Issue 91

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Issue 91: July/August 2012


Onwards & Upwards?

by Rick Lewis


News: July/August 2012

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


Moral Enhancement

Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson argue that artificial moral enhancement is now essential if humanity is to avoid catastrophe.

Enhancing Human Lifespan

Bennett Foddy proposes a strategy for extending our youthfulness.

A Moderate Approach To Enhancement

Michael Selgelid offers a cautionary perspective on genetic enhancement.

Love and Other Drugs

Brian D. Earp explains how chemical enhancement could save your marriage.

Beyond The Blueprint

Russell Powell says it’s not easy using genes to enhance humanity, even in theory.


How Not To Forgive

Wendell O’Brien is unforgiving about forgiveness.

Are ‘Matters of Taste’ Matters of Taste?

Michael Langford argues for a degree of objectivity in aesthetics.

The Denial of the Will-To-Live in Literature and Music

Eva Cybulska considers Schopenhauer’s influence on writers and composers.

The Philosophy of Giving

Claire Hamlett reports on two new altruistic initiatives launched by philosophers.

Hallucinatory Experience & Religion Formation

Shawn Harte considers how hallucination might be mistaken for the supernatural.

Kurt Gödel (1906-1978)

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


Crazy (or What Is It Like to be Batty?*)

by Joel Marks

Testing My Own Morality

By our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci.

Notes Towards a Philosophy of Sleep

Raymond Tallis takes us from A to Zzzzz.


Against All Gods by A.C. Grayling

Chad Trainer ponders A.C. Grayling’s assertion that religion is in its death throes.

Breaking the Spell by Daniel C. Dennett

Paul McGavin’s faith remains unshaken by Daniel Dennett.

Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton

Scott F. Parker meditates on Alain de Botton’s idea of religion without God.


Stefan Bolea takes us on a tour of European nihilism.


Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott


Modify Your Body!

John Tillson watches a world going mad.

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