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Nanotechnology, Development and Buddhist Values

Hongladarom, Soraj (2009) Nanotechnology, Development and Buddhist Values. NanoEthics, 3 (2). pp. 97-107. ISSN 1871-4757 (Print) 1871-4765 (Online)

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Abstract

Nanotechnology has been proclaimed as a new technology that could bridge the gap between the rich and the poor countries. Indeed many countries in Asia are fast developing their nanotechnological capabilities. However, one needs to take into consideration the role that culture and values play in adoption of nanotechnological policies, keeping in mind that technology and culture are deeply dependent on each other. I offer a criticism of the dependency theory in economic development, which says that there is an unbridgeable divide that the poorer countries cannot cross. As with other powerful technologies, nanotechnology can create as many problems as solutions. I concentrate how insights from the Buddhist tradition, prevalent in Thailand, could illuminate how nanotechnology could be introduced into the lifeworld of a people.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nanotechnology - Development - Developing countries - Buddhism - Values
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:7234
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:01 Oct 2009 12:56
Last Modified:01 Oct 2009 12:56

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