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DESCRIPTIONWeek 10 Lecture for University of the West of Scotland, Becoming Posthuman Course
- 1. Week 10:Posthuman Environments Andy Miah [email_address] University of the West of Scotland 2010/11
- In trying to establish humanitys place in the world, where should we begin?
- Do we consider our role in evolution, our relationship to other species, our relationship with non-animal species, our planet?
- These considerations are relevant to posthumanism, since we are in the business of considering how humanity may shift in the coming years, as a result of technological change.
3. Context: Technological Change
- To this end, answering our question about what defines posthuman envirnoments requires defining the limits of technology
- While we may talk about technologies as apparatus or artifacts, we may also claim that each of these devices are, in fact, environmental conditions.
- They shape our existence and limit our interactions with the world
- By extension, posthumanism is the study of our environmental interactions, from the clothes we wear, to the impact of our carbon omissions on the planet.
- This is why environmental change is central to the posthumanist debate.
5. Applied Ethics
- We can also identify the disciplinary shifts that have occurred over the last 10 years and identify environmental ethics as a part of the applied ethical movement towards bio issues.
- Yet, perhaps more than any other topic we have discussed, the environment engages politics in a way that draws attention to
- The limits of ethical debate
- the public context within which policy debates are played out
- It is also the one issue where the evidence base is most crucial and controversial
7. Key Issues
- Should we have concern for non-human life?
- How far should we expand this concern?
- Is a change in society the right way to handle this risk
- Is the technological fix a better strategy?
- What does respect for the environment involve?
- How should this issue be handled on a global level?
- is it reasonable to require developing countries to adhere to same standards?
- An Inconvenient Truth (2007)
- The Great Global Warming Swindle
- Focus on this as the more interesting cultural artifact, not because it is right about the issue, but because it allows us to understand the way in which a dilemma becomes a norm and the impact of this
9. Further Research
- Cop15 UN Climate Change Conference (2009)
- 15 thmeetof parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- BP Deep Water Horizon (2010)
- Climate Gate controversy around University of East Anglia (2009)
10. Further Reading
- Self-censorship and science: a geographical review of media coverage of climate tipping points, Public Understanding of Science March 1, 2010 19: 240-256
- Ideological cultures and media discourses on scientific knowledge: re-reading news on climate change, Public Understanding of Science April 1, 2007 16: 223-243
- Evaluating the effects of ideology on public understanding of climate change science: How to improve communication across ideological divides?, Public Understanding of Science November 1, 2010 19: 743-761
- Global warming--global responsibility? Media frames of collective action and scientific certainty, Public Understanding of Science July 1, 2009 18: 421-436
- From Carbon Markets to Carbon Morality: Creative Compounds as Framing Devices in Online Discourses on Climate Change Mitigation, Science Communication March 1, 2010 32: 25-54
- Gardner, Stephen M., A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption, Environmental Values, Volume 15, Number 3, August 2006 , pp. 397-413(17)
11. Debate We should NOT adapt our lifestyles out of a concern for the environment . Agree/Disagree