An Integrated Approach to Technology: Stone Tools, Method, and Social Behavior as Factors for the Technologization of Society

Theodore John Rivers


Stone tools represent the spirit of invention and their underlying behavior that not only symbolize the character of inventive ability, but also the importance of interaction that establishes and reinforces cooperation. Given that social behavior is culturally derived, an acknowledgment of the place of culture within evolution is fundamental to an understanding of technology because the latter is founded upon the former. Technological endeavors affirm that technology is more than technological; it is also social as social structures themselves are fundamental to any technical process. Within the full extent of its meaning, technology may be defined as a description for human existence in all its manifestations as expressed by social behavior that originated in conjunction with stone tools and their methodic applications. The technologization of society results from the interrelationship of these factors.

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