Fresh Dispatches From The Culture Wars
December 9th, 2013
The New York Times has published some delightful linkbait from their Snowden files about American intelligence agents searching for terror[...]
October 31st, 2013
Yesterday, I carried out a successful mission to deliver supplies to Mrs. Shuler and make a photographic and video record of the scene where[...]
Category Archives: Transhumanism
The cyberpunk genre had a remarkably-short shelf-life. Within a decade of its inauguration by writers like William Gibson, who coined the term “cyberspace,” cyberpunk had ceased to be fiction and become the news. Yet science fiction wrestled with the issues … Continue reading
This is just like an eight year-old me sitting at my grandfather’s manual typewriter and asking him where the “on” button was located.
Towards the end of a weeklong series of afternoon posts on transhumanism, I emailed Zinnia Jones, a YouTube personality who spoke out in one of the videos I ran, to ask some questions related to the transhumanist movement. Her answers … Continue reading
One reaction to transhumanism is fear: of potential abuse and misuse of technology, of further erosion in cultural values, of change to the very definition of human. Critics call it “playing god,” and indeed transhumanism does offer tremendous challenges to … Continue reading
Zinnia Jones is a YouTube sensation. She is also a transhumanist. In this video, Jones renders an excellent brief for the transhumanist movement as a positive philosophy of hope for the future — and the intellectual descendant of positive philosophies … Continue reading
In 1983, David Cronenberg directed a seminal film on the subject of transhumanism: Videodrome, in which technology affects our biology and virtual reality becomes the real. The unforgettable closing sequence has become a pivotal moment in the cyberpunk genre.
Remember when George W. Bush inveighed against the threat of human-animal hybrids during a State of the Union speech? Most observers were left scratching their heads. It makes perfect sense as culture war, however. Religious fundamentalism faces a severe test … Continue reading