Re: [xmca] Copernicus, Darwin and Bohr

From: Martin Packer <packer who-is-at>
Date: Tue Jun 26 2007 - 09:26:17 PDT

Some quick thoughts...

The "premise that persons and artifacts are equivalent actants" might be
viewed as the triumph of scientistic, materialist reductionism, no? People
are just soft machines, after all. And the insistence that "there is no
thinking without tools" is a wonderful limitation of thinking to no more
instrumental calculation.

And what better way to ensure that people really are no more than soft
machines, extensions of technology, than to deny them access to the
literacies that, one might argue, offer the possibility for freedom, for a
different kind of thinking that steps out of "the system," at least for a

What do you think? Do you think?


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