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Chapter 2: Lifestyle and the Social Bond
Machines have less problems.
I'd like to be a machine,
The latter part of the twentieth century marked a sea change in social thought. Until the last decades of the twentieth century, modern social science had been dominated by the idea that societies exist ‘without a subject’, i.e. that social evolution occurs as if on its own, without participants having much possibility of influencing it. Individuals and groups do have goals and intentions that may fail or succeed, but for the actual outcome at the societal level, the intentionality of social reality is only an illusion. Societies are like natural evolutionary processes, which can no ...