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By Langdon Winner

ISBN-10: 0262730499

ISBN-13: 9780262730495

The reality of the problem is that our deficiency doesn't lie within the wish of well-verified "facts." What we lack is our bearings. The modern adventure of items technological has time and again confounded our imaginative and prescient, our expectancies, and our capability to make clever judgments. different types, arguments, conclusions, and offerings that will were totally visible in previous instances are seen no longer. styles of perceptive considering that have been totally trustworthy some time past now lead us systematically off track. lots of our common conceptions of know-how display a disorientation that borders on dissociation from fact. And so long as we lack the facility to make our scenario intelligible, the entire "data" on the earth will make no distinction. ;From the creation

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Modern men are thoroughly convinced of the inherent superiority of technique. In every trade and profession they work in combination to devise tech­ nical improvements. � tediniq-ile. " By "technical progress," therefore, Ellul includes the discoveries made within the social system of science along with the more mundane advances in other fields of knowledge and practice. " 38 "When all the conditions concur, only minimal human intervention is needed to produce important advances. " 39 A conse­ quence of this state of affairs is that the role of genius in scientific and technical progress has shrunk to insignificance.

By "technical progress," therefore, Ellul includes the discoveries made within the social system of science along with the more mundane advances in other fields of knowledge and practice. " 38 "When all the conditions concur, only minimal human intervention is needed to produce important advances. " 39 A conse­ quence of this state of affairs is that the role of genius in scientific and technical progress has shrunk to insignificance. Those who continue to talk about it are merely propagating an illusion.

The statements of Heisenberg and Wiener mirror the myth of Pan­ dora's box or, perhaps more fittingly, Greek tragedy itself. What we witness is the predicament of those who look on helplessly as their deeds contribute to what may well be their own downfall and, possibly, the downfall of the entire community. An atom-space-computer age Moira is at work here-a fate that employs the free action of men to bring about ends that carry an aroma of necessity. One need not look to the great luminaries of science and technics to hear this story told.

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