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bookArnold Pacey, a physicist looking at tool making, use, and influences.

Meaning in Technology

Is music the origin of technological virtuosity, or as Pursell argues, is the development of language in prehistoric culture responsible for exaptation in tool use?


Chapter 1. Music, one of the sources of technology's power and influence

Singing the World into creation

"... the world began only when their Ancestor sang it into existence." -- an Australian aboriginal superstition or wisdom?

These beliefs suggest or ... "Singing also implies dancing and poetry" in the creation of existence.

"to interpret the world and give it meaning"

p. 17

"how technology helps to endow our world with meaning."

 

"We must understand how the aesthetic is intertwined with the practical, how the giving of meaning is related to building and making...."

p. 18

"the real sources of technology .... are to be found in the human body."

John Blacking, p. 23.

Worldview Animistic Mechanistic third way
way of seeing animism mechanism subtle
faith in our beliefs organic mechanical inadequate
character evolving causal inclusive
behavior spontaneous repetitive cybernetic

p. 37.

"The worldview that I presuppose in this book, . . . portrays technology as part of a more subtle nature than causal mechanical models allow."

"And it is a worldview in which human relationships and human purposes may have a closer connection with technological progress than sometimes seems possible."

p. 38.


Meaning in Technology, 2001
book cover
Arnold Pacey
Table of contents
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1. Music, Sources of Technology

2. Visual Thinking

3. Meaning in the Hands

4. Social Meanings

5. The Sense of Place

6. Exploration, Invention and the Remaking of Nature

7. Gender and Creativity

8. Knowledge Pregnant with Evil

9. People Centered Technology


triangleThree realms of technology or aspects of technical power.

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Tools of Toil: what to read.
Tools are historical building blocks of technology.

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