Science, Technology, and Society

Another class I have this Spring '07 semester is "Science, Technology, and Society" with the esteemed Dr. Neuenschwander. In STS we study the relationships between those three topics and the effects they have on each other and us. We look into some of the moral issues that are created by Science and Technology.As part of the class we are to read two books, the first Disturbing the Universe by Freeman Dyson and the second Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert Pirsig. In addition to reading these books, each week we write a "letter" about the journey we are taking in STS. The letters are supposed to be how we relate to something we've read in the assigned readings (from those books or handouts in class). In the words of the assignment we are to show evidence that we've "reflected on the reading and/or discussion of the week" and "applied the reading and/or discussion to your own experience or observations". So, as a treat for you, I will be posting these letters here, which will comprise this short book. Each chapter is titled with a brief phrase about the content of the letter and the reading for that week.