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athenseric
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TBR
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People are too dependent on technology.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/28/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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athenseric

Pro

Technology is a great thing which has led mankind from hunter gatherers roaming from place to place into the dominant species of the planet. However as technology has advanced we as a society in general have lost the need for basic survival skills and knowledge. How often is that when people get lost or stranded for any considerable length of time that they perish? Granted today as a result of technology people aren't often lost or stranded for long but when they are they more often than not lack a basic knowledge of survival, which would enable them to survive. Our ancestors survived for centuries like that but in the modern world if the average person should somehow be cut off from society for a short period of time they tend to die, either of starvation, exposure or a number of other avoidable factors.

Technology has enabled us to live longer, safer, more wholesome lives but as a society we are losing touch with our roots and the basic skills that allowed us to reach the heights at which we soar today.
TBR

Con

I see you have added the point I was making on in my post to the nearly duplicate debate - that technology allows us to live better and longer life's. This moves the debate slightly, changing towards "losing touch with our roots".

I accept the debate, and appreciate the additional caveat.
Debate Round No. 1
athenseric

Pro

So my argument is that while technology is a good thing we have come to rely on it too much. What say you otherwise?
TBR

Con

Technology is a continuum. Small changes of knowledge building bit-by-bit standing on the foundation of the last. Looking at one end of the continuum and lamenting the loss of knowledge at an earlier point ignores that knowledge to get to this end has been incorporated.

If I don"t know how to hunt today, relying on steady supplies from a grocery store, it could be said that I have lost knowledge. I don"t know how to shoot a duck. But, does a duck hunter who normally uses a Winchester know how to use a bow? How to make arrows? How to smelt metal for arrowheads? Hell, does he know how to make gunpowder? Each of these technologies have been built over time, the most recent man using the best available technology at his disposal. Plugging equations into a calculator, as you discuss, is the next step in simply math. The algorithms to complete the equations were similar "new" at some point.

Understanding the underlying technologies of all things is not practical. Drawing some arbitrary line of what previous technological understanding was necessary ignores the complexity of even distant past technologies.
Debate Round No. 2
athenseric

Pro

athenseric forfeited this round.
TBR

Con

What is it with people not completing debates?

DON'T START THEM IF YOU HAVE NO INTENTION ON COMPLETING!!!!
Debate Round No. 3
athenseric

Pro

athenseric forfeited this round.
TBR

Con

Argument - Con.
Debate Round No. 4
athenseric

Pro

Not knowing how to add because you have a calculator is not an excuse.
TBR

Con

“Not knowing how to add because you have a calculator is not an excuse.


Excuse for what? For not knowing how to build a ship? How to build a rocket? The progression of technology is subtle. One step back or forward looks very small, but the large change from simple shipbuilding to rocket ship is very large.


Your two points are centered around 1) knowing survival skills that are increasingly immaterial, and 2) knowing a method of simple arithmetic. The knowledge described as "lost" is not lost at all. It just becomes more trivial over time.

Debate Round No. 5
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