ERIC Number: ED272586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
New Age Ethics: Ethical Implications on Critical Future Issues.
Anderson, Patricia W.
Twentieth century scientific advancement has produced a "New Age" requiring a new ethics. The nature of human action has been profoundly and irrevocably modified. Theoretically, an ethics for the New Age must take into account humankind's new relationships to human interaction and to the natural world. New issues requiring important ethical decisions include medical intervention, genetic engineering and biotechnology, modern armaments, nuclear energy, biocybernetics and computerization. The following propositions relate to these issues: (1) Humankind occupies a critical link within the chain of life, and human's self-interest as a species is inseparable from the well-being of the earth. (2) There is a new transgenerational ethics, dimensioned in time. (3) Temporal parameters have been redefined. There is a new meaning in the link between past, present, and future. (4) With the development of biotechnology, humans are engaged in Participatory Evolution. (5) Humankind is witnessing the change in change itself. (6) Life is information. Death is a loss of information and a disruption of the transgenerational relays in information for both humans and nature. (7) A new imperative exists to recognize the social implications of technology, and to guide the development and utilization of technology with humanitarian values. These seven propositions suggest the parameters of the New Age Ethics, but the overriding ethical issue of today is the nuclear predicament. Educators must work to reconstitute the relationship between generations, both present and unborn, and between humankind and planet Earth. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. National Origin Desegregation Assistance (Lau) Center.
Note: In: Educational and Societal Futures: Meeting the Technological Demands of the 1990s. Proceedings of a Conference (Anaheim, California, April 28, 1983); see UD 024 362.