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Can any good come from a monstrous "super predator" and its "landscape of fear"? Or are we naive? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725135357.htm
Bears, wolves and other large carnivores are frightening beasts but the fear they inspire in their prey pales in comparison to that caused by the human 'super predator.' A new study demonstrates that smaller carnivores, like European badgers, that may be prey to large carnivores, actually perceive humans as far more frightening.
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Psychostimulants aren't nootropics ("smart drugs"); aerobic exercise, sleep discipline and smart nutrition are still the bedrock of emotional and cognitive health.
http://theconversation.com/why-smart-drugs-can-make-you-less-clever-62673
Some cognitive enhancers can reduce the brain power of high performers by weakening their memory.
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Modafinil (cf. http://www.modafinil.com) is more complicated.
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The post-CRISPR biosphere should be based on nociception not pain:
http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/pain/
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Is one solution to the problem of suffering to convert the rest of the world to radical eliminativism about consciousness?
http://www.utilitarianism.com/magnus-vinding/consciousness-realism.html
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Alas nonhuman animals aren't as sophisticated as some philosophers.
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Cryonics: should religious believers in eternal life consider taking out an insurance policy?
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23130800-200-the-big-freeze-welcome-to-the-cryogenic-revolution/
In Comfort, Texas, a disaster-proof complex will house 50,000 frozen people with plans to bring them back from the dead – and will help others to stay alive
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It seems like a rejection, or at least expressed doubt, in a central tenant of many religions that believe in some form of afterlife or reincarnation. I think it would be hard to reconcile. Leads to an interesting question: does this create a sort of selective pressure against those forms of religion?
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Time to get the death-factories shut and outlawed.
http://www.supermeat.co/
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Having nearly 8MB of image content to view a page should be outlawed!
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Does transhumanism or bioconservatism pose the greatest threat to the future of sentience?
http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/is-transhumanism-really-the-worlds-most-dangerous-idea/18394
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"There is no first-person point of view"? Or one knows only an egocentric world-simulation?
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/18/opinion/why-you-dont-know-your-own-mind.html
Experiments in cognitive science, neuroimaging and social psychology are overturning a trope of philosophy.
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Non-materialist physicalism (http://www.physicalism.com) is more empirically adequate, albeit insanely implausible.
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Phasing out the biology of suffering can make lifelong intelligent bliss seem normal and good.
http://www.livescience.com/55335-why-people-consider-normal-to-be-good.html
It's a common quirk of human psychology to make the mental leap that the way things are is the way things ought to be.
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Let's make preimplantation genetic screening and counselling the norm....
http://www.reproductive-revolution.com
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Should "dumb drugs" (cf. ethyl alcohol, anticholinergics) be legal and smart drugs (cf. modafinil.com) unlicensed?
http://www.techinsider.io/modafinil-is-an-effective-cognitive-enhancement-nootropic-2016-6
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Take beta-blockers to dull a bad memory, methylene blue to enhance a good memory?
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/methylene-blue-memory-loss-cure
Methylene blue increases activity in brain regions that control short-term memory
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+Al Hunt i don't remember.
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Let's use CRISPR and gene-drives to make super-niceness a genetically winning strategy.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160624154706.htm
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The pitfalls, of course, are many and varied: http://www.gene-drives.com
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