technology

A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on art, techne, technique, technology, process, martin heidegger, arts saving power, technological enframing, deeper collective vision, world as art, sri nisargadatta maharaj, terrence mckenna, gadgetry, shift in perspective,

“(Martin) Heidegger notes that the origin of the word “technology” comes from the Greek word techne, and this word was applied not only to technology, but to art, and artistic technique as well.  'Once there was a time when the bringing-forth of the true into the beautiful was also called techne.'  He found this to be a numinous correspondence, and considered that, in art, the 'saving power' capable of confronting the abyss of the technological enframing might be found.

If art contains a saving power, it is not in the atomized artworks produced by individual subjects, but in a deeper collective vision that sees the world as a work of art, one that is already, as (Sri) Nisargadatta (Maharaj) and (Terrence) McKenna suggest, perfect in its 'satisfying all-at-onceness'.'  Instead of envisioning an ultimately boring 'technological singularity,' we might be better served by considering an evolution of technique, of skillful means, aimed at this world, as it is now.  Technology might find its proper place in our lives if we experienced such a shift in perspective–in a society oriented around technique, we might find that we desired far less gadgetry.  We might start to prefer slowness to speed, subtlety and complexity to products aimed at standardized mind.  Rather than projecting the spiritual quest and the search for the good life onto futuristic A.I.s,  we could actually take the time to fulfill those goals, here and now, in the present company of our friends and lovers.

Part of the problem seems embedded in the basic concept of a concrescence or singularity, which compacts our possibilities rather than expands them.  The notion of a technological singularity reflects our culture's obsessive rationality, reducing qualitative aspects of being to quantifiable factors, and imposing abstract systems over complex variables.  Instead of a technological singularity, we might reorient our thinking toward a more desirable multiplicity of technique.  Technique is erotic in essence; it is what Glenn Gould or Thelonious Monk expresses through the piano–the interplay between learned skill and quantum improvisation that is the stuff of genius.  Technique embraces the now-ness of our living world; technology throws us into endless insatiation.”

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 106-107

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on science, technology, and physics

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Contributed by: ψ*

A Quote by Freeman Dyson on science, technology, physics, universe, philosophy, and consciousness

Mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our comprehension.

Freeman Dyson

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A Quote by C. Altman on converging technologies, network, internet, science, technology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, biophysics, nanotechnology, Genetics, and quantum computing

An omni-linked world populated with intelligent artifacts will bring sweeping changes to virtually every facet of modern life – from science and education to industry and commerce – leaving no segment of society unaffected by its advance.

C. Altman

Source: "Converging Technologies: The Future of the Global Information Society," First Committee Chair Report to the UN General Assembly. Christopher Altman, UNISCA (2002).

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A Quote by Richard Strozzi-Heckler on technology, life, and embodied

The greatest cost of the specialization of technological life -- and out of which all other damages are birthed -- is arguably our separation from the practical and enriching sense of ourselves as embodied beings. When

we are alienated from the wisdom of the body, our lives become theoretical and abstract, and we are distanced from the direct, felt sense of living.

Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Contributed by: Rick

A Quote by Liz Carpenter on technology and love

"What we lost when we stopped writing letters;  you can't reread a phone-call."

Liz Carpenter

Contributed by: Jennifer

A Quote by Mitch on adapt, focus, develop, technology, and tools

Continually adapt your focus and develop a technology toolset to help, not hinder you.

Mitch Thrower

Source: "The Attention Deficit Workplace" by Mitch Thrower

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A Quote by Mitch on time-saving, technology, advances, techniques, and capitalize

Seek out and capitalize on as many time-saving technology advances and techniques as you can.

Mitch Thrower

Source: "The Attention Deficit Workplace" by Mitch Thrower

Contributed by: Mitch

A Quote by Mitch on technology and time management

Stay on top of the technology of time management.

Mitch Thrower

Source: "The Attention Deficit Workplace" by Mitch Thrower

Contributed by: Mitch

A Quote by Arthur C. Clarke on technology and magic

A sufficiently high level of technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke (1917 -)

Contributed by: Rachel

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