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Aaron Franz – History of a Time to Come: Transhumanism and Popular Culture – Part One

January 22, 2015

In a follow-up to our previous interview Transhumanism: Man’s Scientific Rise to Godhood, Aaron Franz returns to discuss transhumanism and popular culture. This is a two part interview. Part two is here

Whether prophecy, predictive programming or outright propaganda, cinema, television and literature both past and present are rife with visions of a future in which humanity is transformed, enslaved or even annihilated by technology run amok. Science fiction, fantasy and other speculative forms foresee a time when robots, cyborgs and genetically engineered supermen manipulate the masses, artificial intelligence arises to rival and even surpass human intelligence, and humanity finally merges with machines to achieve Godlike immortality. It’s a dream to some, a nightmare to others. From Brave New World to Blade Runner, from The Machine to Metropolis, and from Star Trek to The Six Million Dollar Man, we explore the hopes, fears, threats and promises of a future in which being human may no longer be enough.

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Brad Fiedel ‘Terminator 2’ OST
Hawkwind ‘Utopia’

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Aaron Franz – Transhumanism: Man’s Scientific Rise to Godhood

January 10, 2015

Aaron Franz discusses his book Revolve: Man’s Scientific Rise to Godhood. Artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, implantable chips, and life extension. These and many other technologies are being promoted as the way for humanity to become something radically different. The transhumanist movement claims that by applying such technologies to our biology, we will become post-human. But behind this techno-utopian vision lurk the spectres of eugenics, mind control, police state propaganda, the end of privacy, and maybe even the end of the human race itself.

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Stephen Hurrell – Dinosaurs and the Expanding Earth

December 30, 2014

Stephen Hurrell discusses his book Dinosaurs and the Expanding Earth. When the book was first published it proposed a startling idea to explain the long-standing puzzle of the dinosaurs’ vast size. Some paleontologists have suggested that many dinosaurs’ bones were simply not strong enough to support their enormous weight. Hurrell, however, presented scientific evidence that dinosaurs lived in reduced gravity and this allowed them to grow to gigantic proportions. The Reduced Gravity Earth theory explains why life – including dinosaurs, plants and insects – evolved towards a larger scale on the ancient Earth. It is also a key piece of evidence that provides additional support for an Expanding Earth, something a number of leading geologists have been suggesting for decades. Expanding Earth theory postulates that hundreds of millions of years ago, our planet was much, much smaller, gradually growing over time as it accrued material from elsewhere in the solar system.

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James Maxlow – The Expanding Earth

December 21, 2014

World-renowned geologist James Maxlow discusses the theory of Expansion Tectonics. In a startling challenge to conventional geology, Expansion Tectonics suggests that the Earth has not always been the same size. Hundreds of millions of years ago, it may have been much, much smaller, with vast implications for the past, present and future of life on this planet. A single super-continent called Pangaea dominated Earth 300 million years ago. But whereas Plate Tectonics states that it existed surrounded by a huge super-ocean, Expansion Tectonics suggests that it covered the entire planetary surface. As the planet expanded – about 100 million years ago – so the spaces currently occupied by the great oceans opened up.

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Bernardo Kastrup – Why Materialism is Baloney

October 16, 2014

Bernardo Kastrup discusses his book Why Materialism Is Baloney: How true skeptics know there is no death and fathom answers to life, the universe, and everything. What is consciousness? What is reality? Does mind arise from the universe or the universe from mind? The present framing of the cultural debate in terms of materialism versus religion has allowed materialism to go unchallenged as the only rationally-viable metaphysics. Why Materialism Is Baloney seeks to change this. It uncovers the absurd implications of materialism and then presents a hard-nosed non-materialist metaphysics substantiated by skepticism, empirical evidence, and clear logical reasoning. It lays out a coherent framework upon which one can interpret and make sense of every natural phenomenon and physical law, as well as the modalities of human consciousness, without materialist assumptions.

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Kingsley Dennis – The Phoenix Generation

October 3, 2014

Kingsley Dennis discusses his book The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousness. Humanity is entering a momentous phase in its history. Being born today is a generation of children that will radically reinvent human society, moving our culture from competition, control, and censorship toward connection, communication, and compassion. The Phoenix Generation’s impact will begin to be felt in 2030, but there much to do to prepare for their arrival.

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Simon G. Powell – Darwin’s Unfinished Business

August 7, 2014

Simon G. Powell discusses his book Darwin’s Unfinished Business – The Self-Organizing Intelligence of Nature. Darwin’s theory of evolution is undoubtedly one of the most important scientific ideas of the modern age, explaining the existence of both life and consciousness without recourse to divine intervention. Yet how do we interpret evolution? How do we evaluate the ability of Nature to engineer something as exquisite as the genetic code or the human brain? Could it be that evolution is an intelligent process? Is Nature smart? According to most scientists, the answer is no. While humanity may be intelligent and purposeful, the natural processes that crafted us are deemed to be devoid of such attributes.

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Ervin Laszlo – The Self-Actualizing Cosmos

August 1, 2014

Ervin Laszlo discusses his book The Self-Actualizing Cosmos – The Akasha Revolution in Science and Human Consciousness. Science evolves through alternating phases of ‘normal’ science and radical shifts that create scientific revolutions. We saw this at the turn of the 20th century, when science shifted from a Newtonian worldview to Einstein’s relativity paradigm, and again with the shift to the quantum paradigm. Now, as we recognize the nonlocal interconnection of all things in space and time, we find our scientific worldview shifting once again.

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Stephen Buhner – Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Part Two

June 10, 2014

Stephen Buhner discusses his book Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth which reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. It shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligence in Nature as kindred beings, once again become wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world.

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Stephen Buhner – Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Part One

June 3, 2014

Stephen Buhner discusses his book Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth which reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. It shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligence in Nature as kindred beings, once again become wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world.

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