Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Have the Benefits of Technology Made Us Happier?

Civilization and its Discontents (1929) Sigmund Freud reading:

Is technology even worth it?... considering the impacts on our happiness?

Class Discussion:According to Freud, human power over nature, subjugation of the forces of nature "has NOT increased the amount of pleasurable satisfaction which they may expect fro life and has not made them feel happier."

Do you agree that technology is allowing for incredible overcrowding of our planet?

Are we messing with natural selection? Is this a scary eugenics kind of argument?
Does technology always help the sick? Are we equipped to make ethical decisions?
Have societal ethics shifted? What is unnatural?

Group Time for collaboration on Community Proposals.

1/2 class tour of Physical Plant: Steve Linke and Jon Ackerman from PPS gave us a tour of the NT roof; we viewed the solar photovoltaic panels. He explained how the HVAC system works at New Trier and toured us through the boiler room; Linke also explained how future plans for heating/cooling will happen with future renovations of the physical plant.

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