NETFUTURE

                    Technology and Human Responsibility

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Issue #166                                                January 16, 2007
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                   A Publication of The Nature Institute
             Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)

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CONTENTS
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Editor's Note

Science's Forbidden Question (Craig Holdrege and Stephen L. Talbott)
   Is Anyone There?

About this newsletter

EDITOR'S NOTE

Greetings to you all after a 15-month lapse in NetFuture publication! The hiatus has been owing to a considerable number of factors, one of which was my commitment to deliver a book to my publisher by the end of 2006. Scheduled for release this spring by O'Reilly Media, the book is based upon my writings in NetFuture and is entitled, Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines.

Personally, I am happy to be back posting NetFuture to such a wonderful group of readers. You'll find some rather unexpected stuff coming your way during these next several months, particularly on the relation between science and the spirit, but with the usual cross-disciplinary forays in many different directions. However, one of the things you won't find here -- and this is a consequence of the unavoidable re-ordering of my priorities over the past year -- is the promised sequel to the last article I published in NetFuture back in October 2005. Maybe later on.

The feature article in this issue appeared in the July/August 2006 Orion. The opening section of the article may ring familiar to some of you; it briefly summarizes a description of the sloth that appeared way back in NetFuture #97. But the rest of the article will lead you into territory one is scarcely allowed to mention, let alone explore, in mainstream scientific publications. This article, in a substantially different form, will be one chapter in a second book I am involved with, co-authored with Craig Holdrege and dealing with genetic engineering, biotechnology, agriculture, and the character of science. The book will be published by the University Press of Kentucky in early 2008.

If things go according to plan, the next three issues of NetFuture will explore the necessity for a qualitative science, pointing out that we can never have any adequate science other than a science of the Word in its fullest and most expressive sense.

Finally, please note that NetFuture is no longer distributed through St. Johns University. This issue is coming to you via the majordomo list server at panix.com. Information about subscribing and unsubscribing is given at the end of the newsletter.

SLT

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SCIENCE'S FORBIDDEN QUESTION
Craig Holdrege and Stephen L. Talbot