James Hughes (sociologist)
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|James J. Hughes|
In San Francisco 2012
|Residence||Hartford, Connecticut, USA|
|Education||Ph.D., M.A. (Univ. of Chicago), B.A. (Oberlin College)|
|Occupation||Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies,|
|Known for||Work in Sociology, Executive Director at Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Director of Institutional Research & Planning at Trinity College|
|Notable work||Wrote Citizen Cyborg|
Hughes holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he served as the assistant director of research for the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Before graduate school he was temporarily ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1984 while working as a volunteer in Sri Lanka for the development organization Sarvodaya from 1983 to 1985.
Hughes served as the executive director of the World Transhumanist Association (which has since changed its name to Humanity+) from 2004 to 2006, and currently serves as the executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, which he founded with Nick Bostrom. He also produces the syndicated weekly public affairs radio talk show program Changesurfer Radio and contributed to the Cyborg Democracy blog. Hughes' book Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future was published by Westview Press in November 2004.
Rejecting bioconservatism and libertarian transhumanism, Hughes argues for a third way, "democratic transhumanism," a radical form of techno-progressivism which asserts that the best possible "posthuman future" is achievable only by ensuring that human enhancement technologies are safe, made available to everyone, and respect the right of individuals to control their own bodies.
James Hughes wrote Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future in 2004, which articulates democratic transhumanism as a socio-political ideology and program.
*Hughes, James (1996). "Embracing Change with All Four Arms: A Post-Humanist Defense of Genetic Engineering". Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 6(4), 94-101
- Hughes, James (2002). "Politics of Transhumanism". 2001 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science
- Hughes, James (2002). "Democratic Transhumanism 2.0". Transhumanity blog
- Hughes, James (2002–2004). Changesurfing Archived Betterhumans column
- Hughes, James (2004). Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-4198-1
- SRF Home | Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Ieet.org. Retrieved on 28 November 2014.
- Ford, Alyssa (May–June 2005). "Humanity: The Remix". Utne Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
- Sirius, R. U. (2005). "NeoFiles, Vol. 1, No. 9: Transhumanism's Left Hand Man". Retrieved 2006-08-11. Archived October 15, 2004 at the Wayback Machine
- "Changesurfer Radio with Dr. J".
- "Cyborg Democracy".
- Hughes, James (2004). Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-4198-1.
- Hughes, James (2002). "Democratic Transhumanism 2.0". Retrieved 2006-08-11.
- Hall, Brian K. (2005). "Evo Devo is the New Buzzword: For the 200-year-old search for links between embryos and evolution" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-03-06.
- Changesurfer Consulting, a web portal to James Hughes' projects
- Changesurfer Radio, "a weekly, syndicated public affairs radio show transmitting a sexy, high-tech vision of a radically democratic future"
- Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies: James Hughes