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Our First Workshop

Posted by Ian  

06:30 PM Jan 28, 2009

Forum ParticipantsToday we held our first workshop on the WSF's beautiful grounds by a river that connects to the Amazon forest. We organized the workshop as a space to discuss nanotechnology, public engagement and the technologies novel risks for humans and the environment. I presented along with professors from universities in Brazil, Spain and France. I gave an overview of what nanotechnology is and I highlighted some of the nano products Friends of the Earth has identified.

I also mentioned the fact the nanotechnology is rooted in quantum physics, which differs greatly from classical physics. This new line of science is opening the doors to new horizons in scientific thought and our lives. For example, in the quantum physical realm a particle can be in two places at once -- mind blowing! Unfortunately, corporations have taken only a small portion of this new powerful thinking and they are using it to create risky products we know very little about.

We concluded the workshop with questions from the audience and a general discussion. I attempted to spur the conversation by highlighting one of the main reasons I traveled to the Forum. I am not only here to speak about nanotechnology and its technical aspects. I'm here to discuss how we can project our imagination on how to create a world where we, the people, identify what science means and how we want it to grow. Many people expressed their interests in participating in science and some of the university students present vowed to explore the subject further.

Ian's InterviewAfter the forum, I was interviewed by a local TV station. I shared in the interview my opinion that this period in history will see radical change whether we like it or not, though it's our choice to guide that change to our benefit or to our destruction. The power of change and exploration is not only in the hands of scientists -— it's accessible to all of us. People are beginning to understand that we are all scientists; all of us interact with science everyday. For example, when a mother gives love to her child that is a science. When a farmer grows a crop, he or she is also using science. Science is not merely technology or products, but is the search for information that can guide our lives. That search will never be solely guided by academia and those who hold a PhD.

Tomorrow, we will be back at the Forum bright and early to hold further workshops on nanotechnology. I am also hopeful that I will have time to explore other exciting activities taking place at the Forum, beyond the workshops we have organized.

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Jenny — 05:12 PM Jan 30, 2009

For doing what you are doing. This is really my first inquiry into nanotechnology and I appreciate the fact that you are sharing your knowledge for the benefit of others.

we are all scientists

Eva — 07:59 PM Jan 30, 2009

Dear Ian, thanks for your new thoughts. Yes, I believe that we are all scientists and we have to observe ourselves and the world around us to find out what brings us life and joy and what doesn't - all of us. And as the Hawaiians say: 'What works works' - if something brings us more life and joy and those around us are happy - it works! Love from Eva.

Ian — 05:25 PM Jan 31, 2009

Hi Eva and Jenny. Thanks so much for keeping up with the blog! -Ian

Eva: I like your thinking! Say hello to Hawaii for me :)

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Introducing Myself Here

BJBabyPenn — 08:13 AM Feb 02, 2009

Hello!! How is everyone doing? I am a new member and I would like to introduce myself. My name Is BJ Penn and I am from Mdison USA.

That is all for now. I am eager to interact with everyone one this forum!

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