RACHEL CARSON


It looks partly as if it were made of poisonous smoke; very possibly it may be: there are at least two hundred furnace chimneys in a square of two miles on every side of me. -John Ruskin These words of John Ruskin were among the voices that spoke out in different ways about the dangers […]

16. Reflections on Technology: Social Problems


I noted that the problem of spending leisure time could become very serious when technology disengages our attention and energies from exertions for the satisfaction of our basic needs.  If healthy and appropriate alternative channels are not taken advantage of, other kinds of difficulties might arise. Whether this is a major factor contributing to social […]

13. Reflections on Technology: Scholarship and technology


Technology has had an enormous impact on human civilization.  It has revolutionized human life styles in innumerable ways.  In particular, changes of great moment have occurred in human history in the past cen­tury or so.  Some of the major technological additions to society and to civilization were unheard of and undreamt of just two or […]

12. Reflections of Technology: Aesthetic Aspects


It is said that when the Eiffel Tower was built in Paris the great French writer Guy de Maupassant was so shocked by its ugly presence in the beautiful French capital that he left the city in disgust.  Since then, however, millions of people, both of more and less refined tastes, have come to Paris […]