My thoughts


The Conquest of the Future

It's time to stop worshipping gods, and start aiming at becoming gods.

Markoff Chaney (SF character created by Robert Anton Wilson)


As an atheist, I follow a rational philosophy. Like I think everyone else should, I value my existence and my life above everything else, somewhat in line with objectivism. Because I am also a scientist, I often consider the positive and negative impact science and technology can have on humankind. Ultimately I defend that a civilization based on knowledge, rational thinking and technology offers the greatest hope for peace and prosperity.

Below are essays I’ve written on a variety of philosophical topics. I hope they’ll make you think about what you are, about life, the world, the human species, and the future. Included are also an adapted version of “The One-Man Rule,” a piece originally published in The Futurist, and a PDF of “Alice’s Dilemma,” a paper on the singularity published in Futures (36:85-89).

Nothing is impossible, because the dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality's of tomorrow


The One-Man Rule

As it becomes more difficult to control the spread of weapons of mass destruction, we must control the users of such weapons–even if it implies

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The Selfish Genius

Forget god, country, ideologies, and all the foolish reasons men have found to divide each others. What matters is yourself and, as I argue below,

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What Am I?

In this essay on the theory of identity, I debate the essence of the individual, the existence of what can be called a soul and whether we

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Science and Technology

As a scientist, I constantly want to know more about the world, about the universe and, most of all, about people and about myself. I also think we scientists must work towards educating the public regarding emerging technologies like cloning and stem cells, genetics, and nanotechnology.

Here you will find essays on different technologies, their potential and their problems, and a vision of the future as science and technology continue their relentless progress. (For essays on aging please see my website.) Advice for aspiring scientists and students is also available.

Open Peer Review

“Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change,

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In this essay I introduce the basic concepts behind nanotechnology, which is discussed here in the sense of molecular and atom-scale manufacturing, and how this

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Genetic Engineering

“Nothing is too wonderful to be true.” — Michael Faraday Modern molecular genetics has revolutionized medicine and our knowledge of ourselves. As a scientist working on

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