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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Ramez Naam is the author of two SF books – Nexus and Crux – dealing with a mind linking nano-drug that he believes theoretically possible. He is also the author of the non-fiction book More Than Human – Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. He serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Accelerating Change, is a Senior Associate of the Foresight Institute, is a member of the World Future Society and is a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
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This interview originally appeared at The Eternities is republished here with permission.
It’s easy to predict that Dan Brown’s Inferno will be a bestseller, probably followed by a successful film, and the first introduction to transhumanism for millions of readers. This is an important moment in the history of transhumanism – but good or bad? I participated in a discussion organized by London Futurists via Hangouts On Air.
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