The grand re-opening of the MADE.

A couple of years ago the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment opening in Oakland, CA. Due to some significant donations of exhibits by a number of people they swiftly outgrew their old space and held a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund moving to a new location and pay the rent for same. A few weeks ago they held their grand re-opening party in the new space, where they showed off their exhibits (both new and old) and the larger space. If you happen to be in Oakland, California they're open every weekend to not only show off their voluminous …

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Call for participants: The Second Transhumanist Debate

The Brighter Brains Institute is holding another transhuman debate on 2 April 2016 in Oakland, CA, and they've put out a call for participants. The topics up for debate this time around will be:


  • Eugenics
  • Gun laws
  • Capitalism
  • Psychedelics
  • Sexbots

The debate styles this time will be one-on-one, two-on-two, and a three-on-three verbal battle royale. A couple of discussion panels will also be on the schedule this time around, with audience participation. The audience will vote to determine the winner of each debate.

If you are interested in taking part in the debates, please e-mail brighterbrainsinstitute at gmail dot com …

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EDITED: 20160131 - Call for Participants: The Future of Immigration Conference

The Brighter Brains Institute in conjunction with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies has announced that its next conference will be held on 6 February 2016 and bears the title Argue 4 Tomorrow. As usual, the conference will take place at the Humanist Hall in Oakland, California. The format of this conference will differ from previous conferences in that it will take the form of a slightly modified Oxford style debate rather than a collection of presentations as we usually think of them. The three debate topics will be Open Borders - For or Against, Basic Income Guarantee - For or …

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Photographs and video from the protest in Oakland, California on 4 December 2014.

From the protest I attended in Oakland, California on 4 December 2014, here are the photographs I took during the march as well as two short segments of video footage (one (local copy); two(local copy)) shot while on the move.

This work by The Doctor [412/724/301/703/415/510] is published under a Creative Commons By Attribution / Noncommercial / Share Alike v3.0 License.

Boots on the ground at the protests in Oakland, CA.

Disclaimer: I will attempt to be as unemotional and dispassionate as I can. I will undoubtedly fail for many reasons but I think I need to make the attempt anyway. I will make strive to comment only on what I witnessed personally, and keep what I (over-)heard to a minimum. I admit that I am an outsider and will do my best to not seem as if I am not. Nevertheless, compassion and conscience require me to speak out.

Disclaimer the second: I've probably forgotten details even though I have several pages of notes and will have to edit …

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Hardcore Devo - 28 June 2014, Oakland, CA

Earlier this year it was announced that Robert "Bob2" Casale of the band Devo passed away at the age of 61 of heart failure. Shortly after the announcement Devo publicized that they were embarking upon a memorial tour during which they would play lesser known songs from what is known as their hardcore phase which spanned the years 1974.ev through 1977.ev when they still lived, worked, and performed in Akron, Ohio. Even though I'm up to my neck in shipping crates and stuff all over the place I made the time to get tickets for the show at …

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Wow, I feel ever so much safer.

Unless you're dealing with the federal government, it has long been a given that the police can't enter and search the place you live without a properly filed and signed search warrant, as guaranteed by the fourth amendment to the US Constitution, which reads thus: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Sounds …

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