Industrialization as Technology Changing People I and II (Liv. Lab. Ch.2)
1. Explain the concept of culture as used in the course.
2. Explain how a culture affects the way we make use of our senses.
3. Explain the role of metaconscious knowledge in human life and society. Illustrate your
answer with some examples.
4. Explain how babies and children acquire a metaconscious knowledge of the culture-
based connectedness of the society in which they grow up.
5. Explain some of the primary differences between human memory and computer
6. Explain how the organizations of the brain-minds of the members of a traditional
society act as mental maps to orient them in their world.
7. Explain how we learn the conversation distance and the eye etiquette of our culture.
8. What would happen to a society if no metaconscious knowledge, corresponding to the
cultural unity, was created in the minds of its members?
9. Explain the new cultural unities that emerged in the organizations of the brain-minds
of people in the first generation of industrial societies.
10. How did the cultures of the first generation of industrial societies integrate a
progressively strengthening technology-based connectedness with a weakening culture-
11. How do the sacred and myths of a society transform a way of life that a society has
created over many generations into the only way of life the members of a society can live.
12. Explain the characteristics that distinguish the first generation of industrial societies
from traditional societies.
13. Using concepts developed in the course, explain why you agree or disagree with the
The transition from a traditional to an industrial society made human life much
more rational in the sense that it no longer depended on myth. This represents an
important step forward for humanity.
14. Briefly explain the concept of a dimension of mediation. Describe 9 primary
dimensions generally associated with the way of life of a society.
15. Explain how the cultural unity of a society delimits individual diversity. 16. Explain the differences between human communication and the communication of
information between computers.
17. Explain the difference between reality as it is known by a society and the reality that
lies beyond. Does science know reality better today than it did some time ago? Explain
18. How do cultures symbolize the unknown, and what are the implications for the
evolution of a society?
19. In order to reflect on whether contemporary cultures continue to include myths,
review the pre-judgments about technology that we acquire when growing up in a
modern society. Explain these pre-judgments and discuss how these may or may not
point to contemporary myths.
Industrialization and the Changing Relationship Between Technology and Society
(Liv. Lab. Ch.3)
1. The complexity of the interactions between a society and its technology may be
represented by 45 categories of how a tec