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Cathy Brandenburg rated it really liked it May 31, Basalla’s most concerned with dispelling the—fallacious, in his view—idea that technological development occurs in a series of discontinuous revolutions initiated by individual “genius” inventors. Although the title is a loaded one, Basalla is careful to always demarcate where the metaphor he consciously invokes breaks down, such as is the case when discussing natural selection in evolution versus artificial selection in technology.

Why do I blog this? His first task was to demonstrate that innovation did, in fact, evolve — by synthesizing or altering existing innovations.

G.Basalla: The Evolution of Technology

No sustainable society used wheels, because they had no need for them. Technological innovation is entirely off their radar. If it’s the case geotge “revolutions” are more a product of historical analysis than actual fact, what criteria can we use for calling an artifact or invention “novel”, and what factors in society determine these criteria?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Our complex labyrinth of technology herds georgs through a chute. At the gate of the path to healing, rubbish ideas must be left in the recycle bin.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He just mentions how closed the Muslims against the sc It is a well-written examination of the scientific and technical development history of the human kind.

Dec 05, J. George Basalla’s book called ” The Evolution of Technology ” Cambridge University Press, is another important resource for the game controller project.

Trivia About The Evolution of George Basalla – – Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 48 1: The whole book is driven by a strong theoretical perspective: While he doesn’t dispute that individuals can make significant contributions to invention, he goes to great lengths to establish a sense of continuity when it comes to innovation.

He just mentions how closed the Muslims against the scientific progress, just by mentioning a hadith of the Prophet Muhammed as there are lots of other hadiths that encourage people to learn new things.

When Europeans brought this knowledge home, it sparked immense innovation that led to major changes in their way of life. Wild tribes often badalla carried stuff home on their backs via footpaths, or paddled canoes — wheels required far more effort: Mar 25, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing.

In this part, evlution author substitutes the notion of “Homo Faber ” “Man the maker” techjology “Homo Ludens” “Man the Player” to show the role of play in innovation. Basalla divides this analysis into four major types of factors that he splits across the two chapters: Why did inventions occur? The book just seemed to be unusually objective, as if it had a good cleansing soak in a potent mythocide. Contents Diversity Necessity and Evolution.


He explains the origins of the discontinuous argument with the following notions: Mostly the recurring chat about circulation of design choices with my neighbor Basile, as well as an exchange of tweets with Antonio Casilli who recommended the book.

Alper Coplugil rated it really liked it Oct 19, Diversity Necessity and Evolution. Good example of sticking to a thesis. Knowledge transfer by borrowing some aspects of a technology outside: History of Western Philosophy. Society had far less resistance to new evoution.

The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla

Apprentices worked hard to imitate the work of their elders, and their success earned respect. Three themes appear, with variations, throughout the study. Evolution of spark catchers for train locomotive smokestacks Novelty This chapter aimed at understanding how to account for differences and diversity in technological artifacts.

It’s interesting that technology is held up as the prime example of ‘intelligent design’, but this book shows that technology is poorly understood as a process, and may be best explained in evolutionary terms.

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No keywords specified fix it. Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors. To him the difference is the following:.

The Evolution of Technology works because Basalla articulates his thesis so clearly and precisely that his entire argument is, if not convincing, at least admirable.