Salvo: What Is Natural?

Check out my latest post at Salvo’s blog, Signs of the Times. I look at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on how the words “natural,” “unnatural,” and “nature” are used in the media, journals, and in other venues. In other words, what does it mean when someone says, “Genetic modification is so unnatural” or “I only eat things that are natural”? The UK-based bioethics council is concerned about how this kind of value-laden language affects people’s acceptance of new technologies.