Mark Alan Walker Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at New Mexico State University, where he occupies the Richard L. Hedden Endowed Chair in Advanced Philosophical Studies. He founded and was president of the former nonprofit organization Permanent End International (2003-2007), which had been devoted to ending hunger, illiteracy and environmental degradation through the dissemination of modular aquaponics systems for farming. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Evolution and Technology and on the board of directors of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He is a former board member of the non-profit organization Humanity Plus (aka World Transhumanist Association).


Professor Walker has written extensively about the ethics of using technology to enhance human capabilities (including superlongevity and "happy pills" for the non-depressed);[1] about the possibility of enhancing virtue genetically, through both genetic modification and the cultivation of humans with larger brains and a better understanding of moral reasoning;[2] and about the moral obligations that humans may have toward artificially intelligent beings in the future.


  1. Charles Tandy, Death and Anti-Death, Volume 3: Fifty Years after Einstein, One Hundred Fifty Years after Kierkegaard. (Palo Alto: Ria University Press, 2005), pp. 347-374.
  2. Bill McKibben, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age. (New York: Times, Books, 2004), p. 255-6.

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  • [1] Mark Alan Walker's homepage

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