I’m hosting a guest post on my blog today by author CJS Hayward, a creative non-fiction author who wrote, among other works, “The Luddite’s Guide to Technology”. Enjoy the guest post!
One of the questions I’ve been asked about a book like The Luddite’s Guide to Technology is how I go about researching such a thing. And the answer, in this case, is that I let the questions become a part of me over a number of years, and become a dimension that I am sensitive to.
In some sense my education has positioned me well for things like this: first master’s in math with a technology edge, and second master’s in theology covering the humanities edge. Both have informed an interest in the human aspects of using technology, an interest I’ve had before either of the two above programs.
The Psychology of Computer Programming was a groundbreaking title in the history of software engineering, precisely because of its realization that computer programming wasn’t just an activity that involved computers; it was also an activity that involved humans, and approaching the activity of computer programming well means appreciating both humans and computers. Other classics have followed in its steps by re-creating the basic approach: I think of Steve McConnell’s Code Complete. Human use of technology is an activity that involves humans, and relates to what is good for humans, as well as an activity that involves technology.
And that isn’t just a concern about software engineering. There is an implicit dialogue between man and machine when mankind uses technology. The present transformation of societies worldwide is not just about technology, but the dialogue between man and machine is uprooting about as much as anything in history – or prehistory. Paleo books may talk about the agricultural revolution being the greatest change in the existence of the human race–which it may be, but it is not the most rapid uprooting.
In this turbulence, The Luddite’s Guide to Technology may provide some very helpful bearings!
About The Book
Author: CJS Hayward
Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects
Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.
Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”
Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).