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[liberationtech] Terry Winograd and Evgeny Morozov

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 2 13:40:28 PDT 2013


This discussion on "solutionism" reminds of a passage of "Small is
Beautiful", by E. F. Schumacher:

"Gandhi used to talk disparagingly of 'dreaming of systems so perfect
that no-one will need to be good'. But is it not precisely this dream
which we can now implement in reality with our marvelous powers of
science and technology? Why ask for virtues, which man may never
acquire, when scientific rationality and technical competence are all
that is needed?"

Best Regards | Cordiales Saludos | Grato,

Andrés L. Pacheco Sanfuentes
<alps at acm.org>
+1 (817) 271-9619


On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM, Reed Black <reed at unsafeword.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM, David Johnson <david at bostonreview.net> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>>
>> I highly recommend this really excellent interview between Terry Winograd
>> and Evgeny Morozov about his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here ...
>>
>> http://www.bostonreview.net/books-ideas/whats-wrong-technological-fixes
>
> There is a flock of writers whose basic message seems to be "things
> are always more complicated than you think; stop looking for unifying
> principles for they will never fit perfectly." Unfortunately I haven't
> seen any of these authors offer tenable solutions, only helplessness
> in the face of chaos.
>
> I'm reminded of the joke about the mathematician and the engineer.
> Each was told he could advance half-way across the room to a beautiful
> woman, and he could repeat the process as many times as he liked. The
> mathematician, being familiar with Zeno's paradox, knew that no matter
> how many times he advanced toward the woman... he would never reach
> her. And so the mathematician turned away with despair.
>
> The engineer got right to it, knowing that he could get close enough
> for all practical purposes.
>
>
> One should want that mathematician in government, and that engineer
> offering optional services.
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