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This-essay is a7906031.htm which is available at the web-site See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %TECHNOCRATIC TOOLS 790603 Technocrats tend to be compulsively fascinated with tools, for most techniques make use of tools. Tools may be actual physical objects which have been fabricated to achieve specific purposes; e.g., hammers, knives, pulleys, guns, cars, airplanes, tanks, and atomic bombs. Other tools may be conceptual tools such as words which represent ideas, equations which represent quantitative relationships, and cognitive analytic procedures. Often tools are used to fabricate even more sophisticated tools; e.g., laths, milling machines, digital computers, and the scientific laws and theories. Since technocrats are compulsively preoccupied with techniques and since most techniques make use of tools, technocrats are usually compulsively preoccupied with tools. Pure scientists tend to be concerned with tools which can be used to make more sophisticated tools. Many pure scientists pride themselves in not dealing with everyday practical problems---focusing instead upon higher level abstractions. They may tend to regard technology as dealing with everyday practical problems, rather than as pertaining to the use of techniques. This distinction is facilitated by becoming unaware of non-technological coping and non-technological human relationships. In such a state of lack of awareness the distinctions which remain to be made are distinctions between kinds of uses of technology, rather than between technological and non- technological behavior. Thus pure scientists may tend to define their pure research work as non-technological, and the work of engineers as technological. People who are ultimately concerned with techniques and tools can not be ultimately concerned with people. They may use people as the means to demonstrate the usefulness of their tools. They may profess concern for people and seek to be of service to people by how they use their tools, but their hidden motive may be to prove that their tools are good tools, or neutral tools, rather than evil tools. Their preoccupation with tools tends to generate alienation, the condition of sin which occasions what is often called evil behavior. Their tools are not evil, but their ultimate concern with their tools occasions the alienation which generates evil behavior. More sophisticated tools will not liberate them from the alienation which flows from their ultimate concern for tools. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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