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Sharon Turner

EAP Teacher (English for Academic Purposes), Sabanci University

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Is resistance to technology use in society based on our evolution history tied to the land rather than the machine?

While recently reading a book The Nature of Technology-What it is and how it evolves by W. Brain Arthur, one extract has really resonated with me. Here is the extract:

“as humans, we are attuned not to the things we hope in-not to technology-but to something different. We are attuned in the deepest parts of our being to nature, to our original condition as human-kind. We have familiarity with nature, a reliance on it that comes from three million years of at-homeness with it. We trust nature. When we happen upon technology such as stem cell regenerative therapy, we experience hope. But we also immediately ask how natural this technology is. And so we are caught between two deep unconscious forces: Our deepest hope as humans lies in technology; but our deepest trust lies in nature. These forces are like tectonic plates grinding inexorably into each other in one long slow collision”. (Arthur: 2009 pg11)

Pondering on this thought I wonder whether fervent resistance to technology or blending the machine and the human is tied to our evolutionary history. Are we witnessing a new epoch in our own evolution? If, yes where will it lead us?

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  • May 18 2011: I don't see why technology and nature are always viewed as such separate entities. At the heart of making anything "go" is nature. As technology expands, it expands our "nature." Any change is difficult for people to except, but as time flies by, I believe the lines will continue to blur.

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