Edited by John R. McIntyre, Silvester Ivanaj and Vera Ivanaj
Chapter 6: Appropriate technology movement
Man’s desire to classify and understand human history on the basis of technology has often led to the classification of the past into periods such as the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Age of the Steam Engine, the Information Age and the like. Not surprisingly, an examination of human history classified under different periods reveals the preponderant influence of a particular technology in each age. In addition, the essential fabric of human life and social mores of the society are often found woven around the predominant technology extant during that time. But the question that arises is: what determines the technology? Does technology arise due to specific physical need of the community? Is the technology in turn shaped and influenced by the philosophy, religious beliefs and world view of the particular community? In this scenario, what kind of impact would imported technology have on the specific need mitigation of the community, as also on their philosophy of life? Would it be possible and feasible to have a uniform technology for all regions of the world, or would it be better for disparate regions and individual communities to develop technologies best suited to their specific needs?
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