Conference : Are we losing our time?
Jacques Arnould is an engineer in agronomy and forestry, with a Ph.D. in History of Sciences as well as a Ph.D. in Theology. He researches the interrelation between sciences, cultures, and religions, with a particular interest in two areas: life sciences and space exploration. With respect to the first area, he has written several books on the historical and theological dimensions of the life sciences, with a special emphasis on evolution. With respect to the conquest of space, since 2001 he has served as ethics advisor to the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), the French space agency. Dr. Arnould has served as adjunct faculty with the International Space University since 2000, and he is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2004 he was awarded the Labruyère Prize from the Académie Française, and in 2011 the received the Audiffred Prize from the Académie des sciences morales et politiques. In addition to authoring numerous books in French, he has published Gene Avatars: The Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution (2002), God vs Darwin: Will the Creationists Triumph over Science? (2009), Icarus’ Second Chance: The Basis and Perspectives of Space Ethics (2011) and God, the Moon, and the Astronaut (2015).
Reality such as we discover and build it using our knowledge and tools offers new and vertiginous horizons for our ambitions, dreams, and hopes. From cosmology to transhumanism and new technologies, time, space, life, and matter seem to offer our human species new and sometimes outrageous conditions. Are these the conditions of and solutions for our salvation and survival? Or do they presage our extinction? Should we anticipate, endure, and even provoke the “end of days”? Or should we seize these times as an “opportunity”?