Technology and Spirituality
LAS 349 - Technology and Spirituality3 hours This seminar will holistically examine the coming together of technology and spirituality. In that context, we will explore some seminal questions: What is technology? What is spirituality? Can the nexus between the two be identified and probed? Are the benefits of technology restricted to an enriching material life or can they be extended to an uplifting of our spirit as well? Does technology bring true freedom to our working lives and to our leisure? Does technology draw a fine line between avoiding work and evading leisure? Does technology erase the distinction between work and leisure and render humankind its slave? Can an examination of the core of technology – the essence – give us helpful hints in our pursuit of spiritual growth? Can this core speak then, to the spirituality of technology? Julian Huxley said, “We are not men, we are only candidates to humanity.” How does technology advance our candidacy? Through critical engagement of materials from various disciplines, these are some of the questions we will explore together in this seminar.