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The morality of attitudes toward nanotechnology: about God, techno-scientific progress, and interfering with nature

Vandermoere, Frederic and Blanchemanche, Sandrine and Bieberstein, Andrea and Marette, Stephan and Roosen, Jutta (2010) The morality of attitudes toward nanotechnology: about God, techno-scientific progress, and interfering with nature. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (2). pp. 373-381.

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Abstract

Using survey data, we examine public attitudes toward and awareness of nanotechnology in Germany (N = 750). First, it is shown that a majority of the people are still not familiar with nanotechnology. In addition, diffusion of information about nanotechnology thus far mostly seems to reach men and people with a relative higher educational background. Also, pro-science and technology views are positively related with nanotech familiarity. Results further show that a majority of the people have an indifferent, ambiguous, or non-attitude toward nanotechnology. Multinomial logit analyses further reveal that nanotech familiarity is positively related with people’s attitudes. In addition, it is shown that traditional religiosity is unrelated to attitudes and that individual religiosity is weakly related to nanotechnology attitudes. However, moral covariates other than religiosity seem of major importance. In particular, our results show that more negative views on technological and scientific progress as well as more holistic views about the relation between people and the environment increase the likelihood of having a negative attitude toward nanotechnology.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:8194
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:11 Feb 2010 08:04
Last Modified:11 Feb 2010 08:04

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