This lecture took place in March 2019 and is the latest in a series of annual Peace Lectures organised by Bristol Quakers. Lecture topics have covered a variety of aspects of Peace with this being the first to provide a science focus.
Science and technology have brought major benefits to humankind. But they have also brought enormous threats – from nuclear warheads to robotic weapons and from climate disruption to mass extinction. Science and technology can help create a fairer society – but too often they are used to entrench inequality and injustice.
In this lecture, Dr Parkinson examined how society uses and misuses science and technology – and highlighted ways in which we can reshape our relationship with these powerful forces to help bring about a more secure and sustainable society.
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Dr Stuart Parkinson started his career as an electronic engineer in the arms industry before ethical concerns led him to pursue a PhD in climate science and then move into policy and campaign work across science, technology and ethical issues.