Title
The morality of attitudes toward nanotechnology : about God, techno-scientific progress, and interfering with nature The morality of attitudes toward nanotechnology : about God, techno-scientific progress, and interfering with nature
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of nanoparticle research. - Place of publication unknown
Volume/pages
12(2010) :2 , p. 373-381
ISSN
1388-0764
ISI
000275318700001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Using survey data, we examine public attitudes toward and awareness of nanotechnology in Germany (N = 750). First, it is shown that a majority of the people are still not familiar with nanotechnology. In addition, diffusion of information about nanotechnology thus far mostly seems to reach men and people with a relative higher educational background. Also, pro-science and technology views are positively related with nanotech familiarity. Results further show that a majority of the people have an indifferent, ambiguous, or non-attitude toward nanotechnology. Multinomial logit analyses further reveal that nanotech familiarity is positively related with peoples attitudes. In addition, it is shown that traditional religiosity is unrelated to attitudes and that individual religiosity is weakly related to nanotechnology attitudes. However, moral covariates other than religiosity seem of major importance. In particular, our results show that more negative views on technological and scientific progress as well as more holistic views about the relation between people and the environment increase the likelihood of having a negative attitude toward nanotechnology.
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