Melanie Swan will give a talk at the 11th Terasem Annual Workshop on
Geoethical Nanotechnology, to be held in Second Life on July 20, the
anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon...
Melanie Swan is a true polymath and an expert in many fields. Some
years ago, she was pioneering advanced data visualization methods in
Second Life. More recently, she founded the Institute for Blockchain
Studies to examine the theoretical, philosophical and societal
implications of blockchain technology, and wrote the book “Blockchain:
Blueprint for a New Economy,” dedicated to advanced future
applications of emerging blockchain computing.
Philosophy of Biological Cell Repair informs Geoethical Nanotechnology
Abstract: Cellular repair is an age-old function in biology. This talk
examines the cellular process of repair in philosophical terms.
Biologically, wound-healing is the primary form of cellular repair,
drawing on numerous cell types and the extracellular matrix to perform
a variety of operations during the phases of inflammation,
proliferation, and maturation. Philosophically, these functions can be
discussed from a systems theory perspective, through the concepts
pairs of parts-whole, autonomy-dependency, self-other,
sickness-wellness, and scarcity-abundance. Understanding cellular
repair at the theory level could facilitate the development of
nanotechnology solutions that augment biological processes in ways
that are congruently geoethical with nature¹s ethos.
Speaker and Affiliation: Melanie Swan, Philosophy and Economic Theory,
New School for Social Research, New York.