TSED 508 Discussion

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  1. I am working on the Heidegger article, “The Question Concerning Technology”. I’m going to go with Stephen’s suggestion that we can choose to read deeply on one article and get a grasp of the rest. I found a great site of articles discussing Heidegger and technology:

    http://www.webcom.com/~paf/hlinks/techlinks.html

    and a study guide site for reading the Heidegger article:

    http://www.english.hawaii.edu/criticalink/heidegger/index.html

    This research has led me to a couple of Feenberg articles on Heidegger, and Heidegger and Marcuse:

    http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/feenberg/talk4.html (From Essentialism to Constructivism)

    http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:4Fe8pGO62dcJ:www.sfu.ca/~andrewf/hm.pdf heidegger technology&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=9&gl=ca&client=firefox-a
    (Heidegger, Marcuse and the Philosophy of Technology)

    What led me on this quest were early remarks by Heidegger on ‘essential’: “We shall be questioning concerning technology, and in so doing we should like to prepare a free relationship to it. The relationship will be free if it opens our human existence to the essence of technology (p. 3).” (http://www.culturaleconomics.atfreeweb.com/Anno/Heidegger The Question 1954.htm)

    So, I have decided to dig in on this one. I just can’t see how there can be an ‘essence’ of technology. I suppose this is because I can’t seen an essence of anything. I don’t believe we can know the essence of anything, because we can only know what we are capable of perceiving. I am constantly reminded of how my perceptions of things has changed over time, and how they continue to change on a daily basis. How can I possibly have the arrogance to know that I know the essence, or the ‘nature’ of anything?

    Here I am with a schema of Habermas’ identifying where knowledge and human interest lie within three domains: positivism, interpretivism, and critical inquiry. I’m guessing Heidegger falls into the first domain, but, it is early days and I am interested to see where this is going.

  2. This is a beautiful short film based on Donna Harroway’s Cyborg Manifesto:

    http://one.revver.com/watch/258772/flv

    I would love to hear what other people got from it.

  3. Hi, I finally arrive. It took me a long way to get here.
    “Technology is evil” (Dai,2007) sometimes, at least. — Be careful! Copy right!
    Turn the ‘evil’ around, then we get live.
    Maybe evil is part of the nature of ‘live’,’living things’, or ‘technology’
    Oftentime, people feel powerless in front of technology, because it is becoming increasingly sophisticated, specially when it’s gone wrong!
    Is really the sophisticated technology in the black box or human being in the black box?
    Hilton said “We have the skill and the know-how,” but “we lack know-why and wisdom.” (Petrina, On the Origins of Cyberculture)
    It reminds me that Jenny said to me yesterday that “we are too busy to ask why. when I encounter problems, I just try to solve it and keep working.” (sorry, if it is not 100% acvurate. I am just paraphrasing)
    Little of my thoughts.
    Nice to be here.
    Cheers 🙂

  4. Finally!!!!! Thanks for all the help Dai.

    I don’t feel like leaving any deep thoughts right now because the rage and the frustration of not being able to post anything is still imprisoning my ideas…but it will pass, eventually, everything passes…what can’t destroy you empowers you…

    Pam

  5. Hi Group,
    For anyone who is reading Dreamaphage, I strongly recommand you to take a trip to its web site :
    http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/nelson__dreamaphage/v1/diseaseinterface.html
    Click “Proceed” and then you will see the online novel. It is novel.
    Be patient. It will take you several minutes to get familiar with the navigation, but it is worthwhile.
    I really don’t know whether I will be or have been infected by the virus, because I have not had time to have a dream. Hope not.

    Enjoy your reading and have a good weekend.

    Bonnie

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