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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

Saturday, 17 May 2008

What might ignorance of technology look like?

Consider this analogy: An animal tries to tear away a morsel of food without realising that it is attached to a lever that has been strategically designed and placed by another "Agent".  The animal has no awareness about this apparently inanimate object that seems to hold the food. It doesn't ask why this food is there in that time and space.  Being blissfully unaware [ignorant] of the system 'at play' beyond its immediate perception.  It simply acts in its own self-interest without considered thought [an instinct] - "food is eaten therefore I eat"... SLAM! It is trapped.

Apply this same thinking to any human technology that has eventually found to have created opportunity for negative impact on civilisation.  

Are we educating young minds to be aware of the technological system 'at play' beyond our immediate perception?