Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won't Save Us Or the Environment

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Techno-Fix questions a primary paradigm of our age: that advanced technology will extricate us from an ever increasing load of social, environmental, and economic ills. Techno-Fix shows why negative unintended consequences of science and technology are inherently unavoidable and unpredictable, why counter-technologies, techno-fixes, and efficiency improvements do not offer lasting solutions, and why modern technology, in the presence of continued economic growth, does not ...

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Overview

Techno-Fix questions a primary paradigm of our age: that advanced technology will extricate us from an ever increasing load of social, environmental, and economic ills. Techno-Fix shows why negative unintended consequences of science and technology are inherently unavoidable and unpredictable, why counter-technologies, techno-fixes, and efficiency improvements do not offer lasting solutions, and why modern technology, in the presence of continued economic growth, does not promote sustainability but instead hastens collapse.

The authors explore the reasons for the uncritical acceptance of new technologies; show that technological optimism is based on ignorance and that increasing consumerism and materialism, which have been facilitated by science and technology, have failed to increase happiness. The common belief that technological change is inevitable is questioned, the myth of the value-neutrality of technology is exposed and the ethics of the technological imperative: “what can be done should be done” is challenged. Techno-Fix asserts that science and technology, as currently practiced, cannot solve the many serious problems we face and that a paradigm shift is needed to reorient science and technology in a more socially responsible and environmentally sustainable direction.

The readers of Techno-Fix will learn a number of inconvenient truths about science and technology, topics that are rarely, if ever, covered in the media or discussed among professionals. Readers will be challenged to re-examine their current worldview, their paradigms and assumptions about the so-called promises of modern technology. But they will also feel empowered and inspired by the fact that most problems confronting humanity have inherently simple, low-tech solutions.

The authors of Techno-Fix, both Ph.D.s, have decades of experience in science and engineering, and deliver a highly readable, insightful and powerful critique of modern technology.

Techno-Fix has been endorsed by Richard Heinberg, Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, William Rees, and other notables in the environmental and academic community.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780865717046
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 637,928
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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Michael Huesemann: Michael Huesemann, PhD is a research scientist who has specialized in environmental biotechnology for more than 25 years. He has a special interest in sustainability and critical science, with a focus on the environmental, social, and ethical implications of science and technology. He is an accomplished public speaker and his research papers on the limitations of science and technology have been widely published to critical acclaim.
Joyce Huesemann: Joyce Huesemann, PhD is an activist with a strong academic background. She has taught at several universities, and has participated actively in a number of environmental, wildlife protection, and companion animal organizations A passionate advocate for animal rights, Joyce has personally fostered, rehabilitated and placed over 75 abandoned animals.

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