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12/13/2011 - 11:12am

At its worst, it is a nightmare scenario with global implications. But is it a realistic possibility?

In the run-up to last week’s EU summit in Brussels, many observers described the meeting as a last chance to save the euro. Greek contagion had spread to Italy, which was threatening to blow a hole in the global economy so large it would have made the Lehman Brothers collapse look like a harmless ripple. The crisis had already forced a change of government in both countries, and markets were starting to prepare for a possible break-up of the eurozone....

12/12/2011 - 4:00pm

A Connecticut-based company is putting Swedish technology to work with a spherical robot called the Guardbot, designed for surveillance and rescue missions. While it’s not yet commercially available, the rolling robot’s developers say it’s already attracting interest from a wide range of customers.

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12/11/2011 - 3:55pm
After much hard work, the editor of the Journal of Evolution and Technology, Russell Blackford, and IEET Fellow Linda MacDonald Glenn are pleased to announce that the special issue that they have been editing if coming online.
12/11/2011 - 3:07pm

In this episode of the Sentient Developments podcast George Dvorsky discusses primal transhumanism and the seemingly contradictory trend towards ancestral health that’s happening in the futurist community. To that end George addresses the paleo diet, functional fitness, and the importance of sleep. In the second half of the episode he discusses the recent lawsuit launched by PETA in which they accuse SeaWorld of enslaving orca whales. In this suit, PETA claims that the US Constitution backs up their claim as the 13th mention makes no mention of the kinds of persons it’s set up to protect.

12/11/2011 - 2:22pm
Help us Occupy the Future! By supporting the IEET you are making a commitment to hope and reason, science and optimism, to flourishing, free, diverse, resilient and sustainable societies.
12/11/2011 - 2:22pm
Help us Occupy the Future! By supporting the IEET you are making a commitment to hope and reason, science and optimism, to flourishing, free, diverse, resilient and sustainable societies.
12/11/2011 - 10:15am

As a lawyer, my focus is often on intractable conflicts for which formal legal mechanisms might be needed.  But most end-of-life conflicts can be resolved informally - either through further communication or through the involvement of consultants like social workers, chaplains, and ethics consultants.  

12/11/2011 - 1:32am

The morning-after pill known as Plan B is steeped in controversy again. The Department of Health and Human Services has taken the rare step of overruling the Food and Drug Administration and its science advisors and will not allow the pill to be sold over the counter in drugstores unless a woman can prove she is older than 17.

The stunning override of the FDA is bad public policy.  This is a case of politics triumphing over science yet again when it comes to matters of reproduction, contraception and abortion in the U.S....

12/10/2011 - 11:36pm
This should be useful especially for New Jersey's regional LTC ethics committes that report to the OOIE.
12/10/2011 - 10:23pm
The new (December 2011/January 2012) issue of Free Inquiry features a set of articles on the prospects of human enhancement, and how these should be viewed by secular people. The positions range across the spectrum from enthusiastic to very resistant, and feature contributions by IEET’s Russell Blackford and James Hughes.