Engineering 124 Notes - Engineering 124 Spring 2007...

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Engineering 124 Spring 2007 Professor Kastenberg UC Berkeley Written By Raymond Leung
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Table of Contents Lecture 1 The Epistemology of Technological Development I 1 Lecture 2 The Epistemology of Technological Development II 2 Lecture 3 Mythic Age and Axial Age 5 Lecture 4 Paradigmatic Individuals 7 Lecture 5 Class Outline 10 Lecture 6 Modernity and the Developmental 12 Lecture 7 “An Inconvenient Truth” Part I 14 Lecture 8 Perspectivalism 16 Lecture 9 “An Inconvenient Truth” Part II 18 Lecture 10 Professional Code of Ethics 20 Lecture 11 Risk Analysis and Utilitarianism 22 Lecture 12 Review of Perspectivalism and the Developmental 25 Lecture 13 Confucianism 27 Lecture 14 Hinduism and Buddhism 29 Lecture 15 Taoism 32 Lecture 16 Other Paradigms : Newtonian versus Complexity 34 Lecture 17 Complexity versus Complicated 37 Lecture 18 Complex Systems and General Systems Theory 38 Lecture 19 Nuclear Energy, Waste, and Weapons Part I 40 Lecture 20 Nuclear Energy, Waste, and Weapons Part II 42 Lecture 21 Genetic Engineering 44 Lecture 22 Indigenous Cultures 47 Lecture 23 Discussion of the Virginia Tech Massacre 49 Lecture 24 Biotechnology 51 Lecture 25 Nanotechnology 53 Lecture 26 Genetically Modified Organisms 57 Lecture 27 Information Technology Part I 58 Lecture 28 Information Technology Part II 61 Lecture 29 Course Review 63
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University of California, Berkeley Professor Kastenberg Engineering 124 Impacts of Technology on Society Engineering 124 Lecture 1 Jan. 16, 2007 The Epistemology of Technology Development o Descartes – 1637 ± “I Think Therefore I am” I exist because I think Everything is logical and rational ± Invented Analytical Geometry o Newton – 1687 ± Law of Universal Gravity o Newtonian-Cartesian Paradigm Start of the scientific era ± Atomistic – Reductionism ± Deterministic – Cause & Effect ± Subject/Object Dualism – Deductions from Empirical Observations Newtonian-Cartesian Paradigm o Reductionism ± Breakup into parts to become knowledgeable of the system as a whole o Causality ± Cause & Effect Ball rolls down the hill because of gravity o Dualism ± Subject/Object The observer does not effect the outcome of the object o Challenged in Quantum physics where the observer actually do effect the outcome The 3 Virtues as defined by Houston Smith o Veracity ± Truth, objectivity o Humility ± Equality, fair-share and no more Just because you are rich, you are not entitled to more o Charity ± Golden Rule, fair-share Lecture 1 1 of 1 1/16/2007 Written By Raymond Leung 1
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University of California, Berkeley Professor Kastenberg Engineering 124 Impacts of Technology on Society Engineering 124 Lecture 2 Jan 23, 2007 The Epistemology of Technological Development Part II 17 th Century – Age of Modernity & Enlightenment o Paradigm - the lens through which we see the world o Ends 1900 – 1950 with Quantum Physics ± 1901 – Energy Quantum: Planck ± 1905 – Brownian Motion: Einstein
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