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The Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) announced that the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won. The spectacular result achieved by 21st Century Medicine researchers provides the first demonstration that near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable.
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Researching Carl Sagan’s thoughts on religion I stumbled upon a Washington Post article titled “Carl Sagan denied being an atheist. So what did he believe? [Part 1].” The article led me to the “mysterian” thoughts of the late and very lamented Martin Gardner.
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Editor’s note: As real estate agents say, location is everything. In this essay Extropia DaSilva scouts the best locations for future colonies in the solar system and outlines the challenges and options for colonists in several prime locations.
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The India Awakens Conference will explore the convergence of Eastern and Western science and spirituality, with speakers representing both geographic and thematic sides – East and West, science and spirituality, and the intersections thereof. The Conference will take place in Kolkata, India, on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Please note that the date is still tentative and subject to possible revision.
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Physicist Richard Jones, author of the (highly recommended) nanotechnology book “Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life” and editor of the Soft Machines blog, has written a short book provocatively titled “Against Transhumanism – The delusion of technological transcendence.” The book, an edited compilation of essays previously published on Soft Machines and IEEE Spectrum, is free to download.
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Swami Vivekananda, spiritual guide and profound inspirer to millions in India and around the world was born on this day, the 12th of January, 1863 in Calcutta.
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William Sims Bainbridge – the renowned sociologist and author of seminal papers on space colonization, virtual worlds, and new cosmic religions – gave a talk at the Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, January 10, 2016, followed by a Q/A session. I recorded a video via Facebook live streaming.
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The next Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, January 10, will feature a short talk by William Sims Bainbridge – the renowned sociologist and author of seminal papers on space colonization, virtual worlds, and new cosmic religions – followed by a Q/A session.
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As part of the Turing Church VR initiative to establish Turing Church groups in current and next-generation virtual worlds, we started regular meetings in Second Life.
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