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Philosophy and the Challenge of the Future was published by E-Reads, Ltd., New York in May, 2012, in paperback format.

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Introductory Considerations

Part One: Anticipations

Chapter One: Procreative Liberty
1. Fetal Mating
2. The Twenty-Thousand-Year-Old Father
3. Pluriparents
4. Embryo Design

Chapter Two: Cloning
1. Explanation and Observations
2. An Analysis of Some Common Objections
	2.1. The Gene-pool Objection
	2.2 The "Overly-Cohesive Group" Objection
	2.3. "Abuse" Objections
		2.31 Particular Abuses
		2.32 Massive Abuses
	2.4. The "Parental and Emotional Health" Objection
	2.5. The "Fewer Adoptions" Objection
	2.6. The "Incompatibility With Religion" Objection
	2.7. The "Not Natural" Objection

Chapter Three: Genetic Engineering
1. Prologue
2. Some Revolutions
3. Some Actualities and Possibilities
4. Genetic Engineering: An Exercise in Application
	4.1 Population
	4.2 Resources
	4.3 Environment
	4.4 Health
	4.5 Social Problems
	4.6 The Human Condition
5. Some Considerations
	5.1 Containment Problems
	5.2 Controls
	5.3 Acceptance Problems
	5.4 Disposition Problems
	5.5 Deciders

Chapter Four: Artificial Intelligence
1. Prologue
2. Mental and Physical
3. Some Views on the Mind/Body Problem
4. The "Oether Minds" Problem
5. Turingtype Tests for Machine Intelligence
6. Some General Objections to "Machine Thinking"
	6.1 The Definitional Objection
	6.2 The "Richness" Objection
	6.3 The "How" Objection
	6.4 The "Consciousness" Objection
7. Some Remarks on the Imitation Game
8. The "Chinese Room"
9. An Inquiry into Intelligence
	9.1 Regarding Access to the Intelligence of Others
	9.2 Intelligent or Under Intelligent Control?
	9.3 Performance Would Be Our Criterion
	9.4 Performance Neither a Necessary nor a Sufficient Condition for Intelligence
		9.41 Performance Not a Necessary Condition for Intelligence
		9.42 Performance Not a Sufficient Condition for Intelligence
	9.5 Undetectable Performance
	9.6 What Sort of Performance Would Be Relevant?
		9.61 Evidence of Tool Use (Technological Competence)
		9.62 Discourse
		9.63 Assent and Dissent Signified
		9.64 Problem Solving
		9.65 Our Responses and Those of Other Organisms or Things
	9.7 Note: Performance and Intent
		9.71 Performance Compatible with Intent
		9.72 Performance Incompatible with Intent
10. Prospectus

Chapter Five: Artificial Life
1. Life
2. Hybrid Life
3. Machine Life
	3.1 Life, Learning, and Survival
	3.2 Environments
	3.3 Evolutionary Principles
	3.4 Consciousness
	3.5 Some Advantages of Machine Life
	3.6 Robotic Futures
	3.7 "Asimov's Laws of Robotics"
		3.71 The Laws
		3.72 Some Considerations
			3.721 Some General or Background Considerations
			3.722 Some Specific Considerations
4. Return of the "Other Minds" Problem
5. The New Laws
6. Dangers and Dilemmas
	6.1 Dangers
	6.2 Dilemmas
		6.21 How is the Moral Community To Be Defined?
		6.22 Post-Moral-Community-Defnition Quandaries

Part Two: Conceptualizations


Chapter One: Reflections on Identity
l. Introduction
2 Change
	2.1 The No-Change Theory
	2.2 The Only-Change Theory
	2.3 The Distinction/Rearrangement Theory
3. The Pragmatic Tack: Return to the "Human World"
4. A Logistic Approach to Identity
5. A Pragmatic Approach to Identity

Chapter Two Individual Identity (Sameness of Person)
1. Introduction
2. The Saga of Jones
3. Some Identity Criteria
	3.1 Resembling Physical Pattern
	3.2 Resembling Mental Pattern
	3.3 Physiological Continuity
		3.31 General Physiological Continuity
		3.32 Continuity of Neural Tissue, and, in Particular, Brain Continuity
	3.4 Behavioral Continuity
	3.5 Nature and Contents of Consciousness
	3 6 Same "Soul," "Spirit," "Vital Force," "Anumate Principle," or Such.
	3.7 Claims
		3.71 Entity's Claims
		3.72 Public's Claims
	3.8 Legal Decision
4. Some Argumentsin Favor of the "Sameness of Brain" Criterion
	4.1 The Basis Argument
	4.2 Cultural-Practice Arguments
		4.21 The Coma Argument
		4.22 The Amnesia Argument
		4.23 The Altered-Personality Argument
		4.24 The Multiple-Personality Argument
	4.3 The Permanence Argument
	4.4 Intuitive-Satisfactoriness Arguments
		4.41 The "Boxed Brain" Argument
		4.42 The lnterpersonal-Brain-Transplant Argument
		4.43 The Extrapersonal-Brain-Transplant Argument
	4.5 The "Brain Replacement" Argument
	4.6 The "Two Universe" Argument
	4.7 The "Split Universe" Argument
	4.8 The "Eternal Recurrence" Argument
5. Brain Segmentation
6. Exotic Conceptualizations I (Intrinsic and Extrinsic Control)
7. Exotic Conceptualizations II (Revival, Time Travel, and Artificial Personhood)
	7.1 Revival
	7.2 Time Travel
	7.3 Artificial Personhood

Chapter Three: Species Identity
1. Some Background Considerations
	1.1 The Open Texture of Empirical Concepts
	1.2 The Problem of the Extraterrestrial Human
	1.3 The Problem of the Evolved Human
	1.4 The Problem of the Devolved Human
2. The Epistemologizing of "Essence"
	2.1 Some Problematicities having to do with Essence
	2.2 Genus/Species Discretion
	2.3 Essence Supersession or Replacement
	2.4 Essence Pluralism
3. Some Identity Criteria
	3.1 Conception
		3.11 Normal (Human Female)
		3.12 Normal (Acknowledged Human Female)
		3.13 Abnormal
		3.14 Human/Alien Match
	3.2 Characteristics
		3.21 Appearance
		3.22 Behavior
		3.23 Consciousness
	3.3 Crossfertility
	3.4 Constituents
		3.41 Appropriate Chemical Constituents, Appropriately Structured
			3.411 Normal Developmental Process
			3.412 Normal Developmental Process Not Necessary
		3.42 Consequence of Fully Human Genetic Material
		3.43 Consequence of Partially Human Genetic Material
		3.44 Possession of a Human Brain
	3.5 Earth Origin
		3.51 Some Inadvisability Arguments
			3.511 The "Convergent Evolution" Argument
			3.512 The Arbitrariness Argument
			3.513 The Ethnocentric Argument
			3.514 The "NonEarth Origin" Argument
			3.515 The "Space-Colony Offspring" Argument
		3.52 The Acceptability Position
			3.521 The Devolution Argument
			3.522 The Evolution Argument
			3.523 Alien-Encounter Arguments
	3.6 Claims
		3.61 The Entity's Claims
		3.62 The Public's Claims
	3.7 Legalities
	3.8 Soul
4. The Qualification of Descent
	4.1 Simple and Complex Decision Gradients
	4.2 Differentiations Amongst Properties
	4.3 The Set Approach

Part Three: Prescriptions

1. Background Considerations
	1.1 Reality and Truth
	1.2 The Human World and the "Physicist's World"
	1.3 Animal Truth and Statemental Truth
	1.4 Possible Varieties of Statemental Truth
	1.5 Some Class Concepts
2. Classification and Nonclassifcation Questions
3. First-Order and Second-Order Questions
	3.1 The Decision-Dependence of Analytic and Synthetic Truth
	3.2 Criteria, Metacriteria, Metametacriteria, etc.
	3.3 Considerations Pertinent to Classificatory Hypotheses (Prescriptions)
		3.31 Precision
		3.32 Clarity
		3.33 Utility
			3.331 Cognitive Utility
			3.332 Practical Utility
			3.333 Moral Utility
			3.334 Philosophical Utility
			3.335 Human Utility
		3.34 Beauty
	3.4 A Normative World Vision
	(A Desiderated Weltanschauung)

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