Nature after Nature

The Value of Being Natural in the Age of Marvellous Technologies

Festival of Ideas/
Thu 16 April 2015

Nature after Nature

The Value of Being Natural in the Age of Marvellous Technologies

Thu 16 April 2015,

 

Many ecologists have argued that nature has an intrinsic value outside of its instrumental use for and by human beings. The idea of natural value is often extended to the “naturalness” of something having value in itself. Valuing nature and naturalness is tied up in public debate with concerns over the use of new technologies, especially GMOs. But do such ideas make sense when the line between nature and artefact is blurred by technology and when many of our ideas about nature rest on intuitions? This event will bring together scientists, philosophers, and ecologists to discuss how ideas about the value of nature and naturalness fit into debates about emerging technologies and the impact these debates could have on scientific research. Speakers include: Sir Roland Jackson, Professor Alison Assiter and Nima Yeganefar. Roland Jackson is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics where he is currently chairing a new Council project exploring how ideas about naturalness influence debates on bioethics issues.

In association with BrisSynBio, UWE Social Science in the City, Royal Institute of Philosophy and Bristol 2015.

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The short montage playing at the beginning of the event is a piece titled ‘Arctic Mediterranean’, part of Zsuzsanna Ardó’s “Here There, Now Then” project, which won an Arts Council England Award.

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