Arnold 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"
"how technology helps to endow our world with
"We must understand how the aesthetic is intertwined
with the practical, how the giving of meaning is related to building
"the real sources of technology .... are to
be found in the human body."
John Blacking, p. 23.
|way of seeing
|faith in our beliefs
"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."
1. Music, Sources
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
realms of technology or aspects of technical power.
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