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Lincoln Cannon
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Technologist and Philosopher
Technologist and Philosopher

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12 real smart drugs improve memory, focus, and mood so you can work, learn, and live better. #nootropics #limitless
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There’s something reinvigorating about watching the demographics of our politicians shift to match the demographics of our communities. It reinforces my hope for a better world, in which our cooperation and compassion continue to expand, and save us.
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‪Humanity won’t attain a world-creative magnitude of superintelligence unless such superintelligence created our world. I don’t have the anatomic capacity fully to assess the efficacy (let alone fully to comprehend the goals) of such a creator. Natural theology requires humility.‬
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From a resurrected version of the Smith family log home, my family and I continue along a dirt path into the grove — a forest. It’s high summer. It’s humid. But thick green foliage absorbs the heat and scatters the light. We’re cool and other-worldly.
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Tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson has written a brief plan for the future of humanity. He's concerned about global catastrophic risks associated with technology. And he intends his plan to start a conversation, prefacing it with the disclaimer that he, like everyone else, has biases and shortcomings. So he's interested in hearing and understanding other perspectives on his plan. To that end, here are my own biased thoughts.
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Wesley Smith at the National Review is writing about Transhumanism again. And again, he's misrepresenting Transhumanism and its relationship with religion. These misrepresentations are not the only problems with his latest article. For example, he's also engaging in poor reasoning about the potential of brain emulation and the nature of consciousness. But I'm going to ignore the technical topics (where Wesley is easily excused) and focus on the ideological topics, where Wesley should know better.
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Transhumanists, at least the more far-sighted among us, imagine the possibility that humanity will evolve into superintelligent capacities, indefinitely long lives, ethical and esthetic sensibilities that we cannot presently imagine, and perhaps even minds whose thoughts constitute nothing less than the creation of new worlds. But perhaps we don't often enough or deeply enough consider pluralities of superhumanity. Perhaps the awe or bewilderment or exuberance of imagining one such being blinds or distracts us from considering communities of such beings.
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Writing for the major US Catholic journal, Commonweal Magazine, Mary McDonough contends that "life-extension funders should rethink their research." Her main reason is that she believes the funds used for life extension research would be better spent on efforts to solve problems such as poverty, starvation, human-rights violations, and terrorism. But I think she should rethink her criticism. And I'll explain why.
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The April 2018 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) just wrapped up yesterday. The LDS Church is the largest Mormon denomination, consisting of nearly 16 million members. I'm one of them. During the semi-annual conferences, I often share some of my thoughts via Twitter and then share a lightly edited list of those thoughts here on my blog. As usual, the thoughts contain affirmations, questions, criticisms, and elaborations, aiming to cultivate more thoughtful engagement with the conference. I invite your constructive feedback, whether you agree or disagree, and whether you're LDS, or Mormon, or otherwise.
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