A Non-trivial Pursuit of Happiness – Paradise Engineering with David Pearce :-)

It is non-trivial for a couple of reasons: a) the pursuit of this vision of happiness is not trivial - ...
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Review of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari – Steve Fuller

My sociology of knowledge students read Yuval Harari’s bestselling first book, Sapiens, to think about the right frame of reference ...
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NASA Provides Free Access to All Published Research

NASA recently announced that it is providing free open access to all its published research - "Public access to NASA-funded ...
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‘Wake Enhancement’: Is sleep better than medicine?

'Wake Enhancement': Is sleep better than medicine? Are well rested people happier and more productive people? We have ways of ...
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Lawrence Krauss, Ben Goertzel and Steve Omohundro on the Perils of Prediction

Panel on the Perils of Prediction where Lawrence Krauss , Steve Omohundro and Ben Goertzel set sail on an epic ...
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Buddhism, and the Enlightenment values of discovering What Is?

David Pearce and I recently discussed relating Buddhism to the abolitionist project - both have the reduction of suffering located ...
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Singularity Skepticism or Advocacy – to what extent is it warranted?

Why are some people so skeptical of the possibility of Super-intelligent Machines, while others take it quite seriously? Hugo de ...
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Grand Unifying Theories in Physics with Sundance

Sundance describes particle physics and covers two grand unifying theories: super string theory and quantum loop gravity, then discusses the ...
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Finding Value & Beauty in Fundamental Physics – Interview with Physicist Sundance

In this interview, Sundance covers his background in physics, the value of fundamental research in physics (and science in general), ...
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Conference: Thinking Machines in the Physical World

"Thinking Machines in the Physical World” invites cross-disciplinary conversations about the opportunities and threats presented by advances in cognitive computing: ...
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Application Driven Science vs Curiosity Inspired Science

Given that it's hard to know what will be found through scientific discovery should commercial application be the only reason ...
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Should We Re-Engineer Ourselves to Phase Out our Violent Nature?

David Pearce reflects on the motivation for human enhancement to phase out our violent nature. Do we want to perpetuate ...
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Materialism vs Physicalism (and Strawsonian Physicalism) with David Pearce

David Pearce (interviewed by Adam Ford) discusses the difference between Physicalism & Materialism - and also discusses Strawsonian Physicalism - ...
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Global Catastrophic Risks – Jamais Cascio

Part of the 2015 interview Jamais Cascio focused on the Global Catastrhopic Risks, Existential Risks and empathy.  It was both ...
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Philosophy of Science

a branch of philosophy concerned with the foundations, methods, and implications of science. The central questions concern what counts as science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the purpose of science. This discipline overlaps with metaphysics, ontology and epistemology, for example, when it explores the relationship between science and truth.

Epistemology

questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification.

Unprecedented Technological Growth

Over the last few decades we have seen unprecedented technological change.   Our ability to visualize impacts of technological convergence in the short, medium and long term is detrimental to our survival.  With informed estimates of possible futures, we can hope to achieve clearer visions for a better future, let’s leverage growth in powerful new technologies  to solve global problems.

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