Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Edward Miller guest blogging in July

Ardent transhumanist and Humanity+ advocate Edward Miller will be guest blogging on Sentient Developments this month.

Among other things, Edward is the founder of the EmbraceUnity blog; in his mandate he states:

When attempting to combat intolerance, many have decided to “Embrace Diversity.” While fighting injustice is a noble effort, it must be based on solid ethical ground. Embracing diversity often implies that it is important to preserve separate identities based on ethnicity, nationality, religion, and so on.

Unfortunately, it is precisely those divisions that have caused much of the injustice in the first place. The human species must transcend these primitive notions and strive for unity. If we are to create a more peaceful global community, we must identify first and foremost with humanity as a whole, above any arbitrary social constructs.

The goal of this blog is to promote humanist values, and by extension, transhumanism and decentralization of power.

In addition to his work at the EmbraceUnity blog, Edward is a vocal advocate for the decentralization of power and civilizational resilience through the use of technology in innovative ways.

To this end, he is the Chief Information Officer of the Network for Open Scientific Innovation and an intern for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Edward has also been collaborating with the Open Source Ecology movement; he enjoys looking at the world from a systems theoretic perspective and using any insights toward utilitarian ends.

Edward is also practicing vegan and a self-described health nut. He just finished an undergraduate degree in Economics and currently works as a freelance software developer.

To get a better sense of what Edward is all about, I strongly suggest you check out his excellent presentation, "The Future of Subjectivity."

The Future of Subjectivity - Edward Miller from Edward Miller on Vimeo.

Look for Edward's posts throughout the month of July.

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