Most folks think that technology arose as a ordinary end-product of our innate intelligence and interest, as an inevitable degree in human highbrow improvement. yet physicist and educator Alan Cromer disputes this trust. Cromer argues that technological know-how isn't the common unfolding of human power, however the invention of a specific tradition, Greece, in a selected historic interval. certainly, faraway from being usual, medical pondering is going up to now opposed to the grain of traditional human proposal that if it hadn't been chanced on in Greece, it will probably now not were chanced on at all.
In Uncommon Sense, Alan Cromer develops the argument that technological know-how represents a substantially new and assorted mind set. utilizing Piaget's phases of highbrow improvement, he indicates that traditional pondering continues to be mired in subjective, "egocentric" methods of the world--most humans even this present day nonetheless think in astrology, ESP, UFOs, ghosts and different paranormal phenomena--a mode of idea that technology has outgrown. He offers a desirable rationalization of why technological know-how begun in Greece, contrasting the Greek perform of discussion to the Judaic reliance on prophets for buying wisdom. different elements, resembling a maritime economic system and wandering students (both of which avoided parochialism) and an primarily literary faith now not ruled via monks, additionally promoted in Greece an target, analytical frame of mind now not chanced on in other places within the historic global. He examines India and China and explains why technology couldn't improve in both state. In China, for example, astronomy served simply the country, and the personal research of astronomy was once forbidden. Cromer additionally presents a perceptive account of technology in Renaissance Europe and of figures resembling Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. alongside the way in which, Cromer touches on many fascinating issues, arguing, for example, that a lot of technological know-how is vital whole; there aren't any new parts but to be stumbled on. He debunks the vaunted SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) venture, which expenditures taxpayers hundreds of thousands every year, displaying that actual limits--such because the melting aspect of metal--put an absolute restrict at the pace of house go back and forth, making journeys to even the closest big name all yet most unlikely. eventually, Cromer discusses the deplorable nation of technological know-how schooling in the USA and indicates a number of provocative ideas to enhance highschool schooling, together with a thorough suggestion to provide all scholars a thorough 8th and 9th 12 months application, taking out the final years of excessive school.
Uncommon Sense is an illuminating examine technological know-how, packed with provocative observations. even if not easy Thomas Kuhn's concept of medical revolutions, or extolling the virtues of Euclid's Elements, Alan Cromer is often insightful, outspoken, and refreshingly original.
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