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The Superfluous Man?

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7 months ago

So Hanna Rosin is getting some attention by playing with the big idea that “men are finished.” That doesn’t mean they will literally disappear. It’s just women don’t need them anymore.  Well, for the foreseeable future, they will continue to need them for their sperm and for sexual enjoyment ...

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The News About the Universe Isn't Good

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8 months ago

Let me remind you of why I think all the Singularity talk about making what used to be called personal immortality possible by turning each of us into conscious machines is ridiculous. We could only become immortal--or like the gods--by using our capacity for techno-control to impose our ...

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Should Atheists Be Transhumanists?

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8 months ago

The “visionary” and “philosopher” Zoltan Istvan says that, as an atheist, he must be a transhumanist.  You probably  think I’m going to start mocking transhumanism again.  Once again, you’ve misjudged me. I actually think what Ishtan says makes some sense.  Atheists of old didn’t think ...

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Clones Are Us?

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8 months ago

So the excellent editor of The New Atlantis, maybe our best journal on technology and society, reflects on the HBO series Stay of Play.  It’s all about the parents finding too much personal meaning through their kids’ athletic accomplishments  It’s one example among many (a good one, though) of ...

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The Greatness of Thanksgiving

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8 months ago

Michael Schaeffer of the New Republic claims that Thanksgiving is our greatest holiday. Well, it’s not. But Schaeffer does do well in finding much of the greatness there is in Thanksgiving in what it is not. 1. There is no giving of presents. That, I think, is a relief all around. 2. There ...

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All Presidents Lie, But...

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9 months ago

So Republicans are starting to compare the signature lies of President Clinton and President Obama.  Here they are: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”  “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your ...

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Solzhenitsyn and the One True Progress

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9 months ago

Judging from their mid-term essays, I would say that among the many and diverse books and essays we've read so far in my course in technology, the one that has impressed the students the most is the Russian anti-communist dissident and writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's "We Have Ceaser to See the ...