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A lot of Enhancement

In Ableism, Ableism and design, Ableism and general human performance enhancement; on May 24, 2009 at 5:18 am

Two recent issues of Journal of Evolution and Technology (JET)
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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”

interesting arm design

In Ableism and design on May 24, 2009 at 4:56 am

more here

Expert Group Meeting on Mainstreaming Disability in Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) policies, processes and mechanisms: Development for All

In Ableism and design, Ableism and its intersection with health ethics, care and policy, Ableism and Sustainable Development, Environmental Security on May 17, 2009 at 4:51 pm

results from the meeting and background documents here

Global Spiral Publishes Ten Defenses of Transhumanism

In Ableism, Ableism and design, ableist language, Transhumanism on May 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

here many articles of interest. First read the first issue to which the 10 respond
read here

EU Parliament approves law ensuring Internet access as a fundamental right

In Ableism and design, Ableism and Law, Ableism Ethics and Governance and Design, Ableism Ethics and Governance and Science and Technology governance on May 7, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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Bionic Contact Lens

In Ableism and general human performance enhancement;, Ableism Ethics and Governance and Design, Ableism Ethics and Governance and Science and Technology governance, Body, Enhancement on May 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm

he University of Washington’s Parviz Research Group is actively developing a contact lens containing embedded circuitry to enhance vision. The technologies developed could be the building blocks of future products such as lenses that allow zoom capability, advanced video devices for use with cell phones, or even image enhancement overlays such the heat-maps shown in Predator…..

article here

Make me a superhero: The pleasures and pitfalls of body enhancement

In Ableism and general human performance enhancement;, Ableism Ethics and Governance and Science and Technology governance on May 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Andy Miah in the Guardian, UK
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