Bonus Quiz - Trad 103 12-11-2006 Bonus Quiz- Section 33 1....

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Trad 103 12-11-2006 Bonus Quiz- Section 33 1. The questions in which Ehrenfeld feels we should be able to talk about deal with what he calls “the entire picture of the effects of rBGH”, and they are, “antibiotic resistance, spongiform encephalopathy, animal rights, the welfare of farmers and farm communities, the well-being of agriculture, and the maintenance of whole ecosystems.” (18) These questions are broad and cover many different fields of interest, which is what Ehrenfeld is fighting for. He feels that if we continue to confine our “ethical inquiries to a narrow review of scientific fact or only technological information, we will never reach the sources of wisdom best suited to guide us.”(19) I feel that these queries relate best with two different levels of analysis that we learned in week 4; symbolic and functional. When a technology (rBGH) is being analyzed symbolically it simply denotes that its identity and meaning are being taken into consideration. A functional analysis, on the other hand, is one in which you keep in mind the things necessary for “production, distribution and use.”(Croissant 49) I think that the broader questions dealing with animal’s rights, the welfare of farmers and their communities and the well-being of agriculture as a whole all analyzing rBGH symbolically. This is because they are more concerned with the personal affects of this new technology rather than the operational properties of the medical side effects, which would be a functional way of looking at things. These questions are hard to incorporate into technoscience debates because we forget two things: “that technology is
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course TRAD 103 taught by Professor Nequette during the Fall '06 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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