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Our war on ourselves : rethinking science, technology, and economic growth

Author: Willem H Vanderburg
Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] ; Buffalo [N.Y.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2011.
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"Our approach to knowing and doing is based on delegating physical phenomena to physicists, biological phenomena to biologists, social phenomena to sociologists, economic phenomena to economists, and so on. This approach to knowledge and practice works well when one category of phenomena dominates (as in mechanical and technical systems), but does not work when many categories of phenomena make significant  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Willem H Vanderburg
ISBN: 9781442644380 1442644389 9781442612617 1442612614
OCLC Number: 741399578
Description: xiii, 385 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : a civilization of non-sense?: Failure to connect the dots? ; Science as biased knowing ; Technology as biased doing ; Opposing biases ; Some consequences ; Where do we go from here? ; How we shall proceed ; Symbolization : getting in touch with ourselves and the world: Living a life ; Babies getting in touch with themselves and the world ; Words as signs ; Language and order ; The self and cultural order ; The true and the real ; Myths and the true ; The true, the other, and myself --
Desymbolization : losing touch with ourselves and the world: Undermining symbolization ; Television as an introduction to what is real ; Computers as the playground of what is real ; High school science as the imagination of what is real ; The emerging order of what is real --
Colliding orders and the triumph of the real: Re-engineering a symbolic species ; The emerging technological order ; A growing dependence on matter and energy ; The emerging economic order ; Desymbolizing the cultural order ; Making the collision liveable --
The triumph of the technical order over cultural orders: Symbolization and traditions ; Desymbolization and tradition-based knowing and doing ; Rationality within culture ; Technique within culture ; The economy within the technical order ; Possessed by new myths ; The university as a bridgehead? --
Desymbolization and resymbolization: Is resymbolization possible? ; A starting point ; Resymbolizing economics ; Resymbolizing the social sciences ; Resymbolizing engineering ; Resymbolizing management ; Resymbolizing medicine ; Resymbolizing legal education ; Community colleges --
Epilogue : power and non-power.
Other Titles: Rethinking science, technology, and economic growth
Responsibility: Willem H. Vanderburg.

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