Pursell | Pacey–World| Pacey–Meaning | Head | Tenner | Postman | Eberhart | Snow | Kaku

The complexity of technology arises for related reasons:


Clarify | Organize | Reflect | Examine



1 History of technology is filled with descriptions of how cultures adopt & shift to new tool abilities
2 The capacity of technology to shape our world, our behavior, & our identities
3 The role of inventors and inventions in technology
4 The formula for the labor theory of value was altered by mechanization
5 Asian inventions triggered European engineering and machinery


Case study

Textiles are more significant than we can think?

Woman and her workplace: Rajasthan, India, 1990, JVS

How do we understand the relation of this young East Indian woman and the loom with which she is working?



Pacey, in Meaning of Technology, (on reserve) revised his three dimensions of tools and technology's power as we experience their influence in our lives.

Computers | AI | Robots | Leonardo at MIT

How are Tulips seen as tools?
Tools of Toil: what to read.
Tools are historical building blocks of technology.
Technology can be understood if tools have three facets.
Tools used in both Music and Architecture led to mechanization and automation.
Tools and the study of technology require us to reflect on the power of instruments,

Overview of the class | Time line

Edward Tenner, Why Things Bite Back, 1997.

Pursell | Pacey–World | Postman | Head | Tenner |Pacey–meaning| Eberhart | Snow | Kaku | Boulding | Delillo | Kranzberg


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