Environmental negativism, that is a
sense of doom, can only be countered by some
philosophical idea by which we can reverse a sense of
retreat into one of advance.
This website is written by James Francis Gladstone in
the hope that it can evolve into a forum for ideas
related to environmental ethics.
A major problem for those concerned
with the planet's degradation--
is how to
get individuals to see as serious a problem (like global
that is hard to touch.
PLANET TECHNOPOLITANA proposes that,
while many scientists do not believe in God,
science has become our God.
Our God, regardless of our religion, is progress. She,
progress, rules us.
We are caught up in her. We cannot avoid her.
As in the Christian medieval world it
was impossible to think without
heaven & hell -- heaven being the ideal,
PLANET TECHNOPOLITANA suggests that science -- new ideas
underpinning of progress -- is our God.
Environmental disasters give some imagery for a hell.
Even the worst are local & transient.
Even the great tsunamis, flooding of New Orleans, forest
fires of 2018,
come and then go in the imagination and memory of all
but those closest to them.
not strong enough images to stop us burning increasing
amounts of fossil fuel
when swathes of people who say we should not do this
continue to abet the process.
SCIENCE THAT UNDERPINS PROGRESS IS
Is it possible -- or helpful -- to find new imagery (as
hell in Christianity) for the downside of science?
A footnote: The Planet Technopolitana idea is not
anti-science. (See link in the sidebar.)
PLANET TECHNOPOLITANA has no pulpit,
is no gospel.
It is designed as an intellectual mechanism for
Could it help as a way of looking at these problems?
We clearly need to solve the problems.
Does looking much harder than we have done at the
dark side of science help?
Can we stop trucking? Is a different
handling of the fragile world really imaginable?
Rutland and the idea of
and the idea of human superiority
Big Numbers & the idea of being shocked.
Miscellany, pictures & quotes.