What is Technology?
“You’re soaking in it.”
If You, like me — and many billons of others — were marinated in millennia of western exo-centric, reductive materialist thinking, it is understandable you might have come to believe ‘technology’ can only come in material form. Stuff and things with capacities, like computers, cars and satellites.
Since we are today worldwide we seem to be soaking in it, it would be nice to know, is what we understand ‘technology’ to be the half, or the whole of it?
Is there a bigger picture?
Must technology only reside within things? Is technology only made manifest in matter? Does technology need to reside within a material physical object? To not coin a phrase,It that all there is? Or is there perhaps, something… less?
Things. the world is filled with them, but ‘stuff’is not all there is. There is context. There are relationships, patterns, and some curious proprties or aspects, like gravity, that can can be difficult to discern, unless an apple metaphorically hits you on the head.
In this vast magical living universe we are still getting to know, it seems safe to say, therr is more than just the forest and the trees, there the environment itself. There is the figure, and there is the ground. There are objects, and there is negative space. And dark matter.
In fact, in the last couple of decades, Cosmologists have recently begin insisting something 97% of the whole universe is literally not made out of what we presently understand is matter. Oh, and there are thousands of other planets, now it seems mostly dwarf planets circling dwarf stars. That makes sense.
However, if you have been paying attention, you will be aware that for more than a century, even if God does mot play dice withe the universe, still atoms are mostly nothing. Particles are waves and matter is merely condenced energy frozen into seemingly physical form. That you can never touch – only move into electron cloud repulsion proximity.
Spoiler alert: neither the final frontier is nor the truth is out there. you will only find these things inside you.
when i first came into awareness in the mid 20th century america, man, there sure was a huge focus on stuff and things. and wow! technology! over and over again, new things were created and embued with different kind of capacity. some technology you might hold in your hand like a cell phone, or a gun .
But these are not the only kind of technology there is.
Yes, guns cars and computers are physical technological objects — exo-technology if you will; things with technological capacity built into them. objects outside of your self. But do not make the mistake of thinking the half is the whole.
As there are these externalized aspects of technological manifestation, so too are there endo-technologies, our innate inner abilities and systems of understanding. Capacities that need no machines or externalized material objects to have their reality shaping impacts on the world.
Our present tense emergent western recognition of these inner and non-material technology has been been a long time coming. But if you consider the last 70 years of computer technological development, a pattern quickly emerges; as each decade has past, less and less stuff somehow has developed more and more computing power.
As computers have de-materialized from gigantic machines – virtual information factories – that took up whole basements, into something we now can lose in our laundry — now is a great time to re-explore what is ‘technology’. Does it exist only outside of our being, and only in material things?
What of our vast interior universes? Are there slumbering interior technologies inside us all?
Technology is any system of organized knowledge, and the Materialist Western technologies are not the only kind.
What of our inner-technologies – our generationally created ineriors , our genetically organized systems of knowledge – the actual fabric of our accrued being ?
the growing awareness of epigenetics – the awareness of systems intelligence, the recognition and awareness that we are more than mere cognition – all this is perhaps happening now in the west as consquence of of a broad cultural awakening.
Because of the exo-technologies of global communication and connection now entwine the world, more and more of us can now comprehend what the most succeessful, balanced and enduring human cultures have known for thousands of years.
we are all one.
consider meditation. is this astonishingly refined ancient system of organizing knowledge a technology?
you bet your sweet ass it is!
and if you cant go to the mountain, well then, the mauna will come to you!
congratulations! we made it to now! of course, the now party has been going on already for billions of years, but don’t worry – you didn’t miss anything, it’s all still here — in fact,
welcome to the present!
an infinite gift we are all soaking in
seeing more of the picture, largely as a result of the staggering connectivity we are experiencing in this global historical moment.
that are so sophisticated and refined, no material objects are required.
Just as we are now discovering the so much more of the universe we are living within is made of so much more than merely ‘stuff’ and ‘things’, so too are there non-material technologies
many of them from cultures not so materialist fixated, many of them beautiful, and highly refined, many of them inside you, as of yet, perhaps not well recognized as “technology” because it is not manifest in the form of our culturally shaped expectations.
technology is any formal system of organized knowledge