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Publication on Human Enhancement Seeks Chapters Proposals

Posted: Tue, January 08, 2013

[editor - the press release below was sent to If you write about human enhancement, this offers an excellent chance to get your work published] 


Global Issues and Ethical Concerns in Human Enhancement Technologies

A book edited by Dr. Steven John Thompson (Johns Hopkins University, USA, and University of Maryland University College, USA)

“Society is struggling with issues regarding rapid advancements in Human Enhancement Technologies (HET), especially in terms of definition, effects, participation, regulation, and control. These are global matters that legislators must sufficiently address at some point, as was evidenced partly by debate within the 2008 European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA), among other discussions; yet, relevance must not be relegated entirely to scientists, legislators, and lobbyists who may gain power and control at the expense of those parties most affected by these life-changing technologies. Since current and future HET initiatives should be in the best interests of those who will eventually participate, research into critical pragmatic elements of HET must expand beyond government and scientific experimentation for eventual societal adoption to incorporate deeper relevant inquiry from within the humanities.

While much of the realm of HET is in a state of growing experimentation, there is benefit to exploring ground that may be covered regarding universal concerns, ethics, objectives, and principles in aspects of HET as viewed through the humanities. This compendium will include contributions of professional researchers and others working with HET issues today and into the future. It will also provide a well-rounded composite of the HET field in emerging technologies.”

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Theory and Definition

• Body and Machine

• Cyborg Creation

• Enhancement and Modification

• Uses in Medicine and Science

* Ethics and Philosophy

• Internet Brain Implants and Related Interfaces

• Human Rights and Requisite Modification

• Human Values and Freedom in Experimentation

• Safety Concerns

* Policy and Regulation

• Control and Threat

• Corporations, Governments, and Military Axes

• Issues in Science, Technology, and Society

* Digitality and Neuronics

• Access, Availability and Privilege

• Technological Production and Purposed Results

• Ubiquity

* Levels of Participation

• Current Trends

• Freedom, Requisite Implementation and Universal Adoption

• Future and The Collective Hive

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 15, 2013, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concern of the proposed chapter. All authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 1, 2013 about status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 15, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Important Dates

January 15, 2013:          Proposal Submission Deadline

April 1, 2013:                 Notification of Acceptance

May 15, 2013:               Full Chapter Submission

July 15, 2013:                Review Results Returned

September 15, 2013:     Final Chapter Submission

October 30, 2013:          Final Publication Deadline

All inquiries and submissions are welcome electronically via

More information may be found at the publisher site for IGI Global:


Steve Thompson

Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College



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