Technics and Human Development (The Myth of the Machine, Vol 1)

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Technics and Human Development (The Myth of the Machine, Vol 1)

Technics and Human Development The Myth of the Machine Vol Mumford explains the forces that have shaped technology since prehistoric times and shaped the modern world He shows how tools developed because of significant parallel inventions in ritual language

  • Title: Technics and Human Development (The Myth of the Machine, Vol 1)
  • Author: Lewis Mumford
  • ISBN: 9780156623414
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mumford explains the forces that have shaped technology since prehistoric times and shaped the modern world He shows how tools developed because of significant parallel inventions in ritual, language, and social organization It is a stimulating volume, informed both with an enormous range of knowledge and empathetic spirit Eliot Fremont Smith, New York Times Index Mumford explains the forces that have shaped technology since prehistoric times and shaped the modern world He shows how tools developed because of significant parallel inventions in ritual, language, and social organization It is a stimulating volume, informed both with an enormous range of knowledge and empathetic spirit Eliot Fremont Smith, New York Times Index photographs.

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    1. Neil on said:

      This book makes more sense in the context of the intellectual environment to which Mumford was responding in the early to mid 20th century. Many prominent thinkers (including Mumford himself in the 1930s) were primarily concerned with explaining the development of humanity ("the rise of man", as they said in the pre-feminist era) principally in terms of tool use. Humanity's distinguishing feature, that which separated humans from the "lower" animals, was this adaptability in tool use.Against thi [...]

    2. Jimmy Ele on said:

      Rarely do I add a book to the Uber Favorites shelf prior to finishing it. The amount of erudition, depth, focus, and writing ability that the author employs is astounding. Every paragraph is like a box of encrypted thought that holds magnificent images once deciphered. The bird's eye view of the history of mankind that is enabled in the mind, translated faithfully from the author to the mind of the reader gives an exhilarating view of the development of man and (through man) the emergence of the [...]

    3. metralindol on said:

      книга, яка лишає змішані відчуття, хоч і переважно приємні. можливо, вартувало читати її паралельно з іншими дослідженнями і не розтягувати процес у часі. тим не менше, дочитати вдалося, чотири зірочки поставлено, але в надії прочитати "Міф машини" колись іще раз, із конспект [...]

    4. Dylan on said:

      After one false start three or four years ago, I picked this up again early last year. I'll admit, it was pretty rough going for me, but that's largely because the first half of the book doesn't concern the "megamachine"--my main interest in Mumford's thought. His roundabout phrasing structure also makes for reading that sometimes feels something like a maze and can be difficult to settle into. There were still enough significant insights to justify reading it. Some standouts below.Mumford on th [...]

    5. Jackson on said:

      Lewis Mumford is possibly the biggest thinker and highly articulate polymath that I've come across so far. This first volume of the two-volume set is an analysis of the development of homosapien anatomical development and mastering of dreams, vocalization, and using the body as the first tools in shaping current culture. He then goes on to analyze farming, hunting and labor production in addition to its development into divine kingship and the nation state. Such a fascinating read in the way he [...]

    6. Rykon on said:

      Читается медленно и тяжеловато, но автор очень уж умный, и много правильных вещей говорит.

    7. Leon M on said:

      In the "Myth of the Machine", Lewis Mumford depicts his version of human development from a hunter-gatherer society to our present, technology focused society.The first interesting idea mentioned is the thought that language and rituals were far more important to human development than tool-making, which only followed when the cultural context allowed for it. Mumford discusses in depth the influence of dreams on early human development and comes to the conclusion that language worked as a tool t [...]

    8. Bryan Kibbe on said:

      I continue to enjoy reading Lewis Mumford. He is both a versatile and expansive thinker, and his writing is often punctuated by interesting images and comparisons. The Myth of the Machine is part 1 of a 2 volume series, and it represents a different tone then his earlier work, Technics and Civilization. Nonetheless, I found Mumford's concept and account of the megamachine to be thought provoking and I look forward to reading the second volume (The Pentagon of Power).

    9. Carl Stevens on said:

      The themes stretching back over millennia are still powerful even if an occasional contemporary reference is 45 years out of date. I read this as background for a novel I am writing about a character who will "remember" the ancient history Mumford elucidates so well.

    10. Nathalie on said:

      'I have taken life itself to be the primary phenomenon, and creativity, rather than the `conquest of nature,’ as the ultimate criterion of man’s biological and cultural success.' (Myth of the Machine, xi)

    11. Patrick\ on said:

      A bit of an over-reach from his usual solid perspective. Sort of like C. S. Lewis when he strays into minutiae from the one big picture he knows so well.

    12. Mel on said:

      I just don't have the energy to read this right now. I can tell from the first chapter that it will be interesting, though. Setting it aside until I have the brainspace to properly process it.

    13. Dave on said:

      Mumford was definitely ahead of his time. This is too dated for me to say I'd actually recommend it at this point though.

    14. DryTung on said:

      The Myth of the Machine addresses our relationship with technology. I found Mumford's consideration of dance and dreams as catalysts to human evolution refreshing.

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