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Our war on ourselves : rethinking science, technology, and economic growth / Willem H. Vanderburg.


"Our approach to knowing and doing is based on delegating physical phenomena to physicists, biological phenomena to biologists, social phenomena to sociologists, economic phenomena to economists, and so on. This approach to knowledge and practice works well when one category of phenomena dominates (as in mechanical and technical systems), but does not work when many categories of phenomena make significant contributions (as in the biological and cultural spheres). As a result, our civilization succeeds in its scientific and technical endeavours yet fails in dealing with communities and ecosystems. Following his groundbreaking Labyrinth of Technology and Living in the Labyrinth of Technology, Willem H. Vanderburg's Our War on Ourselves explores the type of war we have unleashed on our lives by emphasizing discipline-based processes. The work also illuminates how we can achieve a more balanced, livable, and sustainable future by combining both technical and cultural perspectives in our educational and institutional settings."--P. [i].

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  • ISBN: 9781442644380 (cloth)
  • ISBN: 1442644389 (cloth)
  • ISBN: 9781442612617 (paper)
  • ISBN: 1442612614 (paper)
  • Physical Description: xiii, 385 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] ; University of Toronto Press, c2011.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-369) and index.
Subject: Technology > Social aspects.
Science > Social aspects.
Economic development > Sociological aspects.
Decision making > Social aspects.
Symbolism > Social aspects.
Technocracy > Social aspects.
Nonmonotonic reasoning > Social aspects.
Sciences > Aspect social.
Technologie > Aspect social.
Prise de décision > Aspect social.
Développement économique > Aspect sociologique.

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