The Great Consciousness Swindle: Why Philosophers Will Never Find Consciousness, And Why They Secretly Don’t Want To

By James Kent, posted on November 14, 2012

As someone who writes regularly on aspects of the brain and consciousness, I have recently received a large amount of correspondence from people wondering what I think about a news article linking consciousness to quantum gravity in cellular microtubules, and how this model could offer “proof” of the soul’s ability to survive outside the body […]

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Encouraging Developments In Quadcopters (w. Lots Of Video)

By Valkyrie Ice, posted on November 11, 2012

As I was doing my daily random browsing of interesting links, I came across a very interesting article by Mark Bruce, one of my regular readers and commenters, which had a huge list of links related to quadcopters and other “drones” that covered a very broad range of advances over the last couple of years. […]

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First Glimpse Of MONDO 2000 History Project Archives: Complete Issue #1 Of High Frontiers (MONDO 2000 History Project Entry #39)

By R.U. Sirius, posted on November 9, 2012

The following is a rough draft excerpt from Chapter Six — titled “Funky Punky Acid Rag” of the book in progress, Use Your Hallucinations: MONDO 2000 In Late 20th Century Cyberculture along with a link to the first glimpse of the MONDO 2000 History Project archives, being organized by the Internet Archive. We did a […]

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Why Am I Here? Notes On Getting A Second Life

By Valkyrie Ice, posted on November 7, 2012

“Why am I here?” I asked myself for the twentieth time in the last hour. I felt like a fool.  Why had I allowed Shasta to talk me into this?  An idle fantasy?  A chance to escape the humdrum daily grind and allow myself the freedom of just being myself?  This was crazy.  It was […]

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Upcoming Humanity Plus Conference On Writing — An Interview With Natasha Vita-More

By R.U. Sirius, posted on November 4, 2012

Humanity Plus is sponsoring a conference on “Writing The Future” in San Francisco on December 1 – 2.  Among those presenting are Aubrey de Grey, Natasha Vita-More, Jamais Casio, Ben Goertzel, Max More, Sonia Arrison and David Brin.  Oh, and me.  I’m looking forward to it. I interviewed Natasha Vita-More, Chairman of Humanity Plus, about […]

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Your Friday MONDO: Brain Nuggets from Reality Hackers #5 –1988 (MONDO 2000 History Project Entry #37)

By R.U. Sirius, posted on November 2, 2012

Pull quotes from Reality Hackers #5 (the follow up to High Frontiers #4)   …a vast molten core of the phantastical and absurd, an Agartha or never-neverland of the imagination where oxymorons walk hand in glove with palpable metaphors.  R.U. Sirius & Queen Mu   …cut the shit. Listen, if there’s a breakthrough in the grey room, […]

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Dementing Augmented Reality: How Future Activists Will Break People Out Of Their Digital Trances

By Jason Louv, posted on October 31, 2012

It’s less than two months prior to the “End of the World” on December 21, 2012. Terence McKenna predicted that we would see a spike of “infinite novelty” at the end of the year, when the ambient strangeness in the world hit the point of no return, the Omega Point beyond which we entered post-historical […]

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Butterfly Dreams — Everything Connects

By Valkyrie Ice, posted on October 29, 2012

When I was young, I heard an old Chinese proverb that told about a man who dreamed he was a butterfly, and when he awoke, he could not say if he was a man who dreamed of being a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man. I always liked that story because it […]

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Your Friday MONDO: Brain Nuggets From High Frontiers #4 – 1988 (MONDO 2000 History Project Entry #36)

By R.U. Sirius, posted on October 26, 2012

And more pull quotes, from High Frontiers   issue #4.   The biggest threat to the status quo worldwide is that the new species will recognize itself.  R.U. Sirius   …is anyone currently trying to duplicate those now lost, but now forgotten, experiments from the 1950s that gave the world that marvelous substance, FLUBBER?   Letters to the Editor […]

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Not Sci Fi. Sci NOW!

By Valkyrie Ice, posted on October 23, 2012

As the walrus said to the Carpenter, the time has come to talk of many things. To understand why I hold the views I do, you must first understand that my choices and views are shaped by the future that I see is coming, and without understanding that future, it is impossible to truly see […]

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