Psychology

New Republic: Let Them Eat Cake Or Don’t Bake At All

13 Jun , 2011 Uncategorized

Flannery O’Connor once described the contradictory desires that afflict all of us with characteristic simplicity. “Free will does not mean one will,” she wrote, “but many wills conflicting in one man.” The existence of appealing alternatives, after all, is what makes free will free: What would choice be without inner debate? We’re torn between staying […]

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Can we develop and test machine minds and uploads ethically?

26 Apr , 2011 Uncategorized

Reprinted from here A fundamental principle of bioethics requires the consent of a patient to any medical procedure performed upon them. A patient will exist the moment a conscious mindclone arises in some academic laboratory, or hacker’s garage. At that moment, ethical rules will be challenged, for the mindclone has not consented to the work […]

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