challenging religious privilege in public life

Pathway to global climate catastrophe is clear

Global climate catastrophe could be nearer than we think. The Greenland ice sheet could begin a process of irreversible melting.

A Dozen Ways A Smaller Population Is Better

We don't have to dive deep into economic theory or the future of technology to glimpse some potential benefits of a slimmer, grayer population.

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Artificial intelligence will be here soon

Over the last few years I have gone from an AGI skeptic to being significantly worried about how soon it will likely come to exist.

Human Numbers Are Affecting Everything Including World Peace and Survival

The rule seems to be never mention human numbers as a factor in loss of democracy, decent livelihood, environmental protections, etc.

Embryo Editing to Cure Genetic Disease Has Advanced Considerably

We're talking about genetic diseases that come down to a simple gene, so a good argument can be made for CRISPR germline editing.

The dogma of infallibility lies at the heart of the overpopulation problem

There is a nearly total lack of awareness that the problem of contraception is related to the problem of papal infallibility.

Biotechnology, synthetic biology keys to humans colonizing other planets

Living anywhere in our Solar System beyond Earth will require the same level of protection that an astronaut needs while walking in space.

The Physical Effects of Living in Space Could Create a New Human Species

If early colonies are restocked with new recruits from Earth, physiological changes will be modest. But subsequent colonists may sever the umbilical.
IT'S A GOOD BET THAT COLONISTS WILL TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN DESTINY

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