By Toivo Koivukoski

ISBN-10: 0739118749

ISBN-13: 9780739118740

During this precise, enlightening monograph, Toivo Koivukoski explores the conditions that experience led sleek society to exploit the idea that of growth as a surrogate cosmology that provides participants a feeling of position and goal. via linking a variety of ancient paradigms from German Idealist philosophy to modern philosophies of expertise, this paintings of political idea describes an alternate, immanent development of improvement that's, in a feeling, pushed by way of its personal accidental results. The meditations defined inside this booklet map out the hypertext pathways of our worldwide method, making its constitutive relatives and underlying inspiration procedures obvious.

Koivukoski mirrors the recent hyper-realities of digital communications applied sciences through structuring the textual content in compact subchapters which are associated via an index of matters that permits readers to "find their very own philosophy" by way of leaping to parts of curiosity. If, as he argues, historical past understood in a linear, lockstep type is over, then the methods of constructing options may still swap respectively in order that the types of retrievals, anticipations, loops, and leaps that represent nonlinear, networked pondering are consciously learned in an identification of shape and substance.

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HISTORICAL MATERIALISM UNPLUGGED The Turkish Chessman—a magic-seeming chess-playing machine built in 1769 that astonished spectators by beating human players, including Napoleon. Really though, the so-called “robot” was simply a puppet, con- Thinking Technology to its Ends 27 trolled from the inside by a hidden, hunchbacked human player—the real spirit in the machine. The hidden operations of electronics, the silent whir of a hard drive and the almost intangible traces of circuits on a computer chip have filled in the imaginative vacuum created by the progressive demystification of mechanical technologies.

Frankenstein’s monster, a bastard child of technology forcing a confrontation with the unintended consequences of the mastery of life by science. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote her new Enlightenment myth while she and Percy Shelley and Byron and a few others spent part of that cold, soot-blackened summer at an extended house party in the mountains near Geneva, the atmosphere of which brooded a foreboding sense of apprehension. We can read Frankenstein as a cautionary story concerning the technological imperative, particularly of the drive toward the technological control of reproduction.

Beyond Good and Evil, §301. 10. The Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, §5 11. A snowstorm in June of 1816 dropped a foot or more of snow on the ground in Québec City, killing crops and freezing ducks in ponds. Another unpredictable outcome of the volcano’s explosion and of the year without summer that followed was the story of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, a bastard child of technology forcing a confrontation with the unintended consequences of the mastery of life by science. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote her new Enlightenment myth while she and Percy Shelley and Byron and a few others spent part of that cold, soot-blackened summer at an extended house party in the mountains near Geneva, the atmosphere of which brooded a foreboding sense of apprehension.

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