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Utopia: A Disease-Free World? (London UK Seminar)

Rod Thorn rod at thornr.demon.co.uk
Mon May 6 19:59:04 EST 1996


UTOPIA: A DISEASE-FREE WORLD?  The 1996 Saros Seminar

Saturday 8 June 1996, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London

Abstract:

The Utopian ideal requires that human endeavour will 
eventually control or eliminate the spread of infection - 
pestilence, plague, famine and war. Such a view of society 
is a powerful driving force. Necessarily, it pays little 
regard to the conditions which underlie the co-existence 
of all forms of life.

We are moving into a world where we are becoming 
progressively isolated from the dangers of the natural 
world, but such apparent security also makes us more 
vulnerable. Our imposed control systems are apt to produce 
results which are unexpected, weakening our ability to 
respond to change. Is disease the price we have to pay to 
ensure the diversity necessary for the evolution of the 
human race?

Talks:

* Parasites: Living with the Enemy - Francis Cox
* Disease, Imperfection and Living Well - Oliver Leaman
* Heroes and Witchfinders - Lynne Webster
* The Paradox of Control - Richard North
  Chaired by Anthony Campbell

Details:

The cost of the seminar is £35, which includes morning 
coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Enquiries and bookings: Lucy Oliver 0181-346-1273
or email rod at thornr.demon.co.uk



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