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September is traditionally when people shift gears from summer to serious. It’s back to school and back to work. But before your gears are completely switched to high octane, overscheduled, overwhelmed mode, we hope you’ll tap your creative juices and participate in the Bioethics Forum Reply All contest.

You can read about it in the box above, but I want to clue you in on why we’re running a contest. Our idea is to have some fun with the Forum as a way of connecting with you, our readers and writers, and engaging others who may not know about the Forum but who should because they think about, and care about, the issues it covers.

Like Bioethics Forum, the contest is centered on topical issues in bioethics. Most of them are weighty and hard, and many are highly contentious. Bioethics Forum has literally been a forum for some of the most contentious issues. But bioethics has lighthearted aspects, as well. We aimed to cover this range when we selected two questions and a cartoon-in-need-of-a-caption for the contest.

One question challenges you to ponder an especially intimate detail of transhumanism. The other question asks you to look to the future and consider what medical practice or health policy today will be patently unethical 50 years from now. The cartoon is by Eric Juengst, best known as the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who has revealed his talent for drawing and dry wit. As to the subject of his cartoon . . . well, you’ll just have to see it for yourself.

We hope you’ll check out the contest and respond to one, two, or all three of the challenges – and that you’ll encourage your colleagues, students, friends, and family to do the same. The deadline for responses is October 7. We will select three finalists from each category and post them on Bioethics Forum. You can vote for the winning responses on Bioethics Forum or at The Hastings Center’s booth at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities meeting next month. Voting closes at noon on October 16.

I look forward to hearing from you, and to meeting many of you at ASBH.

Susan Gilbert is the editor of Bioethics Forum.

Published on: September 14, 2011
Published in: Bioethics

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