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David Pearce's answer: Millions of gamers across the world enjoy playing Plague Inc: Evolved (PC) The object of the game is to eradicate the human species by evolving pathogens via a complex set of variables to simulate the severity and spread of the plague. Tomorrow's CRISPR-based "gene drives" ...
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+Darius Gabriel Black, yes, one of +Eliezer Yudkowsky's most memorable quotes. I agree with a lot of your points. But at the very least one would hope knowledgeable insiders weigh their words and published work carefully. Most researchers on CRISPR/Cas9 -based gene drives aren't focused on biosecurity but rather biosafety issues.
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A series of experiments in mice has led to what some are calling “one of the more important aging discoveries ever."
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Transhumanism doesn't have a political axis - at best, it's a special interest or maybe philosophy, and therefore I see no need for a 'Transhumanist Party'.

Political parties are formed around values and beliefs about human nature. Do you value liberty, life, wealth, work ethic? Traditionalism or progress?

Transhumanists span the entire range of political and social values, so I don't see how it's possible to place those values under a single umbrella, the 'Transhumanist Party'.

There are conservative transhumanists, progressive transhumanists, socialist transhumanists, capitalist transhumanists, anarcho-transhumanists.

There is no Transhumanist Party.
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Towards a "who", not a "which", for every sentient being - and the policies to match...
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/insider/standards-editors-notebook-is-a-cow-a-who-or-a-which.html
The associate masthead editor for standards, Philip B. Corbett, considers the prickly, philosophical question.
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Odd way to title the article... I only consider the context "he" or "she", giving the status of being a "who" by default.
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Should sentient beings be vivisected? Does the pursuit of knowledge justify crimes against sentience?
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/oxford-university-tops-list-for-experimentation-on-animals-a6845456.html
Oxford conducts more tests on animals in its laboratories than any other UK university, new figures show. It heads a list compiled by the anti-vivisection organisation Cruelty Free International, with 226,739 animals used in experiments in 2014.
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not Unit 731 (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731) but still ethically indefensible.
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"summoning the demon" Are we looking in the wrong place...
http://cok.net/inv/hormel/
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Apparently women are responsible for 73% of online exclamation marks; but what percentage of apologies? 
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2016/jan/06/just-not-sorry-email-plug-in-helps-women-be-more-assertive 
Women use too much self-deprecating language in their emails, apparently – but can a new Gmail add-on really help them communicate with more authority?
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What should we do if it transpires that depression is a disorder of opioid function?
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2076481-tiny-doses-of-opioid-could-be-first-fast-anti-suicide-drug/
The opioid buprenorphine reduces people's thoughts of taking their own life after just a week, so it could fill the gap until slow-acting treatments kick in
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I say legalize everything and wait for stoned/tripping/nodding off airmen to accidentally NORAD and destroy all life on the earth's surface.
Hopefully the navy can get anything at hydrothermal vents so sentience can't re-evolve before the sun becomes a red giant.
Then again, Zika might take care of the whole humans being sentient issue.
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What is our responsibility to past generations?
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160128122011.htm
New research is broadening perspectives on time and space. Scientists challenge the long-held presumption that time evolution -- the incessant unfolding of the universe over time -- is an elemental part of Nature.
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 See too Lev Vaidman, who combines Everett with the two-state vector approach: what we call the future causally explains our existence as much as the past...
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qm-manyworlds/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-state_vector_formalism
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Another cosmic mystery bites the dust?
http://www.livescience.com/23500-why-men-love-breasts.html
Straight men are programmed to love breasts so that they'll play with them during sex, which triggers the woman's maternal bonding circuitry.
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this is retarded. we ALL love breasts. we are MAMMALS. even named after them... Can you imagine a mammal disinterested in tits?  May all the evopsych profs stop rationalizing their own biased viewpoints and do some actual science someday...
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Once upon a winter's day keepers at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia, offered up a goat as a hearty snack for a Siberian tiger named Cupid.
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Explaining the monstrous horror of Darwinian life...
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v529/n7587/full/529462a.html
Matt Ridley reassesses Richard Dawkins's pivotal reframing of evolution, 40 years on.
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but could selfish genetic elements ensure life has a happy ending...http://www.gene-drives.com
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“The only difference between reality and fiction, is that fiction needs to be credible.” (Mark Twain) A very stupid bill...
http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/blackburn-legal-high-ban-benefit-dealers-929
Two case studies in different areas of the UK demonstrate that a blanket ban on all psychoactive substances isn't going to have nearly the kind of effect the Home Office believes it will.
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Making substances illegal has failed miserably so many times, I wonder why educated people continue that path. This reminds me of Einsteins definition of insanity. I guess, in this day and age, political gamesmanship still distracts from decriminalization and treatment. 

I have seen progress in my (mumbles a number) years though. Police and the courts seem to be more savvy about mental illness and addiction than ever before. There's even training on the matters being implemented. It seems that our parliaments may be a little behind. 
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