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Environmental Studies

Environmental Affairs Symposium

Date: October 14, 2013 - October 17, 2013 Location: Templeton Campus Center

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    The Nature of the Unnatural
    Lewis and Clark College

Templeton Campus Center

This year’s symposium focuses on modifications of our biophysical surroundings that are considered “unnatural.” Certain activities, such as species restoration and biomimicry, are uncritically embraced while others, like genetic modification and cloning, can be seen as monstrous and perverse. What shapes these ethical and aesthetic preferences and how can we analyze them in a constructive way? Do unexamined ideologies foreclose opportunities for positive environmental change?  We will look into complex issues such as genetically modified organisms, species resurrection, rewilding, ecological restoration, artificial intelligence and the ethics of “messing with creation”.


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