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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Wonderful articles on the Ermahgerd Girl and lots more stuff. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of material and a lot of it is really good. Here's the best of the bunch. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

On any given week, Josh and Chuck read a lot of interesting articles. Read this post with links to the best articles they've read this week. See more »

The death of Elizabeth Taylor got me to thinking that it's probably a good thing that Michael Jackson didn't live to see her die. Based on past interviews, I'm not sure that he would have handled it very well. At the least he would have sought more than usual comfort in propranolol, Michael's "milk" that got him so staggeringly annihilated every day. Anytime I think of the painkiller propranolol these days I'm reminded of a paper on its use as a treatment in post-traumatic stress disorder. See more »

There's a battle being waged in the field of bioethics that I hadn't heard of recently. The transhuman movement, dedicated to using technology to effectively remove humanity from the grips of the genetic crap shoot that is evolution, is caught in the middle of a dispute. Particularly, once we've removed ourselves from Darwinian evolution through a mastery of genetic engineering, will we still be humans? Even more particularly, will those humans who choose to opt out of genetically altering themselves or their offspring -- and it's expected there will be a sizable group who object to tampering with nature -- be enslaved and/or slaughtered by enhanced posthumans? See more »

You know how sometimes extrausual concepts that don't really fit with your worldview often have a way of popping back up again and again until you finally stop and pay attention? (Laughing rats and the fact that I have a speech impediment are two recent examples for me.) Lately, the notion of transhumanism has been making random cameos and so I've chosen to investigate further. A couple years ago, I stumbled onto the site of a group called BLTC Research, and couldn't really make heads or tails of the mission statement on the home page, since it clearly wasn't intended for the uber novice. I got to the part that implicates genes as selfish and, by nature, ensure "pain and malaise are endemic to the living world." See more »

Eeaaarrrrrly this morning, I perused search terms in Google to see what was going down this March 24. I found that the most searched term was "children's immortality." At about 11 p.m. last night the term shot up like a rocket; Google indicated its status as "Hotness: On Fire." It's a fairly curiosity-piquing combination of words and I clicked on one of the links. It was bizarre indeed what I found. would likely be around 100 pages of printed paper if it weren't in the form of one long, rambling scroll of a page with the same virtually incoherent layout of a Church of the Subgenius publication. At the top of the page, where "Hello, World!" would have once been, was an indictment against Google, implying the company actively thwarts Children's Interneted Physical Immortality Education Rights by manipulating search results. See more »