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The Techno-Human Condition

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The Techno-Human Condition

By Braden Allenby; Daniel Sarewitz

MIT Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780262015691, 222pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Description

In "The Techno-Human Condition," Braden Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz explore what it means to be human in an era of incomprehensible technological complexity and change. They argue that if we are to have any prospect of managing that complexity, we will need to escape the shackles of current assumptions about rationality, progress, and certainty, even as we maintain a commitment to fundamental human values.Humans have been co-evolving with their technologies since the dawn of prehistory. What is different now is that we have moved beyond external technological interventions to transform ourselves from the inside out -- even as we also remake the Earth system itself. Coping with this new reality, say Allenby and Sarewitz, means liberating ourselves from such categories as "human," "technological," and "natural" to embrace a new techno-human relationship.



About the Author
Daniel Sarewitz isProfessor of Science and Society and Codirector of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. and the author of Frontiersof Illusion.