About The New Atlantis
The New Atlantis is an effort to improve public understanding of the social, political, ethical, and policy implications of modern science and technology. Since the first issue of our quarterly journal in 2003, we have sought to make sense of the larger questions surrounding technology and human nature, and the practical questions of governing and regulating science — especially where the moral stakes are high and the political divides are deep.
We also seek to stir things up — to challenge the general public and policymakers who know too little about science, and to push scientists who often fail to think seriously or deeply about the ethical and social implications of their work.
We have a special interest in the moral questions raised by biomedical science, and have used our pages to demonstrate the possibilities of a “richer” bioethics — that is, an approach to bioethics that focuses not just on narrow instrumental questions but on deeper inquiry into the human experience and the meaning of human dignity.
We also publish essays, articles, and reviews on such subjects as energy and the environment; the technology of everyday life; the governance and funding of science; emerging fields like artificial intelligence, robotics, and space travel; and historical, biographical, literary, and philosophical examinations of science, technology, and medicine. Our authors include professors (from a wide range of disciplines), journalists, policy experts, and public intellectuals.
In addition to our quarterly journal — which appears both in print (subscribe here) and online — we publish blogs on a variety of subjects, as well as a book series, New Atlantis Books, that takes up subjects requiring longer treatment than can fit in a journal article.
The New Atlantis is a nonpartisan publication; indeed, the subjects addressed in our pages often cut across existing political lines, forcing liberals and conservatives, progressives and libertarians, to revisit their guiding principles. We are published by a nonprofit organization that receives most of its support from private foundations and individual donors; we receive no funding from business or government sources.
Small journals of ideas can have an outsized influence on how we think and live. It is our hope that The New Atlantis can help us all — as citizens, scientists, policymakers, and human beings — to deal more wisely and more creatively with both the burdens and the blessings of modern science and technology.