Week 3 Response - and the cities. The regular striking of...

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Week 3 Response: “Reflect on the differences in the methodologies employed by Mumford and Wise for writing about the history of machines.” Mumford approaches his writing about the history of machines by expanding on sociological and psychological consequences technology had on culture. In Technics and Civilization , Mumford discusses the invention of the clock and the use of the clock in monasteries to create a regular, mechanical life. Rather than use scientific explanations and statistics as Wise did in The Gender of Automata in Victorian Britain , Mumford explains the clock in social terms. With the invention of the clock, time and space underwent an extraordinary change. The intervals dictated between hours, minutes, and seconds by the clock demanded an orderly routine in both the monasteries
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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 Darwins 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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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course GE CLUSTER HOMT taught by Professor Cooper during the Fall '11 term at UCLA.

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