Global Artificial Photosynthesis as Nanotechnology’s Moral Culmination
Chapter 1: Introduction
There is also a rhythm and a pattern between the phenomena of nature which is not apparent to the eye, but only to the eye of analysis; and it is these rhythms and patterns which we call Physical Laws – Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law It is impossible to conceive anything at all in the world, or even out of it, which cannot be taken as good without qualification, except a good will… to make itself a universal law is itself the sole law which the will of every rational being spontaneously imposes on itself without basing it on any impulsion or interest. – Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals 1.1 NANOTECHNOLOGY, VIRTUES AND LAWS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD During my last years in law school at the Australian National University my interests gravitated towards constitutional, international, science and environmental law, as well as haiku poetry (through a Japanese language subject in my arts degree). I was interested in law as an ideal. When required to study the compulsory subject property law I achieved a certain notoriety amongst the academic staff with an essay entitled ‘midline cerebral commissurotomy and the law of mortgages’, arguing for a historical progression from right-brain symbolic ceremonies of livery of seisin to the leftbrain written documents that today govern sale and purchase of land. It was fortunate that my first job after graduating was as research associate to Justice Lionel Murphy in the High Court of Australia, situated beside Lake Burley Griffin in...