What will the humans of the future be like? Promises and challenges of post-humanism
Call for papers
The phenomenal scientific progress of recent decades has led to a new era in medicine, brought about by a revolution in the way we understand and treat disease. With today’s knowledge, we can finally go to the root of a problem and design a specific treatment to solve it. And, what is more innovative, we can begin to think about taking action on healthy people, not only to prevent health problems, but also to introduce improvements in their capacities and qualities. This opens the door to a series of unique opportunities that humanity had never considered before: modifying ourselves to become better. It is no longer a question of for evolution to do its millenia-long work, but of introducing immediate changes to our bodies (or to those of the next generation, even before they are born).
Current knowledge in genetics, biochemistry, bionics, etc. means that this is about to be possible (or, in some cases, already is) and we urgently need to bring a new debate to the table: what will the humans of the future be like? If we apply everything we know (and will know in the coming decades) to bettering our bodies, what will our species end up looking like? Are we heading towards a future where there will be a mixture of “natural” and modified humans (what some have called post-human) on Earth? What will be the social and cultural impact of this? Will we end up creating a different species, perhaps even a mixture of human and machine? Should modifications that do not aim to cure a disease be banned or, on the contrary, encouraged? Can the full potential of science be harnessed in this area without falling into all the problems it can create? Can we assimilate these impending changes and avoid doing something wrong, or is it better to prevent them just in case?
Science does not stop and society is in danger, once again, of falling behind. In fact, the first genetically modified humans have already been born, before we could have this cross-sectional debate on whether or not this is the way forward. That is why it is important that we all start to discuss how we can better evolve as humans. To achieve this, people need to be well informed about the latest developments, understand their scope and implications. This monograph aims to review the state of the question and where it is heading, as well as raising a series of ethical and moral questions that will have to keep in mind, in the hope that this will make the reader ponder for a while what the future holds.
Instructions for the submission of articles
Deadline for submission: 22 March 2021.
Publication due date: volume 4 2021.
Submission languages: Catalan, Spanish, or English.
Length: 16,000 – 20,000 characters (including spaces and bibliographical references). For more information, check the Author guidelines.
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