My Blog Posts

2013 14/Sep

In the spirit of valuing freedom of thought in the face of scientific advancement and expansion of human potential, how much room is there for religious debate?  What are the relevant and logical ethical arguments to consider in the face of scientific progress?  These interrelated questions underlie the continuing tension between religion, human morality, and […]

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2013 28/Jun

After flying between myriad conferences on Ethics and Transhumanism, Dr. Stefan Sorgner caught up with me recently here at Sentient Potential to discuss “Metahumanism,” transhuman philosophy, and ethical considerations regarding human enhancement. Currently teaching medical ethics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dr. Sorgner is on the board of directors for the Beyond Humanism Network, in […]

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2013 24/May

The past 2 or 3 weeks I’ve been digging into a lot of material I’ve found in the blog and article sections of the IEET website – and recently I stumbled onto a PDF draft of a work by Dr. James Hughes called “Compassionate AI and Selfless Robots.” The work prompted a number of questions […]

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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 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 26/Jan

To whom to we give thanks for our modern perspective on science and man’s will to understand / overcome his condition? How do these outlooks and mindsets translate to future developing faster than any era before it? Dr. Khalil Habib heads the Pell Honors Program at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Though a […]

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2013 21/Jan

After getting in a fantastic interview with Professor William O. Stephens, I was connected to the www.stoicscollege.com website, where I bumped into a number of other thinkers I knew I’d want to catch up with. After reading some of the work of Prof. Kevin Hill of Portland State University in Oregon. When given the opportunity […]

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