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Our ancestors saw the material world as alive, and they often personified nature. Today we claim to be realists. But in reality we are not paying attention to the symbols and myths hidden in technology. Beneath much of our talk about computers and the Internet, claims William A. Stahl, is an unacknowledged mysticism, an implicit religion. By not acknowledging this mysticism, we have become critically short of ethical and intellectual resources with which to understand and confront changes brought on by technology.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: A CRITIQUE OF TECHNOLOGICAL MYSTICISM
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. Chapter One: Technological Mysticism
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. Chapter Two: Prophets of the Third Age
  2. pp. 35-52
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  1. Chapter Three: The Masculine Machine
  2. pp. 53-78
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  1. Chapter Four: Venerating the Black Box
  2. pp. 79-100
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  1. Chapter Five: Faust's Bargain
  2. pp. 101-122
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  1. Part II: REDEMPTIVE TECHNOLOGY
  2. pp. 123-124
  1. Chapter Six: Two Philosophers and a Metallurgist
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. Chapter Seven: Technology in the Good Society
  2. pp. 149-166
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  1. References
  2. pp. 167-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-190
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780889205994
Related ISBN
9780889203211
MARC Record
OCLC
180704547
Pages
194
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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