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Fundamental Technologies for Cosmological, Cultural and Social Change and for Revealing a Distinctive Style of Modernity in Africa: the Modernization of our Mental or Intellectual Costumes

Fundamental Technologies for Cosmological, Cultural and Social Change and for Revealing a Distinctive Style of Modernity in Africa: the Modernization of our Mental or Intellectual Costumes

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      • Essential Technologies
      • For
      • Uncovering Modernity
      Jacques L. Hamel ECA / ISTD [email_address]
    • Essential Technologies for Uncovering Modernity
      • Tech of Self (Mindset, Mentality, Worldviews)
      • Tech of Freedom
      • Tech of Signs
      • Tech of Newness
      • Tech of Change
      • Tech of Power
      • Tech of Truth
    • Technology of Self (1 / 2)
      • ‘ To Reconstruct Our Very Selves … is One of the Most Important Meanings of Technology’ (L. Hickman)
      • Concrete Rational Means
          • Directed at Self
      • Applied to:
          • Know
          • Develop
          • Control
          • Constitute
          • Empower
          • Cultivate Renascent Afro-Self
      • Build Humans, Characters + Identities
    • Technology of Self (2 / 2)
      • Essential for:
        • Evolving Pre-Modern or Pre-Scientific
          • Mindsets, Mentalities
          • Habits of Thought
          • WorldViews / Conceptions of Reality
        • Conquering Mental Colonization
      • Organized Religions = Tech of Salvation
      • Ex. of Tech of Self
        • Copy / Scrap Books
          • Supported China / Greece / Rome Empires
        • Freethinking
          • Outside Dogmas, Faiths,
          • Fantasies, Superstitions…
    • Characteristics of ‘Scientific’ Self
      • Objectivity (Detached Subject)
      • Rationality (Principles of Order)
      • Universality (No Ethnic Science)
      • Verifiability (Refutability)
      • Neutrality (Value-less)
      • Methodical (Principle of Discovery)
      • Disinterestedness (Social Interests)
      • Creativity (Freethinking)
    • Technology of Freedom (1 / 2)
      • Development as Freedom (A. Sen)
          • Both Cause + Effect
          • Development = Disenchantment (Gauchet)
      • Lack of Freedom
          • Arranged Early Marriages
          • Polygamous Masters
          • Locked-Up / Cloistered Women
          • Mystifying Medicine Men
          • Domestic Slaves
          • Sexually Mutilated Girls
          • Abducted Brides
          • Child Soldiers
          • Desperate Migrants
          • Escaping Refugees
      • Enforce UN Charter Human Rights
          • Freedom of Religion
          • Freedom of Expression
    • Technology of Freedom (2 / 2)
      • Web of Oppressive / Terror Structures
          • Cosmological Freedom
            • Cruel, Demanding, imperialistic, Hegemonic, Monopolistic Gods
            • ‘ Hereditary’ Religion (99.99 %)
          • Political / Economic Freedom
          • Cultural / Social Freedom
            • Phallo-Centric Religious / Ecclesiastical Institutions
            • Commanding Husbands
          • Mythological / Ideological Freedom
            • Indoctrination / Mental Colonization
    • Technology of Signs
      • Expression of Socially-Created Symbolic Universe
          • Codes, Rules, Conventions, Languages
      • Technical Languages
          • Technologize Indigenous Languages
          • Protect Threatened Ones
      • Few Science Books
          • Translated Into Vernacular Languages
          • $100 million needed to Technologize local Languages
      • Little Digital Indigenous Content
          • Dependency
      • New Radios as Crucial Tech of Sign
          • Solar / Crank base, Digital
    • Technology of Newness
      • Uncompetitive Pre-Modern / Indigenous Tech of old Things
      • Priority to Tech to Transform Raw Things Into Manufactured Things
          • Few Competitive Industrial Tech
          • Strong Competition From Korea, China, Japan
      • ‘ Africans Do Not Advance Technologically …Because Their Distinct Mental Orientation Gives Them Different Pursuits + Methods’ (Away From Things?)
      • ‘ The African Turn of Mind Does Not Encourage Tech’ (Mesai Kebede)
      • Are African Cultures Less Oriented Towards Things + Tech to Make Them?
    • Technology of Change (1 / 2)
      • Change = Innovation
          • Cultural / Social / Technical
          • Tech = Co-Constitutive of Cultures, Societies
      • Need to Reconceptualize Innovation / Strategy
          • To Fit Specific African Cultures / Contexts
      • Need Radical Change Toward Knowledge Economy
          • Mbeki’s Call ‘To Rebellion’
      • From Religious / Mythological Form to Post-Traditionality / Reinvented Modernity
          • Need Workable Vision of Scientific Renewal
    • Technology of Change (2 / 2)
      • High Rate of Failures of Change / Innovation
        • 3000 Ideas for An Innovation
        • 80% - 90% Innovation Failures
      • Multiple Causes of Failures
        • Leadership, Competition, Funding, IP, Markets …
      • Importance of Increasing Relevant Research
        • Low Levels of R&D
      • Need ‘Green Revolution’ Tech
    • Technology of Power (1 / 2)
      • Tech of Power Ex.: Mobutu’s wrapped in Leopard Skin!
      • Tech of Power = Capacity to Direct Actions of Others
      • Gods + ‘Kings’ = Absolute Power in Pre-Modern Times
      • In Africa Gods, Spirits Exert Immense Influence on
          • Worldviews,
          • Mindsets
          • Development
          • Life
      • Necessity to Bring Power Forces from the Gods and Spirits Down to Earth into the Hands Of Humans
      • Predatory Behaviour of Elites!
    • Technology of Power (2 / 2)
      • African Scientific Renewal
        • Will Come Through Power Struggles
      • Democratization of Info + Knowledge
        • Elitist Structure
      • Independence / Professionalism of Medias
        • Criticism = Part Innovation Process
      • Tech of Veil
        • Caging / Marking / Overpowering
        • Women as Carriers of Sin!
    • Technology of Truth (1 / 2)
      • Science = Tech of Truth
          • Epistemic Foundations of Modernity
          • Transform
            • Enchantment
            • Mythologies
            • Superstitions
            • Dogmas
      • Socially Constructed
          • No Divine Truth
          • ‘ Because God Wants Me to’
            • Arranged Marriages, Veiling, Mutilations …
      • Colored By Lenses of Cultures
          • Negritude = Predominance of Emotions Over Rationality (Senghor)
    • Technology of Truth (2 / 2)
      • All Truth = Near-Truth
          • Need to Modernize Truth
      • Scientific Truths
          • Partial
          • Transient
          • Evolutive
          • Progressive
          • Falsifiable
      • Sacred Truths
          • Immobile
          • Rigid
          • Doctrinaire
          • Irrational
          • Mythological