In the Absence of the Sacred

In the Absence of the Sacred

The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations

Book - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
Focuses on modern society's techno-war against indigenous peoples, arguing that such peoples' philosophy of the sacredness of the natural world offers a way to recover

Perseus Publishing
In his critically acclaimed Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, author and social critic Jerry Mander proclaimed that television, by its fundamental nature, is dangerous?to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to the democratic process. With In the Absence of the Sacred, he goes beyond television to critique our technological society as a whole.
In this provocative work, Mander challenges the utopian promise of technological society and tracks its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide. The Western world’s loss of a sense of the sacred in the natural world, he says, has led us toward global environmental disaster and social disorder?and worse lies ahead. Yet models for restoring our relationship with the Earth exist in the cultures of native peoples, whose values and skills have enabled them to survive centuries of invasion and exploitation.
Far from creating paradise on Earth, technology has instead produced an unsustainable contest for resources. Mander surveys the major technologies shaping the ?new world order”?computers, telecommunications, space exploration, genetic engineering, robotics, and the corporation itself?and warns that they are merging into a global mega-technology, with dire environmental and political results.

In his critically acclaimed Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, author and social critic Jerry Mander proclaimed that television, by its fundamental nature, is dangerousto personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to the democratic process. With In the Absence of the Sacred, he goes beyond television to critique our technological society as a whole.
In this provocative work, Mander challenges the utopian promise of technological society and tracks its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide. The Western world’s loss of a sense of the sacred in the natural world, he says, has led us toward global environmental disaster and social disorderand worse lies ahead. Yet models for restoring our relationship with the Earth exist in the cultures of native peoples, whose values and skills have enabled them to survive centuries of invasion and exploitation.
Far from creating paradise on Earth, technology has instead produced an unsustainable contest for resources. Mander surveys the major technologies shaping the new world order”computers, telecommunications, space exploration, genetic engineering, robotics, and the corporation itselfand warns that they are merging into a global mega-technology, with dire environmental and political results.


University of California Press
In his critically acclaimed Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, social critic Jerry Mander proclaimed that television, by its fundamental nature, is dangerous - to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to the democratic process.
Now, with In the Absence of the Sacred, Mander goes beyond television to critique our technological society as a whole. In this provocative work, he challenges the utopian promise of technological society and tracks its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide. The Western world's loss of a sense of the sacred in the natural world, he says, has led us toward global environmental disaster and social disorder, and worse lies ahead; yet models for restoring our relationship with the Earth exist in the cultures of native peoples, whose values have enabled them to survive centuries of invasion and exploitation.
Far from creating Paradise on Earth, technology has instead produced an unsustainable contest for resources. Mander surveys the major technologies shaping the "new world order" - computers, telecommunications, space exploration, genetic engineering, robotics, and the corporation itself - and warns that they are merging into a global megatechnology, with dire environmental and political results.


Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, c1991
ISBN: 9780871565099
0871565099
9780871567390
0871567393
Characteristics: 446 p. ; 24 cm

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ehallvan
May 13, 2014

This book examines the differences and conflicts between the unsustainable technological lifestyle of modern civilization and the sustainable lifestyle of indigenous cultures. The book delves deeply into the many facets of modern technology to give a whole picture of technology itself that is often overlooked in favour of technological 'things'.

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