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Progressive Etudes on Human Progress: Nanotechnology & Space Sciences

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By Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

This new digital text comprises a collection of studies on issues concerning human progress, human crises and societal transformation. The viability of nanotechnology and space sciences is assessed, with special reference to diversification of environmental discourse and the rhetorical promise of the Space Renaissance Initiative.

The collection encompasses three chapters:

‘Earth Essay: The Promise & Wisdom of Nanotechnology’,

‘The Astrosociological Imagination & the Challenge of Human Progress’

‘Space Advocacy: Ethical and Political Reflections’.

‘Progressive Etudes on Human Progress’ seeks to overcome the limitations of status-quo social constructs, assisting in the generation of new discourses to extend the human narrative in face of adversity and an uncertain future on Earth. The author’s work has been integral to the formation of the emerging sphere of Socioastronomy.

A resume of the key chapters: -

1. Earth Essay: The Promise & Wisdom of Nanotechnology.
Resume: Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

Abstract: ‘Earth essay’ is a fundamental paper. The work is advocating progressive, technological solutions and co-ordinated holistic education for the benefit of both individuals and government, to ensure a safe transitional phase toward a secure future for Earth and all its diverse incumbents. The author explores comparable approaches on environmental policy and the seductive wisdom of Nanotechnology. The paper addresses the profile of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, especially the organisation’s work within the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, utilising further, a strategic case study of Nanospire Inc. The role of Oxford University Continuing Education is examined in respect to their vocational courses on Nanotech and the wider ethical/ social context of new controversial technological developments.

Finally, the less conventional contribution and potential of space science advocated via the nascent Kepler Space Institute is highlighted. The author proposes that the ethos of KSU offers a missing link in 21st century progressive education, illuminating the latent potentials inherent to humanity’s projected future, with reference to Frank White’s astronautic concept of the ‘overview effect.’

Key concepts: Environmental Sociology, Sustainable development, Nanotechnology, eco centrism, techno centrism, ‘the overview effect’, space sciences, transformative studies, ‘techno humanism’.

Social Theorists: Max Weber, Raymond Murphy, Frank White, Adriano Autino.

2. ‘The Astrosociological Imagination: The Challenge of Human Progress.’

Resume of Research.

This concise second essay offers a resume of ‘The Astrosociological Imagination’, providing a vignette of the essential substance of the dissertation in context of human progress. The central themes illustrated comprise: ethical considerations, transdisciplinarity & transformation and linear progress in the face of human adversity.

The paper was published in the first edition of the Journal of Space Philosophy, September 2012.

Abstract.
The paper offers an overview of The Astrosociological Imagination. The author addresses the vision of human progress conceived by the space advocacy movement and its ethical and methodological parameters. These humanist sociology papers explore the core themes inherent to the rhetorical promise of societal transformation offered in the Space Renaissance Initiative manifesto.

3. Space Advocacy: Ethical and Political Reflections.
This final paper was included in the collection of progressive etudes, to counterbalance advocacy debates regarding space sciences per se and the seductive rhetoric of the Space Renaissance. At the core of the paper are discursive ethical and political concerns, emphasising the requirements of a unified professional ethos and cohesive action to effectively accomplish the goals of space advocacy groups. The salient areas explored in greater depth are: key policy documents, internal politics & hierarchies within space related interest groups and the utilisation of appropriate technologies.

The essay includes an in-depth analysis of the political and ethical foundations of the Space Renaissance. Concluding recommendations, practical discourse analysis and future projections are integral elements of this work.

The collection of progressive etudes is presented and authored by: Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

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