ESI Fellow Prof. Benoit Desjardins MD PhD FAHA FACR

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Professor Benoit Desjardins MD PhD FAHA FACR is the Honorary/Advisory AI Scientist in Medicine, and a Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association. He is a Professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Prof. Desjardins has memberships of Mega Society and OLYMPIQ Society.


Education

M.D. University Of Montreal
M.S. in Artificial Intelligence, University Of Pittsburgh
M.S. in Pure Mathematics, Carnegie-Mellon University
Ph.D. in Theoretical AI / Formal Philosophy, University Of Pittsburgh


Description of Research Expertise

I am interested in the development of novel techniques for cardiovascular imaging by MRI and CT, including pulse sequence programming and post-processing algorithms. My current main research which is supported by a 1 million dollar NIH grant is on the high resolution imaging of myocardial damage by MRI, in the context of cardiac ablation therapy for arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia). This involves the development of new free breathing ECG-gated pulse sequences to acquire the data, post-processing algorithms to extract abnormal signal on MR images, semi-automatic methods for generation of 3-D representations of myocardial damage, and techniques for integration with endocardial mapping techniques. I am also interested in developing new techniques to assess aortic compliance from ECG-gated dynamic CTs, as well as new techniques to assess left atrial function from ECG-gated CT and MRI.


Description of Clinical Expertise

I am a non-invasive cardiovascular radiologist. My clinical skills are applied primarily to non-invasive imaging of cardiac and vascular disease by MRI and CT. I am especially interested in imaging of myocardial damage in ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies by MRI and CT, and imaging of disease of the thoracic aorta by CT and MRI, including 3-D and 4-D imaging. My skills also include stress testing and MR/CT imaging of patients with pacemakers and ICDs. I have also expertise in thoracic imaging (MRI, CT, CXR), body imaging (MRI/CT), and ER radiology.


Description of Other Expertise

I have expertise in information technology in radiology and cardiology, including RIS, PACS, 3-D workstations, networking and data mining. In particular, I have extensive expertise in cybersecurity, including publications and national and international speaking engagements, as well as membership in national committees.

ESI Fellow Futurist Thomas Frey

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Mr. Thomas Frey is the Honorary/Advisory Futurist, and a fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association. As the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at DaVinci Institute, Tom works closely with his Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies, which enable him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities. As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Thomas continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, Disney, IBM, Federal Reserve Bank, TED, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Frito-Lay, Toshiba, Dow Chemical, KPMG, Siemens, Rockwell, Wired Magazine, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, Deloitte & Touche, Hunter Douglas, Amgen, Capital One, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Korean Broadcast System, Bell Canada, American Chemical Society, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Davinci Institute: https://davinciinstitute.com
Futurist Speaker: https://futuristspeaker.com

ESI Fellow Detective Dan RUSU

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Detective Dan RUSU is the Honorary/Advisory Detective, and a Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association. Dan RUSU is the President of the World Association of Detectives(WAD) which is the longest established(in 1925) and largest association in the field. He is the former administrator of the International Police Association(IPA). Dan RUSU is CEO at the Eagle Security International.

The Premiere Issue of USIA Research Journal

The inaugural and premiere issue of the USIA Research Journal (the journal of USIA) published February, 2020.

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Contents

1. USIA PEOPLE

2. Editorial by Editor-in-Chief of the USIA

3. Editorial by Senior Editor of the USIA

4. Editorial by President of the USIA

5. USIA Research Journal Issue 1.1

a) Strategic Implications of Openness in AI Development by Nick Bostrom

b) Singularity Theodicy and Immortality by Hohyun Sohn

c) C. S. Lewis and Jacques Ellul on Christianity, Science, Technology, and Government by Richard Riss

d) Introduction to Quantum Metamechanics (QMM) by Christopher Langan

e) IQ versus EQ: A Key Interaction in Human Evolution by Michael Rose & Shea Fisker

f) Philosophy in the Contemporary World: The Philosophy of Food by Henrik Lagerlund

g) Saving a Child by Peter Singer

h) An Interview with Emeritus Professor James Robert Flynn, FRSNZ on Intelligence Research, Evolutionary Biology, and IQ Gains and Advanced Moral Views (Part One) by Scott Jacobsen

i) An Interview with Dr. Aubrey de Grey on Longevity and Biomedical Gerontology Research Now by Scott Jacobsen

j) An Interview with Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin on High-IQ Societies’ Titles, Rarities, and Purposes, and Personal Judgment and Evaluations of Them (Part Two) by Scott Jacobsen

k) An Interview with Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin on Theories of Intelligence, Sex Differences, and Issues of IQ Test Takers and Test Creators (Part Three) by Scott Jacobsen

6. License and Copyright

 

USIA Research Journal

The inaugural and premiere issue of the USIA Research Journal (the journal of USIA) published February, 2020. The USIA works in partnership with the Mega Foundation and Mega International.

USIA Research Journal Cover


Contents

1. USIA PEOPLE

2. Editorial by President of the USIA

3. Editorial by Senior Editor of the USIA

4. USIA Research Journal Issue 1.1

a) Strategic Implications of Openness in AI Development by Nick Bostrom

b) Singularity Theodicy and Immortality by Hohyun Sohn

c) C. S. Lewis and Jacques Ellul on Christianity, Science, Technology, and Government by Richard Riss

d) Introduction to Quantum Metamechanics (QMM) by Christopher Langan

e) IQ versus EQ: A Key Interaction in Human Evolution by Michael Rose & Shea Fisker

f) Philosophy in the Contemporary World: The Philosophy of Food by Henrik Lagerlund

g) Saving a Child by Peter Singer

h) An Interview with Emeritus Professor James Robert Flynn, FRSNZ on Intelligence Research, Evolutionary Biology, and IQ Gains and Advanced Moral Views (Part One) by Scott Jacobsen

i) An Interview with Dr. Aubrey de Grey on Longevity and Biomedical Gerontology Research Now by Scott Jacobsen

j) An Interview with Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin on High-IQ Societies’ Titles, Rarities, and Purposes, and Personal Judgment and Evaluations of Them (Part Two) by Scott Jacobsen

k) An Interview with Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin on Theories of Intelligence, Sex Differences, and Issues of IQ Test Takers and Test Creators (Part Three) by Scott Jacobsen

5. License and Copyright

ESI Fellow Dr. Ina Bendis

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Ina Karen Bendis, PhD, MD, MS, JD, and Clinical Professor of Medicine (Emeritus) at Stanford University School of Medicine, is a Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association. Dr. Bendis earned a B.S. in biochemistry and ecology/evolution at Cornell University; a Ph.D. in molecular biology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; an MS at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a J.D. at Concord Law School (now known as Concord Law School of Purdue University); and an M.D. at School of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School; she had post-doctoral research training in biochemistry at Yeshiva University and post-graduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Bendis was twice elected to serve her community as a Schools Trustee on the governing board of the Santa Clara Unified School District from 2006 to 2014, and has served on the Governing Board (“ExCom or Executive Committee”) of the Triple Nine Society since 2011. Previously she served on the Advisory Board of The Anasazi Foundation and on the Scientific Advisory Board at The Gorilla Foundation.

ESI Fellow Dr. Aubrey de Grey

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Dr. Aubrey de Grey is an Honorary and Advisory Biomedical Gerontologist, and ESA Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000 respectively. His original field was computer science, and he did research in the private sector for six years in the area of software verification before switching to biogerontology in the mid-1990s. His research interests encompass the characterization of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. A key aspect of SENS is that it can potentially extend healthy lifespan without limit, even though these repair processes will probably never be perfect, as the repair only needs to approach perfection rapidly enough to keep the overall level of damage below pathogenic levels. Dr. de Grey has termed this required rate of improvement of repair therapies longevity escape velocity. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.

“Our goals could be described in terms of science and also in terms of community. In terms of science, the goals are clearly to pursue the development of medicines that would turn back the clock of aging, to actually develop medicines that will genuinely rejuvenate the body by restoring the molecular and cellular structure and composition of the body to something like how it is in early adulthood. However, I never felt that this was something that SENS Research Foundation or any organization that I would be leading would do on its own. We are the pioneers; we are the engine room of all of this. The credibility of the overall goal has become increasingly clear, and more and more people are getting involved. And that might cause SRF to grow but it also causes other organizations and other individuals to come along into the mission and get involved in their own ways including in the private sector. Even at the start, I used to say that my basic goal was to become unnecessary.”

– Reference from SENS Research Foundation, and Singularity University.

Director in Neuropsychologist Dr. Gina Langan

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Dr. Gina Langan is the Director in Neuropsychologist, and a Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association. Dr. Langan earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Biopsychology at Wayne State University. She did her post-doctoral residency in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology through Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Langan is the Executive Director of the Mega Foundation, a nonprofit organization for gifted adults. In addition to research, teaching, and consulting, Dr. Langan and her husband own a horse ranch in the Green Hills of Missouri. To reach Dr. Langan or the Mega Foundation, please email info@megacenter.org

USIA 1st Vice-President Mr. Christopher Langan

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Mr. Christopher Michael Langan is the 1st Vice-President, and a Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association. Christopher Michael Langan is a noted independent researcher and reality theorist whose extraordinary intellect has not prevented him from living a rough, unsheltered, and exciting life. He is best known for his groundbreaking theory of reality, the Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU). The CTMU is a reflexive, tautological, and profoundly self-contained intrinsic language through which reality exists and evolves by “talking to itself about itself”, thus serving as its own theory, universe, and model. Combining physics, metaphysics, and biology in a tight, elegant, and unique logico-semiotic structure called the Metaformal System, the CTMU provides a long-sought bridge between mind and matter, science and spirituality, and the internal and external aspects of human and cosmic existence. Challenged from early childhood by extreme poverty and inadequate schooling, Chris learned young to value brawn as highly as brains. After working as a cowboy, firefighter, construction worker, and bar bouncer in various nightclubs throughout the New York metropolitan area, he came to the attention of the media in 1999 for combining one of the world’s highest IQs with limited formal education and a bare-knuckle lifestyle. Having conducted original investigations infields including logic, mathematics, physics, cosmology, biology, philosophy, language theory, theology, economics, and the cognitive sciences, he has contributed articles on such topics to a number of scholarly journals and alternative intellectual periodicals. Some of these have been collected into books, starting with The Art of Knowing in 2002. In 2017, he began publishing a series of papers that have changed the landscape of science and philosophy. The most recent, Introduction to Quantum Metamechanics, is currently in press. Chris is the co-founder and president of a non-profit organization, the Mega Foundation, which was established to offer aid, support and camaraderie to the “severely gifted,” a small and neglected population with whose plight he is intimately acquainted. He has carried on his work in the high IQ community through various organizations including the Mega Foundation, Mega International, and the Ultranet, which place emphasis on not just measured intelligence, but moral integrity and creative achievement.

Website: www.ctmu.org

ESI Fellow Prof. Duncan Pritchard FRSE

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Professor Duncan Pritchard FRSE is an Honorary and Advisory Philosopher, and ESA Fellow of United Sigma Intelligence Association. Professor Pritchard is a Chair in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, US. Professor Pritchard’s research is mainly in the area of Epistemology; Skepticism; Wittgenstein; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy of Education; Philosophy of Law. In 2007 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize, and In 2011 he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK.


MONOGRAPHS

• Scepticism (with A. Coliva), (Routledge, under contract).
• Scepticism: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford UP, 2019).
• Epistemic Angst: Radical Skepticism and the Groundlessness of Our Believing, (Princeton UP, 2015).
• Epistemological Disjunctivism, (Oxford UP, h/bk 2012; p/bk 2014).
• The Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three Investigations, (with A. Haddock & A. Millar), (Oxford UP, h/bk 2010; p/bk 2012).
• Epistemic Luck, (Oxford UP, h/bk 2005; p/bk 2007).


TEXTBOOKS

• What is This Thing Called Knowledge?, (Routledge, 1st ed. 2006; 2nd ed. 2009; 3rd ed. 2013; 4th ed. 2018). [Translated into Arabic & Japanese].
• Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone (with M. Harris), (Routledge, 2017).
• Epistemology, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
• What is This Thing Called Philosophy?, (Routledge, 2015).
• Philosophy for Everyone (with M. Chrisman), (Routledge, 2013; 2nd ed. 2016). [Translated into Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese & Spanish].
• Knowledge, (Palgrave Macmillan, 1st ed. 2009; 2nd ed. 2016).
• Epistemology A-Z (with M. Blaauw), (Edinburgh UP/Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).


SERIES EDITORSHIPS

• Brill Studies on Skepticism (with D. Machuca), (Brill, from 2013).
• Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy (with V. F. Hendricks), (Palgrave Macmillan, from 2012).
• New Waves in Philosophy (with V. F. Hendricks), (Palgrave Macmillan, from 2007).


JOURNAL EDITORSHIPS

• Oxford Bibliographies: Philosophy, (Oxford UP, from 2010).
• International Journal for the Study of Skepticism (with D. Machuca), (Brill, from 2011).


EDITED VOLUMES

• New Issues in Epistemological Disjunctivism, (with C. Doyle & J. Milburn), (Routledge, 2019).
• Extended Epistemology, (with A. Clark, J. A. Carter, J. Kallestrup & O. Palermos), (Oxford UP, 2018).
• Socially Extended Epistemology, (with A. Clark, J. A. Carter, J. Kallestrup & O. Palermos), (Oxford UP, 2018).
• The Philosophy of Luck (with L. Whittington), (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).
• Social Epistemology: Five Questions, (with V. F. Hendricks), (Automatic Press, 2015).
• The Routledge Companion to Epistemology (with S. Bernecker), (Routledge, 2010).
• Social Epistemology (with A. Haddock & A. Millar), (Oxford UP, 2010).
• Epistemic Value (with A. Haddock & A. Millar), (Oxford UP, 2009).
• Williamson on Knowledge (with P. Greenough), (Oxford UP, 2009).
• Arguing About Knowledge (with R. Neta), (Routledge, 2008).
• Epistemology: Five Questions (with V. F. Hendricks), (Automatic Press, 2008).
• New Waves in Epistemology (with V. F. Hendricks), (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
• Moral and Epistemic Virtue (with M. S. Brady), (Blackwell, 2003).


*Reference from Faculty Information of University of Edinburgh(UK), and University of California, Irvine(US).