SAND18 US — The Challenge of Transhumanism

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Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI (artificial intelligence), the augmentation of biological intelligence by machine intelligence, and those who believe that the human entity is nothing more than information that can stored in a memory device. As the world is increasingly governed by AI and as humans inhabit virtual realities more than the realm of nature and interpersonal relationships, we may lose our most human attributes, becoming desensitized, depersonalized, without empathy, bereft of intimacy. The great sacred traditions basically agree that the greatest possibility of human conscious life is to upload our consciousness to an energetic body. The goal of preserving our sensory memories belies a complete misunderstanding of what the human being and individual consciousness essentially is. Society is unprepared emotionally, intellectually, economically, and spiritually for the challenge. Without an adequate articulated metaphysics we may not be able to defend our very human-ness from slipping gradually into a non- or post-human world.

Magic Died When Art and Science Split

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Renée Bergland’s 3 greatest revelations while writing Natural Magic: Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and the Dawn of Modern Science

One Human Family: Interfaith Solidarity with Palestine

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In this powerful interfaith gathering, renowned spiritual leaders from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist traditions come together to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people's struggle for freedom, equality, and human dignity.

A Female Cry

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A poem from imprisoned Palestinian poet

Where Olive Trees Weep on Democracy Now!

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Ashira and Gabor talk about their history with Palestine and SAND's new film

#88 Where Olive Trees Weep: Premiere

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No one is free until we are all free

Help the Diab Family Escape Genocide

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This family of six is seeking refuge in Egypt from the horrors of daily life in Gaza

Indra’s Net

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Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung

Summons

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Last night I dreamed / ten thousand grandmothers / from the twelve hundred corners of /the earth walked out into the gap

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