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Reinventing the wheel : a Buddhist response to the information age

Author: Peter D Hershock
Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©1999.
Series: SUNY series in philosophy and biology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By uniquely using Buddhist teachings, Reinventing the Wheel assesses the personal and communal costs of our global economic and technological commitments. Hershock urges reinvention of the technological "wheel," and, at the same time acknowledges the need for new forms of practice suited to our rapidly evolving social, political, and economic circumstances. His persuasive presentation urges the skillful spinning of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Hershock
ISBN: 0791442314 9780791442319 0791442322 9780791442326
OCLC Number: 40113445
Description: xvii, 309 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1: The axis of factual success: from controlling circumstances to colonizing consciousness --
Chapter 1: Technology and the biasing of conduct: Establishing the grammar of our narrative --
Chapter 2: The canons of freedom and moral transparency: In technology and the media we trust --
Chapter 3: Technology as Savior: It's getting better, better all the time --
Chapter 4: The direction of technical evolution: A different kind of Caveat --
Chapter 5: The new colonialism: from an ignoble past to an invisible future --
Chapter 6: Pluralism versus the commodification of values --
Part 2: Practicing the unprecedented: a Buddhist intermission --
Chapter 7: Appreciative virtuosity: the Buddhist alternative to control and independence --
Part 3: The wheel of dramatic impoverishment: the crisis of community in the information age --
Chapter 8: Concentrating power: are technologies of control ever truly Democratic? --
Chapter 9: Narcissism and Nihilism: the atrophy of dramatic attention and the end of authentic materialism --
Chapter 10: The new meaning of biography: the efficient self in calculated crisis --
Chapter 11: The digital age and the defeat of chaos: attentive modality, the media, and the loss of narrative wilderness.
Series Title: SUNY series in philosophy and biology.
Responsibility: Peter D. Hershock.

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"By uniquely using Buddhist teachings, Reinventing the Wheel assesses the personal and communal costs of our global economic and technological commitments. Hershock urges reinvention of the technological "wheel," and, at the same time acknowledges the need for new forms of practice suited to our rapidly evolving social, political, and economic circumstances. His persuasive presentation urges the skillful spinning of a new "wheel of the dharma.""--Jacket.

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