Meaning in Technology

Meaning in Technology

by Arnold Pacey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262661209

ISBN-13: 9780262661201

Pub. Date: 04/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

In Meaning in Technology, Arnold Pacey explores how an individual's sense of purpose and meaning in life can affect the shape and use of technology. He argues against reductionism in interpreting technology in a human context, and for acknowledgment of the role of the human experience of purpose when it helps to express meaning in technology.In the first part of

Overview

In Meaning in Technology, Arnold Pacey explores how an individual's sense of purpose and meaning in life can affect the shape and use of technology. He argues against reductionism in interpreting technology in a human context, and for acknowledgment of the role of the human experience of purpose when it helps to express meaning in technology.In the first part of the book, Pacey analyzes the direct experience of technology by individuals—engineers, mathematicians, craft workers, and consumers. In the second part, he examines the contexts in which technology is used, relating technology to nature and society. He explores our sense of place and of our relationship with nature, environmental concerns, gender, and creativity. He concludes with a discussion of the possibilities of a more people-centered technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262661201
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Dimensions of Experience 1(16)
I The Practitioner's Experience: Visual and Musical Fundamentals
Music, Source of Technology?
17(22)
Visual Thinking
39(20)
Meaning in the Hands
59(18)
Social Meanings
77(26)
II Contexts of Technology: Nature, People, and Conflict
The Sense of Place
103(20)
Exploration, Invention, and the Remaking of Nature
123(24)
Gender and Creativity
147(24)
Knowledge Pregnant with Evil
171(30)
III Conclusion: The Missed Opportunity?
People-Centered Technology
201(22)
Notes 223(32)
Index 255

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >