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#15 Justifying Human Enhancement: The Case for Posthumanity

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This paper argues on behalf of a posthuman future that is intimately tied to the use of human enhancement technology.

I want to present the case for thinking of ourselves asalready posthuman and consider that the pursuit ofhuman enhancements are a defining feature of that life. One of the rather awkward questions one faces upon making such a statement is ‘when exactly did we become posthuman’, either that or, scholars conclude we have always been posthuman, or – even worse – we have never been human.

Other moral philosophers critique the idea of humanness at all as a defining characteristic of our species, utilizing the concept of ‘personhood’ as a non-speciesist, richer interpretation of thesentient condition, even affording similar moral status to animals, when they exhibit such intellectual capacities. Alternatively, some scholars appeal to such ideas as ‘dignity’ or capacities to experience certain second order psychological states, such as shame or embarrassment, as indicative of our uniqueness.


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Is Free Thinking A Mental Illness?

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Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness?  According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is.


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Twitter / boomerangist: "Social media is about sociology ...

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RT @boomerangist: "Social media is about sociology and psychology more than technology." - @BrianSolis http://t.co/BPeUV9BtiI
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The Commons as a New Paradigm for Governance, Economics and Policy (1)

The Commons as a New Paradigm for Governance, Economics and Policy (1) | Sociopolitologica | Scoop.it

“It is a great honor to be able to share my thoughts about the commons with you this evening. I want to thank the American Academy in Berlin for the gift of time and caring attention that I’ve had these past five weeks – and for recognizing the great value of the commons paradigm in its embryonic form. I’d also like to thank the Bosch Foundation for its generous support of my fellowship. And of course, my deep appreciation to my dear friend Silke Helfrich for her wonderful introduction and for her collegiality in exploring the mysteries of the commons.

 


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The Feeling of Being Stared At | The Moral Universe, Scientific American Blog Network

The Feeling of Being Stared At | The Moral Universe, Scientific American Blog Network | Sociopolitologica | Scoop.it

Perhaps my favorite psychology article of all time, is Edward Titchener’s, “The Feeling of Being Stared At,” which appeared in Science on December 23, 1898 (almost 115 years ago exactly!).  I give it a good read any time I am in need of inspiration, which has been lacking majorly during these dreary winter days.  Despite Titchener’s vast contributions to psychology, this particular article has been cited only 38 times–it is an unheralded classic.

In it, Titchener describes a phenomenon with which many of us are familiar: the idea that we know when we are being watched from behind.  


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Ethnography

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Authoritative Introduction to Ethnography and how it is used to design digital products...

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gavin melles's curator insight, December 10, 2013 5:18 PM

Dave Randall's overview is a great introduction

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In ethnomethodologically informed ethnographic research on work, the understanding of any work setting is derived from the study of that setting itself, rather than from any highly structured model or theory of work organisation or work processes; that is, it ties itself closely to the observed data, it is 'data-driven'. A central precept of ethnomethodological ethnography is to aim to find the orderliness of ordinary activities, an orderliness accomplished by social actors, unreflectively taken-for-granted by them and constructed with their common-sense knowledge of social order.

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The privatisation of the universities | Shifting Grounds

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Head of Sussex Sociology @lukemartell on the privatisation of the university sector: http://t.co/NazaHUk1QC
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