So I’ve been flipping through The Transhumanist Reader…

This post was originally going to be titled, “Currently reading: The Transhumanist Reader” (Amazon link), but I’m not sure I’ll continue reading it. There’s nothing really wrong with it, and many of the contributors are people whose work I already respect greatly (namely Nick Bostrom, Anders Sandberg, Robin Hanson, and Russell Blackford). It’s just that [Read More…]

I am very smart and it isn’t fair (to other people)

Ben Bernanke just gave a speech denouncing meritocracy. This is a good opportunity for me to make a point I’ve been meaning to make about the genetics of intelligence ever since the thread on Star Trek and human enhancement. [Read more…]

Star Trek’s reactionary take on human enhancement

Reading transhumaist fiction makes Star Trek look as reactionary as Lord of the Rings. All of Trek’s greatest villains are enhanced, while enhanced heroes are relegated to Token Orc status. [Read more…]

Pain and utopia

In which Grumpy Cat imagines a world without pain [Read more…]

Forever 35? Thoughts on a society of immortals

One of the challenges of writing speculative fiction (science fiction or fantasy) is that often, your characters are really fucking old and it can be hard to know what to do with that. [Read more…]