How to devise a sustainable science for sustainability? A reflexive approach for the present time

Elena Camino, A. Tartaglia, C. Mele, M.L. Ruggiero
2014 E3S Web of Conferences  
Most people refer to science as a 'special way' to produce neutral and objective knowledge about the natural world, and from such understanding draw guidelines to move towards a more sustainable way to inhabit the planet. But there is an increasing gap between approaches aiming at interpreting, and approaches that transform while studying: such transformations may come out to be irreversibly harmful. Besides, science and technology are even more interconnected, so that 'technoscience' is the
more » ... vailing way of investigating nature today, and is driven and powered by huge economic interests. How can neutral knowledge be achieved if research questions are so heavily biased? In order to undertake a sustainable journey we need to ask some questions about the role and the features of science in shaping our future. Who are the 'experts' in sustainability science? What are 'sustainable' values in formulating research questions? How to deal with biophysical and social constraints in a sustainable way? The study of all mythology is the study of its metaphors.[...] Mythology is not an ideology. It is not designed from the brain, but it is experienced through the heart. [1] This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
doi:10.1051/e3sconf/20140204001 fatcat:diddehrvprcthol5pd72lfz5my