By Thomas DeGregori
During this provocative paintings, Thomas DeGregori explores some of the progressive technological advances of the previous century, in particular these in agriculture.
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Division of labor, specialization, and extending the market, including globalization, all require advances in technology. For scientific activity, Eisenstein (1983) argues, the technology of printing, while facilitating the interchange of information by means of greater access to the ‘‘little books of men,’’ advances our knowledge of the ‘‘great book of nature’’ (186). The ‘‘slavish copying’’ necessitated by the lack of a mechanical means of reproduction prior to printing was unlikely to give rise to the critical judgment that became the hallmark of the Renaissance and the scientific revolution that followed.
These questions are part of the process and, I believe, the discourse involved in seeking answers to them facilitates technological change and the betterment of the human endeavor. The difference between problem-solving criticism of technology and that of its opponents—technophobes—is not trivial. One simply cannot imagine any public policy or social issue that could be framed in terms of the technophobe’s analysis. Notes 1. Cited in Dyson (1999), 34. 2. The phrase ‘‘man makes himself’’ is from the title of a book by V.
They are almost perfect compared with what some of us grew up on. . But their predictability unreasonably makes us long for a past where every car and driver had a story’’ (Reeves 1997). And also, among those who were once competent to repair cars and other technologies, part of the nostalgia for less-reliable vehicles can be attributed to loss of status—from being able to start someone else’s car when they were helpless to do so. In music, some enthusiasts like earlier forms of reproduction including the ‘‘warm tones’’ of vinyl (records).