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Episode #22

Tech Forward Conservatism vs Nature Leaning Liberalism, and Everything in Between

Are you on the political left or the political right? Ben Steyn wants to ask you the same question with regards to nature and technology. Do you lean tech or do you lean nature?

For instance, what do you think about growing human babies outside of a womb (aka ectogenesis)? Are you inclined to find it an affront to nature and you want politicians to make it illegal? Are you inclined to find it a tech wonder and you want to make sure elected officials don’t ban such a thing?

Ben claims that nature vs. tech leanings don’t map on nicely to the political left vs right distinction. We need a new axis by which we evaluate our politicians.

Really thought-provoking conversation – enjoy!

Dr Steyn is a visiting fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London; where he is part of the London AI and Humanity Project. He studied his PhD in Philosophy and Political Science at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a senior policy advisor at the UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), where he leads a team specialising in research funding policy.