Links for August 22nd 2010

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

[Art Monasticism, Elements of monasticism » Study] via the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies (IEET) » In this animation from the Royal Society of Arts, Matthew Taylor explores the idea of a 21st Century Enlightenment that would “champion a more self-aware, socially embedded model of autonomy that recognizes our frailties and limitations,” and “expand […]

Sentient Developments: David Chalmers » Consciousness is not substrate dependent

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As I noted in another post, I have a hunch that monastic tools (specifically the intensive meditation and other mental training that monasteries afford) will play a vital role in steering the course of technology in decades to come. For example, in fields of genetics and cognitive, neuro-, computer, and information science—folks who are working […]

What wisdom does transhuman power demand?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

What wisdom does transhuman power demand? —Joel Garreau, How would the world’s wisdom traditions respond to the three scenarios of our technological future (“Heaven,” “Hell,” and “Prevail”) presented in Garreau’s new book, Radical Evolution? Read chapters 1, 2 and 6 free on Garreau’s site.

The rise of technology

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

In researching mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead’s views on monasticism for an upcoming post on the topic, I came across a review in the Global Spiral of David F. Noble’s The Religion of Technology. Noble claims he has found, in the words of reviewer John Haught, “the ultimate foundations of the modern ‘religion of […]

Sentient Developments: Daniel Dennett on domesticating the wild memes of religion

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Can’t wait to watch this. I haven’t read Dennett’s book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, but it’s high on the list. Sentient Developments: Daniel Dennett on domesticating the wild memes of religion.

Albert Einstein: Religion and Science

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

But there is a third stage of religious experience which belongs to all of them, even though it is rarely found in a pure form: I shall call it cosmic religious feeling. It is very difficult to elucidate this feeling to anyone who is entirely without it, especially as there is no anthropomorphic conception of […]

Accelerating Future » Al Fin: Neither Ray Kurzweil nor PZ Myers Understand the Brain

Posted by on Aug 21, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I suspect (and pray?) that the people that will have an edge designing artificial consciousness are the ones that have deeply explored their own. Accelerating Future » Al Fin: Neither Ray Kurzweil nor PZ Myers Understand the Brain. In other words, Ray Kurzweil expects humans to build a brain-functional machine in the next 2 decades […]

Ray Kurzweil Responds to “Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain” | KurzweilAI

Posted by on Aug 21, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’ll be posting a secular monastic take on Kurzweil’s 2005 book The Singularity is Near soon. Ray Kurzweil Responds to “Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain” | KurzweilAI.

Separateness: “Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain” (NYtimes)

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

In a recent New York Times article, “Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain,” a reporter followed a group of brain scientists as they went out into nature to experience first-hand what being separated from technology does to our brains. This plays into one of the Elements of Monasticism that I’ll be exploring here: […]

Getting the questions right

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Examples of the secular world learning from the world’s ancient contemplative and spiritual traditions abound.  Neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, cognitive scientists and cosmologists are learning from inner technologies of meditation and contemplative practice. But what of the outer, visible, measurable technologies of those traditions? How are we learning from those technologies that fit into what is […]