Saturday, October 25, 2014

Leftist dystopia? Anti-technology fever animates opposition to GMOs and other ‘disruptive’ technologies

Mark Lynas

So I got an email [Wednesday] with the intriguing subject line: ‘All the troglodytes in one place’. I won’t reveal the sender, but it turned out to be a surprisingly accurate description of an event to be held in New York [on October 25], grandly titled: “Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth: Why Technology Will Not Save The World”.

I invite you to read the, er, PDF. There is a rambling pre-amble, but the real meat is in the sessions – all of them dedicated to promoting various naturalistic fallacies, backward-looking reactions to modernism and globalisation, and other kinds of outdated green fantasising. Humanity’s “unquenchable thirst” for knowledge is lamented; as is the loss of an imagined past where “we once lived in contact with wild Nature, and in-close human community; connected, embedded”. (Hence the rapid progress of various plagues…)....To Read More....

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