Technophobia and human advances

23 Jul

NaturezaDigital Since man is man the technology is part of nature and human social life, thus denying technological progress is also to deny a part of our being. Technophobia is a term that has come to be employed by the attempt to deny the human progress made from the current technology, since fictions like Frankenstein film (the first film based on the work of Mary Shelley, is Thomas Edison, 1910) to the work considered by many the founder of this mentality Brade Runner (1982 directed by Ridley Scott) to recent works as “Dumbest Generation” (Mark Bauerlein, 2008) or Nicholas Carr’s book “Surface Generation” (Brazilian translation is 2011) . The above books, as well as others have commented on this blog, but we want to penetrate into the deeper roots of this aversion to technology that grew up with digital advances, and the origin is historical. The philosopher Imnanuel Kant (1724 – 1804) was one of the pioneers of the method that separated beings and objects, in order to eliminate all the study of being, with his Suppere Aude catchphrase (dare to know) actually held a rupture between man and nature in the foreground, and subjects and objects in the background, as if they possessed free will and independent nature of man. Hence there would be a “material culture” would represent the passage of the “natural” for artificial “, this type of passage is generally understood among different ontological domains thus it is causal in nature and these phenomena are considered separate and distinct phenomena which govern the man’s life. Here’s anthropocentrism, or the centrality of man as “domineering” of nature, ecology and climate of today’s problems demonstrate the opposite. The man / nature dichotomy leads us to a third aspect, in understanding what are the techniques, but also on the social and the cultural in general. This contrast is not understood between elements, so Man and Nature express an abstract idea such wholes is the idealism of the resource, and for this reason are ontological can form a system where the total Being lives.


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