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    What does a fish know of water in which it swims all its life? What does a man know of nature of which he is an integral part? The ancient answer is: he knows and he knows not. (cited in Saraswati, 1995 (Ed) Man in Nature)

    The more I have learned in life, and I have learned a lot, the less confident I am in what I know. From this, I conclude that adamancy is a sign of ignorance. M. Ferguson 2010- Polymathica

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

technological impact to stifling culture

 It might be, that social groups in any sector of society [be they educational fields, social groups, professional or other associations] might unknowingly be stifling growth and development of their own kind, culturally, economically, technologically and ultimately their overall knowledge maturity.

This clip from a television programme in the United Kingdom offers a useful explanation as to just how a society's culture can influence its technological development and furthermore its knowledge development.

There may be lessons for the future in this example.   Those social groups that are willing to experience the discomfort of change, those that actively facilitate or enable shifts in cultural consciousness could potentially be sowing the seeds for further technological and ultimately knowledge development.


Friday, 2 July 2010

On the 'science and technology' problem and the malady of modern consciousness

Often in literature and education curriculum, in addition to the typical pop-culture and general [even some academic] conversation, the word "technology" can be synonymous with "Science"; as if they are one and the same human endeavour.

Those who study Technology [with a captial 'T'] can find this to be a sometimes odd pre-conception in others.  Its arguably part of greater "malady of modern consciousness" when attempting to understand the technological nature of things.

The following slide is taken from a conference presentation (see citation inset) and offers a comparison between science and technology that goes beyond a simplistic separation of "the study of natural" versus "the study of human-made" world  [if its not natural then what is it...?]

It is perhaps important to note that technological ways of knowing were in existence tens of thousands... of years before science and the scientific method was formalised -  ancient cultures managed to live quite adequately without the western conceptions of knowing.   In this way, rather than science preceding technology, technology pre-dates science.

It would be far from prudent to advocate an 'either-or' argument [science indeed helps in the development of knowledge to (ill)inform technological action]  but it does offer a schema for greater clarity in communication and understanding, furthermore, an aid in making the purpose of an activity clear.  e.g. Are we seeking to understand, or seeking to make something 'work' in its context.

moreover, this distinction can contribute in clarifying the kinds of capabilities required when thinking and acting technologically and/or thinking and acting scientifically.  

Technological thinking is a core capacity for active adaptation, as fundamental as, mathematical and scientific ways of thinking [or any other for that matter].  A way of thinking that, once choices are made (consciously or unconsciously), have immediate consequence and often, long term feedback (both positive and negative).

Friday, 25 June 2010

The technacy website

Colleagues have been involved in a research project,  part of which involved the development of the technacy and innovation web site.

In the site there are;
- an animation of introductory ideas as a metaphor for informing design and technology projects

 As I understand it, a portion of the site is to take on a wiki-style  where examples of how technacy has been used to inform educational experiences in 'T'echnology. These [i think] will be accessed through the chart.