Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, research librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
It’s difficult to get a good handle on just what Future Human Image is about. The stated aim of the journal is “the consideration and generalization of the most effective methods of impact on mentality of the rising generations with the possibility of their further use when forming a future human image.” The journal “attempts to assess a framework to the contemporary research theories in the fields of philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, neuroscience, futurology, sociology linked to the issues of forming a future human image.” I did find in the journal this brief bio about the Editor-in-Chief, Oleg Bazaluk; he is described as “a Doctor of Sciences, a Professor, philosopher, political analyst and writer, and the author of one of the modern scientific theories of evolution, that of ‘Evolving Matter’. His research interests include interdisciplinary studies in the fields of neurobiology, cognitive psychology, neurophilosophy, and cosmology…. He founded the International Society of Philosophy and Cosmology (ISPC) and the annual international project ‘Space Travels’.” He is currently Professor of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky Hryhoriy Skovoroda State Pedagogical University. Most editorial board members are from Russia and Ukraine.
According to the DOAJ the language of this journal is English. However, a look at a recent issue (2017, Volume 8), reveals that in fact only six out of twelve of the articles in the issue are in English, the others are in Russian. It appears that most articles were originally written in Russian, and, unfortunately, many of the translations from the original language are so poor as to make a number of these “translated” articles difficult to follow or comprehend.
For example, the first paragraph in the article, “Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Aggression on Boxers,” reads thus: “In the existence of the world, there has been many differences between cultures and thinking systems. However, aggression and violence have been always existed [Tuzgöl, 1998]. Human aggression is defined as a behaviour, which intend to harm on purpose to directly another person [Anderson & Bushman, 2002]. Although the person tries to suppress this brutal and aggressive thing that is out of rationality, Aggression is always instinctively carried [Khagurov, 2017]. Aggressive behaviour occur negative results not only to the person who has been attacked, it happens in the same way to the attacker.”
Another article in English, “Specificity of Being and “Different Modernities” of a Person in the Contextual Range of Anthropological Conflict of Postmodernism,” offers this sentence: “Modern domestic researchers Oleg Bazaluk [editor of Future Human Image] and Tamara Blazhevych suggest developing an educational technology aimed at the formation of planetary and space personality on the basis of the analysis of existing global educational systems. In their theoretical research, the authors develop a model of planetary and space personality and technologies aimed at the formation of such a personality. The authors call the technology of formation of planetary and space personality as “space education“. This is in reference to “... creation of a universal educational system that reliably provides quality complication of structures and functions of the I-psyche (individual psyche) and its adaptation to the specific socio-cultural environments” [Bazaluk & Blazhevych, 2015: 97].” The poor quality of the translation makes these articles nearly impenetrable.
Other English-language articles, such as “The Professional Training of Law and History Teachers as a Research Subject” and “Humanistic Approach to Early Childhood Education in the Educational Philosophy of Rudolf Steiner” are readable in translation, but are not particularly original or informative. An examination of previous issues of the journal reveals similar translation anomalies, along with insubstantial content and a remarkable lack of editing. Not a recommended title.