The Transhumanist Wager, by Zoltan Istvan

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.

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CLAWING AT SPECIALNESS: THE SOUL

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.

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Sir Martin Rees on super-advanced post-biological civilizations

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.

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