Mobile version
spiked plus
About spiked
What is spiked?
Support spiked
spiked shop
Contact us
Summer school
Top issues
Arab uprisings
British politics
Child abuse panic
For Europe, Against the EU
Free speech
Jimmy Savile scandal
Parents and kids
View all issues...
special feature
The Counter-Leveson Inquiry
other sections
 Review of Books
 Monthly archive
selected authors
Duleep Allirajah
Daniel Ben-Ami
Tim Black
Jennie Bristow
Sean Collins
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Frank Furedi
Helene Guldberg
Patrick Hayes
Mick Hume
Rob Lyons
Brendan O’Neill
Nathalie Rothschild
James Woudhuysen
more authors...
RSS feed
a-b c-d e-h i-l m-n o-r s-u v-z index
Gareth Leng
professor of experimental physiology at the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology

The Human Genome Project showed the ability of the international science community, when working in harmony to an ambitious and imaginative goal, to exceed expectations of progress that seemed hopelessly unrealistic at the outset. In the new century, a challenge to build an intelligent brain can similarly drive progress in electronics, nanotechnology, computation and neuroscience. This is well beyond our current capacity; it would be a challenge to the pretensions of both physics and biology. The by-products would include a new, fundamental understanding of ourselves, and a new means of control over our environment. The consequences of both are unforeseeable, but in an uncertain world, we must equip ourselves with the tools to respond to constantly changing threats.

For society, a major challenge will be to sustain democratic structures, and avoid disintegration based on deepening separation between those who understand and control the new technologies and those who feel threatened by them. We must include people in decisions that will affect their lives, or face growing alienation. This needs an unprecedented drive to popular education and understanding of science. We have to engage people so that they can share in the ambitions of science, in the pride of achievement and in the debates about its applications.

See Gareth Leng‘s website

Survey home
What we found
Survey responses
RSS feed
Anjana Ahuja
Michael Baum
Peter Cochrane
Richard Feachem
Frank Furedi
Michio Kaku
Ken MacLeod
Jonathan Meades
Munira Mirza
Matthew Parris
Ingo Potrykus
Roger Scruton
Ben Shneiderman
Lionel Shriver
Raymond Tallis
Peter Whittle
Josie Appleton
David Baulcombe
Claire Fox
William Higham
Paul Lauterbur
William Graeme Laver
Ken MacLeod
Fiona McEwen
Victor Stenger