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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    Issue #118     A Publication of The Nature Institute         March 1, 2001
                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
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    Editor's Note
       Lowell Monke's New Book
       On Activism and an Open Mind
    Water, Energy, and Global Warming (Michael D'Aleo and Stephen Edelglass)
       Have we selected our primary villain too soon?
    Tech Knowledge Revue (Langdon Winner)
       Introducing the Automatic Professor Machine
       Ravel at Camphill (David Plank)
       Don't Mistake Power for God (Dale Lehman)
       Animal Cruelty Is Related to Violence among Humans (David Miller)
       Sources for Alternative Meats (Phil Walsh)
    Announcements and Resources
       Two Technology-criticism Web Sites
    About this newsletter
                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    Lowell Monke's New Book
    A book by NetFuture's occasional columnist, Lowell Monke, has just been
    published by the State University of New York Press.  Co-authored with
    R.W. Burniske, a researcher in the Computer Writing and Research
    Laboratory at the University of Texas, the book is called Breaking Down
    the Digital Walls: Learning to Teach in a Post-Modem World.  It includes,
    along with much other good stuff, Lowell's wonderful essay, "The Web and
    the Plow", first published in NF #19.  Both authors were, during the
    writing of this book, deeply engaged in teaching computer technology to
    high school students, and the book reflects some deep thinking about their
    Go to www.sunypress.edu/breaking.html for sample chapters and ordering
    information.  I hope to publish an excerpt from the book in a later issue.
    On Activism and an Open Mind
    When we channel our environmental concerns into activism, we always place
    our understanding at risk.  We need the movements and causes, of course,
    but it requires special vigilance to prevent our activist commitments from
    clouding our vision.  Anyone who has once taken a public stand knows that
    openness to fresh insights conflicting with this stand demands a certain
    selflessness.  Egotism has doubtless sabotaged the growth potential of
    many a promising movement.
    Yet an inflexible reading of the facts is particularly ironic when it
    comes to the environment, because if ecology has taught us anything at
    all, it's that there is always something else to consider, always
    additional complicating factors.