Axemaker's Gift: Technology's Capture and Control of Our Minds and Culture Paperback – 2 Jan 2000
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Traces the advantages and dangers of mankind's inventions.
About the Author
James Burke is a science historian and presenter known for his 1978 documentary series The Connections and the 1985 series The Day the Universe Changed. His other works include The Axemaker's Gift, and American Connections: The Founding Fathers Networked.
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If you are new to this topic the book is a fine place to start. However if you have been keeping up with whats going on and the possible solutions you won't find anything new or useful here. Also if you are looking for what you can do locally in your community or society as a whole there is nothing for you.
The only problem I have with the book is their solution to the problem which is even more technology! Like most tech enthusiats they are incapable of seeing the side-effects of implementing new technology on society. Evidently they have fogotten Eistein's famous quote on this: "You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created the problem to begin with."
Also their coverage of the internet and computers is pretty simplistic at best. Especially the effects it will have on future generations.
If you are interested in this topic you might want examine:
The Future Does Not Compute - Stephen Talbot
The implications for philosophy are profound. The implications for science are, therefore, also profound.
The popularizing context may be ignored. The illustrations are delightful.