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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #84      A Publication of The Nature Institute      February 9, 1999
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
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                           *** SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE ***
    
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                      HOW TO BEGIN THINKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
    
                        The Pursuit of Entangled Opposites
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    CONTENTS
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    Editor's Note
       Thinking in Opposites, Thinking in Unities
    
    Quotes and Provocations
       Want to Globalize? Then Localize!
       Please Don't Love Me Only for My Architecture
       Freeman Dyson on the Survival of Craftsmanship
       Brief Notes on Polarity
    
    There is No Such Thing as Information (Stephen L. Talbott)
       But there is always stuff
    
    The Great Knowledge Implosion (Stephen L. Talbott)
       We're in an era of unprecedented knowledge loss
    
    DEPARTMENTS
    
    Correspondence
       Wholeness and a Society without Gender (Karla Tonella)
    
    Announcements and Resources
       Where to Go Next
    
    About this newsletter
    
    
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                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    
    I've wanted to put this Special Issue together for a long time, but never
    felt up to the task.  My desire was to begin sharing with you some of the
    germinal convictions from which nearly all my commentary in NETFUTURE has
    arisen.  Certainly, I thought, the need is there.  I hardly ever finish a
    piece without feeling a note of despair:  "Readers will wonder where that
    came from"; or, "I have hopelessly failed to show the ground for this
    point of view".
    
    The problem is that the ground is ... the ground.  It's more difficult to
    notice where you are standing than to take in the vista from there.  The
    ground is full of assumptions you may not even be able to identify, let
    alone explain.  And if you have spent decades trying to free yourself from
    the most entrenched assumptions of your culture -- assumptions about self
    and other, matter and spirit, thought and world -- the task of making your
    words accessible to those who stand on other ground begins to seem
    impossible.
    
    But I have always taken the view that this sense of impossibility
    represents the limitations of my own expressive powers, not the limitation
    of the readership.  Unable to transcend my limitations, I have for a long
    while thought it best to hold silence.  But occasionally one comes to a
    point where risking failure is the necessary choice.  And this issue of
    NETFUTURE feels very much like a failure to me.  Certainly it is
    too "heavy