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Tools of Thought

 John Eisenberg states, “Thought is so intimately associated with the conventions of a technology, that it is hard for users to see that different media are independent means for the expression of thought.”  He then further explains this idea in terms of the transformation alphabet users made in adopting a new system of communication.  He states, “Alphabet users have a hard time giving up their literate intuitions, for the adoption of writing systems transformed human thought.”  It seems as though Eisenberg speaks of a time when the only means of communication was orally, whether it stories that were passed down, or even medical treatments that were used through the ages—they were all originally communicated orally.  We see a proactive movement taking place as this oral form of communication eventually leads towards advancements in forming alphabetical characters, and using these characters to form a ‘writing system.’  This itself shows the origins of not only language, and written communication, but also the origin of technological communication.  Ancient civilizations used thought, and were able to pass down advancements in their thoughts and ideas, technologically, through the use of writing systems.  People themselves are a form of technology that use thought to ignite more advancements in technology (such as an oral language, and then a writing system), which is then passed down through generations that also add to this snowball effect of technological advancements.

Through the relationship between technological advancements, and its origins, there is a sense of innate connection between all living creatures.  This is revealed in David Abram’s “The Spell of the Sensuous,” as he analyzes our reactions towards other animals, and forms of technology in this techno sphere.  He states, “When we attend to our experience not as intangible minds but as sounding, speaking bodies, we begin to sense that we are heard, even listen to, by the numerous other bodies that surround us.  Our sensing bodies respond to the eloquence of certain buildings and boulders, to the articulate motions of dragonflies.  We find ourselves alive in listening, speaking world.” This is a very interesting observation, as it shows a sense of unity in all of creation, as parts to a mechanical masterpiece.  Our reactions and thoughts towards other creatures, serve as a tool in understanding the habitants of the world around us.  This creates a form of harmony with mankind and all other creations, as parts to a greater functioning masterpiece.

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~ by renyvarughese on April 6, 2011.

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