Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How is technology changing the way humans think?

Our next meeting will be held on Friday 3 May from 2-3pm (Arts 1.33) and we'll be discussing how technology is changing the way humans think.

We'll be exploring a chapter from an extraordinary text, Lewis Mumford's Technics and Civilization (1934), which examines the history of 'machines' and their impact on society. The session will be hosted by UWA researcher David Savat (Communication Studies). David has a background in political theory and is interested in the political, economic, and social effects of technology.

Please RSVP for the session to johawkins@gmail.com.
We can then email you PDF copies of the readings below.

Essential reading:
Lewis Mumford, 'Chapter 1: Machines, Utilities and "The Machine"', in Technics and Civilisation, New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934, p.3-23.

Supplementary reading:
N. Katherine Hayles, 'Introduction', in How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2012, p.1-18

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