JCU Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner to Join Editorial Board at Immortalists Magazine

John Cabot University Philosophy Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, a leading expert on transhumanism and posthumanism, was invited to become a member of the Editorial Board of the Immortalists Magazine, a transhumanist lifestyle and online educational magazine featuring world-renowned thinkers, artists, and scientists. Professor Sorgner is also Founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Posthuman Studies, published by Penn State University Press since 2017.

Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Professor Sorgner has been interviewed twice by the Immortalists Magazine in 2020, in the 6th and 4th issue. He is featured in the 6th issue (June – July 2020) in an article called “Answers to Questions Regarding Rights, Sentience, Justice and Progress.” In this interview, Professor Sorgner tackles topics such as racism, ontological dualism, personhood and surveillance. “Posthuman philosophies are extremely helpful for getting a better understanding of discriminatory issues,” said Sorgner.

Professor Sorgner was featured on the cover of the 4th issue of the Immortalists Magazine (April-May 2020). In his interview, he talks about “The Future of Digital Surveillance and Healthcare,” and explains how biotechnologies are allowing the creation of algorithms that make it easier to understand and monitor the human body through the use of implanted chips. He also stressed the importance of collecting data for health purposes. “If a society wishes to flourish, it needs to have big data based upon total surveillance,” said Sorgner.

The Immortalists Magazine has featured interviews with, among others, David Sinclair, co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School, who was listed as one of the hundred most influential people in the world in a ranking by Time Magazine in 2014, and Aubrey de Grey, a world-leading gerontologist and Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation.

The Editorial Board of this magazine, which presents cutting-edge insights, consists of the co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association David Pearce, the Executive Director of Humanity + Natasha Vita-More, the CEO of BioViva Liz Parrish, Vice Chair of Humanity + José Luis Cordeiro, member of the Board of Directors of Humanity + Paul Spiegel, Director of the Cybersecurity Laboratory at the University of Louisville, Roman V. Yampolskiy, and many other distinguished intellectuals.

Professor Sorgner is one of the organizers of the 5th JCU Posthuman Studies Workshop, which will be held online on Saturday November 28, 2020, from 5.30pm to 8.45pm. Natasha Vita-More will be one of the keynote speakers at the event.