Toward Civilization

Toward Civilization

Toward Civilization

Toward Civilization

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This volume, like "Whither Mankind," is a view of modern civilization, but from an entirely different angle."Whither Mankind" advanced the thesis that what iscalled Western Civilization, as distinguished from other cultures,is in reality a technological civilization, resting at bottom onscience and machinery. In its pages this thesis was discussed anddeveloped mainly by specialists in the humanities -- law, economics, and ethics. "Outsiders looking in" reported their findingsand mpressions.

To a group of prominent engineers in New York "WhitherMankind" appeared to be a challenge to their whole profession.Are not technologies thinkers as well as doers? Are they indifferent to the human aspects of their revolutionary activities? Dothey not reflect upon the upshot and outcome of their work?After raising these questions, the group of techniques just mentioned replied that the real leaders of the machine age, men of scientific training and practical occupation, also recognize theirresponsibility for the future of humanity, see in the materials nowat hand the promise of great advances for mankind, and arealready seriously considering the drift of things and the nature ofthe readjustments necessary for a better future.

Hence this inquest. In the pages that follow a group of scientists and engineers inquire into the dynamics of their labors withparticular reference to the human aspects. It is a case now of the"insiders looking out." The authors of "Whither Mankind" reviewed the past and surveyed their present. The authors of thisbook are not concerned with history but with prospects, with workin course. The result is a significant volume -- significant as a disclosure of technical tendencies, as a sign of deep stirrings among themembers of the engineering fraternity, as the promise of a wider . . .

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