Hubris and Hybrids: A Cultural History of Technology and Science

59654e2c411a3.jpg Author Andrew Jamison and Mikael Hård
Isbn 0415949394
File size 12MB
Year 2005
Pages 352
Language English
File format PDF
Category History

Book Description:

Human societies have not always taken on new technology in appropriate ways. Innovations are double-edged swords that transform relationships among people, as well as between human societies and the natural world. Only through successful cultural appropriation can we manage to control the hubris that is fundamental to the innovative, enterprising human spirit; and only by becoming hybrids, combining the human and the technological, will we be able to make effective use of our scientific and technological achievements.

This broad cultural history of technology and science provides a range of stories and reflections about the past, discussing areas such as film, industrial design, and alternative environmental technologies, and including not only European and North American, but also Asian examples, to help resolve the contradictions of contemporary high-tech civilization.

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