Program Expanded Reason Congress on Transhumanism

Thursday June 17

9:30 Registration 10:00 Welcome Daniel Sada. Rector of the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. María Lacalle Noriega. Expanded Reason Institute Director. Elena Postigo. Expanded Reason Congress Director. 10:30 Opening Conference – Transhumanism and posthumanism: reality or fiction? Anders Sandberg. Researcher at Future of Humanity Research Institute, University of Oxford. Moderated by Olga Peñalba. Director of the Polytechnic School at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. 11:30 Coffee Break 12:00 Round table 1 Historical-cultural genesis of transhumanism and philosophical analysis. Ángel Barahona. Director of the Department of Humanities of the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Science and Technique in the History of Mankind. Francisco Javier Rubio. Humanities Professor. Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Epistemological boundries between Science, Philosophy and Science fiction.  José Ignacio Murillo. Director of the Mind-Brain Group, Universidad de Navarra. Brain and Consciousness in Transhumanism.   Moderated by Elena Postigo Solana. Director of the Institute of Bioethics of the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria and head of the Expanded Reason Congress. 14:00 Lunch 15:30 Concurrent round table discussions Round Table 2Experimental Sciences / Medicine Nicolás Jouve. Chair Emeritus of Universidad de Alcalá, Spain. Transhumanism and genetic improvement through CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats). Miquel-Àngel Serra. Scientific collaborator of the Neuropharmacology Laboratory. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Distinction between therapy and improvement. Juan Pablo Romero. Neurologist and professor at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Limitations of the human brain: opportunities for improvement? Moderated by Maite Iglesias Badiola. Director of the Biotechnology Degree at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Round Table 3 – Engineering Antonio Diéguez. Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science. Universidad de Málaga. Transhumanism and bionics.  Paolo Benanti. Professor of Ethics, Moral Biology and Bioethics. Pontificia Università Gregoriana. Robotics: the human is perfected, robots are humanized. Carissa Veliz. Professor of the Faculty of Philosophy and member of the Institute of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence,  University of Oxford. Artificial intelligence and ethics. Privacy is power. Moderated by José Miguel Mohedano. Assistant Director of Integral Training at the Polytechnic School at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. 17:00 Coffee Break 17:30 Concurrent Papers 19:00 End of the day

Friday, June 18th

9:00 Lecture – Transhumanism, human nature and artificial intelligence. Alfredo Marcos. Chair of Philosophy of Science. Universidad de Valladolid. Moderated by José Ángel Agejas. Chair of Ethics at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. 10:15 Concurrent round table discussions Round Table 4 – Literature and Art, Science Fiction, Video Games.  Dámaso Ezpeleta. Media Producer at Blanco & White. Transhumanism in audiovisual fiction. Antonio J. Planells. Narrative designer at THQ Nordic GmbH. The role of language in the construction of cultural discourses and literary narratives of Transhumanism: science fiction and cyberpunk. Marina Núñez. Artist and professor at the Faculty of Arts. Universidad de Vigo. Transhumanism: a view through painting. Moderated by Consuelo Martínez Moraga. Professor of Language and Literature at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Round Table 5 – Law, Business and Politics  Enrique Gómez Aguilera. Chair in Biomedical Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Director of the Departments of Photonic Technology and Bioengineering; Bioengineering and Telemedicine Group, Biomedical Technology Center. President of the Spanish Society of Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering and Transhumanism: from the Medical Technology industry to the Biohacking business? Carter Snead. Professor of Law. Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. University of Notre Dame. What It Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics. Albert Cortina Ramos. Director of Estudio DTUM (Law, Territory, Urbanism and Environment). Transhumanism and Human Rights. The Disruption of the Legal, Economic and Democratic Order. Moderated by Javier de Cendra. Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Business Sciences, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. 11:30 Coffee Break 12:40 Papers 12:45 Conference – Transhumanism and neognosticism. Francesc Torralba. Chair of Philosophy at Universidad Ramon Llull. Moderated by Fernando Viñado Oteo. Vice chancellor of Integral Formation at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. 14:15 Lunch 15:45 Concurrent round table discussions Round table 6 – Family, Psychology, Bioethics Laura Palazzani. Chair of Philosophy of Law. LUMSA ROMA. Genderless and cyborgs: towards the dissolution of sexual differences. María Lacalle. Director of the Expanded Reason Institute. Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Towards family dissolution in a Post-Human Utopia. Jean Marie Le Mené. Magistrate and president of the Jèrôme Lejeune Foundation. Bioethical issues regarding transhumanism. Moderated by Marta Rodríguez, Coordinator of the academic and research area of the Institute of Higher Studies on Women, Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum.
  • Round Table 7 – Sports
José Luis Pérez Treviño. President of the Spanish Association of Philosophy of Sport. Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Genetically Modified Athletes and Ethics. Jens Müller. Director of OPC S.L. Present and future of prosthetics in the Paralympic world. Raúl Reina. Vice Rector of Inclusion, Sustainability and Sports. Universidad Miguel Hernández. Are there limits to technology in sport for people with disabilities: Participation vs. competition as keys to inclusion.  Moderated by Nuria Mendoza Laiz. Dean of Health Sciences at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Round Table 8 – Gastronomy Arantxa de Miguel. Professor of Gastronomy at the University Francisco de Vitoria. Gastronomy in the ideological perspective of Transhumanism. Marta Garcés. Co-founder of Like Food Innovation and professor at the Francisco de Vitoria University. Relevance of scientific and technological developments in the field of Food Science. Carmen Domínguez, general manager of Hotel Barceló Emperatriz and Tamara Agudo, head of technological developments and innovation at Ilunion Hotels. Next station: Cyborg City. Moderated by Luis Expósito Sáez. Director of the Gastronomy Degree at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. 17:00  Concurrent papers Colloquium – Clones, Chimeras, and Organoids: Developmental Biology and the Human Future  William B. Hurlbut, MD. Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the School of Medicine. University of Stanford. Max Bonilla, international director of the Expanded Reason Institute. 18:30 Closing conference – Transhumanism and Conscience Juan Arana. Chair of Philosophy at the Universidad de Sevilla. Moderated by Javier Aranguren Echevarría. D. in Philosophy and professor at the Francisco de Vitoria University. 19:30 Closing of the Congress and Dinner