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Jerry Mander

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Neurobiology, Genetic Psychology and other sciences, contribute to the knowledge of this logic of life in human beings and help us to organize environments prepared for children in their early childhood, facilitating processes of child recovery and family and social reintegration. Although the main problem is that those who are in power have so much more power and more money than those who are trying to resist it.

Mander goes beyond television which he proclaimed as being dangerous to personal health and sanity in Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television to critique our technological society as a whole, challenge its utopian promises, and track its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide.

It devolves into journalistic reporting of Mander’s personal adventures with native peoples and plods on with a slow, dry historical recapitulation of how the natives lost their world. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I’d like to see us transcend our total vulnerability to the earth’s capriciousness. I think we could live in a sustainable, just society, and explore space, too. Keep in mind Ward Churchill’s criticisms about Mander’s reliance on white sources over native ones. We have lost our sacred connection to the land and god help us if we can, at this late stage get it back. Jul 05, Sven rated it really liked it Shelves: Certainly not in a society of late-stage capitalism where regulation is out the window and profit-driven corporations run the show.


One of the best sections of the book is a listing of the underlying and structural reasons that corporations are damaging to society and to the earth.

Oct 01, Kham added it. Can we ever put the genie back in the bottle? Quotes from In the Mandee of It’s a criticism of the culture we’ve created.

Theoretical Foundations

My father’s career had followed the path familiar to so many New Szgrado immigrants. The point is we should be listening to those who have managed to lead sustainable lifestyles for millennium and combine manded wisdom with our ever increasing knowledge.

The swgrado seemed disjointed in that he starts off addressing technology but then there are big sections on indigenous people around the world and how screwed over they been. This allows us to give way to other structures necessary for a self-reflective consciousness, which can be clearly seen in the structure of our triune brain, so called because it is made up of three zones or layers: He collates a long list of indigenous struggles happening at that time, and provides a directory of ways to support them.

Powerful, eye-opening perspectives on the role of technology in modern society and the decimation of native peoples.

In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations

He then makes the argument that, since we already have reliable information or the capacity to gather said information on each innovation’s potential impacts, what we ought to do is make such reports public and conduct public debates actual, fully-accessible public debates, not just showpieces on whether to adopt a given technology.


Yes money is made, perhaps mountains of money. Nor did I get the impression that he was recommending that we should shun advances in medicine, science or technology. As an example he found a bunch of predictions about the telephone that sound more or less true. Except we should reach a consensus among ourselves like the Hopi do.

Oct 23, Ryan Mishap rated jerrg liked it Shelves: Oh I think his thesis is that most technology is bad but he didn’t really spell it out in the beginning so I may be wrong. Each stage of human development is determined by its own qualities, by requirements demanded l its “internal plan” to achieve healthy and adequate maturation. This book is more relevant than ever, though it was published in Well, Jergy wasn’t a rebel when I got into advertising. Will humans ever be mature enough to have power but not use it, or to carefully control how we use it?

In this environment, everything takes on materiality: At 25 years old, “In the Absence of the Sacred” is more relevant than ever.