book review | Dan Brown’s Inferno, KurzweilAI — Dan Brown’s latest action thriller Inferno follows art historian Robert Langdon in a fast-paced roller-coaster hunt for the source of a genetic hack delivered to everyone on the planet via a highly contagious airborne virus. Continue reading Dan Brown’s Inferno
book review | The Transhumanist Wager, KurzweilAI, republished by io9 as The Transhumanist Wager and the terrifying struggle for the future.
Zoltan Istvan’s The Transhumanist Wager is an epic story of radical libertarian ideas, their enemies, and the violent global conflict that ensues, painted in strong saturated colors with little room for intermediate shades and character development.
After reading cover to cover, and then reading it more carefully, I have mixed love/hate feelings about this novel.
CLAWING AT SPECIALNESS: THE SOUL.
“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling… experience”.
So said Carl Sagan, but what did he mean by this? It is almost certainly a reference to the Copernican revolution and subsequent advances in astronomy, which have served to reveal just how vast and ancient the universe is, and how small, short-lived and insignificant the Earth and the life that crawls, swims and flies over it, is, in comparison.
In an article on The Telegraph, Royal Astronomer Sir Martin Rees writes on post-biological evolution, immortality, the Singularity, vast oceans of yet unknown science, and synthetic realities created by super-advanced civilizations.
I was first alerted of the recent “TED pseudoscience debate” by Ben Goertzel’s “Statement on the Recent TED/Psi/Consciousness Controversy.” Then this morning I received the newsletter of the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS), with more info.