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Spirituality and Technology: Exploring the Relationship

TitleSpirituality and Technology: Exploring the Relationship
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsBauwens, M
JournalFirst Monday
KeywordsAttitudes, Changes, Cultural, religion, Social

This essay first looks at some of the social and cultural changes associated with the notion of a Digital Revolution, the result of the growth of the Internet and the emergence of 'cyberspace'. It then examines some basic 'spiritual' attitudes and how various debates within and between different schools of thought are changing attitudes about technology. Technology can be seen both as a degenerate practice and/or as a means to bring mankind to a higher level of consciousness or to a more well-developed civilization. Finally, the essay will discuss some of the emergent spiritual practices on the Internet itself.