Cyborg | Designer-Babies | Futurism | Futurist | Immortality | Longevity | Nanotechnology | Post-Human | Singularity | Transhuman

MisterX55547

Inland Beaches | Public Beach | Travel Wisconsin

 Beaches  Comments Off on Inland Beaches | Public Beach | Travel Wisconsin
May 062016
 

Wisconsinites know you dont have to be on one of the Great Lakes to find a great public beach. With literally thousands of lakes, Wisconsin is known far and wide for having some of the most pristine and beautiful inland beaches around. These inland beaches offer clean calm water, attractive atmospheres, and are truly great places to relax on sunny summer afternoons. Here are eight awesome options to explore with family and friends.

Naga-Waukee Park Beach Hartland

Located on picturesque Nagawicka Lake, Naga-Waukee Park offers 130 feet of sandy beach, a beach house with restrooms, and a great concession stand. The 414 acre park also features an 18-hole golf course, 8 miles of trails, and endless opportunities for fun. All just 25 miles west of Milwaukee!

Firemans Park and Swimming Beach Elkhart Lake

With a great sandy beach and crystal clear water, Firemans Beach is one of the best in the state. This fun park features a concession stand, picnic tables, grills, sand volleyball courts and shelters for rent. All for a bargain gate admission of $3 for adults and $1 for those under 12.

Friendship Lake Public Beach Friendship

Located in Adams County, Friendship Lake Public Beach is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. With an average depth of just 6 feet, Friendship Lake is great for family swimming.

Lions Beach Janesville

Who wouldve thought that there is a beautiful sandy beach just minutes from downtown Janesville? Lions Beach, located on a 5-acre spring fed pond next to the Rotary Botanical gardens, features a grassy picnic area and restrooms.

Memorial Park Shell Lake

Come play at the Memorial Park Beach on the 2,600 Shell Lake in Washburn County. The beach is located right downtown and offers a dock, swimming rafts, and lifeguards during the summer months. If the kids want to take a break from swimming, they can play on the playground equipment right within view of the water.

Hattie Sherwood Campground Green Lake

Hattie Sherwood is known for its beautiful scenery, sandy swimming beaches, and great fishing. When visitors arent enjoying the pristine waters of Green Lake, they can be found monkey-ing around on the jungle gym and exploring the many hiking and biking trails.

Keyes Lake Park Florence

With its crystal clear waters and world-class fishing, Keyes Lake Park is a true Northwoods treasure. The park itself features picnic facilities, a sandy beach, swimmers raft, and a water slide.

Shawano Lake County Park Shawano

Known far and wide as a great swimming beach, Shawano Lake County Park is just an hour drive from Green Bay, Appleton, and Wausau. Swim in the calm refreshing water, or rent a canoe and paddle boat to explore with a little more speed.

Read more:
Inland Beaches | Public Beach | Travel Wisconsin

Libertarianism – The Huffington Post

 Misc  Comments Off on Libertarianism – The Huffington Post
May 062016
 

Scott Lively, an infamous fundamentalist bigot, is one of those obsessed with hating gays. He has gone so far as to twist history in an attempt to prove, in long, tedious manuscripts, that Nazism was a homosexual movement and that gays were responsible for the Holocaust.

Go here to see the original:
Libertarianism – The Huffington Post

Oregon Coast Information, Maps & Resources | Travel Oregon

 Beaches  Comments Off on Oregon Coast Information, Maps & Resources | Travel Oregon
Apr 302016
 

If you brought a swimsuit to the Oregon Coast, dont worry, someone will loan you a sweater.

People dont come to the Oregon Coast to work on their tans. You wont see many bikinis on Cape Blanco or folks sitting idly with a book next to the Devils Punchbowl.

We dont even call it the beach. We dont come here seeking the sun. Sure, you might see it peeking through the old growth of Oswald West. But as soon as you hear the surf crashing into the cliffs, you stop paying attention to anything else.

Thats the moment you start to realize how big this all is. Troubles seem smaller and the little moments feel magnified. And as you splash in the tide pools, watch the whales, hunt for agates, explore lighthouses and wander all 363 miles of free and public coastline, you might be like, Im calling in sick tomorrow. Im learning to surf.

And someone will probably teach you, because Oregonians are just cool like that. Eventually you realize that your beach bod still looks pretty good under those layers of clothing.

Lots of places have a beach.

If you want to go to the Coast, you have to come to Oregon.

Bandon Beach

Read this article:
Oregon Coast Information, Maps & Resources | Travel Oregon

Edge.org

 Transhuman  Comments Off on Edge.org
Apr 292016
 

Consider this: you are late for work and, in the rush, forget your cell phone. Only when stuck in traffic, or in the subway, you realize it. Too late to go back. You look around and see everyone talking, texting, surfing, even if not allowed to do so. You sense an unfamiliar feeling of loss, of disconnection. Without your cell phone you are no longer you.

People like to speculate about when humans will hybridize with machines, become a kind of new creature, a cyborg with a beating heart. Thats fun all right, but the reality is that we are already transhuman. We define ourselves through our technogadgets, create fictitious personas with weird names, doctor pictures to appear better or at least different in Facebook pages, create a different self to interact with others. We exist on an information cloud, digitized, remote, and omnipresent. We have titanium implants in our joints, pacemakers and hearing aids, devices that redefine and extend our minds and bodies. If you are a handicapped athlete, your carbon fiber legs can propel you forward with competitive ease. If you are a scientist, computers can help you extend your brainpower to create well beyond what was possible a few decades back. New problems that were impossible to contemplate or even formulate before come around everyday. The pace of scientific progress is a direct correlate of our alliance with digital machines.

We are reinventing the human race right now.

Traditionally, the quest for an artificial intelligence tends to rely solely on machines that recreateor so is expectedthe uniquely human ability to reason. We talk about electronic brains that will quickly surpass the human mind, making us superfluous. Then we speculate about what would become of us, poor humans, at the mercy of such cold-blooded brains-in-vats. Some fear that we are designing our doom.

What if this premise is fundamentally wrong? What if the future of intelligence is not outside but inside the human brain? I imagine a very different set of issues emerging from having us become super intelligent through the extension of our brainpower with the aid of digital technology and beyond. Its about artificially-enhanced human intelligence that amplifies the meaning of being human. We will still have a beating heart and blood pumping through our veins alongside electrons flowing through digital circuits. The future of AI is about expanding our abilities into new realms. Its about using technology to grow as a speciescertainly smarter, hopefully wiser.

View original post here:
Edge.org

Beaches Near Indiana | USA Today

 Beaches  Comments Off on Beaches Near Indiana | USA Today
Apr 282016
 

Skip to main content.

Meg Jernigan, Demand Media

Indiana’s short northern border along Lake Michigan offers sandy beaches, dunes and marshlands. In addition, a number of lakes in the state have public and private beaches that provide a variety of water activities, including boating and fishing, and, of course, swimming and sunbathing.

Patoka Lake (in.gov) stretches into the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana. Part of a 25,800-acre collection of state recreational areas, the 8,000-acre lake is a destination for campers, boaters and anglers. Park interpreters lead programs on kayaking and the natural history of the area, which provides habitat for bald eagles and osprey. The park has an archery range, 10 boat ramps and a disc golf course. Marinas rent houseboats and sell marine supplies and fuel. Patoka Lake’s swimming beach has a bathhouse with restrooms, showers and a food concession.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (nps.gov) offers steep dunes, marshes, woodlands and 15 miles of beach on Lake Michigan. Hiking trails in the park connect the historic areas, parallel a bird sanctuary and wind over dunes and through bogs. A path leads to the top of Mount Baldy, a 126-foot tall dune. The park’s Artist-in-Residence program invites artists to live at the park and share their work. Only one of the seven designated beaches at the park, West Beach, has lifeguards and showers, and that beach charges a fee. All of the beaches have parking lots and restrooms.

Pokagan State Park (in.gov) in the northeast corner of Indiana, borders Lake James and Snow Lake. Stone and wood buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps dot the rolling hills and wetlands of the park. Hiking trails ranging in length from just under a mile to over two-miles long wind through the countryside, and park rangers lead interpretive programs. Pokagan State Park offers accommodations at a campground, in cabins and at the Potawatomi Inn. A swimming beach with a free bathhouse on Lake James opens the Saturday before Memorial Day and closes on Labor Day or earlier, depending on the weather.

The 10,750-acre Monroe Lake (in.gov) south of Bloomington has two unguarded seasonal beaches with modern bathhouses with showers, restrooms and food concession stands. Nine boat ramps provide access to the water for fishing and water skiing. Four easy-to-moderate hiking trails explore the forest ecosystems that surround the lake. Fourwinds Resort (fourwindsresort.com) in the Fairfax State Recreation Area offers rooms and suites overlooking the lake. The resort rents boats and has an indoor/outdoor pool for guests who don’t want to venture to the beach.

Lake O’The Woods Club (lowc.org) near Valparaiso is a member-owned, family-friendly nudist club with a 20-acre private lake. Non-members pay an additional fee for the use of the club’s amenities such as the beach, swimming pool and clubhouse. Lake O’The Woods has campsites and camping cabins and sponsors planned activities like pancake breakfasts most weekends. Indiana Beach (indianabeach.com) is an amusement complex on Lake Shafer near Monticello. The complex has more than 40 rides, including six roller coasters, restaurants and a swimming beach. Overnight guests can choose from cottages, standard rooms and a NASCAR RV park.

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

Thank you for providing feedback to our Editorial staff on this article. Please fill in the following information so we can alert the Travel Tips editorial team about a factual or typographical error in this story. All Fields are required.

See the original post:
Beaches Near Indiana | USA Today

The eight beaches of the Indiana Dunes – NPS

 Beaches  Comments Off on The eight beaches of the Indiana Dunes – NPS
Apr 282016
 

The sandy Lake Michigan shoreline varies from dunes over 125 feet high to short marram grass topped dunes. Fifteen miles of national lakeshore shoreline may be accessed from parking lots that are open from 7:00 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset. Bicyclists and hikers can enter at 6:00a.m. The 40 space waterside Lake View parking lot is the only one pulling night hours and it remains open until 11:00 p.m.

All beach parking is free of charge with the exception of a user fee at West Beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend in which a fee of $ 6.00 per vehicle or $30.00 per bus is accessed. The largest parking lot is West Beach and it rarely fills.

Decisions to enter Lake Michigan waters are at your discretion. Lifeguards are only offered at West Beach and the state park from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Waves, rip currents, and water quality are always changing in this fifth largest lake in the world. Rip currents can be created when waves extend to the horizon. If caught in one, do not swim against the current, but to the side and parallel to shore until free. Even a swimmer of Olympic skill cannot successfully swim against a rip current’s force.

Every beach access parking lot has restrooms. Showers are available at West Beach. Gas grills are permitted at all picnic shelters.

Some things are not permitted including:

All parking lots are located adjacent to the beach with a few exceptions. The Mt. Baldy parking lot connects via a one-half mile mildly strenuous beach trail and the Cowles Bog parking lot to the beach requires a five mile round trip hike. The one mile Dune Ridge trail off the Kemil Road Access Point showcases a variety of dunes habitats, but does not directly connect with the beach. Visitors must use the walkway alongside Kemil Road for one quarter mile to arrive lakeside. Parking at the end of Central Avenue is only a block away from the beach where the tall dunes saddle up closely to the lake. The new Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk parking is also only block from the water’s edge with picnic tables overlooking the beach and Chicago skyline. Accessible parking lots include West Beach, Lakeview, and Dunbar.

Please stay on the marked trails to preserve the dunes and remember to bring your sunscreen and insect repellent. Enjoy your visit to your dunes!

See the original post here:
The eight beaches of the Indiana Dunes – NPS

Portland SEO Expert | Search Engine Optimization Pros

 SEO  Comments Off on Portland SEO Expert | Search Engine Optimization Pros
Apr 242016
 

To expand your business reach, you need to use effective and helpful methods. In the highly advanced world of today, websites are an effective medium that businesses use for promoting their activities and events. There are many things that you need to consider before you start to make use of search engine optimization services.

They include the following: your visitors interests, the scope and size of your business and much more. PDX SEO is a great option if you are looking to generate massive amounts of traffic to your website. We have an entire team of experienced SEO professionals ready to assist you. Our knowledge of Search Engine Optimization will help to set your business apart from your competitors.

The following are some of the major benefits that a Portland SEO Firm can provide to you:

Create a user-friendly and functional website:

PDX SEO assists business owners, particularly those who are new to creating websites, build a friendlier, faster and better website for their online business. When it comes to Search Engine Marketing, it involves focusing on the quality of the user experience that your visitors have as much as it does to please the search engines.

When your visitors are pleased with your website, the search engines will also be happy. SEO involves the rearrangement of links and the architecture of the website to make navigating through the pages of a website a much easier thing to do. PDX SEO utilizes first-rate on-page SEO methods to improve your visitors user experience, which creates several long term and short term benefits.

Generate traffic:

One of the greatest advantages you will get from hiring a Portland SEO Company is all of the added traffic that is generated for your site. The main way this is achieved is through selecting the proper keywords. It has been repeatedly proven that it increases the amount of traffic to a website.

Our firms art of SEO also helps you convert your visitors into customers. The experts at PDX SEO ensure that they use only the finest and most effective Search Engine Optimization methods that can increase your website traffic significantly. The more traffic that you receive, the higher the sales will be for your business.

Stay ahead of your competition:

One of the easiest and fastest ways to get ahead of the competition is to optimize your website with help from experts in Portland Search Engine Optimization. Consider two businesses that are selling the same products and the same prices within the same industry. One has a non-optimized web presence, and the other one utilizes SEO.

With everything else being equal, the business that has an optimized website will be much more successful since it can obtain many more customers via Search Engine Marketing. This will allow the business to expand much faster.

Improve your brands credibility:

Obtaining the top rankings position will provide you with a significant number of impressions. That is why getting your website to the top spots in the results pages provides your website with increased exposure. There is a simple reason for this: everybody trusts that Google and other popular search engines will deliver results that are the most relevant to their queries.

When you hire Portland SEO services, it will normally result in your site ranking at the top of the search results. That means that the more high ranking pages you have, the more chances you have of your target customers seeing you and your brand improving.

High Return On Investment:

It will require an initial investment to have your website built and to hire a Portland SEO Agency for providing various SEO services. However, since those services can be expected to produce great results, you will be able to generate a great return on investment. Whether your site is a non-commerce or e-commerce website, PDX SEO can offer you a quantifiable result and will monitor your progress.

Therefore, you will not need to worry about gaining your initial investment back. They are equipped with all of the necessary tools for tracking virtually all aspects of the SEM services they are providing, including conversion rates, daily ranking changes and increases in traffic. They offer a comprehensive analytic program with the ability to drill down to see website metrics, demographic information and other types of engagement metrics, allowing you to have a clear view of the areas that you can improve upon.

Find potential customers:

When you hire PDX SEO, if you have the ability to target precisely the type of audience that you want, which is those people that are especially searching for the services and products that you offer. That will certainly lead to an increase in sales overall as well as profit margins.

Improve conversion rates

Portland SEO service companies ensure that your site is optimized well. That means that it is compatible with various mobile devices, is easy and convenient to use and that it runs fast. Another thing that will improve conversions is to have a mobile-friendly website.

Provides permanent results:

Unlike traditional advertising methods, Portland SEO services can deliver long-term results. The effects that you can achieve from SEO services that are of high quality will not stop suddenly after you stop using the services of the professional SEO firm. Some maintenance work will need to be done to make sure that your website stays in the top spot. However, if you get it into that position, there is a very good chance that other websites will have a tough time trying to surpass you in the rankings.

Long term results:

Unlike other methods such as PPC, you can enjoy ranking on the major search engines on a long term basis with assistance from Portland SEO. This can prove to be among the best marketing strategies that you can use since their services are so cost-effective and affordable.

If you are thinking about using Portland SEM services to take care of your business SEO needs, then there are a few things that you need to carefully consider. First of all, research the track records of several service providers to determine how capable the firms will be regarding the type of work that you need for them to do for you. Ask if they can customize their services to provide solutions to you that specifically meet your business needs. Also, be sure to compare the prices being charged by several service providers to ensure that the rates are reasonable. After you have completed this process, you can then hired Portland SEM services to help your business achieve its objectives.

PDX SEO is a great way to promote your services and products to a broad range o customers. It will provide your business with increased visibility, and each day of the year.

Read the original post:
Portland SEO Expert | Search Engine Optimization Pros

Offshore Companies | International Man

 Offshore Companies  Comments Off on Offshore Companies | International Man
Apr 222016
 

You can use a limited liability company formed outside your home country as an international holding company. It, not you personally, would buy and hold the overseas investments you want.

An offshore LLC can be designed to be very unfriendly to your potential future lawsuit creditors, even more so than an LLC formed in the US. An additional plus is that while many banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, and other financial institutions shun business from individual Americans, many of the shunners will welcome business from a non-US LLC even if it is American owned.

An offshore LLC owned by a single US person (or by husband and wife) can elect to be treated as a disregarded entity for US income tax purposes, which makes it absolutely income-tax neutral. Or it can elect to be treated as a partnership, which makes it almost income-tax neutral. The LLC also can be used for estate planning in the same way as a US LLC.

By the ratio of benefits to cost and complexity, an offshore LLC rates especially high.

Be sure to getour comprehensive guide on the best offshore company options.

Original post:
Offshore Companies | International Man

Beaches, Lakes & Boating visitphilly.com – Visit Philadelphia

 Beaches  Comments Off on Beaches, Lakes & Boating visitphilly.com – Visit Philadelphia
Apr 202016
 

The largest lake in Southeastern Pennsylvania, accompanied by a 5,283-acre park

Offering more than 1,450 acres and four public launching areas, Lake Nockamixon is a popular spot for boating of all kinds, including catamarans and windsurfers. Anglers also enjoy this warm, expansive water lake, which is stocked with a variety of species.

The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

May 13-14, 2016 The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is a two-day race held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.

An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world

October 29-30, 2016 Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the longest running head races in the country.

A colorful celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition

Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphias annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

235 acres for kayaking, bird walks, pond tours and seasonal festivals

Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails that highlight the diverse plant and animal life in the area.

Boat tours of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers

Offering excursions along the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, Patriot Harbor Lines welcomes up to 35 guests on its reproduction of a classic 1920s commuter yacht.

Making waves

A premium hang on the northern edge of NoLibs, this swim club attracts an attractive crowd with tunes, drinks and chill space.

Full or half-day guided fishing trips

Get the most out of your fishing trip with a little help from experienced guides. Whether its trout or bass, salt or freshwater, Mainstream Outfitters can help you find your fish with one of their guided fishing trips.

Kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River

Northbrook Canoe Company offers kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about an hour southwest of Philadelphia.

Whitewater rafting right here in the Delaware Valley

Whitewater rafting, with Class 3 and 4 rapids, right here in the Delaware Valley

Pennsylvanias largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh

With 1000 acres, ten miles of trails and many native wildlife and plants, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum protects the largest fresh water tidal marsh in Pennsylvania.

Overnight equestrian camping amid wooded trails and gorgeous views

Lake Galena, at 365 acres, is a favorite recreational spot

Fourteen miles of trails are just one of the many outdoor activities that Peace Valley Park has to offer. Bring a picnic for a lakeside lunch, or paddle out onto Lake Galena and hook a bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill or carp. The bird blind at the Peace Valley Nature Center next door offers quiet observation of cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, titmice, sparrows and more.

A leisurely float down the Delaware, with lunch along the way

A leisurely float down the Delaware, with lunch along the way

Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River

Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River.

A 165-mile trail connecting waterways, rails and trails along a historic railroad path

A 165-mile trail connecting waterways, rails and trails along a historic railroad path

Read the original:
Beaches, Lakes & Boating visitphilly.com – Visit Philadelphia

SEO Tutorials | Lynda.com

 SEO  Comments Off on SEO Tutorials | Lynda.com
Apr 072016
 

Learn today’s online marketing techniques and find out how how to build a successful online marketing campaign for all digital channels: search, video, social, email, and display.

Learn to customize filters, tags, segments, and even the data that flows into Google Analytics, to generate better reports about your web traffic and make more intelligent decisions about where to focus your marketing efforts.

Learn to develop a content strategy to analyze and shape the tone, voice, and visual style for your brand.

SEO for ecommerce is different. Get strategies tailored for optimizing an online store to improve page rankings and build traffic.

Investigates the anatomy of a link, how links affect page ranking, and the properties that make an excellent inbound link.

Walks step-by-step through the process of reviewing the content and markup of a web site to improve its ranking in search engine results.

Learn about today’s top SEO tools for technical optimization, content optimization, offsite optimization, and competitive research.

Learn how to use structured data to make your webpages more meaningful to search engines and web crawlers and provide a richer browsing experience to users.

Learn how to use SEO tools and techniques to research the competition online. Find out what keywords your competitors are optimizing forand then outrank them on search engine results pages.

Attract international visitors to your websites with these SEO tips. Learn how to determine target markets and optimize your website’s technical aspects and content for countries and languages around the world.

Learn how to manage your own analytics, user tracking, campaign tracking, remarketing, and other website code with Google Tag Manager.

Learn how to quickly expand your customer base using low-cost and innovative growth-hacking marketing techniques.

Master the foundational concepts of search engine optimization. Learn the strategy behind great SEO, including keyword planning, content optimization, link building, and SEO for ecommerce, local search, and mobile audiences.

Get practical techniques for writing for the web, including tips on front-loading content, avoiding jargon, and keeping your content up to date.

Achieve maximum visibility in search rankings with these local SEO strategies.

Learn the top five ways you can market your brand and earn revenue from your videos on YouTube.

Learn how to create a winning presence and earn revenue from your videos on YouTube.

Testing website pages to improve conversions is a core practice in digital marketing. These tutorials provide a detailed, actionable framework for all conversion rate optimization efforts.

Improve your conversion rate and lift your revenue, by putting website testing and optimization principles into practice with Optimizely.

Start here to learn how to become a successful affiliate. Learn effective, ethical affiliate marketing techniques and tactics.

Make sure your marketing campaigns keep up with the pace of mobile. Learn how to prep your website and emails for mobile visitors, launch SMS campaigns, advertise on mobile, and much more.

Learn how to craft compelling marketing copy to engage with your customers.

Learn the top 5 tips to writing search-friendly press releases.

Learn how to research keywords, apply them to your website, and create ad campaigns around keywords. Increase your site traffic and better understand your user’s intent with keywords.

Design a website that will better promote and sell your music. Learn how to balance looks and usability, incorporate SEO, and avoid common design mistakes.

Learn how to stand out from the crowd, make your content compelling, and build a significant market presence for your company in this talk with an Internet marketing insider.

Discover how semantics (the process of adding markup, microdata, and metadata to a page) makes websites more search engine friendly, more meaningful, and more future-proof.

Drive more visitors to your WordPress site by performing search engine optimization, or SEO, with the help of two powerful plugins.

Optimize your videos for search engines and convert the traffic to achieve your business goals.

Illustrates the basics of setting up a Pinterest account and aggregating inspiration from around the web.

Introduces web marketers, web designers, business owners, and executives to the world of online marketing.

Make web sites more accessible and search engine friendly through proper markup and web standards compliance.

Visit link:
SEO Tutorials | Lynda.com

Beaches at Titusville, Florida | USA Today

 Beaches  Comments Off on Beaches at Titusville, Florida | USA Today
Apr 072016
 

Famed as it is for the NASA complex, Titusville also has some fabulous beaches. (Photo: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images )

Titusville is a town on the east coast of central Florida. It attracts tourism primarily through its proximity to the NASA space complex and the nearby Canaveral National Seashore. The seashore covers 57,000 acres and stretches for 24 miles; it is the longest contiguous length of undeveloped beach on Florida’s east coast. Managed jointly with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and owned by the Kennedy Space center, it is one of ten National Seashores protected by the National Park Service in the U.S.

One and a half million people visit the Seashore every year, so it is vital each one respect the environment. To protect the fragile dune structures, use only the boardwalks to pass from the parking areas to the beach. The beaches are on a barrier island separated by the intracoastal waterway — here Mosquito Lagoon on the Indian River — from the mainland. The Canaveral National Seashore is 12 miles east of Titusville; take Interstate 95 exit 80 or 84, then State Road 44 to 402, then follow SR 402 to its end. As of 2011, the south beaches are closed to the public three days prior to the launch of a space shuttle, and all day on launch days. Other rocket launches can also affect access. Apollo Beach, near the town of New Smyrna Beach, is part of the North District; Playalinda Beach is part of the South District. Parking Area 1 serves Apollo Beach; Parking Area 2 serves Playalinda Beach. There is a per-person day-use fee, but children under 16 are admitted free.

There are no concessions, showers or running water at the Seashore, and lifeguards are only on duty from May 30 to Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only restrooms with chemical toilets are provided; everything else must be shipped in and shipped out again. Take sufficient water, sunscreen, insect repellent and a solution of 50-percent vinegar / 50-percent water in case a Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish is encountered. Leave only your footprints.

Playalinda is Spanish for “pretty beach.” Opening hours vary by season; contact the park service for current information. The beach is pristine, and seldom crowded. To ensure privacy, simply pick one of the many small parking lots with few or no cars, then use its dedicated boardwalk to access the beach. High tide leaves only a narrow strand in places, and ants are voracious near the dunes; taking a beach chair rather than a towel is highly recommended for sunbathing at high tide. Mosquitoes are also ubiquitous. Playalinda Beach is within Brevard County’s jurisdiction, so behavior is officially constrained by their nudity ordinance. However, the restriction is rarely and erratically enforced. The area of beach accessed from the final parking lot — “Beach 13” — is unofficially but universally accepted to be clothing optional.

Apollo Beach is in constant flux; each tide can deposit or remove as much as 10 feet of sand. The park service envisions Apollo Beach as having a much less dense population than Playalinda, even on the season’s busiest days; this is reflected in access problems. Parking is at only five coastal lots that, combined, can accommodate a maximum of 201 vehicles. There is one chemical toilet at each lot. The southernmost part of Apollo Beach is traditionally clothing-optional, accessed form parking lot 5 at the end of the road.

Rip currents, flowing seaward away from the beach, can be deadly. Rip currents are often an occurrence at the Seashore, where sandbars develop a short distance offshore causing water to rush outward through breaks in the underwater mounds. Storms are frequent, especially in the summer, and the Park Service advises that “Central Florida is the lightning capital of the world.” If lightning is observed, even apparently many miles offshore, take shelter in your car until the storm has passed. The Portuguese man-of-war can severely sting humans in the water and at the water’s edge. This huge drifting jellyfish extends feeding tentacles behind it, and these tentacles can be 50 feet long. Further, the body of the Portuguese man-of-war looks to children like a purple balloon, and even dead ones washed up on the sand can cause severe reactions. If stung, carefully remove any parts of the tentacle that remain on the skin, then treat the area with a 50 percent vinegar / 50 percent water mix and contact a park ranger for assistance. The parking lots are seldom monitored; leave valuables at home or locked securely in the safe at your accommodation.

The Seashore is a vital nesting habitat for loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles, predominantly between the months of May and August. Up to 4,000 loggerheads nest at the Seashore every year, but less than 300 greens and just a handful of leatherbacks do so. It is imperative not to disturb nesting sea turtles. During the nesting season, park rangers and skilled volunteers are on duty every night to screen new nests from predators. Do not disrupt any turtles that you see on shore, either by touching them or taking flash photographs; camera flashes can disorient their sense of direction as they climb up the beaches.

John Cagney Nash began composing press releases and event reviews for British nightclubs in 1982. His material was first published in the “Eastern Daily Press.” Nash’s work focuses on American life, travel and the music industry. In 1998 he earned an OxBridge doctorate in philosophy and immediately emigrated to America.

Continue reading here:
Beaches at Titusville, Florida | USA Today

Hidden Beach – Beaches – Minneapolis, MN – Reviews – Yelp

 Beaches  Comments Off on Hidden Beach – Beaches – Minneapolis, MN – Reviews – Yelp
Apr 062016
 

Oh, Hidden Beach. You are the exact opposite of hidden. Some people are nostalgically attached to you. I’m not one of them. Ima tell ’em what’s what, Hidden Beach, and you can’t stop me… ’cause you’re a beach.

I went for the first time last summer and… hmm…. the word that comes to mind is dirrrrrrty (X-tina-style=too dirty to clean its act up). The beach was ungodly crowded and I think I shaved about three years off my life by breathing the second-hand smoke hanging in the atmosphere like Hidden Beach’s own personal smoke monster.

I could see nary a square inch of sand, which turned out to be a blessing because under the beach towels were old cigarettes, broken glass bottles, used condoms (at least they’re being safe, right?) and rusty nails (YEP, I found an actual rusty nail). I don’t even want to know what has gone down in those mud pits over the years. Yelch.

The two stars are for (a) best. people-watching. ever. (saw some water-walkers on stand-up paddle boards, cute dogs, cute babies that should have been taken to a less rough-and-tumble beach, really good and really bad tattoos, etc.) and (b) for simply being a beach (gotta give it up for that, I’m not heartless).

Oh, I feel for you, Hidden Beach… you sorry has-been, I hope you aren’t too upset by my criticism. Either way, you’re a beach, so you can’t hurt me. Unless there’s something you’d like to tell me about that rusty nail…

Read more from the original source:
Hidden Beach – Beaches – Minneapolis, MN – Reviews – Yelp

What is atheism? | Define atheism | CARM

 Atheism  Comments Off on What is atheism? | Define atheism | CARM
Mar 292016
 

by Matt Slick

The word, atheism, comes from the negative a which means “no,” and theos which means “god.” Hence, atheism in the most basic terms means “no god.” Basically, atheism is the lack of belief in a god and/or the belief that there is no god. By contrast, theism is the belief that there is a God and that He is knowable and that He is involved in the world. Most atheists do not consider themselves anti-theists but simply non-theists.

I’ve encountered many atheists who claim that atheism is not a belief system, while others say it is. Since there is no official atheist organization, nailing down which description of atheism to use can be difficult. Nevertheless, the following are some definitions offered by atheists. Whichever definition you accept, atheism denies God.

There are two main categories of atheists: strong and weak with variations in between. Strong atheists actively believe and state that no God exists. They expressly denounce the Christian God along with any other god. Strong atheists are usually more aggressive in their conversations with theists and try to shoot holes in theistic beliefs. They like to use logic and anti-biblical evidences to denounce God’s existence. They are active, often aggressive, and openly believe that there is no God.

Agnostic Atheists, as I call them, are those who deny God’s existence based on an examination of evidence. Agnosticism means “not knowing” or “no knowledge.” I call them agnostic because they state they have looked at the evidence and have concluded there is no God, but they say they are open to further evidence for God’s existence.

Weak atheists simply exercise no faith in God. The weak atheist might be better explained as a person who lacks belief in God the way a person might lack belief that there is a green lizard in a rocking chair on the moon. It isn’t an issue. He doesn’t believe it or not believe it.

Finally, there is a group of atheists that I call militant atheists. They are, fortunately, few in number. They are usually highly insulting and profoundly terse in their comments to theists and particularly Christians. Ive encountered a few of them, and they are vile, rude, and highly condescending. Their language is full of insults, profanity, and blasphemies. Basically, no meaningful conversation can be held with them.

Atheist positions seem to fall into two main categories. The first is the lack-of-evidence category where the atheist asserts that the supporting evidence isn’t good enough for him to affirm God’s existence. The second is the category where the athiestbelieves that the idea of God’s existence is illogical and contrary to the evidence at hand. To simplify, one position says that there isn’t enough evidence to conclude that God exists, and the other position says that the evidence is contrary to God’s existence. For those atheists who simply lack belief and exercise no energy in the discussion, neither category applies because they are not involved in the debate. But, some of those who claim to lack belief in God are often involved in discussions where they are arguing against God’s existence.

A typical argument posed by an atheist to show why God does not exist is as follows: God is supposed to be all good and all-powerful. Evil and suffering exist in the world. If God is all good, He would not want evil and suffering to exist. If He is all-powerful, then He is able to remove all evil and suffering. Since evil and suffering exist, God is either not all good (which means He is not perfect and not God) or He is not all-powerful (and limited in abilities and scope). Since either case shows God is not all good and powerful, then He does not exist. Of course, the problem is that the criticism is a false dichotomy. In other words, there are more than two possibilities, namely, God might have a reason for allowing evil and suffering, man’s freedom might require the allowance of evil and suffering, etc.

Presuppositions are important to us all. We look at the world through them. The atheist has a set of presuppositions, too. As I said, there is no definitive atheist organization that defines the absolutes of atheism, but there are basic principles that atheists as a whole tend to adopt. I’ve tried to list some of them below. Please note, however, that not all atheists accept all of these tenets. The only absolute common one to which they hold is that they do not believe in a God or gods.

For the Christian, atheism clashes with many aspects of our faith. Some atheists openly attack Christianity–citing apparent contradictions in the Bible, perceived philosophical difficulties related to God and what they consider as logical evidences against God’s existence. But the atheists’ criticisms are not without very good answers as you will see in the coming papers.

Read the original here:

What is atheism? | Define atheism | CARM

What Libertarianism Is | Mises Daily

 Misc  Comments Off on What Libertarianism Is | Mises Daily
Mar 282016
 

Property, Rights, and Liberty

Libertarians tend to agree on a wide array of policies and principles. Nonetheless, it is not easy to find consensus on what libertarianism’s defining characteristic is, or on what distinguishes it from other political theories and systems.

Various formulations abound. It is said that libertarianism is about individual rights, property rights, the free market, capitalism, justice, or the nonaggression principle. Not just any of these will do, however. Capitalism and the free market describe the catallactic conditions that arise or are permitted in a libertarian society, but do not encompass other aspects of libertarianism. And individual rights, justice, and aggression collapse into property rights. As Murray Rothbard explained, individual rights are property rights. And justice is just giving someone his due, which depends on what his rights are.

The nonaggression principle is also dependent on property rights, since what aggression is depends on what our (property) rights are. If you hit me, it is aggression because I have a property right in my body. If I take from you the apple you possess, this is trespass aggression only because you own the apple. One cannot identify an act of aggression without implicitly assigning a corresponding property right to the victim.

So capitalism and the free market are too narrow, and justice, individual rights, and aggression all boil down to, or are defined in terms of, property rights. What of property rights, then? Is this what differentiates libertarianism from other political philosophies that we favor property rights, and all others do not? Surely such a claim is untenable.

After all, a property right is simply the exclusive right to control a scarce resource. Property rights specify which persons own that is, have the right to control various scarce resources in a given region or jurisdiction. Yet everyone and every political theory advance some theory of property. None of the various forms of socialism deny property rights; each version will specify an owner for every scarce resource. If the state nationalizes an industry, it is asserting ownership of these means of production. If the state taxes you, it is implicitly asserting ownership of the funds taken. If my land is transferred to a private developer by eminent domain statutes, the developer is now the owner. If the law allows a recipient of racial discrimination to sue his employer for a sum of money, he is the owner of the money.

Protection of and respect for property rights is thus not unique to libertarianism. What is distinctive about libertarianism is its particular property assignment rules: its view concerning who is the owner of each contestable resource, and how to determine this.

A system of property rights assigns a particular owner to every scarce resource. These resources obviously include natural resources such as land, fruits of trees, and so on. Objects found in nature are not the only scarce resources, however. Each human actor has, controls, and is identified and associated with a unique human body, which is also a scarce resource. Both human bodies and nonhuman, scarce resources are desired for use as means by actors in the pursuit of various goals.

Accordingly, any political theory or system must assign ownership rights in human bodies as well as in external things. Let us consider first the libertarian property assignment rules with respect to human bodies, and the corresponding notion of aggression as it pertains to bodies. Libertarians often vigorously assert the “nonaggression principle.” As Ayn Rand said, “So long as men desire to live together, no man may initiate do you hear me? No man may start the use of physical force against others.” Or, as Rothbard put it:

The libertarian creed rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. This may be called the “nonaggression axiom.” “Aggression” is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion.

In other words, libertarians maintain that the only way to violate rights is by initiating force that is, by committing aggression. (Libertarianism also holds that, while the initiation of force against another person’s body is impermissible, force used in response to aggression such as defensive, restitutive, or retaliatory/punitive force is justified.)

Now in the case of the body, it is clear what aggression is: invading the borders of someone’s body, commonly called battery, or, more generally, using the body of another without his or her consent. The very notion of interpersonal aggression presupposes property rights in bodies more particularly, that each person is, at least prima facie, the owner of his own body.

Nonlibertarian political philosophies have a different view. Each person has some limited rights in his own body, but not complete or exclusive rights. Society or the state, purporting to be society’s agent has certain rights in each citizen’s body, too. This partial slavery is implicit in state actions and laws such as taxation, conscription, and drug prohibitions.

The libertarian says that each person is the full owner of his body: he has the right to control his body, to decide whether or not he ingests narcotics, joins an army, and so on. Those various nonlibertarians who endorse any such state prohibitions, however, necessarily maintain that the state, or society, is at least a partial owner of the body of those subject to such laws or even a complete owner in the case of conscriptees or nonaggressor “criminals” incarcerated for life. Libertarians believe in self-ownership. Nonlibertarians statists of all stripes advocate some form of slavery.

Without property rights, there is always the possibility of conflict over contestable (scarce) resources. By assigning an owner to each resource, legal systems make possible conflict-free use of resources, by establishing visible boundaries that nonowners can avoid. Libertarianism does not endorse just any property assignment rule, however. It favors self-ownership over other-ownership (slavery).

The libertarian seeks property assignment rules because he values or accepts various grundnorms such as justice, peace, prosperity, cooperation, conflict-avoidance, and civilization. The libertarian view is that self-ownership is the only property assignment rule compatible with these grundorms; it is implied by them.

As Professor Hoppe has shown, the assignment of ownership to a given resource must not be random, arbitrary, particularistic, or biased, if it is actually to be a property norm that can serve the function of conflict-avoidance. Property title has to be assigned to one of competing claimants based on “the existence of an objective, intersubjectively ascertainable link between owner and the” resource claimed. In the case of one’s own body, it is the unique relationship between a person and his body his direct and immediate control over his body, and the fact that, at least in some sense, a body is a given person and vice versa that constitutes the objective link sufficient to give that person a claim to his body superior to typical third party claimants.

Moreover, any outsider who claims another’s body cannot deny this objective link and its special status, since the outsider also necessarily presupposes this in his own case. This is so because, in seeking dominion over the other and in asserting ownership over the other’s body, he has to presuppose his own ownership of his body. In so doing, the outsider demonstrates that he does place a certain significance on this link, even as (at the same time) he disregards the significance of the other’s link to his own body.

Libertarianism recognizes that only the self-ownership rule is universalizable and compatible with the goals of peace, cooperation, and conflict-avoidance. We recognize that each person is prima facie the owner of his own body because, by virtue of his unique link to and connection with his own body his direct and immediate control over it he has a better claim to it than anyone else.

Libertarians apply similar reasoning in the case of other scarce resources namely, external objects in the world that, unlike bodies, were at one point unowned. In the case of bodies, the idea of aggression being impermissible immediately implies self-ownership. In the case of external objects, however, we must identify who the owner is before we can determine what constitutes aggression.

As in the case with bodies, humans need to be able to use external objects as means to achieve various ends. Because these things are scarce, there is also the potential for conflict. And, as in the case with bodies, libertarians favor assigning property rights so as to permit the peaceful, conflict-free, productive use of such resources. Thus, as in the case with bodies, property is assigned to the person with the best claim or link to a given scarce resource with the “best claim” standard based on the goals of permitting peaceful, conflict-free human interaction and use of resources.

Unlike human bodies, however, external objects are not parts of one’s identity, are not directly controlled by one’s will, and significantly they are initially unowned. Here, the libertarian realizes that the relevant objective link is appropriation the transformation or embordering of a previously unowned resource, Lockean homesteading, the first use or possession of the thing. Under this approach, the first (prior) user of a previously unowned thing has a prima facie better claim than a second (later) claimant, solely by virtue of his being earlier.

Why is appropriation the relevant link for determination of ownership? First, keep in mind that the question with respect to such scarce resources is: who is the resource’s owner? Recall that ownership is the right to control, use, or possess, while possession is actual control “the factual authority that a person exercises over a corporeal thing.” The question is not who has physical possession; it is who has ownership.

Thus, asking who is the owner of a resource presupposes a distinction between ownership and possession between the right to control, and actual control. And the answer has to take into account the nature of previously unowned things namely, that they must at some point become owned by a first owner.

The answer must also take into account the presupposed goals of those seeking this answer: rules that permit conflict-free use of resources. For this reason, the answer cannot be whoever has the resource or whoever is able to take it is its owner. To hold such a view is to adopt a might-makes-right system, where ownership collapses into possession for want of a distinction. Such a system, far from avoiding conflict, makes conflict inevitable.

Instead of a might-makes-right approach, from the insights noted above it is obvious that ownership presupposes the prior-later distinction: whoever any given system specifies as the owner of a resource, he has a better claim than latecomers. If he does not, then he is not an owner, but merely the current user or possessor. If he is supposed an owner on the might-makes-right principle, in which there is no such thing as ownership, it contradicts the presuppositions of the inquiry itself. If the first owner does not have a better claim than latecomers, then he is not an owner, but merely a possessor, and there is no such thing as ownership.

More generally, latecomers’ claims are inferior to those of prior possessors or claimants, who either homesteaded the resource or who can trace their title back to the homesteader or earlier owner. The crucial importance of the prior-later distinction to libertarian theory is why Professor Hoppe repeatedly emphasizes it in his writing.

Thus, the libertarian position on property rights is that, in order to permit conflict-free, productive use of scarce resources, property titles to particular resources are assigned to particular owners. As noted above, however, the title assignment must not be random, arbitrary, or particularistic; instead, it has to be assigned based on “the existence of an objective, intersubjectively ascertainable link between owner” and the resource claimed. As can be seen from the considerations presented above, the link is the physical transformation or embordering of the original homesteader, or a chain of title traceable by contract back to him.

Not only libertarians are civilized. Most people give some weight to some of the above considerations. In their eyes, a person is the owner of his own body usually. A homesteader owns the resource he appropriates unless the state takes it from him “by operation of law.” This is the principal distinction between libertarians and nonlibertarians: Libertarians are consistently opposed to aggression, defined in terms of invasion of property borders, where property rights are understood to be assigned on the basis of self-ownership in the case of bodies. And in the case of other things, rights are understood on the basis of prior possession or homesteading and contractual transfer of title.

This framework for rights is motivated by the libertarian’s consistent and principled valuing of peaceful interaction and cooperation in short, of civilized behavior. A parallel to the Misesian view of human action may be illuminating here. According to Mises, human action is aimed at alleviating some felt uneasiness. Thus, means are employed, according to the actor’s understanding of causal laws, to achieve various ends ultimately, the removal of uneasiness.

Civilized man feels uneasy at the prospect of violent struggles with others. On the one hand, he wants, for some practical reason, to control a given scarce resource and to use violence against another person, if necessary, to achieve this control. On the other hand, he also wants to avoid a wrongful use of force. Civilized man, for some reason, feels reluctance, uneasiness, at the prospect of violent interaction with his fellow man. Perhaps he has reluctance to violently clash with others over certain objects because he has empathy with them. Perhaps the instinct to cooperate is a result of social evolution. As Mises noted,

There are people whose only aim is to improve the condition of their own ego. There are other people with whom awareness of the troubles of their fellow men causes as much uneasiness as or even more uneasiness than their own wants.

Whatever the reason, because of this uneasiness, when there is the potential for violent conflict, the civilized man seeks justification for the forceful control of a scarce resource that he desires but which some other person opposes. Empathy or whatever spurs man to adopt the libertarian grundnorms gives rise to a certain form of uneasiness, which gives rise to ethical action.

Civilized man may be defined as he who seeks justification for the use of interpersonal violence. When the inevitable need to engage in violence arises for defense of life or property civilized man seeks justification. Naturally, since this justification-seeking is done by people who are inclined to reason and peace (justification is after all a peaceful activity that necessarily takes place during discourse), what they seek are rules that are fair, potentially acceptable to all, grounded in the nature of things, and universalizable, and which permit conflict-free use of resources.

Libertarian property rights principles emerge as the only candidate that satisfies these criteria. Thus, if civilized man is he who seeks justification for the use of violence, the libertarian is he who is serious about this endeavor. He has a deep, principled, innate opposition to violence, and an equally deep commitment to peace and cooperation.

For the foregoing reasons, libertarianism may be said to be the political philosophy that consistently favors social rules aimed at promoting peace, prosperity, and cooperation. It recognizes that the only rules that satisfy the civilized grundnorms are the self-ownership principle and the Lockean homesteading principle, applied as consistently as possible.

And as I have argued elsewhere, because the state necessarily commits aggression, the consistent libertarian, in opposing aggression, is also an anarchist.

This article is adapted from a “What Libertarianism Is,” in Jrg Guido Hlsmann & Stephan Kinsella, eds., Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Mises Institute, 2009). An abbreviated version of this article was incorporated into the author’s speech “Intellectual Property and Libertarianism,” presented at Mises University 2009 (July 30, 2009; audio).

Originally posted here:
What Libertarianism Is | Mises Daily

Life Extension Vitamins | Health Supplements | Garcinia …

 Life Extension  Comments Off on Life Extension Vitamins | Health Supplements | Garcinia …
Mar 272016
 

OXIDATIVE STRESS PAK – For Oxidative Stress – All Ingredients in Protandim and More

Retail Price: $90.00

Your Price: $59.99

Select: 1 3-pack/1 bottle of each

Retail Price: $52.00

Your Price: $39.00

Retail Price: $20.00

Your Price: $19.99

Retail Price: $38.00

Your Price: $28.25

Retail Price: $30.00

Your Price: $22.50

Retail Price: $22.00

Your Price: $19.99

Select: 2 Bottles TwinPak

Retail Price: $24.00

Your Price: $19.99

Select: 2 Bottle TwinPak

Retail Price: $25.00

Your Price: $19.99

Retail Price: $52.00

Your Price: $39.00

$37.99

Select: 2 Bottles

Retail Price: $59.95

Your Price: $44.96

Retail Price: $119.90

Your Price: $89.92

Select: 2 Bottles

Retail Price: $25.00

Your Price: $19.99

Retail Price: $42.00

Your Price: $31.50

Retail Price: $24.00

Your Price: $21.99

Select: 2 bottle TwinPak

$27.99

$27.99

$28.99

Retail Price: $38.00

Your Price: $25.98

Retail Price: $98.00

Your Price: $73.25

Retail Price: $98.00

Your Price: $73.25

Retail Price: $344.00

Your Price: $289.99

Select: 4 Bottles

Retail Price: $110.00

Your Price: $82.25

Retail Price: $392.00

Your Price: $312.00

Retail Price: $110.00

Your Price: $82.25

Retail Price: $98.00

Your Price: $73.25

Retail Price: $344.00

Your Price: $289.99

Select: 4 Bottles

Retail Price: $39.00

Your Price: $29.25

Retail Price: $32.00

Your Price: $24.00

Select: 2 Bottle TwinPak

Retail Price: $45.00

Your Price: $35.99

Retail Price: $30.00

Your Price: $22.50

$39.99

$44.95

Retail Price: $140.00

Your Price: $106.00

Select: 4 Bottles

Retail Price: $38.00

Your Price: $28.99

Retail Price: $42.00

Your Price: $31.50

Retail Price: $66.00

Your Price: $49.50

Retail Price: $56.00

Your Price: $29.60

Retail Price: $32.00

Your Price: $24.00

Retail Price: $45.00

Your Price: $39.99

Retail Price: $25.00

Your Price: $21.99

Select: 2 Bottles

Retail Price: $48.00

Your Price: $35.99

Retail Price: $48.00

Your Price: $36.00

Retail Price: $45.00

Your Price: $33.75

Retail Price: $34.00

Your Price: $25.50

Retail Price: $40.00

Your Price: $30.00

Retail Price: $42.00

Your Price: $33.50

Go here to see the original:

Life Extension Vitamins | Health Supplements | Garcinia …

Personal Empowerment Group . com – Empowering You

 Personal Empowerment  Comments Off on Personal Empowerment Group . com – Empowering You
Mar 272016
 

Announcing the Personal Empowerment Groups Empower You Series

Click on this link for our Founder and Senior Coach Dr. Kalind Bakshi http://youtu.be/bJbFHD6Wezk

Click on this link for our Relationship Coach Paula Michele of Life Coach Philly http://youtu.be/u9iH0Cuib1w

Click on this link for our Stress Coach and Spiritual Coach Reverend Mike Wanner http://youtu.be/kOWhqeCU4Bg

Personal Empowerment Group Brochure

Click on this link for the Personal Empowerment Group BrochurePERSONAL EMPOWERMENT GROUP Brochure

Organizational Chart

Click on this link for the Personal Empowerment Group Organizational Chart PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT GROUP Chart

Personal Empowerment Group is happy to share a list of our coaching staff.

For your information, we list their specialties after their name.

Kalind Bakshi Medical Doctor Certified Master Coach and Instructor MCA Certified Circle of Life Coach Certified Weight Loss Coach

Certified Stress Mastery Coach

Food Psychology Coach, Certified Group Leader

Smoking Cessation Facilitator Founder Of Personal Empowerment Group

Click on this link to go to Coach Bakshis page: http://personalempowermentgroup.com/dr-kalind-bakshi/267-278-1054 e-mail: coachkalind@gmail.com

Paula Michele Boyle Certified life Coach Certified Professional Coach Certified Master Coach Founder of Personal Empowerment Group

Click on the link below to go to Coach Paulas page:

http://personalempowermentgroup.com/paula-michele/215-725-1995 E-mail:Paula@lifecoachphilly.com

Reverend Mike Wanner Certified Professional Coach Stress Release Coach Ordained Metaphysical Minister Ordained Inter-faith Minister Prayer Therapist Reiki Master Usui, Gendai, Komyo, Karuna, Jikiden(Okuden) Master Teacher of Integrated Energy Therapy Dowser

Click on the link below to go to Coach Wanners page: http://personalempowermentgroup.com/rev-mike-wanner215-342-1270 E-mail:mikewann@voicenet.com

View post:

Personal Empowerment Group . com – Empowering You

Why Work? // Index

 Wage Slavery  Comments Off on Why Work? // Index
Mar 262016
 

Welcome to CLAWS at whywork.org. We’re a pro-leisure and anti-wage-slavery group of people dedicated to exploring the question: why work? This site provides information, support, and resources for those looking for alternatives to traditional employment.

We actively promote alternatives to the wage slavery mindset and what we call “The Cult of the Job” which automatically equates having a job with making a living.

If you start asking yourself “why work?” you may see a connection between wage slavery, misunderstandings of leisure, lifestyles based on consumption, corporate welfare, education that often amounts to little more than conditioning, and the global social, environmental, and economic crises we are now facing. We hope that the materials we feature here will encourage critical thinking about such things. This site is primarily about ideas and encouragement, so our focus is more philosophical than practical. However, ideas and action go hand-in-hand, so we’re currently expanding the “practicality” sections.

WE’RE FEATURED IN CONSCIOUS CHOICE MAGAZINE!

Writer Patrick McGaugh calls our views “extreme.” His article asks “Do you wanna work, or do you wanna job?”

CLAWS Features

We feature essays, book excerpts and articles by Bob Black, Robert Anton Wilson, Bertrand Russell, Buckminster Fuller, Jean Liedloff and many other inspiring thinkers.

Don’t miss our list of unconventional replies to the question “So, what do you do for a living?”

Our spotlight essay of the moment is “We Don’t Want Full Employment, We Want Full Lives!” translated by Ken Knabb from the Bureau of Public Secrets.

Books: CLAWS recommends Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller as well as Ishmael and Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn as good books to start with which are aligned with the mission and goals of CLAWS. Want to read more? We have an extensive list of book recommendations and will be adding more book reviews soon.

Read the original post:

Why Work? // Index

Transhumanism – End Times Bible Prophecy

 Transhumanism  Comments Off on Transhumanism – End Times Bible Prophecy
Mar 262016
 

As the world draws closer and closer to the day of Christ’s return, the exponential pace of technological change will play an increasing role in the fulfillment of bible prophecy.

The development of technologies such as molecular manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing will trigger abrupt and radical changes in the global economic, social, and geopolitical landscape.

The acceleration and magnitude in development of these powerful technologies will dwarf the Industrial Revolution in size and scale.

Foreseeing such change, the world should note the various social philosophies and political movements which emerged during the Industrial Revolution. Darwinism, Marxism, Communism, Facism, and eugenics all emerged within a few short decades.

While the Industrial Revolution was not absolutely necessary for, nor was the it the cause of, the rise in popularity for each of these movements – it did serve to amplify their influence.

So what small movements might explode in popularity during the next technological revolution?

One possible candidate is the transhumanist movement…

The definition of transhumanism varies depending on who you consult, but here’s Wikipedia’s take:

“Transhumanism is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics and capacities. The movement regards aspects of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease, aging, and involuntary death as unnecessary and undesirable. Transhumanists look to biotechnologies and other emerging technologies for these purposes.” (Wikipedia)

These are noble goals. After all, who could be against ending disabilities, suffering, disease, aging, and involuntary death?

Yet the aforementioned philosophical and political movements of the Industrial Revolution – Marxism, Facism, Communism, and eugenics – all had similar utopian goals.

Are you confident you can weather the current economic storm? Learn how to build an online business that works.

Despite their promises, the real world application of each resulted in unprecedented death and destruction.

If the Transhumanist movement takes flight, it will result in more of the same.

Why?

Because all of these movements fail to address the root cause of the current human condition – the sinful nature of man.

Instead of placing God at the center, each of these movements places “extraordinary” men at the center, whether through means of a ruling elite class, a master race, or the evolutionary development of “better” human beings.

After the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin gained widespread traction, it seems logical that most of its adherents would draw the conclusion that the current version of humanity is not “the final product,” but only an early stage in a continuing evolutionary process.

This belief lies at the heart of the transhumanist movement:

“A common feature of transhumanism and philosophical posthumanism is the future vision of a new intelligent species, into which humanity will evolve, which will supplement humanity or supersede it.” (Wikipedia)

In fact, following this line of thinking, human beings have a moral imperative to take charge of their own evolutionary progress and expidite the process:

“Transhumanist philosophers argue that there not only exists a perfectionist ethical imperative for humans to strive for progress and improvement of the human condition but that it is possible and desirable for humanity to enter a transhuman phase of existence, in which humans are in control of their own evolution. In such a phase, natural evolution would be replaced with deliberate change.” (Wikipedia)

If achieved, the desired result would be the attainment of a “posthuman” status, akin to nirvana:

“Transhumanist thinkers predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label ‘posthuman.’ Transhumanism is therefore sometimes referred to as ‘posthumanism’ or a form of transformational activism influenced by posthumanist ideal.” (Wikipedia)

Given the utopian promises, as well as the exciting prospect of participating in such revolutionary change, look for the transhumanist movement to gain in popularity as we approach the singularity and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Anticipation of the singularity and the exponential pace of technological change has spawned the organization of like-minded individuals who look forward to a posthuman world and seek to hasten its arrival:

“In 1998, philosophers Nick Bostrom and David Pearce founded the World Transhumanist Association (WTA), an international non-governmental organization working toward the recognition of transhumanism as a legitimate subject of scientific inquiry and public policy. In 1999, the WTA drafted and adopted The Transhumanist Declaration.” (Wikipedia)

The World Transhumanist Association (WTA) has since changed its name to Humanity+, but its focus as an organization dedicated to developing transhumanist ideas and policies remains unchanged.

At its core, the organization promotes the development of the next step in humanity’s evolutionary process:

“Transhumanists view human nature as a work-in-progress, a half-baked beginning that we can learn to remold in desirable ways. Current humanity need not be the endpoint of evolution. Transhumanists hope that by responsible use of science, technology, and other rational means we shall eventually manage to become posthuman, beings with vastly greater capacities than present human beings have.” Transhumanist Values (Humanity+)

So what fuels this desire to transition to “posthuman” status? Is it really idealistic, utopian goals, or is it really just an inherent desire to overcome the “biological chains” of humanity?

For most transhumanists, its probably the latter.

As Wikipedia cites:

“At the EZTV Media venue frequented by transhumanists and other futurists, Natasha Vita-More presented Breaking Away, her 1980 experimental film with the theme of humans breaking away from their biological limitations and the Earth’s gravity as they head into space.” (Wikipedia)

A theme “of humans breaking away from their biological limitations and the Earth’s gravity as they head into space?”

That theme sounds familiar…

The bible has a lot to say about our future. Approximately 3,000 years ago, King David wrote about the hearts of men just prior to the Glorious Appearing of Jesus Christ, as men prepared to “free themselves from God’s slavery”:

“Why do the nations rage? Why do the people waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they cry. ‘And free ourselves from this slavery.’ But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.” Psalm 2:1-4 (NLT)

The viewpoint of end time humanity is one of animosity toward God. Humanity will view its limitations as arbitrary obstacles erected by God. As a result, humanity will prepare for battle against the Lord in an effort to break the shackles of its perceived oppressor.

The Transhumanist Declaration asserts a desire which has much in common with the attitude of humanity in the last days:

“Humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We envision the possibility of broadening human potential by overcoming aging, cognitive shortcomings, involuntary suffering, and our confinement to planet Earth.” The Transhumanist Declaration (Humanity+)

When asked by His disciples to describe the time of the end and the day of His Coming, Jesus stated:

“In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.” Matthew 24:22 (NLT)

In this translation, the phrase “not a single person will survive” is deceptive.

Why?

Because it’s the result of the translator’s assumption that the phrases “no flesh will survive” and “no people will survive” are interchangable.

Assuming the possibility exists for a transhumanist future, the two phrases are not.

According to Strong’s Concordance, the key Greek word in this phrase is translated “sarx,” and means:

“flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extens.) the body (as opposed to the soul [or spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by impl.) human nature (with its frailties [phys. or mor.] and passions), or (spec.) a human being (as such)”

Taken in its original context, Jesus did not necessarily say that unless those days are shortened, “humanity will not survive.”

Instead, he said unless those days are shortened, “no flesh will survive.”

If the transhumanist movement suceeds in transforming the human race into a race of “posthumans” who no longer need flesh covered bones to survive, then these words of Jesus take on an entirely different meaning.

And it doesn’t take an illogical leap of faith to draw this conclusion.

After all, it seems reasonable to assume that humanity will have to undergo some sort of radical transformation in order to plot a war against God Almighty. The arrogant impulse already exists. All that remains is the need for an exponential increase in human power which deludes humanity into believing it can overcome the Lord of lords.

And make no mistake about it, the Bible is clear that this is where humanity is ultimately headed – physical conflict with God:

“Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army.” Revelation 19:19 (NLT)

Do not confuse the “war” with a spiritual struggle.

According to Strong’s Concordance, the key word here is translated “polemos,” and means:

“warfare (lit. or fig.; a single encounter or a series) – battle, fight, war.”

The word “polemos” appears at least 16 times in the New Testament, and in each case, it refers to physical conflict, not a spiritual one as Paul refers to here:

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

When Paul speaks of the spiritual struggle, he uses the word “pale.” According to Strong’s Concordance, “pale” means:

“wrestling”

Clearly, the Bible differentiates between our everyday spiritual struggle with the forces of darkness and literal phsyical conflict in the form of war.

Regarding the Antichrist, the gathering at Armageddon, and the Glorious Appearing of Jesus Christ, it’s clearly prophesied that man will engage in physical battle with God Almighty:

“From one of the prominent horns came a small horn whose power grew very great. It extended toward the south and east and toward the glorious land of Israel. His power reached to the heavens where it attacked the heavenly armies, throwing some of the heavenly beings and stars to the ground and trampling them. He even challenged the Commander of heaven’s armies by canceling the daily sacrifices offered to him and by destroying his Temple.” Daniel 8:9-11 (NLT)

The power of the Antichrist will be immense enough to attack the heavenly armies, throwing angels to the ground and trampling them in the process. He will even attack the Commander of heaven’s armies, Jesus Christ.

But the attack is futile. Jesus will destroy the Antichrist and all those aligned against God.

Ultimately, the transhumanist agenda is nothing new.

The transhumanist movement seeks:

Some humans will ultimately achieve these goals. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, they will witness:

1) The end of death and suffering…

“There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4 (NLT)

2) The end of starvation and disease…

“On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.” Revelation 22:2 (NLT)

and

3) The end of disabilities…

“And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!” Isaiah 35:5-6 (NLT)

All of these hopes are realized in heaven. So essentially, the transhumanist agenda is one that seeks to achieve heaven on earth.

The problem with the transhumanist movement is that there’s only one path to heaven. All others are false:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:1-5 (NLT)

Final implementation of the transhumanist agenda is a blatant attempt to “sneak over the wall of the sheepfold, rather than going through the gate.” It’s an agenda that will ultimately fail.

Christ is the only gate that leads into heaven. Those who try to enter by any other means are doomed to failure:

“Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: ‘I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.'” John 10:6-10 (NLT)

To learn more about the transhumanist movement and its adherent’s positions, read the Humanity+ website.

Britt Gillette is the founder of End Times Bible Prophecy and the author of Signs Of The Second Coming: 11 Reasons Jesus Will Return in Our Lifetime.

Return to the top of Transhumansim

Return to the End Times Bible Prophecy Website Homepage

View post:

Transhumanism – End Times Bible Prophecy

An Introduction to Modern Satanism – ahftu.net

 Modern Satanism  Comments Off on An Introduction to Modern Satanism – ahftu.net
Mar 262016
 

Prior to LaVey forming the Church of Satan, LaVey in the early to mid sixties would hold Midnight Masses at his Victorian home in San Francisco’s Richmond District. It would attract many high profile figures from the San Francisco area, which made LaVey somewhat of a local legend. This is what caused LaVey to start the “Satanic Church” later renamed the “Church of Satan” (often referred to “CoS” for short).

In 1969 LaVey wrote the Satanic Bible, which would prove to be the bedrock for modern Satanism. To date it has sold nearly 1,000,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into several languages.

The Church of Satan thrived vigorously in the late sixties and early seventies attracting many celebrities including Sammy Davis Jr., and Jayne Mansfield to name a couple.

In 1975 many changes occurred within the CoS, LaVey had done away with the Grotto system. A network of sub-churches setup across the country. Some structural re-organization had also been done.

It was at this time that Michael Aquino, member of the Church of Satan, broke away from the Church and formed his “Temple of Set.” Aquino maintained that LaVey had changed his stance from believing in an actual Satan to referring to it as more of a relative term. LaVey claimed that he had always referred to Satan as a “Dark force of Nature” rather than an actual deity.

Between 1970 and 1992 LaVey had written three other books. The Compleat Witch (Re-released as “The Satanic Witch”), The Satanic Rituals, and The Devil’s Notebook.

During this period in the ’80’s there was a wave of Satanic panic as many talk shows, news media, and various papers across the country began reporting on Satanic Serial Killers, and Groups of Satanists that were opening day care centers, molesting, and sacrificing children. This sparked an FBI investigation, which concluded that there was no such activity taking place.

Just after the release of the Devil’s Notebook in 1992 LaVey made a film entitled “Speak of the Devil” It was a documentary about the Anton LaVey, the history of Satanism, and the Church of Satan. It seemed to revive the Satanic movement a little but not nearly as much as would be seen in 1996.

A musician by the name of Marilyn Manson release an album entitled “Antichrist Superstar” which fueled a pop-culture trend of Goth teenagers proclaiming to be Satanists. Many of these children were nothing more than alienated teens that were simply rebelling against religion, and their parents.

This created a surge of attention for LaVey and the Church of Satan. A revitalized church had sky rocketing membership applications and a renewed interest in Satanism. Ironically in the midst of the Goth culture phenomenon LaVey would die of heart failure in his home on the night of Oct. 27, 1997.

The Aftermath of LaVey’s Death

Not surprisingly the death of LaVey created a frenzy in and outside of the Satanic community. Detractors came out from rocks to demystify, or debunk nearly all parts of LaVey’s personal and private life, and of course the Church of Satan itself.

Karla LaVey (Anton’s eldest daughter) and Blanche Barton (LaVey’s Biographer, and mother of his Son) had agreed to run the Church together as co-High Priestess’s. It was just after this agreement that Blanche produced a handwritten will and claimed that the Church, LaVey’s personal property, and all rights to LaVey’s writings were the sole property of Blanche, and LaVey’s youngest Son Xerxes.

Karla had contested the will citing a Doctors statement that LaVey was heavily medicated and had just come out of a death experience when he was coerced to write the Will. The Will was later invalidated and an agreement was made.

Feeling that her fathers personal items were more important than the organization itself Karla agreed to let Blanche have the “Organization known as Church of Satan” in return LaVey’s three children (Karla, Zeena, and Xerxes) were to equally divide his personal belongings, and the rights to his works.

During this time Blanche and clergy of the Church had begun a vicious campaign against Karla claiming she was not qualified to run the Church, had not contributed to the Church, and went through long periods of not speaking to her father.

In reality Karla LaVey had gone on numerous lecture tours at University’s regarding Satanism. Appeared on countless television talk shows and radio interviews, promoting the Church, her father’s work, and the philosophy itself. She was even featured on the Cover of Brazil’s most popular magazine giving an interview on the Satanism, and the Occult.

Karla then decided to form the “First Satanic Church” in 1999, an identical organization to her father’s old Church in order to carry on the family tradition. Her church is operating out of San Francisco just as her father had run the Church of Satan.

Blanche currently resides in San Diego, California and has no longer handles CoS administration. The Church of Satan is now run mostly online, based out of New York where memberships are processed, while still maintaining the P.O. Box in San Francisco for personal correspondence to Blanche.

A large number of new Satanic Churches have popped up since the death of LaVey in 1997. Most of them Internet based and lacking any real substance. That just seems to be par for the course these days.

A Word about Satanism Today

Satanism has always been about being an individual; it therefore makes sense that regardless of organizational politics the primary focus should be on the individual. It has become a bit clich yet it still holds true that you do not have to join any organization to be a Satanist. Only you can determine where you want to go in life.

In closing I would like to say that Satanism is the Bedrock philosophy of human existence. It is the philosophy that is your primer paint before you put several layers of other paints on the wall. It is the first stepping-stone in life’s journey for infinite knowledge. In the long run it’s really what keeps you grounded and your head out of the clouds.

I would encourage you to do your own research and studying on the subjects of Satanism & the Occult Sciences. Click below to learn a few basic tennets of Satanism.

View original post here:

An Introduction to Modern Satanism – ahftu.net

Transhumanism – RationalWiki

 Transhumanism  Comments Off on Transhumanism – RationalWiki
Mar 252016
 

You know what they say the modern version of Pascal’s Wager is? Sucking up to as many Transhumanists as possible, just in case one of them turns into God. Julie from Crystal Nights by Greg Egan

Transhumanism (or H+), broadly speaking, is a futurist movement with a set of beliefs with a common theme of anticipating an evolutionary plateau beyond the current Homo sapiens. The term was coined and movement founded by the biologist Julian Huxley in 1957.

The general expectation is that in the near future greater manipulation of human nature will be possible because of the adoption of techniques apparent on the technological frontier: machine intelligence greater than that of contemporary humans, direct mind-computer interface, genetic engineering and nanotechnology. Transhumanists tend to believe that respect for human agency, even when practiced by humans in their current form, is valuable, however.

How plausible is transhumanism? In the 1930’s, many sensible people were sure human beings would never get to the moon and that was just one of many predictions that turned out incorrect.[1] Early 21st century people do not know one way or the other what will be possible in the future.

While frequently dismissed as mere speculation at best by most rationalists[citationneeded] (especially in light of the many failures of artificial intelligence), transhumanism is a strongly-held belief among many computer geeks, notably synthesizer and accessible computing guru Ray Kurzweil, a believer in the “technological singularity,” where technology evolves beyond humanity’s current capacity to understand or anticipate it, and Sun Microsystems founder and Unix demigod Bill Joy, who believes the inevitable result of AI research is the obsolescence of humanity.[2]

Certain recent technological advances are making the possibility of the realization of transhumanism appear more plausible: Scientists funded by the military developed an implant that can translate motor neuron signals into a form that a computer can use, thus opening the door for advanced prosthetics capable of being manipulated like biological limbs and producing sensory information.[3] This is on top of the earlier development of cochlear implants, which translate sound waves into nerve signals; they are often called “bionic ears.”[4]

Even DIY transhumanism is becoming an option, with people installing magnetic implants, allowing them to feel magnetic and electric fields.[5] Others have taken to wearing belts of magnets, in order to always be able to find magnetic north. Prosthetic limbs with some level of touch are also now being developed, a major milestone. [6]

Sadly, some followers of transhumanism[citationneeded] are based on a sort of blind-men-at-the-elephant thinking people assuming that because it can be imagined, it must be possible. Transhumanism is particularly associated with figures in computer science, which is a field that is in some ways more math and art than a true experimental science; as a result, a great many[citationneeded] transhumanists are technophiles with inevitabilist techno-utopian outlooks.

The example of the singularity is instructive; for a great many people, at least part of the singularity hinges on being able to create a true artificial intelligence. While it’s reasonable to contend that the complexity inherent in the human brain is entirely the result of mundane physics, and therefore can be reproduced in principle, singularitarians[citationneeded] tend to assume that the emulation of human intelligence not being impossible means having the ability to in the near future.

“Whole brain emulation” (WBE) is a term used by transhumanists to refer to, quite obviously, the emulation of a brain on a computer. While this is no doubt a possibility, it encounters two problems that keep it from being a certainty anytime in the near future.

The first is a philosophical objection: For WBE to work, “strong AI” (i.e. AI equivalent to or greater than human intelligence) must be attainable. A number of philosophical objections have been raised against strong AI, generally contending either that the mind or consciousness is not computable or that a simulation of consciousness is not equivalent to true consciousness (whatever that is). There is still controversy over strong AI in the field of philosophy of mind.[7]

A second possible objection is technological: WBE may not defy physics, but the technology to fully simulate a human brain (in the sense meant by transhumanists, at least) is a long way away. Currently, no computer (or network of computers) is powerful enough to simulate a human brain. Henry Markram, head of the Blue Brain Project, estimates that simulating a brain would require 500 petabytes of data for storage and that the power required to run the simulation would cost about $3 billion annually. (However, in 2008, he optimistically predicts this will be possible in ten years.[8]) In addition to technological limitations in computing, there are also the limits of neuroscience. Neuroscience currently relies on technology that can only scan the brain at the level of gross anatomy (e.g., fMRI, PET). Forms of single neuron imaging (SNI) have been developed recently, but they can only be used on animal subjects (usually rats) because they destroy neural tissue.[9]

Another transhumanist goal is mind uploading, which is one way they claim we will be able to achieve immortality. Aside from the problems with WBE listed above, mind uploading suffers a philosophical problem, namely the “swamp man problem.” That is, will the “uploaded” mind be “you” or simply a copy or facsimile of your mind? However, one possible way round this problem would be via incremental replacement of parts of the brain with their cybernetic equivalents (the patient being awake during each operation). Then there is no “breaking” of the continuity of the individual’s consciousness, and it becomes difficult for proponents of the “swamp man” hypothesis to pinpoint exactly when the individual stops being “themselves.”

Cryonics is another favorite of many transhumanists. In principle, cryonics is not impossible, but the current form of it is based largely on hypothetical future technologies and costs substantial amounts of money.

Fighting aging and extending life expectancy is possible the field that studies aging and attempts to provide suggestions for anti-aging technology is known as “biogerontology.” Aubrey de Grey, a transhumanist, has proposed a number of treatments for aging. In 2005, 28 scientists working in biogerontology signed a letter to EMBO Reports pointing out that de Grey’s treatments had never been demonstrated to work and that many of his claims for anti-aging technology were extremely inflated.[10]

Worst of all, some transhumanists outright ignore what people in the fields they’re interested in tell them; a few AI boosters, for example, believe that neurobiology is an outdated science because AI researchers can do it themselves anyway.[citationneeded] They seem to have taken the analogy used to introduce the computational theory of mind, “the mind (or brain) is like a computer.” Of course, the mind/brain is not a computer in the usual sense.[11] Debates with such people can take on the wearying feel of a debate with a creationist or climate change denialist, as such people will stick to their positions no matter what. Indeed, many critics are simply dismissed as Luddites or woolly-headed romantics who oppose scientific and technological progress.[12]

Transhumanism has often been criticized for not taking ethical issues seriously on a variety of topics,[13] including life extension technology,[14] cryonics,[15] and mind uploading and other enhancements.[16][17] Francis Fukuyama (in his doctrinaire neoconservative days) caused a stir by naming transhumanism “the world’s most dangerous idea.”[18] One of Fukuyama’s criticisms, that implementation of the technologies transhumanists push for will lead to severe inequality, is a rather common one.

A number of political criticisms of transhumanism have been made as well. Transhumanist organizations have been accused of being in the pocket of corporate and military interests.[19] The movement has been identified with Silicon Valley due to the fact that some of its biggest backers, such as Peter Thiel (of PayPal and Bitcoin fame), reside in the region.[20][21] Some writers see transhumanism as a hive of cranky and obnoxious techno-libertarianism.[22][23] The fact that Julian Huxley coined the term “transhumanism” and many transhumanists’ obsession with constructing a Nietzschean ubermensch known as the “posthuman” has led to comparisons with eugenics.[24][19] Like eugenics, it has been characterized as a utopian political ideology.[25] Jaron Lanier slammed it as “cybernetic totalism”.[26]

Some tension has developed between transhumanism and religion, namely Christianity. Some transhumanists, generally being atheistic naturalists, see all religion as an impediment to scientific and technological advancement and some Christians oppose transhumanism because of its stance on cloning and genetic engineering and label it as a heretical belief system.[27] Other transhumanists, however, have attempted to extend an olive branch to Christians.[28] Some have tried to reconcile their religion and techno-utopian beliefs, calling for a “scientific theology.”[29] There is even a Mormon transhumanist organization.[30]Ironically for the atheistic transhumanists, the movement has itself been characterized as a religion and its rhetoric compared to Christian apologetics.[31][32]

The very small political transhumanist political movement[wp] has gained momentum with Zoltan Istvan[wp] announcing his bid for US president, with the Transhumanist Party and other small political parties gaining support internationally.

The important thing about transhumanism is that while a lot of such predictions may in fact be possible (and may even be in their embryonic stages right now), a strong skeptical eye is required for any claimed prediction about the fields it covers. When evaluating such a claim, one will probably need a trip to a library (or Wikipedia, or a relevant scientist’s home page) to get up to speed on the basics.[33]

A common trope in science fiction for decades is that the prospect of transcending the current form may be positive, as in Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel Childhood’s End or negative, as in the film The Matrix, with its barely disguised salvationist theme, or the Terminator series of films, where humanity has been essentially replaced by machine life. Change so radical elicits fear and thus it is unsurprising that many of the portrayals of transhumanism in popular culture are negative. The cyberpunk genre deals extensively with the theme of a transhumanist society gone wrong.

Among the utopian visions of transhumanism (fused with libertarianism) are those found in the collaborative online science fiction setting Orion’s Arm. Temporally located in the post-singularity future, 10,000 years from now, Orion’s Arm is massively optimistic about genetic engineering, continued improvements in computing and materials science. Because only technology which has been demonstrated to be impossible is excluded, even remotely plausible concepts has a tendency to be thrown in. At the highest end of the scale is artificial wormhole creation, baby universes and inertia without mass.[34]

Read more from the original source:

Transhumanism – RationalWiki




Pierre Teilhard De Chardin | Designer Children | Prometheism | Euvolution | Transhumanism