Dr. Spalding talks about the the human ability to create technology and the way that humans gain their identity from their community. In the ancient Greek world of Sophocles, a person’s primary political community was the city where that person lived. Aristotle, who also lived in that world, once said that a person without a city was like an isolated game piece, like a lonesome checker. In what ways do you think that the human ability to create technology leads to such isolation, and in what ways does that ability help enable community?
Photo: “Checker” by Chris Richmond is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.