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2013 13/Mar

Staying on the path of digging into Nietzsche, I was able to catch up recently with Professor Mark Anderson of Nashiville’s Belmont University. Specializing in Nietzsche and the ancient greeks, Prof. Anderson shared some if his insights into Nietzsche’s potential views of human enhancement. Our correspondance is below. Daniel Faggella: 1) If Nietzsche had known of the idea […]

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2013 23/Feb

Due to my given course of life, I have – at the time of this writing – few acquaintances who are philosophers. Prof Galen Johnson, head of the philosophy department at the University of Rhode Island happened to have my father do flooring work in his house many years ago – and after being introduced, […]

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2013 21/Feb

Close to a year before I enrolled at UPENN for Martin Seligman’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program, I had first heard of the term “positive psychology” from a man teaching Happiness at Harvard. The class was a tremendous hit, and in addition to oodles of news coverage, including an appearance of the “Daily Show,” […]

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2013 18/Feb

Below is correspondance between myself and Professor Peter Adamson of King’s College in London. Professor Adamson has published widely on Greek and Arabic philosophers, Epictetus being one (the philosopher of particular interest here). After reaching out to Professor Adamson and hearing his spirited podcast on Epictetus – we chatted about the Stoic lens on the […]

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2013 17/Feb

It would be a vast understatement to say that Emerson is one of my favorite thinkers. Luckily, I was in touch with and set up an interview with Professor Richard Geldard, author of “Emerson and the Dream of America,” “The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” and four other books on Emerson. Prof Geldard is […]

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2013 4/Feb

Over the course of my studies in the domain of transhumanism (and particularly the ethical issues and opportunities in this domain), its never too long in my exploration that I run into the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford again and again. Below is a bit of the smorgasbord of topics we covered in our chat about […]

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2013 24/Jan

I’ve been diving into “Human Enhancement” (Oxford) as of late, and came across a topic that was bristling in my own mind before I saw the name of the chapter. In the chapter called “Prejudice and Moral Status of Enhanced Beings,” Julian Savulescu (Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, among other things) […]

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