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The Ethics of DIY Enhancement

Is it morally acceptable to attempt to enhance yourself by self-experimentation? Anders Sandberg discusses the ethics surrounding Lepht Anonym, a DIY biohacker who modifies her own body in an attempt to augment it. The article is accompanied by a link to a lecture by Lepht Anonym explaining what she does.

Native American Traditions

Title: Native American Traditions Editor: Versluis, Arthur Publisher: Element Books Limited Location: Brisbane Date: 1994 ISBN: 1-85230-572-X An abundance of colourful illustrations and insightful text characterise this introduction to the indigenous people of the New World. Its scope covers the entire span of the Americas from Eskimo to southern Incans. There is a strong focus […]

Confucius and the Golden Rule

Title: Confucius: The Golden Rule Editor: Freedman, Russell Publisher: Scholastic Press Location: New York ISBN: 0439139570 A short illustrated introduction to the life and philosophy of Confucius which is suitable for both teenagers and adults. Confucius was the most influential Chinese philosopher in history.

Bhagavad Gita for Westerners

Title: The Bhagavad Gita: A walkthrough for Westerners Editor: Hawley, Jack Publisher: New World Library Location: Novato, California Date: 2001 ISBN: 1577311477 This translation of the Gita is slightly more dramatized than most. It reads a bit like a novella which would make it easier for a younger audience to assimilate. However, it retains the […]

I am therefore I think

Title: I am, therefore I think: philosophers answer your questions about love, nothingness and everything else… Editor: George, Alexander Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Location: Great Britain Date: 2007 ISBN: 9780340937891 This volume was put together by Alexander George who is a professor of philosophy at Amherst College USA. It consists of philosophical questions and answers. […]

The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam

Title: The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam Author : Mizra Ghulam Ahmad Publisher: Islam International Publications Ltd. ISBN: 185372193X This book provides an Islamic answer to five philosophical questions. 1. What are the physical, moral and spiritual states of man. 2. What is the state of man after death. 3. What is the object […]

The Dhammapada

Title: The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha Translator: Thomas Byrom Publisher: Harmony/Bell Tower ISBN: 0609608886 The Dhammapada is a central text of Buddhist philosophy consisting mainly of the Buddhas pithy aphorisms. The language is simple but there is plenty here to inspire discussion at high school level or beyond.

I Met the Walrus

In 1969, a 14 year old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennons hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later an animated short film was made called I Met the Walrus using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. During the interview Lennon makes some interesting […]

Questions about the Nature of Existence

Director Roger Nygard traveled the world asking theologians, scientists, skeptics and everyday people 85 tough philosophical questions and showed the results in a new film called The Nature of Existence. The movie website has all the questions. You can see what other people have answered and come up with your own views.