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The ignorance explosion : understanding industrial civilization

Author: J Lukasiewicz
Publisher: Ottawa [Ont.] : Carleton University Press, 1994.
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The author reveals the darker side of Western society's adoption of, and adaptation to, modern technology. Despite his portrayal of an increasingly complex, artificial and dehumanized technological  Read more...

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Lukasiewicz, Julius.
Ignorance explosion.
Ottawa : Carleton University Press, 1994
(DLC) 94900171
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Lukasiewicz
ISBN: 9780773573901 0773573909
OCLC Number: 144084674
Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 272 pages) : illustrations
Contents: ""Contents""; ""List of illustrations""; ""List of tables""; ""List of ""boxes""""; ""Designation of references""; ""Abbreviations""; ""Preface""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""Introduction""; ""1. The paradox of human progress""; ""Notes""; ""2. Humanities, social and physical sciences: the two cultures""; ""The cultural gap""; ""The issue of accessibility""; ""The psychological gap""; ""Traditional culture and education""; ""The inescapable predicament of social sciences""; ""The ineradicable gap""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""Appendix: Some gems of obfuscatory (sociological and other) jargon"" ""3. Technology: the land of many faces""""The critics of technology""; ""Embracing the unknown""; ""The blessings and curses of industrial civilization""; ""Technology: a domain unique to the human species""; ""Extension of human capabilities""; ""People: the inhumane users of technology""; ""The dehumanizer and depersonalizer""; ""Technology the unforgiving""; ""The agent of constant change""; ""Population, environment and resources""; ""The causes of suffering""; ""The benefits of democratic industrialization""; ""The Third World and the West: the precarious gap"" ""Difficulties in the West""""Notes""; ""References""; ""4. The ignorance explosion""; ""Human intellectual capacity""; ""The growth of science""; ""Specialization""; ""The complexity of science and the environment""; ""The immediacy and obsolescence of information""; ""The vanishing grasp""; ""New tools and techniques""; ""Some future limitations""; ""Superhumans and superscience""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""Appendix: On estimating the magnitude of complexity""; ""5. The brave new world of globalization""; ""The origins""; ""A historical perspective"" ""Continental integration: the United States""""Science: a precursor of globalization""; ""Toward a voluntary federation of nations""; ""A rough road to European Union""; ""Globalization of industrial operations""; ""Internationalization of labour""; ""Environmental challenge to sovereignty""; ""The relentless progress of globalization""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""6. Language in the service of identity�or communication?""; ""Latin: a historical illustration""; ""The communication imperative: India and Africa""; ""The communication imperative: China and Japan"" ""Toward efficient spelling""""English as the modern lingua franca""; ""The early imperatives of communication""; ""Science""; ""Diplomacy, international organizations, business and education""; ""Global audience and standards""; ""Internationalization of vocabularies and lifestyles""; ""Preservation of linguistic identity""; ""Toward a common language""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""7. Technology and war""; ""Nuclear weapons: what are they good for?""; ""The Maginot Line of the space age""; ""The missile systems game""; ""The supreme deterrent""; ""What makes deterrence effective?""
Responsibility: Julius Lukasiewicz.
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