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Bostrom on Humanity, Post-Humanity, and Human Extinction

February 28, 2013


There’s an interesting interview with Nick Bostrom, whose work you read earlier this semester when we watched The Matrix, at Aeon Magazine.

Bostrom attracts an unusual amount of press attention for a professional philosopher, in part because he writes a great deal about human extinction. His work on the subject has earned him a reputation as a secular Daniel, a doomsday prophet for the empirical set. But Bostrom is no voice in the wilderness. He has a growing audience, both inside and outside the academy. Last year, he gave a keynote talk on extinction risks at a global conference hosted by the US State Department. More recently, he joined Stephen Hawking as an advisor to a new Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge.

The rest is here. There are a lot of very good ideas for term papers floating around is the article. If you’re looking for one, this is a good place to start.

Hat tip: Brian Leiter

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