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Exploring Electrical Technology IDST 300 Dr Harold Underwood Samuel Florman s responses to AntiTechnology arguments based on Existential Pleasures of Engineering 1 Argument Response 2 Argument Response 3 Argument Response 4 Argument Response Technology is out of control the thing or force has escaped from human control and spoils our lives Although anxiety and frustration may sometimes make us feel this way more sober thinking reveals that technology is merely an activity in which people engage because they choose to do so These choices may be made foolishly or unthoughtfully by some forced on members of society by others but technology itself does not enslave or mislead people Technology deals with the material world and forces humans to do tedious and degrading work Both engineers and antitechnologists share ambivalent feelings towards work we try to avoid it yet we require it for our emotional well being A few wealthy people become bored by not being required to work and a lot ordinary people grumble because they have to work hard Although romanticized by antitechnologists agricultural work of earlier times seems not preferred by many people who given the option often choose to escape from its drudgery to do something better Engineers seek to do experiments to make the work experience more fulfilling by the creative process and product of technology Technology is insatiable it forces people to consume things they do not really desire This argument assumes that consumers don t have enough intelligence to buy what they need rather they become enslaved to buying only what they want Engineers conscious of the laws of supply and demand choose to devote effort to supply what people want assuming they can be smart enough to want what they need Technology benefits the wealthy and elite at the expense of the poor and the powerless it creates an elite class of technocrats and socially disenfranchises the masses Although it is human nature that some people do take advantage of other people does this necessarily increase as a result ofthe growth of 5 Argument Response 6 Argument Response technology Technology brings people more freedom than people had before such as a freer ow of information Even with technology the government still has not been able to control the actions of common criminals Thus freedom remains If anything exploitation grows inversely proportional to technology advance The idea that the new language of social and technical organization has become divorced from the general population contradicts the popularity and success of educational r 39 quot 39 such as How Things Work and Scientific American Technology mediates reality it cripples humans by cutting them off from the natural world Technology can put people in closer touch with nature if that is what they want For example more and more people seem to prefer city life Although we all may enjoy being in the countryside or woods is frequent contact with nature so essential to human wellbeing as antitechnologists suggest What is nature if it does not take into account the multitude of ways in which it can be experienced If that which separates us from the beauty of nature is graceful and in harmony with material principles even antitechnologists agree that it is less harmful perhaps room exists for technology here Evidence suggests that city and high rise apartment dwellers actually enjoy their existence Technology dehumanizes it provides humans with diversions that destroy their existential senses of their own being Antitechnologists refuse to take into account anything that an actual participant may feel While watching TV listening to a CD playing a video game or eating hot dogs we are told that a person is only fooled into thinking he or she is happy Antitechnologists strategically discount the feelings of the average citizen While claiming that satisfactions are illusory or deceiving they blame dissatisfaction on the technology itself While blaming scientists for taking objectivity to an extreme in an effort to cut themselves out of the picture they turn around and do the same things themselves by ignoring their own passions While the extent to which we are subject to illusions is an important issue the trouble is that anti technologists are determined to prove that life today is worse than it used to be When asked about their lives real people say technology is both good and bad and for many of them the good outweighs the bad Medical studies have shown that adverse impact on health in one s life is far more related to events such as marriage divorce and death in the family than the rule of technology in the world Doctors Study Treating Ills Brought on By Stress The New York Times June 10 1973 Exploring Electrical Technology IDST 300 Messiah College Dr Harold Underwood Notes on Prelude to Power video Based on this International Film Bureau presentation 1 Who preceeded Faraday as director of the Royal Institution Society of London and what invention of his enlightened Faraday 2 How did Faraday learn about electricity 3 How did Faraday s association with Davy begin 4 What experiments did Faraday do to nd out more about magnetic forces around a current calrying wire What did he learn from them 5 How did behavior of the induction ring help explain how magnetism can be used to produce electricity Why was movement the key 6 What is a dynamo when was it invented and why was it signi cant