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We continue to hallucinate that the zenith of the human journey is today, and that the Golden Age is yet to come.

Therefore, the book’s argument is shaped by analogies drawn selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and not from the theory and practice of political revolution. Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors. Psychological and Intellectual Factors.

Evolution of spark catchers for train locomotive smokestacks. Therefore, the book’s argument is shaped by analogies taken selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and oof from the theory and practice of political revolution.

By treading so carefully, Basalla avoids overreaching and weakening his argument. The mother of invention was evolution, not revolution.

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Although the title is a loaded one, Basalla is careful to always demarcate where the metaphor he consciously invokes breaks down, such as is the case when discussing natural selection in evolution versus evolurion selection in technology.

When Europeans brought this knowledge home, it sparked immense innovation that led to major changes ths their way of life. Mar 25, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. Selection As defined by Basalla: Help yourself, and share.


Tfchnology many societies, it became a popular artifact, used for commerce and warfare. Of the two books I’m reading for this class the other is Introduction to the Philosophy of Scienceby Robert KleeI liked this one better. This yields a perfect segue into the next two chapters, which are all about novelty.

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It is important to understand that for almost the entire hominid journey, baslala ancestors enjoyed a relatively sustainable way of life, evolutkon that this era corresponds exactly with the long, long era when technological evolution was essentially in a coma.

Feb 04, Lucas rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the gate of the path to healing, rubbish ideas must be left in the recycle bin. This is a sound strategy, for it provides a common thread of investigation throughout the entire book and he includes enough examples from other eras, like xylography in ancient China, to avoid charges of hasty generalization.

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The Evolution of Techology will be of interest to all readers seeking to learn how and why technology changes, including both students and specialists in the history of technology and science.

Although the book is not intended to ecolution a strict chronological account of the development of technology, historical examples – including many of the major achievements of Western technology: There are many scholars who did their best to contribute the cultural heritage of the human kind. The Evolution of Technology works because Basalla articulates his thesis so clearly and precisely that his entire argument is, if not convincing, at least admirable.


We cultivate technology to meet our perceived needs, not a set of universal ones legislated by nature One of the most thought provoking books I’ve ever read Here we’re given an idea of the historical and baalla attitudes toward technological development, both with regards to what gets developed Chapter I: George Basalla’s book called ” The Evolution of Technology ” Cambridge University Press, is another important resource for the game controller project.

To ask other readers questions about The Evolution of Technologyplease sign up. The Evolution of Technology. It is a well-written examination of the scientific and technical development history of the human kind. The material in there was highly useful in general and relevant to our project that aims at mapping the evolution of joypads.

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Basalla didn’t even mention about the scientific progresses of the Eastern civilizations. Europe was a chaotic and unstable collection of competing nations. Basalla divides this analysis into four major types of factors that he splits across the two chapters: