the combined influence is greater than the sum of its parts
Is the burden for the proper use of tools on the user, the maker, or the inventor?
Exchange your notes.
Combine your notes√
By taking notes together tell us a centrally important fact about technology from Pursell pp. 6-63.
This is not in the text:
the world originates from:
Tekne or tekth + logos fit together or mesh + the word or speech (study)
a systematic understanding and practical knowledge of the applied arts and
Š The study of “objects and products that allow us to do things” (Pursell. 14) or the search for the meaning of the inventions and discoveries that lead to the tools people use to solve problems.
Š A problem is the perceivable difference between an existing and a desired state of affairs.
"One suspects that the scientists of the period (1900s) wanted very much to find in nature that which they considered natural ( paternalistic nuclear family ) in human society."
cultural significance is reveled in what we want to believe as much as it is displayed by the use of tools in performing tasks we need, want, and hope to achieve.
Myths are stories about what we are taught by compilations of discoverable beliefs from the past concerning our origins, conditions and acceptable behavior.
"the agony of Hephaestus (Vulcan in Latin) in his relationship with his craft of smith seems more genuine. The god of fire was chosen to bind Prometheus to the rock."
"your craft is not to blame for what must be inflicted now."
The Titan who brought fire, defying the Gods, from heaven to the human race.
The new Prometheus is Frankenstein and the role of technicians and scientists who are inventing our world.
Son and father (master craftsman) who having constructed the maze at Knossos had to escape from the Maze or labyrinth, which was built to enclose the Minotaur or monstrous bull (domesticated?) – the ravenous creature who devoured people.
The handsome youth and beautiful woman (wood nymph). He could not distinguish between his own and Echo’s beauty, his lover, and lusted after his own reflected mirror image.
Are we a narcissistic culture because of our technical sophistication?
Carravagio's painting of the beautiful Narcissus, entranced by his power to deceive himself.
The history of tool use from the earliest human remains reveals that in the operating on materials to create artifacts and implements to solve problems humans unintentionally modified their surroundings, their social groups, and their cultural legacy –while intentionally altering their behavior– such that we are both shapers of and shaped by the variety and integration of the many tools we use as means to achieve our ends.
This chapter is filled with examples that could well fit into your first formal paper on "What is technology?" By using all of the authors analytically what do you conclude? The paper you should start to work on comes due after your interviews.
The best way to use that evidence is in an interwoven manner. By that I mean interweave combined examples from each author's separate examples. Do so logically to make a case that technology is a powerful, if not fully understood, or mistaken force in our lives.
is the state (status quo) or condition of satisfying ones needs, desires, or dreams.
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