Thursday, June 10, 2010

Learn!, at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, on that which technology unveils.
The German philosopher Martin Heidegger wrote, quite presciently, it seems, in The Question Concerning Technology (1927), that technology changes us. We do not change technology, even though we ostensibly invented our beloved “techne” and we claim to be able to dominate it in all the ways we can’t dominate ourselves. We all know better than that, don’t we?

At any rate, Heidegger goes on to point out that technology brings forth a process of unveiling — not just the nature of the new empowerment due to technology — but also about our relation to the earth, ourselves, and Being itself.

Sometimes the revelations are not pretty. Sometimes they’re fundamentally tragic, as when accidents happen.
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