Philosopher David Pearce on Serious Wonder Podcast #3

David Pearce is a British utilitarian philosopher. He believes and promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. His book-length internet manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmacology, and neurosurgery could potentially converge to…

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BOX: The Synthesis of Real and Digital Space

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0017OFRCY” locale=”us” height=”120″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LAkVypvAL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Engineers are conducting symphonies of art with the use of 6-axis industrial robots, blurring the lines between the digital and real dimensions. Our imaginations are spilling into the world around us in exponential ways. Each new technology created is another paint brush for future artists to wield. Immerse yourself…

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Calico: Googlecare And The Age Of Immortality

Larry Page recently announced a new health and wellness venture called Calico. In his Google+ post he said: “Art and I are excited about tackling aging and illness.  These issues affect us all—from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on…

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Space Dreams

Think about this. A child sends their favorite toy into space on a [easyazon-link asin=”B0081UGJ9W” locale=”us”]weather balloon[/easyazon-link]. A camera documents the entire trip, and when the chest lands, they go track it down with a GPS enabled treasure map. In a matter of hours, their toy is so much more than a prized possession; it has…

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Will Virtual Reality Make Us Gods?

According to a new Kickstarter campaign “The next generation of virtual reality is here. Until now, there hasn’t been a way to truly immerse yourself into virtual worlds in a way that allows natural, full-body interaction. Oculus Rift gave us a window to see them and the Virtuix Omni will let us walk through them, but…

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Digital Addiction and Internet Age Shamans

Drugs can be defined as anything that changes an individual’s conscious state, whether chemical or technological, can cause our experience of life to be altered. I will elaborate on this principle by discussing the technological hallucinations we are currently intoxicated by. [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B007P4VOWC” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZF%2BlJj4NL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Terence Mckenna,  an American psychonaut, lecturer, and writer,…

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Cognition Control Part 2: Navigating Hedonic Highways

To read Part One of this article, click here. [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0871544237″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51W0XK30J2L._SL160_.jpg” width=”117″]The hedonic treadmill, or ‘adaptation’ as its been coined, is the human ability to quickly return to a baseline of happiness regardless of emotionally traumatic or even physically traumatic experiences. Researchers have found that statistically, it does not matter if…

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Cognition Control: How to Operate Your Awareness

Cognition Control Manual:  A philosophical drivers education for operating awareness along dendritic highways of the mind. Our brains contain miles upon miles of dendritic highways. Our awareness of these roads comes from within a perceptual windshield built upon our experiences, memories and thoughts. With this understanding of how the brain operates, how do we take…

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