Symposium on my book, The Bioethics of Enhancement, June 2017

The Discrimination and Disadvantage blog hosted a symposium this week on my book. The commentaries from recent Author-Meets-Critics sessions this spring at philoSOPHIA and the Canadian Philosophical Association were posted one-by-one and my response to them was posted today.

At the top of each post are links to all the commentaries, written by Catherine Clune-Taylor, Jane Dryden, Ladelle McWhorter, and Shelley Tremain. After reading what folks have to say, check out my response!

Thank you so much again to the commentators and to Shelley for organizing the panels and symposium! The IJFAB Blog also has a post up about the symposium.

Book Panel 5/31 @ CPA

I’m looking forward to the panel on my book, The Bioethics of Enhancement, to be held this Wednesday at the Canadian Philosophical Association (Congress) in Toronto.

Thanks to Shelley Tremain, who organized the panel, and to the commentators (who I also had the pleasure of working with during last month’s book panel): Ladelle McWhorter, Jane Dryden, Catherine Clune-Taylor, and Shelley. Thank you, again, to each of you! I’m thrilled to reconvene!

Book Panel 4/1 @ philoSOPHIA

I’m looking forward to the panel on my book, The Bioethics of Enhancement, to be held this Saturday at philoSOPHIA in Boca Raton.

Thanks to Shelley Tremain, who organized the panel, I’ve been lucky to receive incredible and helpful comments on my work and related issues from: Ladelle McWhorter, Jane Dryden, Catherine Clune-Taylor, and Shelley. Thank you to each of them! I can’t wait.

Should We Die?

Thanks to Olga Khazan for interviewing me for her feature on radical longevity.

She writes: Life-extensionists’ zeal for perfect cells does, to some, sound like an invective against uniqueness. That’s what Melinda Hall, a philosophy professor at Stetson University and author of a recent book about transhumanism, takes issue with. “People with disability are saying, ‘this is a primary part of my identity,’” she told me, “so when you’re saying you want to get rid of disability, it sounds genocidal.”

Istvan dismisses disability-rights advocates as a fringe minority, saying “I would bet my arm that the great majority of disabled people will be very happy when transhumanist technology gives them the opportunity to fulfill their potential.” (Betting your arm is, of course, no biggie when you can just get a bionic one.)

In general, Hall said, the transhumanists have the wrong idea about the problems facing humanity. “People are going to be starving and dying, but we’re going to build a colony on Mars?” she said, “That’s going to cost billions of dollars, and I think that should be spent somewhere else.”

Pipeline to Stetson Law School

A belated announcement of a very exciting achievement for Stetson University Honors students. Last semester, as co-directors of the Honors program, Michael Denner and I created an agreement with Stetson Law School that allows direct admission for Honors students.

Check out the details in this Stetson Today report.

In combination with our admissions agreement with Daytona State College Quanta Honors Program, we are creating a pipeline from AA to JD for community college students! This is a social justice and access issue that I am very proud to be working on directly in concrete ways that ease the financial burden of education for those who need it most.