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Transcending Reality

Robert M. Geraci

in Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393026
eISBN:
9780199777136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393026.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The worldview espoused in Apocalyptic AI pop science plays a role in massively multiplayer online games, as shown by the presence of transhumanist religious groups (such as the Order of Cosmic ... More


The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of Separation

Frédéric Neyrat

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823282586
eISBN:
9780823284931
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282586.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The Space Age is over? Not at all! A new planet has appeared: Earth. In the age of the Anthropocene, the Earth is a post-natural planet that can be remade at will, controlled and managed thanks to ... More


Responses: A Summing Up

Jonathan Glover

in Ethics and Humanity: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Glover

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195325195
eISBN:
9780199776412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325195.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

“Responses: A Summing Up” replies to the wide‐ranging contributions to the book. It argues for the complete exclusion of torture from public policy, and defends a broadly consequentialist ethical ... More


Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism, and Science Fiction in the 21st Century

Joshua Raulerson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319723
eISBN:
9781781381052
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319723.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In a time of protracted economic crisis, failing political systems, and impending environmental collapse, one strand in our collective cultural myth of Progress – the technological – remains ... More


Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Andrew Pilsch

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book argues that transhumanism should be taken more seriously as a Utopian force in the present. Combatting the widespread idea that transhumanism is a naive and dangerous reframing of the most ... More


The Posthuman in the Schismatrix Stories and Eclipse Phase

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines exemplary texts within science fiction, Bruce Sterling’s Schismatrix stories and the TRPG, Eclipse Phase (EP). It begins by looking at SF as a mythic form of storytelling, one ... More


The Technological Fervor of Eco-Constructivism

Frédéric Neyrat

in The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of Separation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823282586
eISBN:
9780823284931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282586.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

After developing the conception of the anaturalist drive prominent behind a myriad of constructive, postenvironmental discourses in the West, Neyrat begins to provide a definition for the discourses ... More


Chore and Choice: The Depressed Cyborg’s Manifesto

Tavia Nyong'o

in Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479856275
eISBN:
9781479806386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479856275.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

This chapter explores the emergence of artificial intelligence as a challenge for theories of post-humanism that fail to center blackness and queerness. Through a reading of the black transfeminine ... More


Cosmism and Its Offshoots Today

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199892945
eISBN:
9780199950577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Cosmism and related developments in Russia today. Institutions for the study and propagation of Cosmism include the Fedorov Museum in Moscow and the Tsiolkovsky Museum of ... More


Arkady and Boris Strugatsky: The Science-Fictionality of Russian Culture

Yvonne Howell

in Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from around the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041754
eISBN:
9780252050428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041754.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter theorizes that Soviet civilization was inherently “science fictional” in its ideological superimposition of scientific utopianism and radical social change. It imbeds a discussion of the ... More


We Are Amphibians

R. S. Deese

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520281523
eISBN:
9780520959569
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281523.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book explores the life and work of two brothers, a scientist and an artist, who changed the way we think about science, religion, and the future of our species. As an evolutionary biologist and ... More


The Future of Our Species

R. S. Deese

in We Are Amphibians

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520281523
eISBN:
9780520959569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281523.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Darwinian revolution of the nineteenth century lent a new sense of plasticity to our conceptions of human nature, and helped clear the way for such concepts as eugenics and biotechnology. While ... More


Automatic Sweethearts for Transhumanists

Michael Hauskeller

in Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036689
eISBN:
9780262341981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter asks the question whether sexual and/or romantic relationships with robots could ever be as satisfying as the real thing. Three main arguments are made. First, if we assume that robots ... More


Rejecting Supernaturalism

Thaddeus Metz

in Meaning in Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199599318
eISBN:
9780191747632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599318.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

Chapters 5 through 7 demonstrate that the most promising motivation for holding any form of supernaturalism is the perfection thesis that meaning requires engagement with a maximally conceivable ... More


Conclusion

David Martin Jones

in History's Fools: The Pursuit of Idealism and the Revenge of Politics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780197510612
eISBN:
9780197520765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197510612.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

If the politics of prudent diffidence and the restoration of political balance, civil association, and limited constitutional rule, proves incapable of recovering political conduct under contingent ... More


The End of Time: Evolution, Extinction, and the Fate of Meaning

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Approximately one trillion, trillion, trillion (101728) years from now, the universe will suffer a “heat death.” What are the existential implications of this fact for us, today? This chapter ... More


. Two Posthumanisms, Three Singularities

Joshua Raulerson

in Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism, and Science Fiction in the 21st Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319723
eISBN:
9781781381052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319723.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The introductory section concludes by locating Singularity within the rhetorically diffuse context of ‘posthumanism’ – a term similarly subject to multiple meanings and valences, encompassing both ... More


Timothy Leary’s Transhumanist SMI2LE

W. Patrick McCray

in Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226372884
eISBN:
9780226373072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226373072.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Following his release from prison in 1976, counterculture guru Timothy Leary began to espouse a new plan for experimentation if not human enhancement. SMI2LE was Leary’s moniker for “space migration, ... More


An Inner Transhumanism: Modernism and Cognitive Evolution

Andrew Pilsch

in Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 1 explores the modernist roots of evolutionary futurism through the uptake of Friedrich Nietzsche by the European avant-garde. Foregrounding the work of Mina Loy and P.D. Ouspensky, the ... More


Astounding Transhumanism!: Evolutionary Supermen and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

Andrew Pilsch

in Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 2 discusses the "Superman Boom," a science fiction publishing phenomenon in the 1930s that coincided with the dawn of the Golden Age of SF. In addition to the fiction, this chapter documents ... More


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