GABBLER RECOMMENDS: “If We Can Make Animals Smarter, Should We?” by Shayla Love

monkeys doing Freud “In Dvorsky’s eyes, transhumanists are ultimately focused on the alleviation of suffering. The transhumanist philosopher David Pearce , for example , is known for what’s called the hedonistic imperative, which says that genetic engineering and other technologies should abolish suffering in all sentient life.

But is this just another bias that uplift reveals? That if only animals could be smarter, more aware, then they’d suffer less? Is this a fallacy that could be our own undoing, rather than an animal’s salvation— the overvaluing of intelligence?

“What about the kinds of suffering that humans experience as a direct result of our higher-order thinking?” Povinelli asked. “I’ve met a lot of transhumanists and many of them are very unhappy and they’re suffering more than a lot of people that don’t think about these things every day.””



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GABBLER RECOMMMENDS: The TV show Transparent

Since we are writers who utilize the term (?) – symbol (?) – combined pronoun (?) – “s/he” to hide our genders, this might reveal how much we like those who also break gender norms in their storytelling (or, at the very least, blur the black and white). This show does just that.

Transparent may have a heavy topic, but we found it very easy to wade through. We watched the whole season in one day. That’s why I’m recommending it.

A scene from our favorite episode, when the main character attends a camp for cross-dressers (who turn out to be very unfriendly to women or trans persons).

Gender is unimportant and yet so very important.

Watch it! Tell us what you think!! Tell us what else to watch!!!

Also, don’t forget we have a giveaway going on!

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The Automation by G.B. Gabbler

The Automation

by G.B. Gabbler

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[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, and goodreads.]

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