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  1. Technology, Nature, and the Human Prospect

    1. Chapter 1 The Deceiving Virtues of Technology

      1. Devices of the Mind
      2. The Man of Many Devices
      3. Balance and Separation
      4. Reckoning with the Scoundrel
      5. Reversals
      6. Triumph of the Contrivance
      7. Rousing Ourselves
    2. Chapter 2 Hold a Blossom to the Light

      1. On Reading One's Environment
      2. The Powers of Recognition
      3. Puzzling Knowledge
      4. Seeking a New Balance
      5. The Thrill of Cutting Down Trees
      6. Don't Bemoan the Loss of Old Skills
    3. Chapter 3 Toward an Ecological Conversation

      1. We Converse to Become Ourselves
      2. Permission and Responsibility
      3. Approaching Mystery
      4. Where Does the Wild Live?
      5. Toward Creative Responsibility
      6. A Word Unasked For
  2. Extraordinary Lives

    1. Chapter 4 Can Technology Make the Handicapped Whole?

      1. Hearing with More Than Ears
      2. Lost Sight, Second Sight
      3. Dangers
      4. Attending to the World with New Eyes
      5. The Human Being as a Developing Potential
      6. Saving Illnesses
      7. Addendum: The Living and the Dead
      8. From And There Was Light
    2. Chapter 5 The Many Voices of Destiny

      1. Falling Apart, Coming Together
      2. At Harvard
      3. Enjoying Life
      4. Listening
      5. Epilogue: Tinkering with Ourselves
      6. On the New Eugenics
    3. Chapter 6 On Forgetting to Wear Boots

      1. Dignity and Laughter
      2. Trying to Communicate
      3. Gift-Bearers
      4. Serving the Other
      5. Of Accident and Destiny
      6. A Parent's Disconcerting Revelation
  3. From Information to Education

    1. Chapter 7 Why Is the Moon Getting Farther Away?

      1. The Loss of Significance
      2. Living in a Virtual World
      3. Learning the Language of Horses
      4. A Chickadee Lesson
    2. Chapter 8 Failure to Connect

      1. Looking for the Benefits
      2. Remembering the Alternatives
    3. Chapter 9 Educational Provocations

    4. Chapter 10 Three Notes: On Baby Walkers, Video Games, and Sex

      1. Beware the Baby Walker
      2. Pianists and Video Game Players
      3. Sex, the Internet, and Educational Reform
    5. Chapter 11 Who's Killing Higher Education?(Or Is It Suicide?)

      1. When Business Embraces the Academy
      2. Buying an Education More Cheaply
      3. The Credentialed Society
      4. Toward Greater Standardization
      5. Becoming Qualified
      6. Nothing to Teach
  4. On Socializing Our Machines

    1. Chapter 12 Conversing with Ella

    2. Chapter 13 Flesh and Machines:The Mere Assertions of Rodney Brooks

      1. Searching for the Bottom
      2. Order and Form
      3. Losing Consciousness
      4. Turnabout Is Fair Play
    3. Chapter 14 From HAL to Kismet

      1. The Human Response
      2. How Do You Simulate Life?
      3. Invisible Authors
      4. Learning from Kismet
    4. Chapter 15 Invisible Tools or Emotionally Supportive Pals?

      1. We Need to Recognize Our Own Assumptions
      2. Complementary Errors
      3. The Computer in Context
  5. On Mechanizing Society

    1. Chapter 16 Evil

    2. Chapter 17 The Threat of Technology That Works Well

      1. Press "1" for Frustration
      2. An Information Arms Race
      3. Do Cell Phones Make Us Safer?
      4. Will Lie-Detecting Software Make Us More Trustworthy?
      5. The Automobile
      6. Being Positive by Being Negative
    3. Chapter 18 The Ideal of Ubiquitous Technology

      1. Digital Servants Everywhere
      2. There Are No Solutions
      3. Not Solutions, But a Strengthening of the "I"
      4. Automating on Principle
      5. A Strengthened Inner Activity
    4. Chapter 19 Privacy in an Age of Data

      1. The Life of a Vibrant Neighborhood
      2. The Privacy of Community
    5. Chapter 20 A Taste for Number Magic

      1. The Importance of Capitalism
      2. Flights of Abstraction
      3. All You Need Is Numbers
      4. Cutting Ourselves Off from Change
      5. Beyond the Gambling Hall
    6. Chapter 21 The Internet: Reflections on Our Present Discontents

      1. Vacant Efficiency
      2. Personalizing Our Transactions
      3. Movable Places
      4. The Virtue of Friction in the Landscape
      5. Programming Levity
      6. A Hope Beyond Technology
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