ERIC Number: ED058755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Humanization of Technical Man.
Wallenstein, Gerd D.
As several authors (Charles Reich and Theodore Roczak, for instance) have concluded, a new or counter culture is emerging. It is unlikely, however, that this culture can or will dispense with technology. Instead, its characteristic will be a new form of humanism in which the rational and irrational sides of humanity will be fused into a harmonious whole. Such a fusion poses a challenge to scientists and their platform of rational objectivity. Engineers, by contrast, are mediators between science and humanity. They need to recognize the existence and value of the less rational components now coming into their own through the new culture. Engineers should turn towards humanism both in their professional and personal attitudes. Professionally, they should accept a role as a responsible mediator, work through their organizations to make sure the organization works for the good of society, and obtain a broad rather than overspecialized education. Personally, they should take a broad interest in society, in the creation of art and literature, in history, and in life. (Author/JK)
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Authoring Institution: San Jose State Coll., CA.
Note: Cybernetic Systems Monograph 1