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Jim Boulter
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Course Review
In many ways, this course has been seriously helpful as a budding technoscientist.  There are so many things I can praise this course for and only a few things I can criticize.  Overall, I rated this course well in course evaluations, however there are a fe...

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Human Enhancement, or nah?
Humans have been enhancing themselves since the days of the cave men.  For thousands of years, we have sought ways to be smarter, stronger, more fearsome, more deadly, more respected, more efficient, and so on.  In the innovations along the way, we have cre...

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Technology, Work, and Leisure
In a perfect world, there is no money.  There is no higher or lower classes or castes.  There are only people and there are things but their value is ambiguous.  The value of people's time is priceless.  This is the opposite of how human life is valued toda...

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Nanotechnology as a Supervillian
Nanotechnology is coming and it's a tidal wave.  The discovery which acts as the earthquake has yet to take place but all around the world are the miniature tremors that indicate the coming tectonic shift that will change life as we know it.  Many, as sugge...

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Engineer's Dilemma
Historically, efficiency has always butted heads with responsible action.  We see this in what is probably the most striking example, using efficient, but polluting, chemicals or using more natural, less polluting substances to accomplish the same thing.  O...

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Overconsumption: Engineering Garbage
With the most recent set of readings, ( 1 , 2 , 3 ), we have been presented with the problem of overconsumption.  Things that contribute to the issue of overconsumption are things like wasted food, or excess chemicals from producing a product.  These waste ...

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Deliberative Democracy in Action: Political Innovation II
In this weeks readings( 1 , 2 ) we investigate deliberative democracy in action instead of in theory.  We can use the toolkits we've discussed in class and apply them to these situations presented in the readings.  These tools will help us get a different p...

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Economic Innovations (Part II)
Since beginning this semester's journey through Science, Technology, and Society this week's blog post really serves as a sort of mid-term assessment.  We look back at the problems we have encountered all semester, separating the real ones from the ones we'...
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