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Nanotechnologies and global survival

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Author(s): Mitrović Veselin

Journal: Sociologija
ISSN 0038-0318

Volume: 54;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 37;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: bioethics | sustainable development | global acceptable survival | types of survival | social inequalities and risks | nano-technologies | water enhancing

ABSTRACT
The rapid development of science and technology from the mid-20th century, on one hand, and increasing world population as well as decreasing of natural resources on the other has raised the risk of escalating social conflicts. Regarding this facts, it is inevitable to admit that the future of mankind lies in acceptable moral and social implementation of this technologies. Having that in mind, many questions have been generated about responsible applications of nanotechnologies: about the positive and negative effects of their usage, about patterns of their socio-spatial distribution both at global and national level, about economic development of states who use those technologies, and their possible effect of individual health and biosphere preservation. Regarding those questions, it is necessary to use knowledge of nature science as well as knowledge of philosophy, sociology, etc., in order to analyze the level of development and life conditions in human communities and differentiate between “mere”, “miserable”, “idealistic“, “irresponsible“ and “acceptable“ survival. Starting from sociological context and following Potter’s concepts, this article argues for the concept of consurvivality that is durable, acceptable, sustainable, realistic and global.
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