By Chet Bowers

ISBN-10: 113865907X

ISBN-13: 9781138659070

ISBN-10: 1315620448

ISBN-13: 9781315620442

This severe exam of STEM discourses highlights the relevant to consider academic reforms in the diversified cultural contexts of ongoing environmental and technologically pushed adjustments. Chet Bowers illuminates how the dominant myths of Western technological know-how advertise fake grants of what technology can in achieving. Examples display how a few of the technology disciplines and their shared ideology principally fail to handle the methods metaphorically layered language affects taken-for-granted styles of pondering and the function this performs in colonizing different cultures, hence protecting the parable that medical inquiry is aim and freed from cultural impacts. instructions and questions are incorporated to have interaction STEM scholars in turning into explicitly conscious of those matters and the demanding situations they pose.

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The generations of scientists, engineers, and technologists educated in the Cold War era, which set the standards for the following generations, were educated to view their highly specialized knowledge and technological skills as the most advanced in the world, and like the globalizing agenda of the early and current Christian missionaries and corporate heads, their task was to spread the Western mathematics, sciences, engineering, and technological prowess throughout the world. The failure of this mindset can be seen in how these colonizing efforts are being rejected in Muslim cultures, as well as by the growing resistance within the indigenous cultures that make up a significant percentage of the world’s population.

It was the abstract (that is, culturally uninformed) thinking of Western philosophers such as Plato, John Locke, Adam Smith, René Descartes, and Herbert Spencer, as well as more current abstract thinkers such as Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman that provided the abstract ideas and values that continue as the basis for thinking of such supposed universals as private property, free markets, a rational process free of historical/cultural influences, and the survival of the fittest—which have been the dominant ethos of market capitalism.

The key point is not that of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Western inspired development programs, but the educational reforms that supposedly lead to a more equitable ethnic and gender mix of graduates. Are current STEM programs adequately informed that the globally connected world we now live in requires more than a surface understanding of different cultures—as well as key characteristics that are shared by all cultures? Pure scientific research will be the focus of only a minority of STEM graduates, with the majority working for governments, corporations, various sectors within military, and NGOs that will become increasingly important in the years ahead as the deepening ecological crisis leads to more military conflicts and to more people becoming homeless and destitute.

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