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UT Humanities Center: Public Books Circle with Professor Daniel H. Magilow
Discussion of What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry Into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley, by Adrian Daub

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, What Tech Calls Thinking dismantles ideas that, Daub claims, form the intellectual bedrock of Silicon Valley. From the myth of “dropping out” to the war cry of “disruption,” Silicon Valley supposedly creates new, radical ideas, but Daub locates this thinking in the ideas of Heidegger and Ayn Rand, the New Age Esalen Foundation in Big Sur, and American traditions from the tent revival to predestination. Written with verve and imagination, his book attempts to puncture the self-aggrandizing myths the Valley tells about itself and implies that for all its utopian imaginings, it never really had our best interests at heart.

Daniel H. Magilow is Professor of German in the UT Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures and is affiliated faculty with the Cinema Studies Program and the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies. His research centers on photography and its intersections with Holocaust Studies, Weimar Germany, and postwar memory. He is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of five books, including The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany, Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction, Nazisploitation!: The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Cinema and Culture, In Her Father’s Eyes: A Childhood Extinguished by the Holocaust and, It Will Yet Be Heard: A Polish Rabbi's Witness of the Shoah and Survival.

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Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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