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Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Books, Philosophy | 1 comment

The Transhumanist Reader – Table of contents

Okay, here’s the full table of contents for The Transhumanist Reader. You couldn’t get a lot more comprehensive in respect to major authors in the field or in respect to  relevant topics.

Part I Roots and Core Themes

1 The Philosophy of Transhumanism, Max More

2 Aesthetics: Bringing the Arts & Design into the Discussion of Transhumanism, Natasha Vita-More

3 Why I Want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up, Nick Bostrom

4 Transhumanist Declaration (2012), Various

5 Morphological Freedom – Why We Not Just Want It, but Need It, Anders Sandberg

Part II Human Enhancement: The Somatic Sphere

6 Welcome to the Future of Medicine, Robert A. Freitas Jr.

7 Life Expansion Media, Natasha Vita-More

8 The Hybronaut Affair: A Ménage of Art, Technology, and Science, Laura Beloff

9 Transavatars, William Sims Bainbridge

10 Alternative Biologies, Rachel Armstrong

Part III Human Enhancement: The Cognitive Sphere

11 Re-Inventing Ourselves: The Plasticity of Embodiment, Sensing, and Mind, Andy Clark

12 Artificial General Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, Ben Goertzel

13 Intelligent Information Filters and Enhanced Reality, Alexander “Sasha” Chislenko

14 Uploading to Substrate-Independent Minds, Randal A. Koene

15 Uploading, Ralph C. Merkle

Part IV Core Technologies

16 Why Freud Was the First Good AI Theorist, Marvin Minsky

17 Pigs in Cyberspace, Hans Moravec

18 Nanocomputers, J. Storrs Hall

19 Immortalist Fictions and Strategies, Michael R. Rose

20 Dialogue between Ray Kurzweil and Eric Drexler

Part V Engines of Life: Identity and Beyond Death

21 The Curate’s Egg of Anti-Anti-Aging Bioethics, Aubrey de Grey

22 Medical Time Travel, Brian Wowk

23 Transhumanism and Personal Identity, James Hughes

24 Transcendent Engineering, Giulio Prisco

Part VI Enhanced Decision-Making

25 Idea Futures: Encouraging an Honest Consensus, Robin Hanson

26 The Proactionary Principle: Optimizing Technological Outcomes, Max More

27 The Open Society and Its Media, Mark S. Miller, with E. Dean Tribble, Ravi Pandya, and Marc Stiegler

Part VII Biopolitics and Policy

28 Performance Enhancement and Legal Theory: An Interview with Professor Michael H. Shapiro

29 Justifying Human Enhancement: The Accumulation of Biocultural Capital, Andy Miah

30 The Battle for the Future, Gregory Stock

31 Mind is Deeper Than Matter: Transgenderism, Transhumanism, and the Freedom of Form, Martine Rothblatt

32 For Enhancing People, Ronald Bailey

33 Is Enhancement Worthy of Being a Right?, Patrick D. Hopkins

34 Freedom by Design: Transhumanist Values and Cognitive Liberty, Wrye Sententia

Part VIII Future Trajectories: Singularity

35 Technological Singularity, Vernor Vinge

36 An Overview of Models of Technological Singularity, Anders Sandberg

37 A Critical Discussion of Vinge’s Singularity Concept, David Brin, Damien Broderick, Nick Bostrom, Alexander “Sasha” Chislenko, Robin Hanson, Max More, Michael Nielsen, and Anders Sandberg

Part IX The World’s Most Dangerous Idea

38 The Great Transition: Ideas and Anxieties, Russell Blackford

39 Trans and Post, Damien Broderick

40 Back to Nature II: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century, Roy Ascott

41 A Letter to Mother Nature, Max More

42 Progress and Relinquishment, Ray Kurzweil

  • This looks like a great book, Russell. I’ll be picking up a copy!