About 95 percent of all the scientists and technologists who ever lived are working today. And about 95 percent of history’s greatest wisdom teachers have been dead for over 1,500 years.
So we undertake science without conscience. And keeping up with tech-knowledge leaves little time to gain self-knowledge.
And the manuals to guide our use of these capabilities with any sense of moral responsibility were written on tablets and scrolls thousands of years ago by authors who never imagined a time like ours.
How did we get here, and more importantly, where do we go from here? How do we reclaim a human handle on systems that increasingly demand we adapt to them? How do we learn to Occupy Technology?
Reconnecting.calm represents 40 years of reading, research and reflection by one raised in a faith tradition and educated in the humanities, who has had a ringside seat at ground zero of the digital revolution in Silicon Valley since the introduction of the microprocessor.
The book suggests a way to re-think and so reintegrate science, technology and faith (in the benefits of composure and compassion), not to engineer more ‘cool stuff’ or ‘smart weapons,’ but rather to engage in building a more just and civil society.
Reconnecting.calm is a unifying work for those who love and trust science and the scientific method; who are fascinated by technology and the impressive fruits it has brought, but who are also looking inward toward faith and values and deeper meanings – people who are searching for the worthwhile life that is both deeply involved in the world and yet spiritually connected. The book is well written, with an entertaining and clear explanation of ideas.
Tom Mahon has been, at various times, a merchant sailor, heavy machine operator, filmmaker, novelist, glass artisan, and, for over 30 years, a public relations consultant in Silicon Valley.
Since the early 1990s, he has also spoken and written widely on the need to reconnect technical capability with social responsibility; to re-integrate tech-knowledge with self-knowledge.
Speaking venues have included MIT, the International Solid State Circuits Conference, a symposium organized by the U. S. State Department, the United Religions Initiative, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, as well as presentations to senior citizen groups, high school students and local congregations. His writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Electronic Engineering Times, National Catholic Reporter, and Business 2.0.
In addition, his work has been covered in The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, CNN, CNET, Business Week and The San Jose Mercury, among others.
Mahon is the author of “The Fandango Involvement” (Fawcett, 1980) the first novel set in Silicon Valley; “Charged Bodies: People, Power and Paradox in Silicon Valley” (New American Library/Mentor, 1985), an award-winning non-fiction book about the place; and “At Home in the Universe” and “Are We Having Fun Yet!” two one-man plays about technology through history.
He holds an MBA in International Business and has had his own public relations consultancy since 1984 representing firms in electronic and genetic engineering. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Mary. They have three grown children.