Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink

Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink

by Richard L. Currier

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628725223
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 814,259
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Richard L. Currier earned his BA and PhD in social and cultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught anthropology at Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, and the State University of New York. He coauthored a ten-volume series on archeology for young adults and published numerous articles in scholarly journals and mainstream magazines. A pioneer in the design and development of interactive learning technologies, Currier has won numerous awards for his work. He lives in Oceanside, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Primate Baseline: Tools, Traditions, Motherhood, Warfare, and the Homeland 1

2 The Technology of Spears and Digging Sticks: Upright Posture and Bipedal Locomotion 29

3 The Technology of Fire: Cooking, Nakedness, and Staying Up Late 55

4 The Technologies of Clothing and Shelter: Hats, Huts, Togas, and Tents 81

5 The Technology of Symbolic Communication: Music, Art, Language, and Ethnicity 106

6 The Technology of Agriculture: Permanent Villages and the Accumulation of Wealth 139

7 The Technologies of Interaction: Ships, Writing, the Wheel, and the Birth of Civilization 167

8 The Technology of Precision Machinery: Clocks, Engines, and Industrial Society 201

9 The Technology of Digital Information: The World Wide Web of Human Interaction 240

10 Our World at the Brink: Is Humanity Drifting Toward a Planetary Catastrophe? 266

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 303

Bibliography 325

Index 361

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