John Ehrenfeld on technology as “a way of holding the world”

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“Technology also appears in a second linguistic form: as a way of holding the world. In this manifestation, technology belongs to one category of the structure of culture, or the beliefs we hold. Beliefs are the filters through which we construct meaning out of the incoherent signals with which the world constantly bombards our senses. Technology, in this manifestation, imparts a particular meaning to the world that shapes our experiences and determines how we go about our business, and it profoundly shapes our culture. Technological artifacts always act as filters for worldly phenomena and affect the meaning of the signals we process in our bodies. The world appears different through eyeglasses than it does without.” -John Ehrenfeld, Sustainability by Design

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