Episode #12 – Rick Searle on the Dark Side of Transhumanism

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In this episode I interview Rick Searle. Rick is an author living in Amish country in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific writer and commentator on all things technological. I get Rick to educate me about the darker aspects of the transhumanist philosophy. In particular, what Rick finds disturbing in the writings of Zoltan Istvan, Steve Fuller and the Neoreactionaries.

You can download the episode here. You can listen below. You can also subscribe on Stitcher or iTunes (click add to ‘iTunes’).

 

Show Notes

  • 0:00 – 1:40 – Introduction
  • 1:40 – 4:40 – Rick’s definition of Transhumanism
  • 4:40 – 10:10 – Zoltan Istvan and the Transhumanist Wager
  • 10:10 – 16:35 – The philosophy of teleological egocentric functionalism – Ayn Rand on steroids?
  • 16:35 – 22:30 – Steve Fuller’s Humanity 2.0
  • 22:30 – 28:00 – Some disturbing conclusions?
  • 28:00 – 32:20 – The ontology and ethics of Humanity 2.0
  • 32:20 – 36:55 – Stalinism as Transhumanism
  • 43:25 – 47:00 – Transhumanism as religion
  • 47:00 – 56:30 – The neo-reactionaries of Silicon Valley
  • 56:30 – End – Is democracy fit for the future?

 

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