Technology and Human Becoming

Technology and Human Becoming

Technology and Human Becoming

Technology and Human Becoming

Synopsis

From a leader in the field of religion and science come these reflections on the role of technology in human life and culture. Technology, he argues, tells us much about ourselves--especially our innate drive toward exploration of possibilities--and poses questions about the final meaning of creating, of human cultural evolution, and even the being of God.

Excerpt

Every July since 1954, the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science has convened a week-long annual conference on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals that sit in the boundary waters of Maine and New Hampshire. I have attended most of these conferences since 1977. the ferry trip, lasting an hour, eleven miles due east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a journey from ordinary space and time into a world of virtual reality. the renowned anthropologist Victor Turner described it in terms that he made famous in his writings as a ritual of passage, a liminal journey that bears its participants across the threshold into a new state of existence, to enjoy a special kind of community. Since the point of this book is that technology is opening up a new world of meaning for . . .

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