Oxford Martin School series — “Thinking again about the future and prospects for humanity”

The gulf between

The way the world is

… And the way it could be …

Is wider than it ever was.

Handling debates well

I followed closely the debate in the UK that led to legislation allowing experiments on embryos up to 14 days old. This debate was well handled. It was characterised by constructive engagement betwen the researchers, the parliamentarians, and the wider public. There was opposition from the catholic church. […]

In contrast the debate on genetically modified plants & animals was handled less well in the UK. Even before the public was fully engaged there as a stand-off betwen Monsanto and environmentalists.

- Monsanto was accused of […]

- The wider public was influenced by a newspaper campaign against […]

- There was a yuck factor when […]

Predicting the CV-19 fallout

Conclusion

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