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The truth of the matter is that our deficiency does not lie in the want of well-verified "facts." What we lack is our bearings. The contemporary experience of things technological has repeatedly confounded our vision, our expectations, and our capacity to make intelligent judgments. Categories, arguments, conclusions, and choices that would have been entirely obvious in earlier times are obvious no longer. Patterns of perceptive thinking that were entirely reliable in the past now lead us systematically astray. Many of our standard conceptions of technology reveal a disorientation that borders on dissociation from reality. And as long as we lack the ability to make our situation intelligible, all of the "data" in the world will make no difference. ;From the Introduction

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Langdon Winner is the Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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ISBN:
9780262730495
Author:
Winner, Langdon
Publisher:
Mit Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Technocracy
Subject:
Aspects
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Autonomous Technology
Series Volume:
v. 3
Publication Date:
August 1978
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
396
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 in

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