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Work by myself and my students now available on this blog

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Hi everybody, I decided to put my work and the work of my students the WolbPack also on this blog as I can alert people on updates here and also post other thoughts related to our work.  Please look under Academic Life: Gregor Wolbring and Academic Life of my students: The WolbPack  for all the info about my work and the work of my students.

Cheers Gregor

Emerging Therapeutic Enhancement Enabling Health Technologies and Their Discourses: What Is Discussed within the Health Domain?

In Disabled People, Health on July 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

 

Wolbring Gregor Diep Lucy, Yumakulov Sophya, Ball Natalie, Leopatra Verlyn (2013) Emerging Therapeutic Enhancement Enabling Health Technologies and Their Discourses: What Is Discussed within the Health Domain? Healthcare 20131(1), 20-52

 

http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/1/1/20

 

So far, the very meaning of health and therefore, treatment and rehabilitation is benchmarked to the normal or species-typical body. We expect certain abilities in members of a species; we expect humans to walk but not to fly, but a bird we expect to fly. However, increasingly therapeutic interventions have the potential to give recipients beyond species-typical body related abilities (therapeutic enhancements, TE). We believe that the perfect storm of TE, the shift in ability expectations toward beyond species-typical body abilities, and the increasing desire of health consumers to shape the health system will increasingly influence various aspects of health care practice, policy, and scholarship. We employed qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate among others how human enhancement, neuro/cognitive enhancement, brain machine interfaces, and social robot discourses cover (a) healthcare, healthcare policy, and healthcare ethics, (b) disability and (c) health consumers and how visible various assessment fields are within Neuro/Cogno/ Human enhancement and within the BMI and social robotics discourse. We found that health care, as such, is little discussed, as are health care policy and ethics; that the term consumers (but not health consumers) is used; that technology, impact and needs assessment is absent; and that the imagery of disabled people is primarily a medical one. We submit that now, at this early stage, is the time to gain a good understanding of what drives the push for the enhancement agenda and enhancement-enabling devices, and the dynamics around acceptance and diffusion of therapeutic enhancements.

 

Greening and Energy Issues: An Analysis of Four Canadian Newspapers

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Wolbring Gregor and Noga Jacqueline (2013) Greening and Energy Issues: An Analysis of Four Canadian Newspapers Journal of Sustainable Development Vol. 6, No. 7; Article 8; DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v6n7p88

http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jsd/article/view/28498/17050