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Marc Pachter
cultural historian and museum director
Hope for the future will come from a reborn and refreshed Enlightenment.
James Panton
lecturer in politics at University of Oxford, and founding member of the Manifesto Club
Do we have enough belief in our own capacities to start imagining a future built upon individuals asserting themselves, arguing for their interests and pursuing their own visions of the good society?
Matthew Parris
writer and commentator
Resist the arguments for increasing state control of individual lives and identities, and relentless information gathering.
Daphne Patai
professor of Brazilian literature and adjunct professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusett in Amherst
I believe that the USA and the West generally needs to recapture a commitment to Enlightenment values which would keep in check ideologues of both the left and the right.
Dr Sophie Petit-Zeman
writer on health, science and social care
However many old or young need care, however much technology supports it, what matters is treating each other well.
Ingo Potrykus
chair of the Humanitarian Golden Rice Board and Network, and emeritus professor of plant sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Progress in science presents a powerful basis for the development of crop plants being nutritionally optimised, pest- and disease-resistant, resistant to drought and flooding, saline and heavy metal environments, and with higher potential for the exploitation of natural resources.
Peter H Raven
Engelmann professor of Botany at Washington University in St Louis, and director of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Without social justice, there can be no general stability - our aspirations are primarily based on the myth that we can simply go on growing indefinitely without making any tough choices
Jeffrey Rosen
professor of law at George Washington University, and legal affairs editor of the New Republic
Society should begin debating questions around such issues as technologies of reproduction and surveillance as soon as possible, rather than wait for judges and technologists to spare us from the need to make hard moral and political choices.
Dr Jack Rowley
director of research and sustainability at the GSM Association
As mobile telephony moves into its third and fourth decade of mass consumer use, the key theme will be boundaries. Boundaries for the individual and society related to privacy, work-life balance, use by children and etiquette, or boundaries imposed by governments concerned about the power of immediate person-to-person communication.
Trevor Royle
writer on military and imperial history and Middle Eastern affairs
If the United Kingdom is to make a serious attempt at greater inclusion, serious thought has to be given to creating the conditions which allow people of all faiths and cultures to co-exist.
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