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Oh yeah, I’m totally liveblogging this read. :3
“As a number of recent philosophers have argued, we would be hugely mistaken to think that the essence of technology consists of hardware. The “most obvious, massive, and impressive example” of technology may be the machine…but the essence of technology…is something less tangible, “the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given state of development) in every field of human activity.” Wrapped in that thicket of words is a simple and cogent insight: what makes our technological civilization possible is not our tools but rather the rules that tell us how to construct and use them. In the “starkest” terms, the essence of technology lies not in the Iron Man armor and arsenal but in the know-how that created and that operates them.”
— Iron Man and Philosophy, ed. Mark D. White • The text goes on to talk about the methodology of creating technology itself to be the truth of it, but I prefer to think of it as the essence not being in the cool stuff or just the methodology but rather existing in the reason of human intelligence, the creativity of human imagination, and the capability of human hands to manifest and utilize the result of all these things working together. The fact that Tony can not only dream up these amazing impossible things but can create them with his own two hands is one of the things that truly makes him a pioneer and futurist.
- Me: Who's the most ironic superhero?
- Gab: I don't know, are superheroes ironic? *serious thought*
- Me: IT'S IRON MAN
- Me: 'CAUSE HE'S ALWAYS IRON-Y