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Are we at the end of scientific paradigm shifts?

The Paradigm shift Wikipedia page lists all the paradigm shifts It does not list all of them. At the beginning of the list: Some [emphasis added] of the "classical cases" of Kuhnian ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

Kaczynski himself may or may not be a conservative, but "the breakdown of traditional values" is something conservatives keep fear-mongering about, and they keep asserting that this is ...
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Will the use of AI reduce our capacity to think?

It depends on what you mean by "to think", but from the extended mind thesis it actually increases our ability to critically think. I no longer know most of the phone numbers of my friends ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

While this is hard to give an objective answer to, I'll give some thoughts. As far as I can tell, Ted Kaczynski seems to believe that we like to act in our self-interest. Communities arise from mutual ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

I cannot really make out a question in the body of OP's post, so I assume all of that is just meant as context of what this question (in the title) is about. I also am not familiar with the ramblings ...
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Are we at the end of scientific paradigm shifts?

In the physics world, there are at least two big shifts going on, as follows. First, the particle-physics-as-strings paradigm hit a dead end some years ago and the particle physics community is ...
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If all work is automated, what will humans be able to do?

Your "question" is actually a very lengthy musing, so suggest you return with a revised question. Just briefly, I am one of a number of people with doubts about the whole concept of "...
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Is Turing test still serving as criterion of machine intelligence?

Before discussing this further, I’d like to highlight this quote from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as I feel it is particularly relevant to your question: ”First, there is the question ...
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Will the use of AI reduce our capacity to think?

There's a recent article about negative impact on memory Specifically, the study provides evidence that the excessive use of ChatGPT can develop procrastination, cause memory loss, and dampen ...
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What is the argument posed by Katherine Hayles in "The Condition of Virtuality" as to the relation between matter and virtuality and why?

What a wonderful contribution in the philosophy of technology. Let's see if we can't provide some clarification of this philosophical topic. INTRODUCTION From the article you cited: Virtuality is ...
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What would be some of the disbenefits to society of slowing technological progress?

It has been done. China was a early technological innovator, but didn't move aggressively to adopt new technologies the way Europe did. There's a good discussion of this in Guns, Germs and Steel. ...
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Have we become less happy in this age of technology?

I suspect that happiness is pretty much what you get when you have good relationships with other people, including any people having power or authority over you. To the extent that people isolate ...
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Industrial Society and its Future

One current philosopher and theologian, Robert Barron, would dispute this claim by looking at what is meant by the word "freedom." Freedom, in Kaczynski eyes is the ability to do whatever one pleases. ...
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What are some of the best rebuttals or alternatives to Ted Kaczynski's (aka the Unabomber) philosophy of technology?

I am not aware of anyone who has taken Kaczynski seriously enough to do academic work on his manifesto. "It is hard to deny the brilliance of the man". No this is not difficult at all. ...
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If all work is automated, what will humans be able to do?

It seems possible that sooner or later AIs will obsolete all human work and labor. This will happen at latest when AIs superior to human brain in all aspect become generally available. This specific ...
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Are we at the end of scientific paradigm shifts?

I suppose the OP limits its scope to physics, because there has been recent paradigmatic shifts in history (e.g. école des annales, whose members studied the socio-economics of history away from a ...
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Are we at the end of scientific paradigm shifts?

Let's begin with a few quotes, to clarify Kuhn's description. “Paradigms are not corrigible by normal science at all. Instead, as we have already seen, normal science ultimately leads only to the ...
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Are we at the end of scientific paradigm shifts?

Perspective from a practicing scientist: Not even close :) You can see the areas which are not well handled by existing theories, either in places where existing theories contradict each other (...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

There's an interesting online book, Meaningness and Time by David Chapman, about people's ways of relating to meaning through history and the concomitant structures of the self. Chapman's model is ...
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Philosophers who wrote about limits of knowledge?

In "The Fabric of Reality", David Deutsch noted that the most fundamental ideas about how the world work are more unified than at any previous time in human history. To understand each of those ...
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Are beings in a simulation actually "beings" at all?

This depends on one's definition of "being" (along with those terms related to it such as "alive", "sentient", and "life"). If one considers entities within the simulation which display sufficiently ...
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What important contemporary philosophers are engaged in a critique of technology, and how?

There's an entire subfield of Philosophy of Technology. For your specific question, you might be especially interested in the work of Langdon Winner and Shannon Vallor's new book Technology and the ...
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Is the internet a commodity in the Marxist sense?

The simplest definition of a commodity consistent with Marx is that it is anything produced for market exchange. Internet access is clearly a commodity in that sense. You pay for it. Even when you ...
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Has the philosophy of technology's impact on human life so far been studied?

Heidegger was much concerned with this. A central text is : 'The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays, ed., trans., William Lovitt (New York: Harper & Row, 1977). David Edward ...
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Importance of technology in Western thought

What is technology ? (is it only material? aren't abstractions and cognitive processes also technologies in a way?) What about the importance of rationality in Western thought ? Can we think ...
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Why does poverty still exist in the world that discovered advanced technologies?

Some very crude calculations: The most basic measurement of wealth I can think of is GDP per capita. The world's GDP is about 87.55 trillion US dollars per year. The world population is about 7.674 ...
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Can we say that human beings are behaving more and more like machines?

No. The pre-Black Death feudal era was incredibly regimented, with extremely limited social or physical mobility for most, & being largely born in to whatever job, & mobility only ...
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Interpreting Sevcenko quote about technology

Without having read the piece you're referencing — which I don't have time for at the moment — it seems plain that Sevcenko is trying to invoke the idea that the ever-increasing pace of technological ...
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