An interview with Ilya Prigogine* by Yiannis Zisis --- Greece, Astir Palace Hotel, Vouliagmeni, May 2000. *Ilya Prigogine was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1977. He was director of Solvay Institute. He passed away at the age of 86, in May 28th 2003 at Brussels. Solon NGO would like to thankIoannis Antoniou, professor of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,for his support and the translation of the interview as well.
Abstract of Professor Steven Best's Lecture "Total Liberation: Revolution for the 21st century", at the "2nd International Meeting on Environmental Ethics", organized by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hellenic Society for Ethics, N.G.O. PO.FY.ZO. and N.G.O. SOLON
The case of genetically modified organisms is absolutely reminiscent, in all its political typology, of the case of the 'exotic' toxic stock market and financial investment bubbles. It is, moreover, also reminiscent of this in the field of policy. Let us recall what has been said during research on the subject in Great Britain. The case of genetically modified organisms brings immediately to mind the equity entanglements of the large financial colossi, behind the corporations which are implicated, as they now even more desperately demand new outlets for profiteering and hegemony over the real economy, having lost, through their own risk-taking, the potential for drawing upon capital from the global bubble and from the commodities, securities and exchange markets.
Space as a field has always developed as one either with a potential for symbiosis or for conflict a as a field of sympathy and of antipathy. This dynamic relation with space has developed at all levels and in relation to the boundaries of states.
We have seen the city in a very different way, in shaping a different political and cultural stance. To this stance must be added a more profound psychological world-theory approach, together with the environmental theory of the city. This theory will specify and will provide an approach to issues which involve a different apprehension of roofed, unimproved, natural, and man-made space. It will serve as a critique of the political functioning of the city both in terms of self-government and as a field of formation of the city, as a political-system parameter.
We propose a series of eight points for the global, integrated handling of the problem of climate change and the environmental crisis, denoting our advance agreement to anything, general or particular which reflects and is in harmony with this framework – and which can be systematically analysed. These points are: 1. Detachment and minimisation of demand and production, environmentally and socially, which will be fair and orientated to all the causes, sources, and roots of the enlargement of demand and production.
The desideratum here is the redefinition of the perception of human civilisation and the theoretical and decisive opportunity for a new conscious response to the motives of civilisation, which are the instinct for self-preservation and the fear of death. Fear of death is much more important, in our opinion, than the 'libido' of Freud.[i]
Abstract of Professor Steven Best's Lecture "Total Liberation: Revolution for the 21st century", at the "2nd International Meeting on Environmental Ethics", organized by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hellenic Society for Ethics, N.G.O. PO.FY.ZO. and N.G.O. SOLON.
One of the leading philosophers of animal rights protection, emeritus professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University Tom Regan, answers NGO Solon's questions on the development of man's problematic relationship with animals and their brutal exploitation as well as on the political and social reasons as to why it is continuously worsening.
It is clear that the companies which produce mutated seeds persist at regular intervals in invoking whatever suits them (laws, scientific research, world poverty, and the state of agriculture) in order to gain permission in the EU for certain mutated products, such as maize seed, to be cultivated. The individual countries of Europe maintain their own national policy, while at the same time the EU, succumbing to pressure from European citizens, has so far adopted a negative stance.
We must proceed to a deep new anthropology and ecology of cities, of the interpretation, that is, of the evolution of the phenomenon of the city. At this point, we should look at the city in the light of an internal duality in its development - its despotic and its democratic aspect.
All three ways of the looking at man - the dialectical, the probablistic interpretation, and that of esoterism, in the sense we have given them in previous articles - can work together for the creation of the new world.