virus: Technology (was manifest science)

Brett Robertson (
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RE: Technology

Websters uses the definition "a manner of accomplishing a task..." (especially regarding the way knowledge may be applied).

My understanding allows that a technology is a NATURAL process.

Eyes, immune systems, etc. (while seeming to be types of "tools") are more the PRODUCT of a technology than a technology proper. Thus, *specialization* might be the technology which produces such biological products.

Actually, biological systems (eyes, etc.) seem a BYproduct of the technology. I would relate such side-effects of a technology to the *institutions* established in a society (church, school, home, etc.). As such, we might talk about the immune-system "institution" (and the immunization "industry"-- implying by this that an *industry* is the means by which an institution, in this case the immune system, might be "put to work").

Institution and industry, together, form a "bureaucracy" implying the means by which what is mechanized is objectified and/or how what is objectified contingently (by way of institution and industry) might be empowered.

I might then contrast this particular bureaucracy (the "immunities bureaucracy") to the "technology of specialization". This is to say, the technology of specialization suggests a natural way of doing (a process) and so involves a force for mechanizing which does not REQUIRE particular institutions or industries to have its intended effect.

That is, specialization-- as a technology-- is the process by which matter and energy use positives and negatives to balance entropy with synergy for mechanizing order (by way of specialization) for the production of life: This life force may then be EXTERNALIZED in a way which empowers the functioning of organic byproducts-- such as the industry of immunity and the institution of immunization (or the bureaucracy of immunities). To THIS degree, specialization may also be said to have been hardwired into a human immune *system*... as long as such "works"

The "bureaucracy of immunities", on the other hand (as contrasted from the technology) may cause the overall system to internalize resistance to its own technological advancement. This might occur, for instance, when what is institutionalized (immunity) and industrialized (immunization) uses the force of a technology (medicine as life specialization) to mechanize itself within the system (the survival of the fittest/ destruction of the least fit) allowing that antibiotics and super-germs arise which act COUNTER to the immune force.

Brett Lane Robertson
Indiana, USA
MindRecreation Metaphysical Assn.
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> Freedom is a technology, justice is a spiritual quality, happiness, etc.

Brett, do you consider any of our evolved tools "technology"? For example, is 'eyesight' a technology? Or the human immune system? What about our emotions? I'm looking to understand your definition a bit more versus my definition.