hommes qui n’ont pas cédé. Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our sorrow, there […]

New horizons

posted by Harry J. Bentham

J’ai vécu. I survived. Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès This week has seen quite a few articles from me, so this post will be dedicated to summarizing those pieces and helping people find them. Writer’s block has never been a problem for me, and […]

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Should people stop being born? (beliefs)
Focusing on rather unusual beliefs, I'd like to look at one that isn't as unusual as you might think. The idea that people should not have kids. Should people consider the economic costs of having a family? Sure. No-one should bring up ...

posted 11:46:29pm Apr. 24, 2016 | read full post »

Obsessed with equality: my techno-utopia?
While not under any illusions that it will go viral, I've recently been narrating my techno-liberation thesis Catalyst to produce the audio book promised in the last post. Here is what I've done so far. I put together a YouTube video ...

posted 10:49:23pm Apr. 23, 2016 | read full post »

Technology is a liberator, especially when it's risky
As I said in the last post, the results are not always fantastic, but technology throughout history achieves a lot more good than bad. That's my argument in my thesis, Catalyst, from back in 2013. Each time I look back on that book authored ...

posted 11:55:25pm Apr. 17, 2016 | read full post »

Is ignorance a choice? Too much information
You may have heard the phrase, "in the age of information, ignorance is a choice". The quote is attributed to Donny Miller, a Christian spiritual writer. But is it true? Is ignorance a choice, or is something else going on in our overcrowded, ...

posted 9:43:58pm Apr. 16, 2016 | read full post »

How old are stories? (a theory)
In the start of the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick depicts a scene both reminiscent of human prehistory and evolution, and at the same time of mythology. An ape-like human ancestor is depicted first using a bone as a weapon, ...

posted 11:10:39pm Apr. 10, 2016 | read full post »

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