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Book Title: Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink|
The author of the book: Richard L. Currier
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Edition: Arcade Publishing
Date of issue: August 18th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781628725223
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The size of the: 22.97 MB
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Although we usually think of technology as something unique to modern times, our ancestors began to create the first technologies millions of years ago in the form of prehistoric tools and weapons. Over time, eight key technologies gradually freed us from the limitations of our animal origins.
The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter radically restructured the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa. Symbolic communication transformed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. The invention of agriculture revolutionized the relationship between humanity and the environment, and the technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, digital technologies may well unite all of humanity for the benefit of future generations.
Synthesizing the findings of primatology, paleontology, archeology, history, and anthropology, Richard Currier reinterprets and retells the modern narrative of human evolution that began with the discovery of Lucy and other Australopithecus fossils. But the same forces that allowed us to integrate technology into every aspect of our daily lives have also brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe. Unbound explains both how we got here and how human society must be transformed again to achieve a sustainable future.
Technology: “The deliberate modification of any natural object or substance with forethought to achieve a specific end or to serve a specific purpose.”
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Read information about the authorRichard L. Currier earned his BA and PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and conducted ethnographic field research for his doctorate on the Greek island of Ios in the Southern Cyclades, where he spent fifteen months studying patterns of social interaction in traditional Greek island society.
His latest book, UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink, was published in August of 2015 by Arcade Publishing, New York, NY.
As an Instructor in Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Currier taught introductory courses in both physical and cultural anthropology as well as upper division courses in cultures of contemporary Latin America, cultures of the Mediterranean, cultures of Mesoamerica, human evolution, peasant societies, primate social behavior, religion and culture, sexuality and culture, and world ethnography. More information can be found on his personal website at www.RichardLCurrier.com.
Richard L. Currier has published numerous feature articles, columns and book reviews in national publications, and--working with scholars at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem--he co-authored a ten-volume archeology series for young adults.
A pioneer in the design and development of interactive learning technologies, Dr. Currier has won numerous awards for his work.
A native New Yorker, Richard Currier lives in Oceanside, California.