Ramez Naam – The Transhuman Mind Meld

RamezNaamRamez Naam is the author of two SF books – Nexus and Crux – dealing with a mind linking nano-drug that he believes is theoretically possible. He is also the author of the non-fiction books More Than Human – Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement and, his latest on the power of innovation, The Infinite Resource – The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet.

Ramez serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Accelerating Change, is a Senior Associate of the Foresight Institute, is a member of the World Future Society and is a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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Can’t Cyborgs Have a Soul?

Roundtable discussion: With the ITLAD Walker / Open Minds discussion group based in Liverpool, UK.

What are the dangers to humanity as we move into an ever more technologised world? Do we risk the neglect of some latent ‘psycho-spiritual’ dimension? Or could the modern machine world be as natural as everything that has gone before?

Of Daemons and the Demonic: A Look at Consciousness Beyond the Corporeal

Roundtable discussion: With the ITLAD Walker / Open Minds discussion group, based in Liverpool, UK.

For most of its history, humankind has believed it is not alone, that there are beings that exist but are never – or rarely ever – seen. Spirits, pixies, elves, angels, devas, elementals, entities, daemons, demons …

Today, modern culture has been encouraged to believe only in the seen and the measurable. But is this an error?

What about intuition, imagination and inspiration, for example? From where do such insights originate? Solely the brain or from beyond?

‘It gradually unfolds and develops itself; you feel a slight electric shock strike your head and at the same time seize you at the heart; that is the moment of genius.’ George Louis de Buffon, mathematician and epileptic, as quoted in The Daemon, by Anthony Peake.

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Free Will vs Determinism

Roundtable discussion: With the ITLAD Walker / Open Minds discussion group, based in Liverpool, UK. Present in the discussion is the consciousness theorist and author, Anthony Peake.

Is free will possible or simply an illusion? For an introduction to the topic, see Neuroscience, free will and determinism: ‘I’m just a machine’.

Science’s War on Consciousness

Roundtable discussion: With the ITLAD Walker / Open Minds discussion group, based in Liverpool, UK.

Has the mindset of science seeped too far into the wider consciousness, displacing meaningful mythologies for what is only a method of inquiry, and sending individuals on philosophical quests that never conclude?  Could the search for objectivity actively work against the ‘higher faculties’ of our own subjective selves?

The title here is lightheartedly taken from two recent TED Talks, which the organisation saw fit to ban, an act perhaps illustrative of the scientific mindset’s immune system. These were Rupert Sheldrake’s ‘The Science Delusion’, which introduces the case that science has become a world-view with its own dogmas, and Graham Hancock’s ‘The War on Consciousness’, which argued for the necessity for both the individual, and culture at a global level, to reconnect with what the ancients and the aboriginal call ‘spirit’.