By William H. Davenport

ISBN-10: 008016322X

ISBN-13: 9780080163222

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Is no longer an adequate word for a cybernetic world in which T. " M. has majesty even in its destructiveness. Man needs to create a Whole, assimilating M. as a means. 27 The One Culture 14. " — not, "Where is T. " 15. The danger lies in thinking that T. can do anything. 16. Can the M. ever be invented which will be concerned with truth? 17. T. enlarges choices, creates new dangers, blights, and benefits. Category III: Essentially Negative or Unfriendly Statements 1. M. kills the personal self, individuality, unmans man.

1 have tried to suggest that the resolutechnological difficulty may be a return to 19 is not methodological. C u r i o u s l y , S y p h e r ' s a r g u m e n t , w h i c h is m o d e r n i z e d R u s k i n plus a d a s h of Sir H e r b e r t R e a d , is q u i t e m e t h o d o l o g i c a l . (His w o r s t s t a t e m e n t is, "I a m a s s u m i n g t h a t e n g i n e e r i n g is hostile t o a r t . " ) S y p h e r ' s m a i n a t t a c k , h o w e v e r , is d i r e c t e d at »he " t e c h n o l o g i c a l i m p e r a t i v e , " w h i c h h e defines t h u s : It is a dread of waste, a concern for efficiency that arises from a psychology of parsimony, or, to use the term we shall need later on, thrift.

And sometimes, t h e r e a d e r g a t h e r s , t h e m o d e r n p o e t c o m e s t o grips w i t h t e c h n o l o g y a n d b e n d s it t o his o w n u s e : J a m e s K i r k u p , after witnessing a m i t r a l valve o p e r a t i o n in 1 9 5 7 , suggests t h e p o s s i b i l i t y of a n e w t y p e of e p i c as h e d e s c r i b e s t h e skill of t h e s u r g e o n , w h i c h is a t h i n g of b e a u t y : You with a curious nervous elegance laid bare The root of life, and put your finger on its beating heart.

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