CV

jgmJohn G. Messerly, Ph.D.
website: reasonandmeaning.com

Affiliate Scholar of the Institute for Ethics
& Emerging Technologies

Affiliate Member of the Evolution, Complexity,
and Cognition Group  (localized at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1992
(dissertation director: Richard J. Blackwell)
M.A. Philosophy, Saint Louis University 1990
(thesis advisor: William C. Charron)
B.A. Philosophy, University of Missouri—St. Louis 1978

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice (Puget Sound Publishing, 2015)

Who Are We? Religious, Philosophical, Scientific, and Transhumanist Theories of Human Nature (Puget Sound Publishing, 2015)

The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Transhumanist, and Scientific Perspectives
(2013) (Korean translation South Korea: Imprima Korean Agency, 2014.)

Piaget’s Conception of Evolution (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996)

An Introduction to Ethical Theories (University Press of America, 1995)

Articles (Representative Sample):

“A Summary of Plato’s Political Theory and American Politics 2016,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies. November 11, 016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20161113

“Ethicists Generally Agree: The Pro-Life Arguments Are Worthless,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 17, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160517
(reprint forthcoming in Analyzing the Issues: Abortion, Enslow Publishing)

“The End of Religion: Technology and the Future,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, (reprinted as the year’s 11th most viewed post) December, 21, 2015.  http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20151221 (Originally published January 24, 2015)
Reprinted in Humanity+ Magazine, January 26, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/01/26/end-religion-technology-future/
Also reprinted in Brighter Brains, April 21, 2015.
http://brighterbrains.org/articles/entry/the-end-of-religion-technology-and-the-future

“Seneca On The Proper Use of Time,” Intentional Travelers “Best of the Blogosphere” Weekend Round-Up #11, March 14, 2015.
Reprinted in “Elevate What Matters: Overcome the Obstacles Between You and The Life You Want,” April, 11, 2014. http://www.elevatewhatmatters.org/weekend-reads-04112015.
Also reprinted in Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 26, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160126

“Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life,” Scientia Salon, January 20, 2015. https://scientiasalon.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/cosmic-evolution-and-the-meaning-of-life/
Reprinted in Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 27, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150127
Also reprinted in Humanity+ Magazine, February 5, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/02/05/cosmic-evolution-meaning-life/

“Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith,” Salon, December 20, 2014. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/21/religions_smart_people_problem_the_shaky_intellectual_foundations_of_absolute_faith/
Reprinted in Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 1, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20140101

“What Would Life Be Like Inside A Computer?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, December 7, 2014. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20141207
Reprinted in Next Nature, December 12, 2014. http://www.nextnature.net/2014/12/what-will-life-be-like-inside-a-computer/

“Death Should Be Optional,” Salon, November 15, 2014.  http://www.salon.com/2014/11/16/death_should_be_optional/
Reprinted in Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, November 11, 2014. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20141106
Also reprinted in Humanity+ Magazine,  December 11, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/12/11/death-optional/

“The Transhumanist Wager: Can We and Should We Defeat Death?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, November 10, 2014. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/ messerly20141110
Reprinted in Humanity+ Magazine, http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/11/10/transhumanist-wager-can-defeat-death/

“Piaget’s Biology,” Chapter 4 in The Cambridge Companion to Piaget, Cambridge University Press, 2009, 94-109.

“Disclosive Computer Ethics?” ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, Volume 37, Issue 1 (June 2007.)

“The Impact of Video Games on College Students,” Communications of the ACM, March 2004. Reprinted as “Online Game Playing Can Be Addictive,” in Addiction, Opposing Viewpoints Series, (Farmington Hills, MI.: Greenhaven Press 2009)

“I’m Glad the Future Doesn’t Need Us: A Critique of Joy’s Pessimistic Futurism,” ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, Volume 32: Issue 6, June 2003.

“Psychogenesis and the History of Science: Piaget and the Problem of Scientific Change,” The Modern Schoolman LXXIII, 1996, 295-307.

“Worse Off Alive: Reply to Garcia” in the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter On Philosophy and Medicine, 1994, 121-22.

“Constrained Maximizers in Iterated Contexts,” Southwest Philosophy Review, 1994, 107-111.

“Theology and Theologians,” in The Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism, (New York: 1994) 1616-1620.

“The Essence of Gauthier’s Moral Philosophy,” Kinesis 18.2, 1992, 39-55.

“The Omission of Unconditional Cooperators: A Critique of Gauthier’s Argument for Constrained Maximization,” Philosophical Studies 67, 1992, 19-39.

RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES:

October 28, 2016. Listed as #35 in “Top 100 Philosophy Blogs on the Planet.” http://blog.feedspot.com/philosophy_blogs/

October 19, 2016. Signee of “Scholars and Writers Against Trump.” https://scholarsandwritersagainsttrump.wordpress.com/
(For a roundup of tweets, blog posts, and miscellaneous mentions of this document click here: https://storify.com/andrewhazlett/scholars-and-writers-against-trump)

March 3, 2016. Quoted in “Is It OK to Torture a Robot?” Inverse. https://www.inverse.com/article/12340-is-it-ok-to-torture-a-robot

January 8, 2016. Quoted in “Automation and Robots Have Only Ever Done One Thing: Make Life Better,” Inverse. https://www.inverse.com/article/10025-automation-and-robots-have-only-ever-done-one-thing-make-life-better

December 1, 2015. Noted as third most read author for 2015 on the online magazine of the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies with over 163,000 views. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/pellissier20151201

September 21, 2015. Quoted in “The Troublesome Future of Killer Robots,” The Daily Dot. http://www.dailydot.com/technology/killer-robots-debate/

August 5, 2015. Interviewed by The Daily Dot for: “Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime.” http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/superintelligence-meets-religion/

April 26, 2015. RTE Radio 1 of Dublin, Ireland “Life Matters.” The title of the program was “Does death make life worth living?” (Others interviewed included noted futurist Zoltan Istvan, and philosophers Stephen Cave, John Hardwig, and Christine Overall.  You can hear the entire radio broadcast here.)

More Published Articles (since 2014)

Summary of: “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds ,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, November 11, 2016http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20161111

“Building A Better Human With Science Revisited,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, November 5, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20161105

“Building A Better Human With Science? The Public Says, No Thanks,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, November 4, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20161104

The “Transcension Hypothesis” and the “Fermi Paradox,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, September 5, 2016.  http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160905

“The Movie ‘Spotlight’: Philosophical Reflections,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, August 14, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160814

“Skepticism and the Meaning of Life, ” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, July 28, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160728

“How To Live With Doubts About Life’s Meaning,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, July 23, 2016.  http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160723

“Bertrand Russell on Fearing Thought,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, July 12, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160712

“Is America On the Verge of Civil War?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, July 7, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/comments/Messerly20160707

“The Monotony of Work,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, June 8, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160608

“William James: Once Born and Twice Born People,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 28, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160528

“The Injustice of Sexism,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 27, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/searle20160527

“Nicotine Gum for Depression and Anxiety,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 5, 2016.  http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160505

“Is The Singularity A Religious Doctrine?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, April 23, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160423

“Meaning in Life As Being Part of Cosmic Evolution,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, April 22, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160422

“Moral Theories and Moral Intuitions,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, April 21, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160421

“What is the Difference Between Philosophy, Science, and Religion?”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, March 25, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160325

“Western Philosophy: The Beginnings of Rationalistic Thinking,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, March 21, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160321

“Has There Been Biological Progress,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, March 6, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly201602231

“I’m Glad the Future Doesn’t Need Us – Bill Joy’s Pessimistic Futurism,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 24, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160224

Summary of Marshall Brain’s, “The Day You Discard Your Body,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 21, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160221

Summary of Charles T. Rubin’s, “Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 17, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160217

“How Science Can Make Us Immortal,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 12, 2016http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160212

“Daniel Dennett: In Defense of Robotic Consciousness,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 10, 2016http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160211

“John Searle’s Criticism of Ray Kurzweil,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 8, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160208

“Ray Kurzweil’s Basic Ideas,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 4, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160204

“The Misfortunes of the Dead,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 3, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160203

“Death is the Ultimate Evil,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 2, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160202

“Epictetus: What Can We Control?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 31, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160131

“Marcus Aurelius: A Brief Summary of The Meditations,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 19, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160119

“Thaddeus Metz: ‘Toward a unified account of great meaning in life’,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 13, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160113

“Agnosticism Regarding the Meaning of Life,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, December 10. 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20151210

“Religion and the Meaning of Life” (Part 2),” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  November 12, 2015.http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20151112

“Religion and the Meaning of Life (Part 1),” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  November 6, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20151106

“Propaganda in American Today,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, October 31, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20151031

“Western Philosophical Meditation – clarifying and understanding the mind,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, October 23, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20151023

“Envy of the Future,” Humanity+ Magazine, October 21, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/10/21/envy-of-the-future/

“Future Technology and Philosophy,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, October 11, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20151010

“Cyronics and Kim Souzzi,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, September 28, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150928

“Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, September 19, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150919

“Religion and Superintelligence,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, September 12, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150912

“Rethinking Work: Wasting Half of our Waking Lives is Terrible,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, September 2, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150903

“Oliver Sacks Has Died in Peace,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, September 2, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150902

“The Supposed Dangers of Techno-Optimism,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, August 21, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150821

“Will Transhumanism Lead To Greater Freedom,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, July, 26, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/will_transhumanism_lead_to_greater_freedom
Reprinted in Humanity+ August 11, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/08/11/will-transhumanism-lead-to-greater-freedom/

“Evolution and Ethics,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, July 15, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150715

“Who Are We? Religious, Philosophical, Scientific, and Transhumanist Theories of Human Nature (excerpt),” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, June 12, 2015. http://reasonandmeaning.com/2015/06/12/who-are-we-an-excerpt/

“Science, Religion, and the Future,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, June 12, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150611

“Multiple Answers to “What is the Meaning of Life?” –  are any Satisfactory?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, June 5, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150604

“Science and the Meaning of Life,” Humanity+ Magazine, June 4, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/06/04/science-and-the-meaning-of-life/
Reprinted in Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, June 9, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150610

“The Search For Meaning in a World that Contains so much Suffering and Death,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 30, 2015.
http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20150531

“Aristotle, Robot Slaves, and a New Economic System,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 27, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150527

“Review of ‘Moral Status of Cloning Humans’ by Michael Tooley,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 18, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150519

“Thoughts on Lauritzen’s ‘Stem Cells, Biotechnology, and Human Rights,'” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 13, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150512

“Four Recent Books About the Rise of the Machines,” Humanity+ Magazine, May 5, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/05/05/four-recent-books-about-the-rise-of-the-machines/

“Will Religions Convert AIs to Their Faith?” Humanity+ Magazine, April 28, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/04/28/will-religions-convert-ais-to-their-faith/

“The Problem of Personal Identity in Two Pages,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  April 25, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150425

“Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Universal Progressive Evolution,” Humanity+ Magazine, March 25, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/03/25/pierre-teilhard-de-chardin-universal-progressive-evolution/

“Atheism as Intellectual Snobbery,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 24, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150324

“Meaningful Work,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 15, 2015.  http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150315

“Marijuana for Anxiety,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 13, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150313

“Utilitarianism,” (Part III – Conclusion) Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 10, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150311

“Utilitarianism,” (Part 1 & 2) Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 10, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150310

“Hume On Suicide,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 4, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150304

“Depression & Anxiety: Freedom Without Responsibility,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 1, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150301

“Mark Bittman on the Purpose of Society,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 21, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150221

“Natural Law Ethics (Part 1 & 2) Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 19, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150219

“Will Superintelligences Experience Philosophical Distress?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 16, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150217
Reprinted in Humanity+ Magazine, Feb. 23, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/02/23/will-super-intelligences-experience-philosophical-distress/

“Is Ethics Relative? (Part 4 – Conclusion)  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 14, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly201502141

“Is Ethics Relative? (Part 3)  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 14, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150214

“Is Ethics Relative? (Part 2)  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 12, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150212b

“Is Ethics Relative? (Part 1)  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 12, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150212a

“Overpopulation and Technological Immortality,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, February 10, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150210

“If There Are Gods, They Are Evil,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 28, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150128

“The End of Religion: Technology and the Future,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150124
Reprinted in Humanity+ Magazine, January 26, 2015. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/01/26/end-religion-technology-future/
Also reprinted in Better Brains, April 21, 2015. http://brighterbrains.org/articles/entry/the-end-of-religion-technology-and-the-future

“Transhumanism and Religion,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 18, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150118
Reprinted in “Dawn of Giants: Following Transhumanism and the Technological Singularity,” March 1, 2015. https://dawnofgiants.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/transhumanism-and-religion-by-john-g-messerly/

“Can Life Have Meaning Without Gods?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 14, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150114

“Does Religion Give Meaning to Life,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, January 11, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150111

“Superintelligences Are Already Out There!” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, December 20, 2014. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20141220

“Why Do People Fear Immortality?” Humanity+ Magazine, December 18, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/12/18/people-fear-immortality/

“Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, December 16, 2014.  http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20141216

“Our Connection To The Future,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, December 9, 2014. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20141209

“Death is Like a Ticking Time Bomb,” Humanity+ Magazine, November 20, 2014 http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/11/20/death-like-ticking-time-bomb

“Transhumanism and Scientific Requirements to Hold Political Office,” Humanity+ Magazine, October 23, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/10/23/transhumanism-scientific-requirements-hold-political-office/

“The Transhumanist Party: Could It Change Our Future?” Humanity+ Magazine, October 20, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/10/20/transhumanist-party-change-future/

“Is It Better Never To Have Been Born? (anti-natalism) Humanity+ Magazine, October 13, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/10/13/better-never-born-anti-natalism/

“Black Holes Aren’t Real — Science Sensationalism vs. Science Ignorance,” Humanity+ Magazine, October 1, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/10/01/black-holes-arent-real-science-sensationalism-vs-science-ignorance/

“Truth and Justice,” Humanity+ Magazine, September 22, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/09/22/truth-justice/

“How Should We Spend Our Time?” Humanity+ Magazine, September 17, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/09/17/spend-time/

“Did a God Use Evolution to Design the Species?” Humanity+ Magazine, September 2, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/09/02/god-use-evolution-design-species/

“Knowledge and Power: Our Retreat from the Enlightenment,” Humanity+ Magazine, August 11, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/08/11/knowledge-power-retreat-enlightenment/

“The Revolt Against Transhumanism,” Humanity+ Magazine, August 5, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/08/05/the-revolt-against-transhumanism/

“Transhumanism and the End of Religion,” Humanity+ Magazine, July 21, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/07/21/transhumanism-and-the-end-of-religion/

“Our Amazing Future,” Humanity+ Magazine, July 17, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/07/17/our-amazing-future/

“Jaron Lanier on Transhumanism,” Humanity+ Magazine, July 7, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/07/07/jaron-lanier-on-transhumanism/

“The Brevity of a Human Life,” Humanity+ Magazine, June 30, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/06/30/the-brevity-of-a-human-life/

“The Case for Soft Core Atheism,” Humanity+ Magazine, June 26, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/06/26/the-case-for-soft-core-atheism/

“Modern Cosmology Versus Creation by Gods,” Humanity+ Magazine, June 25, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/06/25/modern-cosmology-versus-creation-by-gods/

“We Fear Thought,” Humanity+ Magazine, June 18, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/06/18/we-fear-thought/

“Is Love Stronger Than Death?” Humanity+ Magazine, May 27, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/05/27/is-love-stronger-than-death/

“Implanting Morality,”  Humanity+ Magazine, May 6, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/05/06/implanting-morality/

“Intelligence Augmentation,” Humanity+ Magazine, April 30, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/04/30/intelligence-augmentation/

“We Must Evolve,” Humanity+ Magazine, April 29, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/04/29/we-must-evolve/

“Optimism,” Humanity+ Magazine, April 14, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/04/16/optimism/

“Aristotle, Robots, and a New Economic System,” Humanity+ Magazine, April 11, 2014. http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/04/11/aristotle-robots-and-a-new-economic-system/
Reprinted as “Aristotle, Robot Slaves, and a New Economic System,”  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 27, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150527

Book Reviews:

“Review of Phil Torres’ The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse,”
Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, March 29, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160328
(reprinted in Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, June 22, 2016.
https://richarddawkins.net/2016/06/review-of-phil-torres-the-end-what-science-and-religion-tell-us-about-the-apocalypse/#comment-206000)

“Review of Bryan Magee’s Ultimate Questions,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, June 9, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160609

Review of Michael Bess’, Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life In The BioEngineered Society Of The Near Future, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, March 23, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160323

“Summary of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century,” Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, February 23, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20160223 (Previously published by the same online journal.)

“Summary of Hans Moravec’s, Robot: Mere Machine To Transcendent Mind,” Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, February 15, 2016. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/Messerly20160215

Review of Sam Harris’, Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, June 2, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150603

Review of Martin Rees’, Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, February 9, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150209

Review of Philip Appleman’s, The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life (Part 2), Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, January 20, 2015.
http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20140120

Review of Philip Appleman’s, The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life (Part 1),  Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, January 19, 2015.
http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150119

Review of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, December 15, 2014 http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20141215

Review of Marcelo Gleiser’s, The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning, Humanity+ Magazine, June 10, 2014, http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/06/10/review-of-marcelo-gleisers-the-limits-of-science-and-the-search-for-meaning/

Review of Jim Holt’s, Why Does The World Exist?, Humanity+ Magazine, June 4, 2014 http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/06/04/book-review-jim-holts-why-does-the-world-exist/

Review (Part 2) of Clement Vidal’s, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective, Humanity+ Magazine, May 21, 2014, http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/05/21/a-detailed-overview-of-clement-vidals-the-beginning-and-the-end-part-2/

Review (Part 1) of Clement Vidal’s, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective, Humanity+ Magazine, May 14, 2014, http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/05/14/a-detailed-overview-of-clement-vidals-the-beginning-and-the-end-part-1/

Review of Damien Broderick’s The Spike, Humanity+ Magazine, April 21, 2014 http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/04/21/book-review-the-spike/

Review of William Lad Sessions’ The Concept of Faith: A Philosophical Investigation, The Review of Metaphysics 49, 1995, 164-5.

Review of Glenn Hughes’ Mystery and Myth in the Philosophy of Eric Voegelin, The Review of Metaphysics 48, 1994, 822-23.

Review of Peter Carruther’s The Animals Issue: Moral Theory in Practice, International Philosophical Quarterly 133, 123-5.

Multimedia Publications:

“Evolution Will Change How You See The World — Evolutionary Thinking As Spirituality,” September 16, 2015. Humanity+ Magazine. http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/09/16/evolution-will-change-how-you-see-the-world-evolutionary-thinking-as-spirituality/

“Does death make life worth living?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  April 28, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150428

“Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot Revisited,” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 17, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150317

“What is Philosophy For?” Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  March 7, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/m20150307

“Alan Watts: Who Am I?  Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies,  February 23, 2015. http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150223

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Futurism & Transhumanism; Meaning of Life; Philosophy of Jean Piaget.

AREAS OF COMPETENCE

American Political Philosophy; Bioethics; Comparative Religion; Computer Ethics; Critical Thinking; Ethical Theory; Evolutionary Ethics; Existentialism; Formal Logic; History of Philosophy; Philosophical Issues in Computer Science; Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Human Nature; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Technology.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Seattle University, Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy 2012-present.
901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA, 98122; 206-223-3012

• Ethical Reasoning
• Introduction to Philosophy & Critical Thinking
• Philosophy of the Human Person

Central Washington University, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy & Religion, 2009-2010. 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926; 509-963-1111.

• Introduction to Philosophy
• Current Ethical Issues
• Formal Logic
• Meaning of Life

Austin Community College, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, 2006-2009. Austin, TX.

• Introduction to Philosophy
• Ethics

The University of Texas at Austin, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, 2000-2006. Taylor Hall 2.124, Austin TX 78712.

• Special Topics in Computer Science—Computer Ethics
• Contemporary Issues in Computer Science—Philosophical Issues in Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

The University of Texas at Austin, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, 2000-2002. Waggener Hall 311, Austin, TX 78712.

• Introduction to Philosophy
• Formal Logic
• Introduction to Ethics
• Ethical Theory
• Medicine, Ethics, and Society
• Philosophy of Human Nature
• Contemporary Moral Problems

Ursuline College, Chair, Department of Philosophy 1996-1999; Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, 1992-1996. 2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124.

• American Political Philosophy
• Ancient Philosophy
• Bioethics
• Business Ethics
• Ethical Values
• Evolutionary Ethics
• Existentialism
• Meaning of Life
• Modern Philosophy
• Philosophy of the Human Person
• Philosophy of Religion
• Philosophy of Science
• Philosophy of Star Trek

St. Louis University, Instructor, Department of Philosophy, 1987-1992. 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 63156.

• Ancient Philosophy
• Ethics
• Philosophy of Human Nature

INVITED LECTURES:

“Is Morality Based on Religion?” presented to honors students in the freshman seminar at the University of Texas at Austin, September 20, 2007.

“Ethics, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence,” presented to honors students in the freshman seminar at the University of Texas at Austin, September 11, 2007.

“Aristotle: What is a Good Life?” presented to the philosophy and history faculty of The University of North Alabama – April 30, 2007

“Philosophy and Evolution,” presented to graduate and undergraduate philosophy majors at The University of Texas at Austin – October 2000

“The Essence of Gambling,” presented at the Hilton Hotel in Independence, Oh – October 1998

“The Ethics of Gambling,” presented at the Marriot Hotel in Cleveland, Oh – August 1998

“The Prisoner’s Dilemma as Simulation Game,” presented to the faculty of Ursuline College, – March 1996

“Kuhn’s and Scientific Revolutions: A Critique,” presented to the faculty of Ursuline College, – November 1994

“Contractarian Ethics,” presented to the philosophy majors at Lindenwood College – March 1992

“Jean Piaget: The Insights and Illusions of Philosophy,” presented at the graduate student philosophy conference at St. Louis University – Spring 1992

“Constrained Maximizers,” presented at graduate student philosophy conference at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale – May 1991

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Dept. of Philosophy Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Merit Stipend for Faculty, Ursuline College 1997
Merit Stipend for Faculty, Ursuline College 1996
Graduate Fellowship, Saint Louis University, 1986-1991

ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Department Chair, Ursuline College, 1996-99
College Events Committee, Ursuline College, 1997
Faculty Handbook Committee, Ursuline College, 1996
College Events Committee, Ursuline College, 1993
Faculty By-Laws Committee, Ursuline College, 1993

PLAN II HONORS THESIS SUPERVISION

“Systems of Health Care in the United States, Great Britian, and the Netherlands: A Comparative Analysis,” Mr. David Ferring, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2001.

HUMANITIES HONORS PROGRAM THESIS SUPERVISION

Bioethics of Stem Cell Research: Scientific and Ethical Implications, Ms. Allis Cho, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2002.

Reproductive Technology is Outpacing the Law: Disposition of Frozen Embryos and the Right to Privacy for Infertile Women,” Ms Lauren Allison Brownfield, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2002

PLAN II HONORS THESIS READER

The Ethics of Human Experimentation in Children, Ms. Sara L. Heldt, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2002.

HUMANITIES HONORS PROGRAM THESIS READER

“The Ethics of Placebo-Controlled Research on South African AIDS Patients: A Kantian and Utilitarian Perspective,” Ms. Miranda Lorraine Wright, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2001.

EDITORIAL REFEREE

Ethics, Julie Van Camp, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2013.
Introduction to Logic, Paul Herrick, Oxford University Press, 2012.
Ethics for the Information Age, Michael Quinn, Addison-Wesley, 4th ed. 2011.
Problems from Philosophy, James Rachels, 2nd edition, 2009.
Why Be Good? Duncan Richter, Oxford University Press, 2007.
You Decide: Current Debates in Ethics, Bruce Waller, Longman, 2006.
The Philosopher’s Way, John Chaffee, 1st edition, Prentice-Hall, 2005.
Getting Started in the IT Business: Essays on the Critical Knowledge Needed for Success, Toby J. Teorey, Ed., Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2004
The Elements of Moral Philosophy, 4th edition, James Rachels, McGraw-Hill, 2004
Gift of Fire, Sara Baase, 2nd ed., Prentice-Hall. 2003
Biomedical Ethics, 4th ed., Mappes and Zembaty, McGraw-Hill. 1997

REFERENCES

Professor Louis de Saussure, Chair of Linguistics and Discourse Analysis; Director of the Institute of linguistics and communication; and Board member of the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Institute of linguistics and communication, Espace Louis Agassiz 1, CH 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Tel. +4132 718 louis.desaussure@unine.ch

Research Professor Thaddeus Metz, Department of Philosophy, The University of Johannesburg, South Africa. B-Ring 605, 011 559 3997. tmetz@uj.ac.za APK

Dr. Clément Vidal, Center Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Krijgskundestraat 33
1160, Brussels, Belgium. Phone: +32 2 640 67 37. clement.vidal@philosophons.com

Professor Gary Bartlett, Department of Philosophy, Central Washington University, Language and Literature Bldg 316, Ellensburg WA, 98926, 509-471-9706. gary.bartlett@cwu.edu

Professor Elaine Rich, Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Taylor Hall 2.124, Austin TX 78712, 512-471-9706. ear@cs.utexas.edu

Senior Lecturer Roger Priebe, Department of Computer Science, Texas State University, Nueces Hall 222 San Marcos, TX 78766, 512-245-3436. rp44@txstate.edu

Laurence W. Mazzeno, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Alvernia College, P.O. Box 319, Weems VA 22576, 804-438-9084. larry.mazzeno@alvernia.edu

Professor Emeritus William Charron, Saint Louis University, Department of Philosophy, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 63156, 314-977- 3696. charrowc@slu.edu

Reverend Theodore Vitali, Chair, Saint Louis University, Department of Philosophy, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 63156, 314-977-3696.vitalit@slu.edu

Professor Emeritus Richard J. Blackwell, Saint Louis University, Department of Philosophy, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63156, 314-977-3696.

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