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The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla

One of them laid the foundations of the modern mathematics and O guess he deserved to be mentioned. The Tikopians and Sentineli are island societies that keep their numbers in check, and live very lightly, using simple artifacts. To ask other readers questions about The Evolution of Technologyplease sign up. Selected pages Title Page. At the bsaalla of the path to healing, rubbish ideas must be left in the recycle bin.

Instead, it was evolutionary! It is a well-written examination of the scientific and technical development history of the human kind. Overall a good introductory book. It felt like he was a shaman conveying vital messages from the realm of the ancestors, whilst being evolutuon disguised as a history professor. Why do I blog this?

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The path to sustainability is blocked by ideas — toxic illusions, metabolized into highly contagious beliefs, resulting in mass insanity. Technological evolution follows a similar curve. Scholars were debating this issue, and Basalla had an urge to jump into the ring, molest the illusions of his inferiors, and set the record straight.


History does not record any widespread, cataclysmic extinctions of entire classes of artifacts, although something similar might occur on a local level in remote communities or on isolated islands” The evolution of aboriginal weapons by Lane-Fox Pitt Rivers His theory of technological evolution is rooted in four broad concepts: Three themes evoluiton, with variations, throughout the study. Onat Ekinci rated it really liked it Nov 07, I was drawn to this book thanks to several discussion threads.

Harry rated it liked it Jul 03, All of the aspects were clearly examined and after each chapter, Basalla states a little summary of that chapter and shows his implications. Such dissimulations are the result of a system that attempts to impose discontinuity on what is essentially a continuous phenomenon bsalla The confusion of technological and socio-economical change: Alper Coplugil rated it really liked it Oct 19, They do not suffer from a persistent itch for more and more.

Many groups in the Near East eventually abandoned the use of wagons, because camels were a faster and easier way of moving stuff.

To him the difference is the following: His factors are similar, although in this case he pays more attention to involvement of the economy and evolutin military. Rajesh rated it did not technologgy it Mar 05, His second task was to explain the various ways in which our dance with artifacts has evolved, and this consumed most of the book.

For most of the hominid journey, our artifacts were little more than sticks and stones, and their evolution happened very slowly.


It challenges the popular notion that technology advances by the efforts of a few heroic individuals who produce a series of revolutionary inventions owing little or nothing to the technological past. Cyrienius rated it really liked it Nov 25, It’s definitely an historical account, but I think there’s more philosophy in here than Basalla admits.

Variant artifacts do not arise from the chance recombination of certain crucial constituent parts but are the result of a conscious process in which human taste and judgment are exercised in the pursuit of some biological, technological, psychological, social, economical, or cultural goal. Paperbackpages. Our cultural myths celebrate the wheel as a super-sacred icon.

This is not true for artificial selection as practiced by animal and plant breeders.

The evolution of technology

Humans no longer sit in the pilot seat of our global civilization. Evolution of spark catchers for train locomotive smokestacks.

Famous inventions were never original, unique, unprecedented acts of pure tefhnology that fell out of the sky, like acts of God. Basalla claims that The Evolution of Technology is an historical look at technology, and not a philosophy of science textbook. By treading so carefully, Basalla avoids overreaching and weakening his argument.