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Normative Shifts and Change

Normative Shifts and Change

Left – Society – Norms

Chris Evett

What is a ‘normative shift’?

OK. This gets a bit technical, so it’s easiest to start with a couple of definitions first.

normative [ˈnɔːmətɪv]

adj

1. implying, creating, or prescribing a norm or standard, as in language normative grammar

2. expressing value judgments or prescriptions as contrasted with [...]

Does globalisation mean a decline in diversity?

Does globalisation mean a decline in diversity?

Does globalisation mean a decline in diversity? Globalisation isn’t new. As a process it has been running for thousands of years. People have always travelled the earth, but increasingly they have been able to travel further and further distances. Communication systems have grown in complexity and spread out to cover the world. Goods, services and [...]

Could we ever do without money?

Could we ever do without money?

In star trek, they don’t need money anymore. The logic for why this is isn’t particular clear, but the main ideas for this are, by the 23rd century they have moved away from money and instead use ‘credits’. These credits are generally based on ‘work’, which people are encouraged to do on the basis of [...]

Between the bible and the biohackers

Between the bible and the biohackers

In the future, as the capability to ‘hack’ life increases who or what will regulate ethics?

Biological sciences have seen incredible advances in the past fifty years. Since Watson and Crick first determined the structure of DNA in 1953, there have been countless advances that have allowed companies, states and even interested individuals to start [...]

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