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Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Impact of science & technology on society

Staying with the Trouble - Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Paperback): Donna J. Haraway Staying with the Trouble - Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Paperback)
Donna J. Haraway
R679 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R132 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF-string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far-Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time.

MEDIA, RISK AND SCIENCE (Paperback, Ed): Stuart Allan MEDIA, RISK AND SCIENCE (Paperback, Ed)
Stuart Allan
R772 R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Save R46 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

* How is science represented by the media?
* Who defines what counts as a risk, threat or hazard, and why?
* In what ways do media images of science shape public perceptions?
* What can cultural and media studies tell us about current scientific controversies?
Media, Risk and Science is an exciting exploration into an array of important issues, providing a much needed framework for understanding key debates on how the media represent science and risk. In a highly effective way, Stuart Allan weaves together insights from multiple strands of research across diverse disciplines. Among the themes he examines are: the role of science in science fiction, such as Star Trek; the problem of 'pseudo-science' in The X-Files; and how science is displayed in science museums. Science journalism receives particular attention, with the processes by which science is made 'newsworthy' unravelled for careful scrutiny. The book also includes individual chapters devoted to how the media portray environmental risks, HIV-AIDS, food scares (such as BSE or 'mad cow disease' and GM foods) and human cloning. The result is a highly topical text that will be invaluable for students and scholars in cultural and media studies, science studies, journalism, sociology and politics.

The Shallows - What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Paperback): Nicholas Carr The Shallows - What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Paperback)
Nicholas Carr
R415 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nicholas Carr's bestseller The Shallows has become a foundational book in one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the internet's bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? This 10th-anniversary edition includes a new afterword that brings the story up to date, with a deep examination of the cognitive and behavioral effects of smartphones and social media.

Memory in Motion - Archives, Technology, and the Social (Hardcover, 0): Eivind R Ssaak, Trond Lundemo, Ina Blom Memory in Motion - Archives, Technology, and the Social (Hardcover, 0)
Eivind R Ssaak, Trond Lundemo, Ina Blom
R2,879 Discovery Miles 28 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Archive theory, social memory studies, digital technologies, media archaeology, media ecology

When the Disciple Comes of Age - Christian Identity in the Twenty-First (Paperback): Diarmuid O' Murchu When the Disciple Comes of Age - Christian Identity in the Twenty-First (Paperback)
Diarmuid O' Murchu
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy - A Practitioner's Guide (Paperback, 2003 ed.): Kate Anthony Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy - A Practitioner's Guide (Paperback, 2003 ed.)
Kate Anthony
R908 Discovery Miles 9 080 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In recent years information technology has become an increasingly important part of counseling and psychotherapy. This innovative and broad-ranging text, with contributions from internationally leading figures, provides an up-to-the-minute, precise and practical guide to the different ways in which technology can be used in therapeutic work, including e-mail and Internet relay chat; telephone; video-link and stand-alone software packages. The authors discuss vital ethical, theoretical and practical considerations for practitioners, as well as the likely impact of these technologies on therapeutic relationships and the outcomes that can be expected. Technology's impact is explored from the perspectives of both therapists and clients, including individual therapy, groups, supervision and training, and supported by extensive case studies.

The Territories of Human Reason - Science and Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities (Hardcover): Alister E. McGrath The Territories of Human Reason - Science and Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities (Hardcover)
Alister E. McGrath
R718 Discovery Miles 7 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Our understanding of human rationality has changed significantly since the beginning of the century, with growing emphasis being placed on multiple rationalities, each adapted to the specific tasks of communities of practice. We may think of the world as an ontological unity-but we use a plurality of methods to investigate and represent this world. This development has called into question both the appeal to a universal rationality, characteristic of the Enlightenment, and also the simple 'modern-postmodern' binary. The Territories of Human Reason is the first major study to explore the emergence of multiple situated rationalities. It focuses on the relation of the natural sciences and Christian theology, but its approach can easily be extended to other disciplines. It provides a robust intellectual framework for discussion of transdisciplinarity, which has become a major theme in many parts of the academic world. Alister E. McGrath offers a major reappraisal of what it means to be 'rational' which will have significant impact on older discussions of this theme. He sets out to explore the consequences of the seemingly inexorable move away from the notion of a single universal rationality towards a plurality of cultural and domain-specific methodologies and rationalities. What does this mean for the natural sciences? For the philosophy of science? For Christian theology? And for the interdisciplinary field of science and religion? How can a single individual hold together scientific and religious ideas, when these arise from quite different rational approaches? This groundbreaking volume sets out to engage these questions and will provoke intense discussion and debate.

The Metaphysical Society (1869-1880) - Intellectual Life in Mid-Victorian England (Hardcover): Catherine Marshall, Bernard... The Metaphysical Society (1869-1880) - Intellectual Life in Mid-Victorian England (Hardcover)
Catherine Marshall, Bernard Lightman, Richard England
R1,941 Discovery Miles 19 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Metaphysical Society was founded in 1869 at the instigation of James Knowles (editor of the Contemporary Review and then of the Nineteenth Century) with a view to 'collect, arrange, and diffuse Knowledge (whether objective or subjective) of mental and moral phenomena' (first resolution of the society in April 1869). The Society was a private dining and debate club that gathered together a latter-day clerisy. Building on the tradition of the Cambridge Apostles, they elected talented members from across the Victorian intellectual spectrum: Bishops, one Cardinal, philosophers, men of science, literary figures, and politicians. The Society included in its 62 members prominent figures such as T. H. Huxley, William Gladstone, Walter Bagehot, Henry Edward Manning, John Ruskin, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. The Metaphysical Society (1869-1880) moves beyond Alan Willard Brown's 1947 pioneering study of the Metaphysical Society by offering a more detailed analysis of its inner dynamics and its larger impact outside the dining room at the Grosvenor Hotel. The contributors shed light on many of the colourful figures that joined the Society as well as the alliances that they formed with fellow members. The collection also examines the major concepts that informed the papers presented at Society meetings. By discussing groups, important individuals, and underlying concepts, the volume contributes to a rich, new picture of Victorian intellectual life during the 1870's, a period when intellectuals were wondering how, and what, to believe in a time of social change, spiritual crisis, and scientific progress.

Becoming New - Finding God Within Us and in Creation (Paperback): Anselm Grun, Leonardo Boff Becoming New - Finding God Within Us and in Creation (Paperback)
Anselm Grun, Leonardo Boff; Translated by Robert A. Krieg
R452 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The App Generation - How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World (Paperback): Howard... The App Generation - How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World (Paperback)
Howard Gardner, Katie Davis
R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the famed Harvard psychologist and an expert on the impact of digital media technologies, a riveting exploration of the power of apps to shape our young people-for better or for worse No one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply-some would say totally-involved with digital media. Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today's young people The App Generation, and in this spellbinding book they explore what it means to be "app-dependent" versus "app-enabled" and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era. Gardner and Davis are concerned with three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy, and imagination. Through innovative research, including interviews of young people, focus groups of those who work with them, and a unique comparison of youthful artistic productions before and after the digital revolution, the authors uncover the drawbacks of apps: they may foreclose a sense of identity, encourage superficial relations with others, and stunt creative imagination. On the other hand, the benefits of apps are equally striking: they can promote a strong sense of identity, allow deep relationships, and stimulate creativity. The challenge is to venture beyond the ways that apps are designed to be used, Gardner and Davis conclude, and they suggest how the power of apps can be a springboard to greater creativity and higher aspirations.

Mind and Cosmos - Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False (Hardcover): Thomas Nagel Mind and Cosmos - Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False (Hardcover)
Thomas Nagel
R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, is a major problem, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology.
Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete. And the cosmological history that led to the origin of life and the coming into existence of the conditions for evolution cannot be a merely materialist history, either. An adequate conception of nature would have to explain the appearance in the universe of materially irreducible conscious minds, as such.
Nagel's skepticism is not based on religious belief or on a belief in any definite alternative. In Mind and Cosmos, he does suggest that if the materialist account is wrong, then principles of a different kind may also be at work in the history of nature, principles of the growth of order that are in their logical form teleological rather than mechanistic.
In spite of the great achievements of the physical sciences, reductive materialism is a world view ripe for displacement. Nagel shows that to recognize its limits is the first step in looking for alternatives, or at least in being open to their possibility.

Golf's Holy War - The Battle for the Soul of a Game in an Age of Science (Hardcover): Brett Cyrgalis Golf's Holy War - The Battle for the Soul of a Game in an Age of Science (Hardcover)
Brett Cyrgalis 1
R652 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R137 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The world of golf is at a crossroads. As technological innovations displace traditional philosophies, the golfing community has splintered into two deeply combative factions: the old-school teachers and players who believe in feel, artistry, and imagination, and the technical-minded who want to remake the game around data-attack angles, spin rotation, ball speed, and more. In Golf's Holy War, Brett Cyrgalis takes readers inside the heated clash playing out from weekend hackers to Tiger Woods. From historic St. Andrews to manicured Augusta, experimental communes in California to corporatized conferences in Orlando, from William James to Ben Hogan to theoretical physics, the factions of the spiritual and technical push to redefine the boundaries of the game. Golf's Holy War is also a story about modern life and how we are torn between resisting and embracing the changes brought about by the advancements of science and technology.

The Death of Expertise - The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters (Paperback): Tom Nichols The Death of Expertise - The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters (Paperback)
Tom Nichols
R315 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R57 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything; with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise, this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons, including the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement. Nichols has deeper concerns than the current rejection of expertise and learning, noting that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or, in the worst case, a combination of both. The Death of Expertise is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age.

Re-Engineering Humanity (Paperback): Brett Frischmann, Evan Selinger Re-Engineering Humanity (Paperback)
Brett Frischmann, Evan Selinger
R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us. All the while, a more immediate dilemma flies under the radar. Have forces been unleashed that are thrusting humanity down an ill-advised path, one that's increasingly making us behave like simple machines? In this wide-reaching, interdisciplinary book, Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger examine what's happening to our lives as society embraces big data, predictive analytics, and smart environments. They explain how the goal of designing programmable worlds goes hand in hand with engineering predictable and programmable people. Detailing new frameworks, provocative case studies, and mind-blowing thought experiments, Frischmann and Selinger reveal hidden connections between fitness trackers, electronic contracts, social media platforms, robotic companions, fake news, autonomous cars, and more. This powerful analysis should be read by anyone interested in understanding exactly how technology threatens the future of our society, and what we can do now to build something better.

Challenge and Continuity - Rabbinic Responses to Modernity, Science and Tragedy (Hardcover): Yoni Birnbaum Challenge and Continuity - Rabbinic Responses to Modernity, Science and Tragedy (Hardcover)
Yoni Birnbaum
R688 R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Save R36 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The God Delusion (Paperback): Richard Dawkins The God Delusion (Paperback)
Richard Dawkins 4
R437 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While Europe is secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, divides opinion around the world. This work attacks God in various forms, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker.

Science - A Four Thousand Year History (Paperback): Patricia Fara Science - A Four Thousand Year History (Paperback)
Patricia Fara
R435 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R88 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Science, Patricia Fara rewrites science's past to provide new ways of understanding and questioning our modern technological society. Sweeping through the centuries from ancient Babylon right up to the latest hi-tech experiments in genetics and particle physics, Fara's book also ranges internationally, challenging notions of European superiority by emphasizing the importance of scientific projects based around the world, including revealing discussions of China and the Islamic Empire alongside the more familiar stories about Copernicus's sun-centered astronomy, Newton's gravity, and Darwin's theory of evolution.
We see for instance how Muslim leaders encouraged science by building massive libraries, hospitals, and astronomical observatories and we rediscover the significance of medieval Europe--long overlooked--where, surprisingly, religious institutions ensured science's survival, as the learning preserved in monasteries was subsequently developed in new and unique institutions: universities. Instead of focussing on esoteric experiments and abstract theories, she explains how science belongs to the practical world of war, politics, and business. And rather than glorifying scientists as idealized heroes, she tells true stories about real people--men (and some women) who needed to earn their living, who made mistakes, and who trampled down their rivals.

The Age of Algorithms (Hardcover): Serge Abiteboul, Gilles Dowek The Age of Algorithms (Hardcover)
Serge Abiteboul, Gilles Dowek; Translated by K-Rae Nelson
R1,231 R930 Discovery Miles 9 300 Save R301 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Algorithms are probably the most sophisticated tools that people have had at their disposal since the beginnings of human history. They have transformed science, industry, society. They upset the concepts of work, property, government, private life, even humanity. Going easily from one extreme to the other, we rejoice that they make life easier for us, but fear that they will enslave us. To get beyond this vision of good vs evil, this book takes a new look at our time, the age of algorithms. Creations of the human spirit, algorithms are what we made them. And they will be what we want them to be: it's up to us to choose the world we want to live in.

The Twittering Machine (Paperback): Richard Seymour The Twittering Machine (Paperback)
Richard Seymour 1
R285 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Products That Last - Product Design for Circular Business Models (Paperback): Conny Bakker, Marcel den Hollander, Ed Van Hinte Products That Last - Product Design for Circular Business Models (Paperback)
Conny Bakker, Marcel den Hollander, Ed Van Hinte
R834 R621 Discovery Miles 6 210 Save R213 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Products that Last starts where most books on product development end. This new edition contains new examples and insights from recent publications. From the perspective of designers and entrepreneurs, once a product has been designed, produced and sold, it disappears beyond the newness horizon. They are little aware of the opportunities that exist in the next product universe, where money is made from products in use, as well as from a product's afterlife. These opportunities clearly exist, otherwise they would not be providing an income for so many people. However, to be recognized as segments of a circle of continuous value creation, they need reframing. The book offers readers an innovative and practical methodology to unravel a product's afterlife and systematically evaluate it for new opportunities. It introduces business models that enable us to benefit from the opportunities offered by a much longer product life. Products that Last changes the way designers and entrepreneurs develop and exploit goods, helping reduce material and energy consumption over time. Nothing more, nothing less.

The Matter of the Heart - A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations (Paperback): Thomas Morris The Matter of the Heart - A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations (Paperback)
Thomas Morris 1
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Thrilling... The "dizzying" story of heart surgery is every bit as important as that of the nuclear, computer or rocket ages. And now it has been given the history it deserves' James McConnachie, Sunday Times For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late nineteenth century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. In eleven landmark operations, Thomas Morris tells us stories of triumph, reckless bravery, swaggering arrogance, jealousy and rivalry, and incredible ingenuity, from the trail-blazing 'blue baby' procedure to the first human heart transplant. The Matter of the Heart gives us a view over the surgeon's shoulder, showing us the heart's inner workings and failings. It describes both a human story and a history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved millions of lives.

Hotel Dreams - Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929 (Paperback): Molly W. Berger Hotel Dreams - Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929 (Paperback)
Molly W. Berger
R721 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R86 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner, 2012 Sally Hacker Prize, Society for the History of Technology Hotel Dreams is a deeply researched and entertaining account of how the hotel's material world of machines and marble integrated into and shaped the society it served. Molly W. Berger offers a compelling history of the American hotel and how it captured the public's imagination as it came to represent the complex-and often contentious-relationship among luxury, economic development, and the ideals of a democratic society. Berger profiles the country's most prestigious hotels, including Boston's 1829 Tremont, San Francisco's world-famous Palace, and Chicago's enormous Stevens. The fascinating stories behind their design, construction, and marketing reveal in rich detail how these buildings became cultural symbols that shaped the urban landscape.

Social Science and Historical Perspectives - Society, Science, and Ways of Knowing (Paperback): Jack David Eller Social Science and Historical Perspectives - Society, Science, and Ways of Knowing (Paperback)
Jack David Eller
R958 Discovery Miles 9 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This accessible book introduces the story of 'social science', with coverage of history, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and geography. Key questions include: How and why did the social sciences originate and differentiate? How are they related to older traditions that have defined Western civilization? What is the unique perspective or 'way of knowing' of each social science? What are the challenges-and alternatives-to the social sciences as they stand in the twenty-first century? Eller explains the origin, evolution, methods, and the main figures, literature, concepts, and theories in each discipline. The chapters also feature a range of contemporary examples, with consideration given to how the disciplines address present-day issues.

What It Means to Be Moral - Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life (Paperback): Phil Zuckerman What It Means to Be Moral - Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life (Paperback)
Phil Zuckerman
R419 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R73 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Being-in-Creation - Human Responsibility in an Endangered World (Paperback): Brian Treanor Being-in-Creation - Human Responsibility in an Endangered World (Paperback)
Brian Treanor; Bruce Ellis Benson, Norman Wirzba
R716 R603 Discovery Miles 6 030 Save R113 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is the proper relationship between human beings and the more-than-human world? This philosophical question, which underlies vast environmental crises, forces us to investigate the tension between our extraordinary powers, which seem to set us apart from nature, even above it, and our thoroughgoing ordinariness, as revealed by the evolutionary history we share with all life. The contributors to this volume ask us to consider whether the anxiety of unheimlichkeit, which in one form or another absorbed so much of twentieth-century philosophy, might reveal not our homelessness in the cosmos but a need for a fundamental belongingness and implacement in it.

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