1. Call for Papers - Humans and technology

The ISSHS publishes the International Journal on Social and Human Studies. The next issue will be dedicated to the connection between humans and technology.

Contemporary technology produces extremely complex technological artefacts, so complex that they can't be entirely understood by any single person. This increases psychological distance and, as a result, technology becomes mysterious to most people.

Moreover, most of the information that people receive in today's modern world is mediated by technology, and therefore direct experience has become a residual part of the man's cognitive life.

The rapid development of biomedical sciences undermines basic human anthropology, and the possibility to plan the body affects even the man's individuality, subverting the kinship systems and the same uniqueness of the person. Furthermore, the persistent dominance of Cartesian dualism in science pushes to a depersonalizing use of technology.

The development and spread of technology has expanded the operational possibilities of individuals. This development also affects sensitive issues such as birth, death, identity, and sexual choices. New choices arise, however, consequently, new responsibilities as a result of these choices.

These findings give rise to a set of questions.

Does the "technologization" of society produce a misperception of reality, both from a psychological and sociological point of view? Should categories such as "true", "false", "science", "knowledge" or "competence" be rethought in a society where almost all of the information is mediated by technology?

With regard to health care: does the influence of Cartesian dualism and instances of humanization have any chance to be accepted by health and education politics?

Is it possible to conciliate Evidence Based Medicine with instances of humanization in healthcare? And can this be done by means of technology?

Does the empowerment of the individual generated by technology undermine equality, or on the contrary do we have to consider the technology as a decisive means for overcoming inequalities?

Is it possible to identify general ethical principles that can be applied to new technological choices, or do answers have to be found only by referring to specific cultures or situations?

Can the State law rule issues that haven't any social relevance, but concern the single individual, such as decisions about the end of life? Is this an expression of an ethical and not a liberal State?

How has the predominant role of technology in social relations changed the concept of community, class, society, culture, nation, ethnicity, gender, humanity?

These are just some of the cues for discussion about humans and technology; scholars will certainly identify others.

Please submit your paper as an attachment to submit@isshs.org preferably within May 30th 2015.

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