16. The Cartesian
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- According to the Cartesian Split (which is known, now, to NOT be the case)
- Object(tivity) v. Subject(ivity)
- There's science
- On the "Technology"
side: Science/ Logic/ Reason/ Progress/ developing "civilization"
- AND Environmental concerns/Nuclear fears
- There's faith;
- On the "Humanities"
side: Art/Religion/History/Literature AND Anti-technology/
- Anti-establishment/Impractical/ Cultural hegemony/ Elitist/ aesthetics
- New Media might well
be about reuniting technology & humanities.
- BUT, if left alone,
New Media exacerbates the split.
- Techies have
to shift interest from structure of information to the conceptual meanings in information.
- Humies have
to learn to master and control the potentialities of New Media.
Concept 16 Analysis article:
"A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom."
Want to learn more?
Meghan O’Gieblyn. God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning. NY: Doubleday, 2021.
Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper-Collins, 2017.
Tom Nichols. Death of Expertise : The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. Oxford UP, 2017.