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Paperback The Real World of Technology [Large Print] Book

ISBN: 088784636X

ISBN13: 9780887846366

The Real World of Technology [Large Print]

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In this expanded edition of her bestselling 1989 book, renowned scientist and humanitarian Ursula Franklin examines the impact of technology upon our lives. This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Should be mandatory reading for anyone in the sciences

This book illuminates the complex relationship between technology and society. A dangerous attitude among people in the sciences (and the arts) is that inventions are neutral, and society uses them for good or for evil. This book illustrates how it is much more complicated than that, and we should avoid being idealistic about technology.The author shows how peoples' motives and attitudes can actually be embedded within the technology *itself*, and impossible to pull out after the technology has been implemented. It also shows how various technologies can have side-effects on society, changing people's attitudes. The belief that technology is born pure and then used for ideological goals is misleading.Technology (not just man) has had an important role in the early emergence of a burocracy in China, startling psychological effects of the evening news, and racial segregation in the United States. You'll have to read it to appreciate the power behind these conclusions.However, this book is not anti-technology, nor is it proclaiming an apocalypse. It offers real insights into how we must be aware of sociological and philosophical issues BEFORE we expand technological frontiers. Those in the sciences must stop saying "that's not my responsibility, I only invented it." As well, people on the whole will be more aware of subtle side-effects of technology, allowing them to reap the intended benefits of technology in a more direct way. I repeat, this book is not anti-science. It is quite scientific and balanced in its arguments. I highly recommend it.

This book changed my life

Simply put, this book has had a profound influence on my daily thinking and academic practice. Weaving threads from the construction of ancient Chinese Bronzes through the technologies that permeate contemporary Western society, Franklin builds a dazzling description of the way technology is intertwined in our lives, society and culture.This book is essential reading for anyone studying Technology & Society or Ethics, and is a wonderful pleasure to read. Buy it!

Rare Wisdom and Understanding from an Accomplished Academic

Ursula Franklin performs an unusual service in this book. She relates technology to other fields of human activity and thought in a manner that is exceptionally illuminating. With her knowledge and understanding of technology, the arts, education, the humanities, literature, politics, the basics of human nature, you name it, she comfortably puts together subjects that too often are dealt with in isolation from oneanother.
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