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Culture Tech, Spring 2003
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This class is divided into a series of sections or "modules", each ...

This class is divided into a series of sections or "modules", each of which concentrates on a particular large technology-related topic in a cultural context. The class will start with a four-week module on Samurai Swords and Blacksmithing, followed by smaller units on Chinese Cooking, the Invention of Clocks, and Andean Weaving, and end with a four-week module on Automobiles and Engines. In addition, there will be a series of hands-on projects that tie theory and practice together. The class discussions range across anthropology, history, and individual development, emphasizing recurring themes, such as the interaction between technology and culture and the relation between "skill" knowledge and "craft" knowledge.Culture Tech evolved from a more extensive, two-semester course which formed the centerpiece of the Integrated Studies Program at MIT.  For 13 years, ISP was an alternative first-year program combining humanities, physics, learning-by-doing, and weekly luncheons.  Culture Tech represents the core principles of ISP distilled into a 6-unit seminar. Although many collections of topics have been used over the years, the modules presented here are a representative sequence. 

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Anthropology
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Aviles, Amilio
Rising, James
Gödel, Escher, Bach: A Mental Space Odyssey
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What do one mathematician, one artist, and one musician all have in ...

What do one mathematician, one artist, and one musician all have in common? Are you interested in Zen Buddhism, math, fractals, logic, paradoxes, infinities, art, language, computer science, physics, music, intelligence, consciousness and unified theories? Get ready to chase me down a rabbit hole into Douglas Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize winning book Gĺ_del, Escher, Bach.

Subject:
Computer Science
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Highlights for High School
Author:
Curran Kelleher
Justin Curry