|Light quanta a la Eberhart|
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What is light and why is that the right or wrong, or –even– a useless question?
Its luminous signals are a preeminent form of control technology.
Postman, p. 132.
"think about an excited electron as having been knocked out of the top of a staircase. It loses energy by falling down the stairs, and in the process gives off light. The color of the light given off is related to the height of the steps.
If an electron falls of a high step it gives off blue light. A low one and out comes red light."
The accurate meaning of quantum leap arises from the behavior of light in atoms.
Ideology of invisible technologies rests on small unseen pieces that we have to visualize based on things we handles that do not behave the way light or sub atomic particles behave, hence there is mystery and power surrounding these unseen presences that can help, harm or hinder us depending on how we read their signals.
Politics is thus transformed by polling into a neutering of advocacy where opinion which is merely a transient manifestation-- replaces deliberation and reflective thinking-- making technopoly able to demand obedience if not dictate the manufacture of consent and a willing conformity to the mechanics of daily life.
Power and light:
Examples of light based inventions are everywhere imposing their presence if not will on our behavior.
"To put it simply, like any important piece of machinery --television or the computer for example-- language has an ideological agenda that is apt to be hidden from view."
This is much the same as Pursell's argument about behavior and the rationalizations we use to explain that conduct with language. But he is even more suggestive when he argues that language together with instruments and devices wield power over our imaginations.
All of these new inventions are parts of the automated tool complex that Kaku understands as fostering a quantum leap in our capabilities. As an extension of human powers the convergence of biological, electronic and computational telated instruments have redefined knowledge of nature and are reorganizing society.
In Pursell's terms -- these instruments possess power and influence out of all proportion to hand tools, older machinery, or appliances.
"In the case of language, that agenda is so deeply integrated into our personalities and world-view that a special effort and, often special training are required to detect its presence."
"0" as neutral
Zero, cipher [sifr -- Arabic, from the Hindu word for void], naught, nothing
Zed as the English say, or zero can also be thought of as signifying an uncharged particle -- such as the neutron in atoms.
worldview, idea of
Techniques are social and cultural means of organizing our world to control the uncertain aspects of life -- even though they often fail.
"everything was organized around the use of writing code and models "
Sulfur atoms embrittle iron when segregated (pushed aside) to grain boundaries (edges of the atomic fissures).
"It appeared as if the brief but expensive materials design programs had ended in failure."
Thus "procedures and rules designed to standardize behavior." in Postman's terms -- had failed to deliver a sufficient answer in the Eberhart case of embrittlement.
Eberhart, pp. 214-216.
"electrons and electronics are signals of advanced automated technology."
Questions act as powerful machines because the guide our thinking. In this way they are analogous to management guiding the use of machinery for production.
These mechanisms or intangible means are related to questions because they have powerful influences on our behavior. Among these techniques are: statistics, management, grading, polling, IQ measurements, advertising promotion and Scientism.
Automated techniques require new commitment to visibility:
The hidden dimensions need to be exposed and known for what they are, political ideologies.
Technologically advanced civilizations rely on statistics, management, and voluntarism to control the function of machinery to serve the ends of technopoly.
"We must understand where our techniques come from and what they are good for; we must make them visible so they may be restored to our sovereignty."