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00000000000Stefan Helmreich

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21A.340J/STS.075J Technology and Culture Professor Stefan Helmreich Lecture 2: Theories of Technology and Culture INTRODUCTORY THEMES Theories of Technology and Culture Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1948. Magic, Science and Religion. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press, (pp. 17-35). Bronislaw Malinowski was a British-trained anthropologist who did his most famous work in the Trobriand Islands, in the South Pacific. “Magic, Science, and Religion,” from 1925, concerns his theories about how people think and reason about the world, both in the tribal societies he studied as well as his own. So, his argument. What is it? What are Malinowski’s definitions of magic, science, and religion? Magic The attempt to control the natural world through human action; tradition-based, dependent on rituals, pragmatic. Science Empirical observation, based on a body of rules and conceptions and on experience; knowledge derived by logical inference (full definition on p. 34).
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