challenging religious privilege in public life



Systems Biology and the Coming of “Big” Science

This truly remarkable time in the biological sciences has the opportunity to effectively attack some of the most fundamental problems of society.

Genetic screening to enhance IQ should be embraced

There could be a way of predicting – and preventing – which children will go on to have low intelligence.

How Should Humanity Steer the Future? The Leverage and Centrality of Mind

Human minds as they currently exist are not capable of effecting our most desirable present and future.

Common Sense Would Dispel Religion

In the end, if common sense is used, we will discount the whole of the Christian religion as a mass of mythological stories.

Was Jesus Real?

The conclusion is inescapable. Jesus never existed. It might shock the average Christian, but as you see, it's not so ridiculous an assertion after all.

Startling progress in brain simulation

Brain simulation is the idea of imitating and hopefully emulating the natural brains connections and processes using a computer-based model.

Taking over from evolution: how technology could enhance humanity

The 21st century and beyond promises an array of novel methods for enhancing human cognition.

A philosophical quest for our biggest problems

The first big problem is death. Roughly 90 percent of everybody who has been alive has died by now.

Five ways the superintelligence revolution might happen

Assuming that scientific progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.

Brain-machine interfaces as a challenge to the “moment of singularity”

We cannot flee the challenge of delaying or avoiding Ray Kurzweil's prediction. We must embrace it. That is our responsibility.