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04/18/2018 - 11:04pm
Il existe beaucoup d’idées fausses autour de la pensée transhumaniste, notamment dues à certaines simplifications hasardeuses. Et si nous tentions ici de revoir les bases.
04/18/2018 - 11:04pm
In the transmodern context, transhumanism appears as a new paradigm, with a centripetal tendency, which proposes the reinventing of man by overcoming the current biological limitations with the help of new technologies, so called human amelioration. In our work, we want to discuss in a speculative manner the possibility of the existence of the posthuman individual in the biological and moral (self) transcendence of the self. We will discuss a series of technologies capable of irreversibly modifying the human condition by placing humanity first in a transhuman or posthuman condition: technologies of virtualization of the social space that allow the transcendence of the spatial limitation of the human condition as a localized being within the finite limits, by opening up to communication and beingness in a non-topological space, the possibility of downloading the consciousness into electronic storage media, which would allow it to be in a non-biological space, that is, independent of its own corporeality and the supposed technologies of indefinite extension of life, which removes the human being from the the physical horizon of temporality and finitude. In defining the boundaries of the human condition, we have appealed to the work of the philosopher Abhinavagupta (975-1025), who was one of the greatest philosophers, aestheticians and mystics of the Shia school of Kashmir. The revaluation of the Kashmiri philosophy in the postmodern context allows us to rethink the human being’s boundaries, whose overcoming allows for a transcendence of the human condition. The boundaries identified based on the work of the Kashmirian philosopher are: limitation in temporality, limitation in the capacity for knowledge, limitation in fullness (limitation in scope - spatiality), limitation in causality, limitation in creative power. The overcoming of these ontological boundaries leads, in our opinion, to the emergence of an anthropological singularity, a concept built after the technological singularity, and implicitly of physical singularity.
04/13/2018 - 1:23pm

For more than two millennia, Western thinkers have separated emotion from cognition – emotion being the poorer sibling of the two. Cognition helps to explain the nature of space-time and sends humans to the Moon. Emotion might save the lioness in the savannah, but it also makes humans act irrationally with disconcerting frequency

04/13/2018 - 1:21pm

I leave Harvard Medical School and beautifully warm Boston, today, for the blowing snow of Minnesota. But I will be back Wednesday for "The Development and Certification of Decision Aids: Promoting Shared Decision-Making for Patients with Ser...

04/13/2018 - 1:21pm

I leave Harvard Medical School and beautifully warm Boston, today, for the blowing snow of Minnesota. But I will be back Wednesday for "The Development and Certification of Decision Aids: Promoting Shared Decision-Making for Patients with Serious Illness." Join me on April 18 at Harvard Law School.

This event is part of the Project for Advanced Care and Health Policy, a collaboration between the Petrie-Flom Center and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a non-partisan, non-profit alliance of over 130 national organizations dedicated to being a catalyst to change the health delivery system, empower consumers, enhance provider capacity and improve public and private policies in advanced illness care....

04/13/2018 - 12:46pm

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Lots of medical dramas were on hiatus this week but will be back.

Chicago Med (Season 1; Episode 15): Saving one twin; faking a license; cost of care

A set of conjoined twins comes to the ED with one of the twins in heart failure. Their separation surgery is scheduled in 10 weeks to give the hospital time to be prepared and to give the twins time to grow and gain strength. But if one twin dies, the other one will soon follow.…

04/13/2018 - 11:12am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg recently appeared before members of the United States Congress to address his company’s involvement in the harvesting and improper distribution of approximately 87 million Facebook profiles —about 1 million of them British— to data collecting app Cambridge Analytica

04/13/2018 - 10:34am

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale Subscribe to TWIHL here! This week we welcome Kansas University law professor Andrew W. Torrance, who teaches and conducts research in patent law, intellectual property, innovation, and so much more! Andrew is Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor at the … Continue reading →

04/13/2018 - 9:57am

In 2012-2013, and again in 2016, researchers found that only about 80 percent of uninsured callers willing to pay in full could get a primary care appointment, and just one in seven could get an appointment if they needed to pay over time. “We’re just starting to learn how healthcare is changing as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” said lead author Brendan Saloner of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

04/13/2018 - 9:43am

This tri-school event hosted by the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health celebrates 50 years of JHU collaboration with the Fogarty International Center. Keynote by Roger Glass, director of the Fogarty International Center. Participants also include our Nancy Kass. April 16, 2:30-5:30pm. Livestreaming will be available