Philosophy of Technology
Part A Questions. Write your answers in 3 sentences. No choice.
- “Evolution become conscious of itself.” How would you modify this understanding of human being for our contemporary days?
- What is transhumanism?
- “The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.” What is this existing problem?
- What is colony collapse disorder (CCD) and name some of its consequences.
- “Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity. “ This is quote from Arnold Toynbee. Who is he?
- “Philosophers have interpreted the world. The point is to change it.” (Karl Marx). What do you understand by this statement?
- What is uroboros?
- Give some examples and consequences of hyperreal.
- What is a fyborg?
- How is culture related to nature today?
- Who is Teilhard de Chardin?
- What is a singularity?
- “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” How do you apply it to a corporation?
- “The breakdown of society occurs when creative individuals fail to lead through the exercise of creative power, resulting in withdrawal of the allegiance of the majority and a subsequent loss of social unity.” Comment.
- "It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race.” How do you characterize this “Indian ending.”
- Briefly describe what is mysticism of silence?
- How do you enunciate mysticism of service?
- “Matter is sacred.” Why?
- “Trace of infinity in the face of the other.” Comment.
- How do you appreciate sunyata?
- What is a “mahavakya”. Give one example.
- “To be religious is to be inter-religious.” Comment.
- “Mysticism of the marketplace.” What is it?
- “To be deeply religious is to be broadly religious.” Comment.
- “Every problem created by humans have a human solution.” (John F. Kennedy) Apply it to the corporate life.
- If science makes our lives “comfortable,” what does religion do to our lives?
- “The religion that fears science insults god and commits suicide.” Why?
- “It may sound bizarre, but in my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion.” How?
- How do you relate mystery and mysteriousness?
- How do you differentiate between a 'problem' and a 'mystery.'?
Part B Question. Attempt only one question (out of two) One page reflective answer is expected.
- Cosmic Extinction or Collective Extension. Elaborate
- Apply the story of the sinking ship to the corporate world.
- Human beings need both roots and wings. Explore philosophically.
- What is philosophizing and what is its relevance to business management?
- "Life is not a problem to be lived, but a mystery to be encountered." Give your critical appreciation of this statement.