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    WELCOME! Before We Start:

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    The Aims of the Day:1.Our Challenge:

    Humanities Under Threat. The BraveNew World!

    The Case for Humanities. The Fight Back.3. Effective Humanities Teaching

    and Practical Ideas.4. Questions and Answers.

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    Our Challenge!Humanities Under Threat.

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    AS IF!!?TECHNOFEAR!

    WHO ARE THEY KIDDING?A NEW PARADIGM orJUST a NEW

    TOOL?

    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

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    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

    OR is it that

    THE MORE THINGSCHANGE, THE MORETHEY STAY THE

    SAME?

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    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

    OR is CONTINUITY MORE

    IMPORTANT?

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    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

    if Grog the caveman was defrosted, he could be taught to

    text, burn DVDs and set up a Facebook account!

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    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

    what it means to be human has

    not essentially changed

    throughout the years. If changeoutpaces this continuity toomuch, then society and peoplebecome dysfunctional and

    alienated. We have to keep inmind what is important to us ashuman beings.

    DYSFUNCTION

    ALIENATIONor

    CONTINUITY

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    THEN AGAIN, I could be WRONG.

    Plenty of People have underestimated theimpact of technology on change over the

    years. But maybe we have still lost sight of

    what is really important.

    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

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    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

    otherwise, we head towards

    FUTURE SHOCK!

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    Throughout history mankind has been

    making predictions of the future. With theadvent of technology, the predictionsmoved away from religious topics to

    scientific and technological.Here is a selection of the 30 best.

    TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE and CONTINUITY

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    1. There is no reason anyone would want a

    computer in their home. Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.

    (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing againstthe PC in 1977.

    2. We will never make a 32 bit operating system. Bill Gates

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    3. Lee DeForest has said in many newspapers

    and that it would be possible to transmit thehuman voice across the Atlantic before manyyears. Based on these absurd and deliberatelymisleading statements, the misguided public

    has been persuaded to purchase stock in hiscompany

    a U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting American inventor LeeDeForest for selling stock fraudulently through the mail for hisRadio Telephone Company in 1913.

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    4. There is practically no chance communications

    space satellites will be used to provide better

    telephone, telegraph, television, or radio serviceinside the United States.

    T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, in 1961 (the first commercialcommunications satellite went into service in 1965).

    5. To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and projecthim into the controlling gravitational field of themoon where the passengers can make scientificobservations, perhaps land alive, and then return toearth - all that constitutes a wild dream worthy ofJules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such aman-made voyage will never occur regardless of allfuture advances.

    Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube,in 1926

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    6. A rocket will never be able to leave the Earths

    atmosphere. New York Times, 1936.

    7. Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical

    (sic) and insignificant, if not utterly impossible. -Simon Newcomb; The Wright Brothers flew at Kittyhawk 18 monthslater.

    8. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president ofthe British Royal Society, 1895.

    9. There will never be a bigger plane built. A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247,a twin engine plane that holds ten people

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    10. Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probablybe a reality in 10 years. Alex Lewyt, president of vacuum cleaner company Lewyt Corp., in the

    New York Times in 1955.

    11. This is the biggest fool thing we have ever done.The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expertin explosives.

    Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of theArmy and Navy during World War II, advising President Truman onthe atomic bomb, 1945.[6] Leahy admitted the error five years later in

    his memoirs

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    12. The energy produced by the breaking down of

    the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who

    expects a source of power from the transformationof these atoms is talking moonshine. ErnestRutherford, shortly after splitting the atom for the first time.

    13. There is not the slightest indication that nuclear

    energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean thatthe atom would have to be shattered at will. Albert Einstein, 1932

    14. The cinema is little more than a fad.

    Its canned drama. What audiences reallywant to see is flesh and blood on thestage.Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer, director, and studio founder, 1916

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    15. The horse is here to stay

    but the automobile is only a novelty - a fad. The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Fords lawyer,

    Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903

    16. The Americans have need of the telephone, but wedo not. We have plenty of messenger boys.

    Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878.

    17. This telephone has too many shortcomings to beseriously considered as a means of communication.The device is inherently of no value to us.

    A memo at Western Union, 1878 (or 1876).

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    18. The world potential market for copying machines

    is 5000 at most. IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no

    market large enough to justify production, 1959.

    19. I must confess that my imagination refuses to

    see any sort of submarine doing anything but

    suffocating its crew and floundering at sea. HG Wells, British novelist, in 1901.

    20. X-rays will prove to be a hoax. Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.

    21. The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these

    iron coaches is absurd. It is little short oftreasonous.

    Comment of Aide-de-camp to Field Marshal Haig, at tank demonstration,

    1916.

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    22. How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the

    wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her

    deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time tolisten to such nonsense. Napoleon Bonaparte, when told of Robert Fultons steamboat, 1800s.

    23. Fooling around with alternating current is just a

    waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1889 (Edison often ridiculed thearguments of competitor George Westinghouse for AC power).

    24. Home Taping Is Killing Music A 1980s campaign by the BPI, claiming that people recording music

    off the radio onto cassette would destroy the music industry.

    25. Television wont last.

    Its a flash in the pan. Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948.

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    26. [Television] wont be able to hold on to any market

    it captures after the first six months. People will soonget tired of staring at a plywood box every night.

    Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.

    27. When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes,

    electric light will close with it and no more willbe heard of it. Oxford professor Erasmus Wilson

    28. Dear Mr. President: The canal system of thiscountry is being threatened by a new form of

    transportation known as railroads As you maywell know, Mr.

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