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Technology is a liberator, especially when it’s risky

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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Will of the universe: does an impersonal god exist?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Fitting for this site, let’s talk about belief – my belief. At times, I am convinced there is a will of the universe. Call it a type of fatalism. I believe when people talk of God, they are in fact talking […]

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Human nation under one language… the future?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A borderless world, a human nation, a global patria*, a world government. These terms will attract you either fervent supporters or legions of enemies, but they are part of the steamroller of history. There is an inevitability to them. Zoltan […]

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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 […]

Brexit would be bad, but is a useful specter

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A Brexit would be bad for science and welfare – two important pillars of modernity in Britain. It would be a historic step back. Much of the funding towards welfare originates in the European Union, meaning that the rug would be pulled […]

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 […]

The future is lost unless it gives gifts to all

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Around this Christmas, I received review copies of Visions of the Future and other important Lifeboat Foundation books. Primarily collections of essays authored by other Lifeboat Foundation members (compare to my own main futurist work, the pocket-size Catalyst thesis that you can […]

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 […]

Evolution is immoral, but it’s still real

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A point made by many proponents of the Biblical creation story over modern scientific explanations for the diversity of life will use the argument that evolution lays the basis for an “immoral” view of the world. Supporters of the accepted scientific model […]

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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