Technics and Civilization

Technics and Civilization

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Publisher: Harcourt, NY, 1934
Branch Call Number: 609 M92t ST
Characteristics: 495p illus


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Nov 07, 2014

As I read the first chapters it seemed like it might have been written last week. Mumford takes us through the changes we made as a civilization to become the people of the Industrial Age. Perhaps the most compelling thing I learned from this book is how malleable the minds of a whole civilization are, especially over generations. The latter part of the book where he offers his suggestions to address the problems of Industrialization I mostly skipped. He begins by saying we must stop adapting humanity and nature to machines and learn to adapt machines to the service of life, human and otherwise, and of course we must. But then he offers a long list of specifics and, well, it was written in 1934 and we know what happened instead. Nor are they likely to happen as we begin the slide down Hubbert's Curve.

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