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Two New Special Issues from JET
Sep 29, 2008  

The IEET and the editors of the Journal of Evolution and Technology (JET) are pleased to announce the publication of two special issues of JET, one brought together by Sky Marsen with the intention of publishing a book on transhumanism, and the other a collection of papers from the IEET’s May 2006 Human Enhancement Technology and Human Rights conference at Stanford University. Together they represent the wide array of issues at play in the debate over human enhancement and our transhuman future, from the daily lived experience of pushing to maximize one’s potential, to the legal, political and philosophical arguments we will need to secure universal access to safe enhancement technologies. Enjoy!

Journal of Evolution and Technology

Becoming More Than Human: Technology and the Post-Human Condition Special Issue (Volume 19 Issue 1)

Intro: Sky Marsen   “Introduction”

1-2:  Cory Doctorow:  “Leaving Behind More Than a Knucklebone”

3-7:  Patrick D. Hopkins:  “A Moral Vision for Transhumanism”

8-16: William Sims Bainbridge:  “Cognitive Expansion Technologies”

17-27: Samuel H. Kenyon:  “Would You Still Love Me If I Was A Robot?”

28-34: Riccardo Campa:  “Pure Science and the Posthuman Future”

35-41: Gregory E. Jordan:  “The Invention of Man: A Response to C. S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man

42-50: Joseph Jackson:  “The Amorality of Preference: A Response to the Enemies of Enhancement”

51-61: PJ Manney:  “Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy”

62-66: George Dvorsky:  “Better Living through Transhumanism”

67-72: Nick Bostrom:  “Letter from Utopia”

Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights (HETHR) Special Issue (Volume 18 Issue 1)

i-vi:  James Hughes:  “Introduction”


1-9:  Patrick Hopkins:  “Is Enhancement Worthy of Being a Right?”

10-26: Fritz Allhoff:  “Germ Line Genetic-Enhancement and Rawlsian Primary Goods”

27-34: Martin Gunderson:  “Enhancing Human Rights: How the Use of Human Rights Treaties to Prohibit Genetic Engineering Weakens Human Rights”

35-41: Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff:  “Against Unrestricted Human Enhancement”

42-49: Fred Gifford:  “Ethical Issues in Enhancement Research”

50-55: Aubrey de Grey:  “Our Right to Life”


56-69: Gregory Fowler and Kirk Allison:  “Technology and Citizenry: A Model for Public Consultation in Science Policy Formation”

70-78: Laura Colleton:  “The Elusive Line Between Enhancement and Therapy and Its Effects on Health Care in the U.S.”

79-85: Anita Silvers:  “The right not to be normal as the essence of freedom”

86-93: Martin Gunderson:  “Genetic Engineering and the Consent of Future Persons”


94-107: Martine Rothblatt:  “Are We Transbemans Yet?”

108-115: Mark Walker:  “Cognitive Enhancement and the Identity Objection”

116-123: Eva Caldera:  “Cognitive Enhancement and Theories of Justice: Contemplating the Malleability of Nature and Self”

124-128:  Dawn Jakubowski:  “Cognitive Enhancement and Liberatory Possibilities of Antidepressant Therapy” 

129-142: George Dvorsky:  “All Together Now: Considerations for biologically uplifting non-human animals”


Looks like a great line-up.  Certainly the right to cognitive enhancement is a thorny one; cognitive liberty is one viable approach.  Looking forward to reading your articles.

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