The Enchantments of Technology and Culture
Prof. Lee W Bailey.
Technological culture needs the humanities to unveil its unacknowledged desires, passions, dreams, and goals. The mad lust for speed is driven by passions for freedom and power. The utopian dreams of technology that does not get out of control neglects the shadow negativity of human nature that abuses technologies, as is shown from science fiction to nuclear proliferation. The passions for flight and space travel are a leap toward the infinite, as in the myth of Icarus, a quest for transcendence, and a yearning for ultimate power and meaning that neglects the deadly dangers and massive expenses. The obsession with making android robots come to life is the "Pinocchio Project" of the Promethean grasp for the ultimate power to create life from dead matter. These show the inadequacy of the subject/ object dichotomy, for these passions use reason and technology to enact and embody their mythic dramas. They are not subjective froth, but essential motivators that can be dangerous if not acknowledged.
Prof. Lee W Bailey (United States)
Department of Philosophy and Religion
BFA in Industrial Design, University of Illinois; M.Div. Union Theological Seminary, Columbia Univ. NYC; Ph.D. in Humanities, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)