João Pedro de Magalhães

The Conquest of the Future

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


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).

Rodin's The Thinker

"It's time to stop worshipping gods, and start aiming at becoming gods." — Markoff Chaney (SF character created by Robert Anton Wilson)

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.

Joao Magalhaes

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.