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Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She

(h/t Decidedly Obscure Human Complaints)

This documentary by filmmaker Antony Thomas (HBO's Celibacy), Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She sensitively explores the controversial subject of the blurring of gender as well as the serious social and family problems - even dangers - often faced by those whose gender may fall somewhere in between male and female.

Narrated by noted author Gore Vidal and filmed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, Middle Sexes examines the ways different societies and cultures handle the blurring of gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation.

Through interviews with transgender, intersexual and bisexual men and women, as well as experts from the scientific and academic communities, the film considers the entire spectrum of sexual behavior, personal identity and lifestyles among people of different backgrounds and cultures.  From this, a theme of tolerance and appreciation of diversity emerges in the film.

Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She

(Part 1)

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The Singularity and the Methuselarity: Similarities and Difference

Biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey, CSO of the SENS Foundation, on the similarities and differences between the Singularity and the concept of longevity escape velocity.



Aubrey de Grey at Singularity Summit 2009 -- The Singularity and the Methuselarity: Similarities and Differences from Singularity Institute on Vimeo.

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The Internet of Living Things

Andrew Hessel reasons that Synthetic Biology will be the next big IT industry. 

In his remarkable talk Andrew talks about the parallels between IT and biology.  Andrew lectures Synthetic Biology at the Singularity University (SU), an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to prepare leaders for accelerating technological change.  He is a co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative - open-source biotechnology addressing cancer.

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Nature is a DJ

Jack Molay takes a look at the current state of biological research and what it can mean for the transgendered.

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Call for Papers: ECAP 2010

8th European conference on Computing And Philosophy — ECAP 2010
Technische Universität München
4–6 October 2010

Important dates:

* Submission (extended abstracts): 7 May 2010
* Notification: 9 May 2010
* ECAP Conference: 4–6 October 2010

Submission form

Theme

Historical analysis of a broad range of paradigm shifts in science, biology, history, technology, and in particular in computing technology, suggests an accelerating rate of evolution, however measured.

John von Neumann projected that the consequence of this trend may be an “essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs as we know them could not continue”.  This notion of singularity coincides in time and nature with Alan Turing (1950) and Stephen Hawking’s (1998) expectation of machines to exhibit intelligence on a par with to the average human no later than 2050.  Irving John Good (1965) and Vernor Vinge (1993) expect the singularity to take the form of an ‘intelligence explosion’, a process in which intelligent machines design ever more intelligent machines.  Transhumanists suggest a parallel or alternative, explosive process of improvements in human intelligence. And Alvin Toffler’s Third Wave (1980) forecasts “a collision point in human destiny” the scale of which, in the course of history, is on the par only with the agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution.

We invite submissions describing systematic attempts at understanding the likelihood and nature of these projections.  In particular, we welcome papers critically analyzing the following issues from a philosophical, computational, mathematical, scientific and ethical standpoints:

* Claims and evidence to acceleration
* Technological predictions (critical analysis of past and future)
* The nature of an intelligence explosion and its possible outcomes
* The nature of the Technological Singularity and its outcome
* Safe and unsafe artificial general intelligence and preventative measures
* Technological forecasts of computing phenomena and their projected impact
* Beyond the ‘event horizon’ of the Technological Singularity
* The prospects of transhuman breakthroughs and likely timeframes

Amnon H. Eden, School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, UK and Center For Inquiry, Amherst NY

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People fuck - all the time

Everyone on the planet is here because someone fucked someone else.  Everybody fucks at some point in their life.  We all think about fucking.  We all know what it is.  Human beings have been fucking for the last 200,000 years or so - since we took our current form.  That's a lot of fucking. 

(Point of clarity: I'm talking about consenting human adults fucking here.  NOT rape / child abuse / slavery.)

Fucking is why we are here.  You owe your life to fucking.

What is proven:

- biology.  evolution.  reproduction.

What is not proven:

- god.  that men who claim to run god's business on earth are actually working for god.  fucking is evil, bad or shameful.

Conclusion:

We need fucking and fucking is natural.

The fuck-haters tell us how, when, who, why & where to fuck.  They all pitch the same mesasge, though:  men fuck women.  Men who like fuck a lot are rewarded.  Anything other than that is punished.  Women who fuck a lot or even like fucking are punished.  Women fucking men / men fucking men / women fucking women / women or men changing gender - all punished. Hell, even talking about fucking is punished.

Why? 

Some people make a lot of money interfering with fucking. 

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Scientists plan human genes for cows, goats

By Eloise Gibson

A proposal to put human genes into goats, sheep and cows to try to get the animals to make human proteins in their milk will be in the public spotlight next week.

Submitters will have Monday and Tuesday to tell the Environmental Risk Management Authority what they think of plans by AgResearch to breed and keep genetically modified animals at its Ruakura research facility, near Hamilton.

AgResearch says that if the experiment works, proteins from the animals could be used to make cheaper "biopharmaceuticals" to treat human diseases.

The company has already been breeding transgenic cows. Now it wants approval to continue working with the cows, and add sheep and goats to the trial.

The breast cancer drug Herceptin was developed using genetic modification and AgResearch says such treatments have "huge" marketvalue.

But opponents say it has exaggerated the possible benefits of the trial, and given authorities far too little information about what it plans to do with the proteins if it can makethem.

More than 90 per cent of the 1545 people who made written submissions opposed the plan - most using a pre-prepared form. Four submissions supported it and six did not say.

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Trans

The world is am ordered place.

We look at the order and make rules.

Occasionally reality doesn't fit. And genital mutilation is the cure.

 

 

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