Phillip Torres (author)

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Phil Torres
Born (1982-07-02) July 2, 1982 (age 39)
Frederick, Maryland, United States
Alma mater Brandeis University
University of Maryland
Occupation Philosopher, author, founder of the X-Risks Institute

Phil Torres (born July 2, 1982) is an author, contributor at the Future of Life Institute, Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and founder of the X-Risks Institute.[1] He has published widely on religion, apocalyptic terrorism, emerging technologies, and existential risks.

Academic work

Torres studied philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned a masters in neuroscience from Brandeis University. He spent a year studying philosophy at Harvard University.

In 2016, Torres published The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse (Pitchstone Publishing).[2] It explores the top existential risks facing humanity, and emphasizes the possible role of apocalyptic terrorists in bringing about a catastrophe. Torres has been published in Skeptic, Free Inquiry, The Humanist, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Salon, Truthout, Metaphilosophy, Erkenntnis, Journal of Future Studies, Foresight, and Journal of Evolution and Technology.[3] More recently, he founded the X-Risks Institute (XRI),[4] which studies the different "agential risks" that threaten human civilization. XRI includes Michael Shermer, John Leslie, Susan Schneider, James Hughes, and Peter Boghossian, among others, on its Board of Fellows.

Torres is a contributor at the Future of Life Institute,[5] the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Motherboard.


Torres' solo musical project was Baobab. Its first album was re-released through MTV's Hype Music. In 2014, one of Baobab's songs was featured in a GoPro commercial.[no citations needed here]


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