James Hughes on "The Politics of Human Enhancement"
This month, we’ll look at "The Politics of Human Enhancement" with James Hughes, Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association and its affiliated Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and author of Citizen Cyborg.
"Religious conservatives are joining with Greens, feminists and the disabled to enact global bans on human enhancement technologies. Demographers are warning policy makers that life extension technologies will wreck pensions. Drug warriors scramble to keep up with the proliferation of new psychopharmaceuticals, while drug regulators try to figure out how to assure the safety of gene therapies and implantable devices. In this new biopolitical landscape what strategic course should transhumanists set? How can we unite our libertarians and leftists, our seculars and spirituals, our life extenders, wire-heads and Singularitarians, around a common agenda to defend everyone's rights to safe and universally accessible enhancement technologies? Dr. Hughes will lay out an agenda for transhumanist activism that can unite a broad, majoritarian coalition around the right to control our own bodies and minds, and achieve longer, happier, healthier lives for everyone."
Friday the 17th of March 2006 starting at 7pm at Conway Hall (Club Room) in Holborn, London.
The event is free and everyone is welcome.
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
tel 020 7242 8032
Nearest tube: Holborn