Unformatted text preview: and the cities. The regular striking of bells brought regularity in the life of the workman. The clock made time keeping important; it dissociated time from human events and helped create the belief in an independent, finite world. Wise takes a more scientific and statistical approach to his explanation. He claims that the gender of automata in Britain was rooted in the natural sciences. He draws on Darwin’s explanation for sexual selection to explain “masculine” engines and “feminine” forms of entertainment. Wise uses Darwinian evolution and brain physiology to give explanation to the concepts of “gender” that were given to machines in the context of the Victorian Era in Britain...
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- Fall '11
- Mumford, psychological consequences technology