Saturday, March 13, 2010

Penn conference on Transforming Humanity

Conference at the University of Pennsylvania
December 3-4, 2010

Sponsored by The Center for Inquiry, the Penn Center for Bioethics,
and the Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society

Scheduled Speakers: Allen Buchanan (Duke), Arthur Caplan (Penn),
Martha Farrah (Penn), Ronald Lindsay (CFI), Maxwell Mehlman (Case
Western), Jonathan Moreno (Penn), Rosemarie Tong (UNC-Charlotte)

“Transforming Humanity: Fantasy? Dream? Nightmare?” suggests three of
the main approaches that have been taken in addressing human
enhancements, namely that it is unrealistic to expect significant
changes to human nature through enhancements, that significant changes
are both possible and desirable, and that significant changes are
possible but are highly undesirable. We invite papers from all
academic disciplines that address any aspect of the conference theme,
especially where scientific and technological breakthroughs may call
for novel approaches to dealing with human transformation.

• Deadline: September 1, 2010. Early submissions will be eligible for
an early decision.
• Papers between 4,000 and 6,000 words. Include a 100-word abstract at
the beginning.
• Send paper as an attachment to an email to Arthur Caplan at

• Details about the conference will be updated at
• Questions about conference logistics may be directed to John Shook,

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