The beliefs we hold and the questions we have about being human and our place in the world shape so much of what we do. In many ways these have not changed significantly since the seventeenth century and the philosophy of Rene Descartes.
But a combination of technology disruption and climate emergency, precipitated by COVID, have meant we are now fundamentally rethinking what it is to be human in the twenty-first century. Lorraine Daston, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, recently suggested that we are living in a period of radical novelty and radical uncertainty, which means we are thrown into a state of ‘ground-zero empiricism’. As we struggle to make sense of a rapidly changing environment, we are much more reliant on ‘chance observations, apparent correlations, and anecdotes that would ordinarily barely merit mention’.
It is against this backdrop that Facta+ asks the big questions and seeks out fresh and original answers. Whilst received wisdom may sometimes seem to be unassailable, it is by exploring outside of established thinking, that it is possible to generate new insights that can prove valuable for our understanding. It is with this spirit that Facta+ mines the intersection between technology, the environment, and social sciences to offer up a rare blend of insight.