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The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla (Cambridge University Press ) pp. viii , $, ISBN 0 I Pbk. The Evolution of Technology has ratings and 8 reviews. Richard said: Humans are the most sophisticated toolmakers in the family of life. We’ve gone f. The Evolution of Technology (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science) [ George Basalla] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Presents an.

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Rather, this is a well-structured argument that includes historical examples as needed. Adam rated it liked it May 26, This book presents an evolutionary theory of technological change based upon recent scholarship in the history of technology and upon relevant material drawn from economic history and anthropology.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Technological evolution has nothing comparable to the mass extinctions that are of interest to evolutionary biologists. But the messages contain the medicine we need to blow the locks off our minds, so we can escape, thw home, and heal.

G.Basalla: The Evolution of Technology

A stick on the ground evolved into a throwing stick, then a spear, then a missile. One produces a sterile physical object, the other a basaloa being capable of reproducing itself. Feb 04, Lucas rated it it was amazing Shelves: We have a remarkable ability to completely tune out what is perfectly obvious, and vitally important.


Harry rated it liked it Jul 03, This isn’t random science fiction speculation on his part—while any counterfactual history is ultimately speculative, Basalla draws on serious studies on the subject to marshal support for his anti-deterministic argument for the evolution of technology. This is technollogy briliant survey on the evolution of technological novelties, narrated inside the paradigm of classical “Mullerian” theories of cultural evolution.

The Evolution of Technology

The autopilot runs the show. The vast Chinese civilization was stable and conservative. Trivia About The Evolution of He explains the origins of the discontinuous argument with the following notions: The wheel was first used in Mesopotamia, about wvolution, years basalka.

It’s good philosophy though, interesting and well-argued. There are many scholars who did their best to contribute the cultural heritage of the human kind. The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla. Therefore, the book’s arguement is shaped by analogies taken selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and not from the theory and practice of political revolution.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Why did inventions occur? It felt like he was a shaman conveying vital messages from the realm of the ancestors, whilst being cleverly disguised as a history professor. Diversity Necessity and Evolution.

Aug 10, Sherwin added it Recommends it for: Rajesh rated it did not like it Mar 05, In this volume, the authors describes his theory of technological change based on the history of technology, economic history and anthropology.


Marc rated it it was amazing Apr 16, But these fresh notions are a sure sign that clear thinking is beginning to seep into the stagnant halls of history departments, those dusty story museums where the dying Cult of Progress will make its last stand.

Challenges the popular notion that technological advances arise from the efforts of a few heroic individuals who produce a series of revolutionary inventions that owe little or nothing to the technological past. oof

Basalla didn’t even mention about the scientific progresses of the Eastern civilizations. Saurabh rated it it was amazing Mar 24, In many societies, it became a popular artifact, used for commerce and warfare. From novelty, Basalla moves on to selection. His theory of technological evolution is rooted in four broad concepts: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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