Richard Axel and Linda Buck Awarded Nobel Prize in MedicineTuesday, October 05, 2004
Posted by NanoAging.com: Hi, The guys from NanoAging.com want to let you know that the Nobel Prize in medicine for 2004 has arrived. Here is an insert about the press release: “The sense of smell long remained the most enigmatic of our senses. The basic principles for recognizing and remembering about 10,000 different odours were not understood. This year’s Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine have solved this problem and in a series of pioneering studies clarified how our olfactory system works. They discovered a large gene family, comprised of some 1,000 different genes (three per cent of our genes) that give rise to an equivalent number of olfactory receptor types. These receptors are located on the olfactory receptor cells, which occupy a small area in the upper part of the nasal epithelium and detect the inhaled odorant molecules.” --NanoAgingRead full article
‘The Singularity Saga’ set in The World of 2036Friday, October 01, 2004
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The case for human enhancementTuesday, September 28, 2004
I posted to Always On a short article titled ”The case for human enhancement”, with a summary of the Fukuyama’s ”The World’s Most Dangerous Ideas - Transhumanism” on Foreign Policy and the replies of Ron Bailey and Nick Bostrom. It is interesting to watch the comments of readers of a “mainstream” magazine.Read full article
All members can now submit postsFriday, September 24, 2004
In the framework of the upgrade of the WTA site, we have completed the transition of this blog to a new and improved release. The most important new feature is that all members can now submit posts to the Transhumanity blog. To do so, follow the link provided in the “Submit article” page or go directly to the publishing and editing interface located at http://transhumanism.org/admin.php and use the PUBLISH option.
As soon as your post is approved by an editor, it will be published and show up on Transhumanity. If your post is not approved for publishing, the editor will leave a comment at the beginning of your text explaining why your post has been rejected. You can then make changes by using the EDIT option and resubmit. On final approval, the editor may lock your post to prevent further editing.
Please publish your thoughts on Transhumanity for all transhumanists to read and discuss. Please note that if you are a full member of the WTA you can apply for a membership level with more privileges, including directly posting to Transhumanity and other WTA blogs. To apply for a higher membership level, please write to the WTA Secretary.
MVT-based Truth Speaking Machines & Primal hYpnosisSaturday, September 18, 2004
By Steve Nichols - Progress report and appeal from the radical posthuman-NOW! faction .....Read full article
The Libertarian-Transhumanist Philosophical PlatformSaturday, September 18, 2004
Herein is given a summary of my entire current world-view. This is intended to be a work in progress which I will update over time. I name this world-view 'Libertarian-Transhumanism'.
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Engineering Better CitizensWednesday, September 01, 2004
Human enhancement doesn’t guarantee better democracy, but better democracy may require human enhancement
By James Hughes
Change Surfing - 9/1/2004
Ecstasy and the Transhuman MetaphysicTuesday, July 13, 2004
The human subject is in a crisis. Technology is alienating the individual from the world, from other individuals, and from itself. We cling desperately to the belief of a ghost in the shell, even as this tiny ghost is being drowned in the sea of information. The situation we find ourselves in, that of a modern human in a postmodern environment, is illustrated nowhere as beautifully as in the cyberpunk anime movies Ghost in the Shell. All religions are founded upon first-hand visionary experiences of alternate realities. All religious mysticism shares the common aspects of personal ecstasy. We have new technologies of ecstasy to help bring us into this new paradigm. Religious authorities, especially in the West, have never been comfortable with ecstasy. Attempts have been made, and will be made again, to control the mental states leading to ecstasy because of this decentralizing tendency.Read full article
Battle Plan to Be More than WellThursday, June 03, 2004
Transhumanism is finally getting in gear
By James Hughes
6/3/2004 1:38 PM
If you could go back to the 17th or 18th century and advise some of the first democratic revolutionaries, what would you tell them? What should their priorities have been? How could Voltaire, Joseph Priestley or Ben Franklin more effectively have built a movement for a new social contract based on the rights of persons?
The spectacular successes and errors are pretty clear in hindsight. Sam Adams’ Sons of Liberty and Committees of Correspondence passed radical tracts around the British colonies in North America and led a spectacular popular anti-imperialist revolution. Their absolutely clear points of unity were “no taxation without representation” and no coercive billeting of British soldiers in colonists’ homes. Some of the radicals wanted to push the democratic revolution further and abolish slavery. But to the lasting shame of the American experiment, the revolutionaries decided they needed to preserve the tenuous unity of the anti-imperialist coalition—Northern mercantilists and Southern landowners—and put the slavery question on the back burner.
What are the choices before those of us working to create a global transhuman democracy in this century? Some agendas, such as healthy life extension, will be widely popular and win us allies and coalition partners. Some, such as a right to inheritable genetic modification, will be seen as bizarre and crazy and make it harder to find allies in the short-term, but then suddenly snap into focus for our audience in five or 15 years. Some issues will be consensual for transhumanists, and others will require internal political struggle between advocates of radically different strategies and ends. The barricades are going up and we need to start talking strategy.
This April, the World Transhumanist Association (WTA) met for its first global board meeting in Oxford, England and these questions were very much on our minds. For those who don’t know, the WTA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the use of technology for improving human bodies and lives. I’ve been on the board since 2002. And while we’ve had many successes since then, the future has never looked brighter then it did after this meeting.Read full article
Review of Gmail, Google Groups 2 (beta)Thursday, May 13, 2004
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nanoTranshumanism: Total Body RevisionMonday, May 03, 2004
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Video coverage of the WTA Board meeting in OxfordThursday, April 29, 2004
James Hughes has posted on Cyborg Democracy a summary of the main conclusion of the WTA Board meeting in Oxford: “After a very productive weekend of brainstorming in Oxford England, April 16-18, the Board of the World Transhumanist Association chose J. Hughes as their Executive Director, and consensed on six new programs of activity...”. This downloadable file (right click and save) is a video coverage of the event. The three minutes video clip requires MP3 and DivX. All participants but Theo and myself appear at least once.
Lifeline Nutraceuticals Receives $8 Million Letter of Intent for Additional FundingMonday, April 26, 2004
From a Lifeline Nutraceuticals press release: DENVER, COLORADO, APR. 26, 2004. Lifeline Nutraceuticals, Inc. (Lifeline) announced today that is has received an eight million dollar ($8,000,000) Letter of Intent for funding from a prominent investment firm that provides capital and advisory services to small and mid-cap companies. The firm was specifically established to make direct investments in “companies with substantial growth potential in emerging market segments.” The firm’s analysts have evaluated Lifeline’s management team, business model and product candidates, and have committed to provide this level of financing through an institutional/retail Private Placement. The financing arrangement also includes stock warrants that, if exercised, raise the total amount of funding to twelve million dollars ($12,000,000).Read full article
Content Management System updatedMonday, April 26, 2004
We updated this website to a new release of the Content Management System. Now Transhumanity runs on Expression Engine 1.0. As we are still testing the new installation, please help us by leaving a comment here about any problem that you may encounter.Read full article
Spiritual Dimensionality of Artistic Creation: Albert Einstein and Sensory Experience of ArtSunday, April 25, 2004
The following freelance feature article is a follow up to previous articles published on Transhumanism.com. The referenced articles to which this current article are related include:
(1) Nature of Time Travel: Altering Fabric of Natural Physical Universe
URL address: http://transhumanism.com/index.php/weblog/more/140/
(2) Preparing A Place Offered to Explain Expansion and Acceleration of the Natural Physical Universe
URL address: http://transhumanism.com/index.php/weblog/more/120/
The number 1 in Albert Einstein’s imaginary time variable is a number expressing the total sum of all particles at a specific point in the space / time continuum. Number 1 is referred to as unity.
Unity can represent a Universal Energy Stream as expressed by the oriental concept of Tao. Negativity of number 1 in reference to Albert Einstein’s imaginary time variable reflects continual reversal of progressive movement of all particles at a specific point in the time / space continuum.