Sunday, September 27, 2009

Buddhist references in Transhumanism

The Genomic Bodhisattva

"David Pearce wants to end your suffering. His manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative promises a future where humans live in high-functioning superhappy states devoid of pain and anxiety. For Pearce, the great shift to a hedonic society will come about by genetic intervention: Gene therapy will be targeted both on somatic cells and, with even greater forethought, the germline. If cunningly applied, a combination of the cellular enlargement of the mesolimbic dopamine system, selectively enhanced metabolic function of key intra-cellular sub-types of opioidergic and serotonergic pathways, and the disablement of several countervailing inhibitory feedback processes will put in place the biomolecular architecture for a major transition in human evolution.

See the rest at:

The Genomic Bodhisattva | h+ Magazine

Can a machine deliver bliss? Can technology induce Enlightenment? And can a man-machine hybrid, a cyborg, become Buddha?

Cyborg Buddha: Science and Spirit | h+ Magazine

more references:

IEET Cyborg Buddha Project

Trans-Spirit. Online discussion group

Daniel Ingram's Dharma Web Site. [How meditation is talked about, taught, shared and practiced that draws from the best.]

Enlightenment, the Self, and the Brain. Todd Murphy. video lecture (89 minutes). (Sept. 11th, 2008).

Spirituality & The Brain: Neurotheology, Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Deja Vu, Death, God, Sex, Love, and more. Todd Murphy.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book. Daniel M. Ingram. (2008). London: Aeon Books Core-Teachings-Buddha-Unusually/dp/1904658407/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246830888&sr=1-1

Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief. Eugene Aquili and Andrew Newberg. (2001). New York: Ballantine. Go-Away/dp/034544034X/ref=sr_1_1?ie =UTF8&s=books&qid=1246830953&sr=1-1

The Fourth Awakening. Rod Pennington and Jeffery A. Martin. (2009). Charleston, SC: Integration Press. [Thriller novel about intersection of tech and human potential.]

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