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Research - Call For Papers

posted Aug 5, 2010, 11:02 AM by Hw W


ALL Nationalities are eligible to present papers at this conference. SSL members are encouraged to participate.


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 Farah (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 here, when available
• Questions about conference logistics may be directed to John Shook,

Research in CFI Publications

CFI has a site about CFI publications providing links and more details.

Philo: A Journal of Philosophy is a peer-reviewed academic journal which publishes original, conceptually precise, and argumentatively rigorous articles in all fields of philosophy. Although not devoted to any specific branch of philosophy, Philo encourages the submission of work that examines philosophical issues from an explicitly naturalist perspective. It also welcomes work on the philosophical credentials of both naturalism and various supernaturalist alternatives to naturalism.\

The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice is the only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to distinguishing scientifically-supported claims from scientifically-unsupported claims in clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, and allied disciplines.


The Center for Inquiry is the world's foremost not-for-profit organization devoted to the public advocacy of reason, science, secular humanism, and the naturalistic worldview.