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Technology is not “destroying our humanity”

“If, as I believe, the distinctive distance from our organic nature, we should rejoice in the expression of changing human possibility in ever-advancing technology. After all, the organic world is one in which life is nasty, brutish and short and dominated by experiences that are inhumanly unpleasant. Human technology is less alien to us than nature (compare bitter cold with central heating; being lost without GPS and being found with it; dying of parasitic infestation versus vermicides or spraying with pesticides) and the material of that part of nature that we are: our inhuman, or at least impersonal bodies. Anyone who considers the new technologies as inhuman, or a threat to our humanity, should consider this. Better still, they should spend five uninterrupted minutes imagining the impact of a major stroke, severe Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease on their ability to express their humanity…..Self transformation is the essence of humanity and our humanity is defined by our ever-widening distance from the material and organic world of which we are a part and from which we are apart.”

Raymond Tallis. In Defence of Wonder, page 200.

2 comments to Technology is not “destroying our humanity”

  • The Sanity Inspector

    Much the same sentiment was expressed by David Mamet in his recent book, when he said that the environmental Left was longing to take civilization back to the campfire.

  • Nick (nice-guy) Gray

    And the British seem to do technology so well! Sir Richard Branson has just had a successful test of the engines of Spaceshiptwo, and says that passenger flights for later on are looking good. Even before the end of this year!