Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

Red Wheel Weiser
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Transhumanism is an international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the “natural” limitations experienced by humanity, through such developments as:the Singularity—the creation of machine intelligences that exceed the capacities of our biological brainsthe ability to replicate individual minds and put them into solid-state bodies or virtual environmentsindividual control over mental and emotional states for enhancing functionalities and/or ecstasiesSome of this is happening now. Some it is still in the minds of dreamers.
 
In nearly ninety A-Z entries, Transcendence provides a multilayered look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, genomics, information technology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, space exploration, synthetic biology, robotics, and virtual worlds that are making transhumanism a reality. Entries range from Cloning and Cyborg Feminism to Designer Babies and Memory-Editing Drugs. In addition, the book notes historical predecessors and personalities, both in mythology and history—ranging from Timothy Leary to Michael Jackson to Ray Kurzweil. It also introduces the culture around Transhumanism, covering all the geeky obsessions of the Transhumanist movement.
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About the author

R.U. Sirius (Ken Goffman) is a writer, editor and well-known digital iconoclast. He was co-publisher of the first popular digital culture magazine, MONDO 2000, from 1989–1993 and co-editor of the popular book, MONDO 2000: A User’s Guide to the New Edge. He has written about technology and culture for Wired, The Village Voice, www.Salon.com, www.BoingBoing.net, Time Magazine, S.F. Chronicle, Rolling Stone, and Esquire among other publications. Sirius/Goffman also lectures widely having appeared as part of the Reality Hacking series at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, at the TedX conference in Brussels, and at San Francisco’s popular Dorkbot event. Visit him at:www.StealThisSingularity.com..

Jay Cornell is the former managing editor of h+ Magazine, and senior web developer at Landkamer Partners. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Lifeboat Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending humanity from existential risks.  
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Publisher
Red Wheel Weiser
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Published on
Jan 1, 2015
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781609259594
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / Philosophy & Social Aspects
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Keith's on guitar, Charlie's on drums, and Ronnie's on rhythm. But who's on drugs?

Everybody.

Welcome to the red-eyed world of rock and roll, where every riff comes with a spliff--a coked-up compendium of your favorite musicians and their favorite drugs. Loaded with sordid tales of debauchery, lists, and bleary-eyed photos, there's more stuff in here than in one of Snoop Dogg's favorite brownies, including:



   • The Top Ten Albums to Tweak to


   • The Top Ten Rock Star Drug Quotes


   • The Top Ten Drug Busts in Rock


   • Extreme acid casualties


   • Outrageous drug stories of rock legends


   • The secret history of Dylan and drugs


   • Henry Rollins and Frank Zappa: How to act like you're on drugs without actually doing any


   • And the answer to the ever popular rock and roll drug question, "Who gave the Beatles their first hits of acid?" (Their dentist!)


So put on your favorite CD, don't try the green acid, and enjoy!

Note: Pages are not suitable for rolling papers.

R. U. Sirius (aka Ken Goffman) is the co-editor of 10 Zen Monkeys and the host of two weekly podcasts, "The R.U. Sirius Show" and "Neo-Files with R. U. Sirius." He has worked as a columnist for ArtForum International and The San Francisco Examiner. He has written for Time, Esquire, Wired, and Boing Boing. He is the author of CounterCulture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House, How to Mutate and Take Over the World, and The CyberPunk Handbook, and co-author of Design for Dying with Timothy Leary. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
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“Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”—The Washington Post Book World

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Keith's on guitar, Charlie's on drums, and Ronnie's on rhythm. But who's on drugs?

Everybody.

Welcome to the red-eyed world of rock and roll, where every riff comes with a spliff--a coked-up compendium of your favorite musicians and their favorite drugs. Loaded with sordid tales of debauchery, lists, and bleary-eyed photos, there's more stuff in here than in one of Snoop Dogg's favorite brownies, including:



   • The Top Ten Albums to Tweak to


   • The Top Ten Rock Star Drug Quotes


   • The Top Ten Drug Busts in Rock


   • Extreme acid casualties


   • Outrageous drug stories of rock legends


   • The secret history of Dylan and drugs


   • Henry Rollins and Frank Zappa: How to act like you're on drugs without actually doing any


   • And the answer to the ever popular rock and roll drug question, "Who gave the Beatles their first hits of acid?" (Their dentist!)


So put on your favorite CD, don't try the green acid, and enjoy!

Note: Pages are not suitable for rolling papers.

R. U. Sirius (aka Ken Goffman) is the co-editor of 10 Zen Monkeys and the host of two weekly podcasts, "The R.U. Sirius Show" and "Neo-Files with R. U. Sirius." He has worked as a columnist for ArtForum International and The San Francisco Examiner. He has written for Time, Esquire, Wired, and Boing Boing. He is the author of CounterCulture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House, How to Mutate and Take Over the World, and The CyberPunk Handbook, and co-author of Design for Dying with Timothy Leary. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
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