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Zoltan Istvan
Bestselling visionary author Zoltan Istvan, an American-Hungarian, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughter and physician wife. Zoltan recently published The Transhumanist Wager, a fictional thriller describing apatheist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. The controversial novel was recently a #1 bestseller in Philosophy and Sci-Fi Visionary on Amazon. You can find him at:



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Entries by Zoltan Istvan

Avoid War and Don't Get Complacent About Liberty in America

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 12:37 AM

Freedom is precious.

Some of the first years in my journalism career were in conflict zones--including covering the Pakistan/Indian Kashmir conflict for the National Geographic Channel and The New York Times Syndicate. War zones are terrifying. One always...

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#TalkToMe: Futurist Zoltan Istvan Interviews His Aging Father

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:40 PM

Ilona and Steven Gyurko near their 50th wedding anniversary a few years ago -- Photo by Zoltan Istvan

My mother and father illegally left communist Hungary in 1969 and came to America to start their lives afresh. Like hundreds of thousands of...

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Five Science and Technology Predictions for the Next 10 Years

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 11:49 PM

The transhumanist future -- image by Hyolee2

Radical science and technology are changing everything around us. The field of transhumanism is dramatically growing in size and impact--and the implications for our species are enormous. In just a decade's time, many...

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Transhumanism and Our Outdated Biology

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:36 AM

Biohackers and reporters gather to watch Zoltan Istvan undergo a chip implant -- Photo by Roen Horn

This essay below is adapted from the philosophical Libertarian book The Transhumanist Wager, which is increasingly being used in colleges and...

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Transhumanism is Being Guided by Reason and the Word "Why"

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 1:33 AM

Image of the future -- By Smart Gadget Technology

The human race is on the threshold of so much revolutionary change. It's mostly due to the emerging field of transhumanism: a social movement that aims to use science and technology...

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Will Transhumanism Change Racism in the Future?

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 2:31 AM

A future transhumanist? -- CCO Public Domain

Despite decades of progress, racism and bigotry are still prevalent in the United States. Often, they even dominate the news in American media, like during the Baltimore riots or the Ferguson shooting. Movements like Black...

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The Obsession With Bernie Sanders and Transhumanism Says a Lot

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 12:12 AM

Photo by Daniel Voyager

The transhumanism movement has been dramatically growing in size--and most of that growth is from millennials and youth joining. Transhumanists want to use science and technology to radically improve the human race, and the...

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Why We Need a Transhumanism Movement

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 12:17 AM

A crowd gathers to hear about transhumanism and life extension technologies -- Photo by Roen Horn

Recently I was asked to be a part of a debate for British think-tank Demos and their quarterly magazine. In the debate, The...

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Why Won't Sanders, Clinton, Trump and Cruz Discuss Transhumanist Science Issues?

(14) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 2:49 PM

Image by DonkeyHotey

Have you heard much science-talk in the presidential debates? Or on the campaign trail? Or maybe in interviews by the leading candidates? Me neither. Yet, nothing is going to change our lives more in the next 10...

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To Grow Third-Party Politics in America, Make John McAfee the Libertarian Party Nominee (Update)

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 11:09 PM

From the author Zoltan Istvan (4/14/2016): A change of opinion about John McAfee has made me retract my endorsement of him as the best Libertarian Party presidential nominee in the 2016 election. I still think John McAfee is a fine person and an excellent promoter of freedom, but no longer...

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To Ensure a Future of Transhumanism, Atheists Should Confront the Deathist Culture Religion Has Sown

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 11:13 PM

Atheist Bus Campaign -- Photo by Dan Etherington from London, UK

In the West, atheism is growing. Nearly a billion people around the world are essentially godless. Yet, that burgeoning population faces an important challenge in the near future--the choice whether...

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The Transhumanism Movement Aims to Eliminate Existential Risk for the World

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 1:13 AM

Transhumanist Party supporters protesting against existential risk -- Photo by Daniel Sollinger

Like many other people around the world, I am following the expanding Zika virus crisis. It's unsettling to watch images of people affected by the disease. Also, in...

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Strategies for Growing the Transhumanism Movement

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:12 PM

Future Transhumanist City -- Image by Sam Howzit

Transhumanism--the international movement that aims to use science and technology to improve the human being--has been growing quickly in the last few years. Everywhere one looks, there seems to be...

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Will 2015 Be Remembered as the Breakout Year for Transhumanism?

(3) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Depiction of a futuristic transhuman city -- Image by Jonas de Ro

Last year, I wrote that 2014 was a great year for the transhumanism movement. But 2015 was simply incredible -- it might end up being called a breakout...

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For Christians, Does Being Pro-Life Lead More Souls to Hell?

(10) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 11:41 PM

Jesus walking in Heaven with saved souls -- Image by Waiting for the Word

In late November, the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting where three people were killed and nine wounded sadly reminded Americans again that women are not...

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Immortality Bus Delivers Newly Created Transhumanist Bill of Rights to the US Capitol

(4) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 5:46 PM

The Immortality Bus at the US Capitol in Washington DC -- Photo by Zoltan Istvan

After months of traveling across the country on a national bus tour, the coffin-shaped Immortality Bus drove into Washington DC and successfully delivered a newly...

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Transhumanism Political Party Reaches First Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 7:56 AM

Transhumanist Party Rally in San Francisco -- Photo by Lisa Memmel

On October 7th, 2015, the Transhumanist Party reached its first birthday. Started as way to introduce forward thinking and futurist politics into government, the party has caught on around the world...

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Transhumanism Immortality Bus Underway Across America

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:56 AM

Riders jumping in front of the Immortality Bus before arriving in Las Vegas (left to right) Jeremiah Hammerling, Zoltan Istvan, Jamie Bartlett, Dylan Matthews, Roen Horn -- Photo by Roen Horn

It seemed a wild, impossible dream a year ago when I...

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Why a Presidential Candidate Is Driving a Giant Coffin Called the Immortality Bus Across America

(7) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:49 AM

Drawing of the Immortality Bus with its window/tire covers and without -- Rachel Lyn

Since the beginning of recording history, it's always been assumed humans could not escape death and the grave. Yet in the 21st Century, millions of people around the...

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Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing

(16) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:18 AM

Transhumanism is any technology that radically enhances or modifies the human being -- Photo by Charly W. Karl

I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending...

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