Issue 91: July/August 2012
by Rick Lewis
Socrates Cleared on Appeal • Robots Taught to Talk • Alan Saunders • See You in Court, Professor! • Congratulations – You’ve Failed! • It Beats Digging a Tunnel • Singer Given Top Aussie Gong — News reports by Sue Roberts
Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson argue that artificial moral enhancement is now essential if humanity is to avoid catastrophe.
Bennett Foddy proposes a strategy for extending our youthfulness.
Michael Selgelid offers a cautionary perspective on genetic enhancement.
Brian D. Earp explains how chemical enhancement could save your marriage.
Russell Powell says it’s not easy using genes to enhance humanity, even in theory.
Wendell O’Brien is unforgiving about forgiveness.
Michael Langford argues for a degree of objectivity in aesthetics.
Eva Cybulska considers Schopenhauer’s influence on writers and composers.
Claire Hamlett reports on two new altruistic initiatives launched by philosophers.
Shawn Harte considers how hallucination might be mistaken for the supernatural.
Alistair MacFarlane shows how the life of this logician reached beyond pure logic.
Open Letter From A Simple Greek • UninFORMative? • Thought For Food • Wake Up, Beam Up • Dimensions of Reference • Believing, Not Believing, Believing Not • Intrinsically Valuable Letter • A Philosophical Joke
by Joel Marks
By our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci.
Raymond Tallis takes us from A to Zzzzz.
Chad Trainer ponders A.C. Grayling’s assertion that religion is in its death throes.
Paul McGavin’s faith remains unshaken by Daniel Dennett.
Scott F. Parker meditates on Alain de Botton’s idea of religion without God.
Stefan Bolea takes us on a tour of European nihilism.
by Bill Stott
John Tillson watches a world going mad.