Science and the Myth of Progress

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Author: Mehrdad M. Zarandi

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 9780941532471

Category: Religion

Page: 331

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A collection of essays by scholars, philosophers, and scientists offering penetrating answers to some of the most important questions of the day.

The Myth of Progress

Toward a Sustainable Future

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1611684161

Category: Science

Page: 155

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A provocative critique of Western progress from a scientific perspective

Women, Technology, and the Myth of Progress / Mysearchlab Access Code

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Author: Eileen B. Leonard

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780205678914

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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MySearchLab provides students with a complete understanding of the research process so they can complete research projects confidently and efficiently. Students and instructors with an internet connection can visit www.MySearchLab.com and receive immediate access to thousands of full articles from the EBSCO ContentSelect database. In addition, MySearchLab offers extensive content on the research process itself–including tips on how to navigate and maximize time in the campus library, a step-by-step guide on writing a research paper, and instructions on how to finish an academic assignment with endnotes and bibliography. This book explores reproductive, household, and office technology in order to challenge popular notions of technology as progressive for women. It argues that technology gives its benefits differentially, depending on such critical social issues as race, gender, and class. Topics in this provocative analysis include the social construction of technology, the status of women, reproductive technology, office technology, household technology, the myth of progress, and implications for social change. A provocative read for anyone interested in women's issues with regard to household, workplace, and reproductive technological breakthroughs.

Not the Future We Ordered

Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress

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Author: John Michael Greer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429916655

Category: Psychology

Page: 158

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For well over half a century, since the first credible warnings of petroleum depletion were raised in the 1950s, contemporary industrial civilization has been caught in a remarkable paradox: a culture more focused on problem solving than any other has repeatedly failed to deal with, or even consider, the problem most likely to bring its own history to a full stop. The coming of peak oil-the peaking and irreversible decline of world petroleum production-poses an existential threat to societies in which every sector of the economy depends on petroleum-based transport, and no known energy source can scale up extensively or quickly enough to replace dwindling oil supplies. Not The Future We Ordered is the first study of the psychological dimensions of that decision and its consequences, as a case study in the social psychology of collective failure, and as an issue with which psychologists and therapists will be confronted repeatedly in the years ahead.

The Myth of Progress

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Author: Yvonne Burgess

Publisher: Wild Goose Publications

ISBN: 9780947988777

Category: Culture

Page: 214

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This is a journey into the soul of Western society towards the distorted roots of our advanced and developed culture, which has grown to its elevated position of wealth and economic security at the expense of other cultures. The author weaves memories, stories, political and economic analysis and philosophical and psychological ideas into a rich textual fabric.

The Myth of Black Progress

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Author: Alphonso Pinkney

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521310475

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 198

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Examines the standing of Blacks in American society and argues that race is still an important factor in relations between Blacks and whites

The Myth of Modernity

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Author: Charles Baudouin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317575482

Category: Philosophy

Page: 174

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First published in 1950, this is a late work by Charles Baudouin, world-famous French psychologist, and takes its title from the opening chapter which examines the transformation of the myth of Progress, characteristic of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, into the myth of Modernity, characteristic of the time of writing. The author has little sympathy for a development which he regards as essentially vulgar; the myth of Progress, he says, had its aspiration and gave man reasons for reaching out for better things, but the myth of Modernity ‘seems to give humanity reasons only for fleeing from itself, reasons for unhappiness, inasmuch as the man who runs away from himself is an unhappy man’. This chapter is characteristic of those that follow – on Baudelaire, Verlaine and other literary topics; on Art and the Epoch, The Prestige of Action, Technique versus Mysticism, Opinion and Tolerance, etc. A broad humanity and a gentle irony are the characteristic features of this stimulating book, now available again to be enjoyed in its historical context.

The Gauntlet

A Challenge to the Myth of Progress

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Author: Arthur Joseph Penty

Publisher: I H S Press

ISBN: 9780971489493

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 95

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Subtitled "A Challenge to the Myth of Progress," this collection includes selections from Old Worlds for New, Post-Industrialism, Towards a Christian Sociology, and Means and Ends. This first-ever anthology of Penty's works presents a compelling vision both of what's wrong with the world and of what kind of socio-economic order would help to make it right. The writings in this volume provide a sampling of Penty's thorough and persuasive critique of the myths that dominate modern economic and social thought. They also outline his intellectual and practical program for the restoration of such essentials in economic life as the dignity of labor, justice in pricing, equity in property distribution, quality in craftsmanship, preservation of rural culture, and, above all, the recognition of spiritual truth as the foundation of all real economic order.

The Tree of Knowledge and Other Essays

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Author: G. H. Von Wright

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004097643

Category: Philosophy

Page: 254

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Humanism, modernity, and scientific rationality are examined critically in these collected essays. Developments in logic and philosophy are surveyed in the perspective of the closing century. Other essays include Musil and Mach, and Wittgenstein's place on the cultural map of the times.

The Myth of the Framework

In Defence of Science and Rationality

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Author: Karl Popper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135974802

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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In a career spanning sixty years, Sir Karl Popper has made some of the most important contributions to the twentieth century discussion of science and rationality. The Myth of the Framework is a new collection of some of Popper's most important material on this subject. Sir Karl discusses such issues as the aims of science, the role that it plays in our civilization, the moral responsibility of the scientist, the structure of history, and the perennial choice between reason and revolution. In doing so, he attacks intellectual fashions (like positivism) that exagerrate what science and rationality have done, as well as intellectual fashions (like relativism) that denigrate what science and rationality can do. Scientific knowledge, according to Popper, is one of the most rational and creative of human achievements, but it is also inherently fallible and subject to revision. In place of intellectual fashions, Popper offers his own critical rationalism - a view that he regards both as a theory of knowlege and as an attitude towards human life, human morals and democracy. Published in cooperation with the Central European University.

Inkognito

Die geheimen Eigenleben unseres Gehirns

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Author: David Eagleman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570552230

Category:

Page: 329

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Invisible Men

Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress

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Author: Becky Pettit

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610447786

Category: Social Science

Page: 156

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For African American men without a high school diploma, being in prison or jail is more common than being employed—a sobering reality that calls into question post-Civil Rights era social gains. Nearly 70 percent of young black men will be imprisoned at some point in their lives, and poor black men with low levels of education make up a disproportionate share of incarcerated Americans. In Invisible Men, sociologist Becky Pettit demonstrates another vexing fact of mass incarceration: most national surveys do not account for prison inmates, a fact that results in a misrepresentation of U.S. political, economic, and social conditions in general and black progress in particular. Invisible Men provides an eye-opening examination of how mass incarceration has concealed decades of racial inequality. Pettit marshals a wealth of evidence correlating the explosion in prison growth with the disappearance of millions of black men into the American penal system. She shows that, because prison inmates are not included in most survey data, statistics that seemed to indicate a narrowing black-white racial gap—on educational attainment, work force participation, and earnings—instead fail to capture persistent racial, economic, and social disadvantage among African Americans. Federal statistical agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau, collect surprisingly little information about the incarcerated, and inmates are not included in household samples in national surveys. As a result, these men are invisible to most mainstream social institutions, lawmakers, and nearly all social science research that isn't directly related to crime or criminal justice. Since merely being counted poses such a challenge, inmates' lives—including their family background, the communities they come from, or what happens to them after incarceration—are even more rarely examined. And since correctional budgets provide primarily for housing and monitoring inmates, with little left over for job training or rehabilitation, a large population of young men are not only invisible to society while in prison but also ill-equipped to participate upon release. Invisible Men provides a vital reality check for social researchers, lawmakers, and anyone who cares about racial equality. The book shows that more than a half century after the first civil rights legislation, the dismal fact of mass incarceration inflicts widespread and enduring damage by undermining the fair allocation of public resources and political representation, by depriving the children of inmates of their parents' economic and emotional participation, and, ultimately, by concealing African American disadvantage from public view.

The Myth of Work-Life Balance

The Challenge of Our Time for Men, Women and Societies

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Author: Richenda Gambles,Suzan Lewis,Rhona Rapoport

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470094621

Category: Psychology

Page: 134

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Many regard the ways in which paid work can be combined or ‘balanced’ with other parts of life as an individual concern and a small, rather self-indulgent problem in today’s world. Some feel that worrying about a lack of time or energy for family relationships or friendships is a luxury or secondary issue when compared with economic growth or development. In the business world and among many Governments around the world, the importance of paid work and the primacy of economic competitiveness, whatever the personal costs, is almost accepted wisdom. Profits and short term efficiency gains are often placed before social issues of care or human dignity. But what about the impact this has on men and women’s well being, or the long-term sustainability of people, families, society or even the economy? Drawing from interviews and group meetings in seven diverse countries – India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the UK and USA – this book explores the multiple difficulties in combining paid work with other parts of life and the frustrations people experience in diverse settings. There is a myth that ‘work-life balance’ can be achieved through quick fixes rather than challenging the place of paid work in people’s lives and the way work actually gets done. As well as exploring contemporary problems, this book attempts to seed hope and new ways of thinking about one of the key challenges of our time.

The Archdruid Report: The Myth of Progress: Collected Essays, Volume VII, 2013

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Author: John Michael Greer

Publisher: Founders House Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781945810176

Category: Political Science

Page: 426

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During its eleven-year run, The Archdruid Report was one of the most controversial and widely cited blogs on the future of industrial society. This seventh volume of the collected essays from The Archdruid Report covers the year 2013. The essays in this volume plunge into the heart of the predicament of modern industrial society, showing how faith in progress has become the established religion of the modern world-a religion that faces shattering disconfirmation as the hope and hype of perpetual progress slams face first into a challenging future.

The Myth of A.S. Pushkin in Russia's Silver Age

M.O. Gershenzon, Pushkinist

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Author: Brian Horowitz

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810113558

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 129

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Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, philosopher, journalist, and scholar, was one of the most original and eccentric Pushkinists of Russia's Silver Age. His eclectic critical judgment was highly esteemed by his generation's best poets and critics, and many of his idiosyncratic interpretations of Pushkin have become canonical. Brian Horowitz's detailed study illuminates both Pushkin's position as a cultural icon of the Silver Age and Gershenzon's role in establishing and challenging that reputation. As Gershenzon's work mirrors both significant and hidden aspects of the Pushkin scholarship of his day, his articulation of Pushkin as the symbolic key to Russian culture reflects the Silver Age nostalgia for and identification with the Golden Age in which Pushkin wrote. This first book-length study of this important figure provides a vivid sense of the inner workings of Russian literary life in the early part of this century.