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Freelance consultant, learning facilitator, and writer, founder of extreme-inventing.com, ooleee.net (with artist Gary King), knowledgecafe0151. Teach technology entrepreneurship at School of Engineering at University of Liverpool, UK. I have a longstanding and avid interest in Technology as a unique human phenomenon. I'm actively engaged in research on how enterprising individuals shape material culture through inventing and innovating, with palaeoanthropologists at the Dept. of Archaeology, Egyptology and Classics, also at University of Liverpool.

Philosophy and Stone

The principle of extreme inventing is that you have to capture a property of a found object and incorporate it into what becomes a technical system. In our first two examples the found objects from which properties were captured were both artificial. They were designed and made. If we go back to the prehistory of innovation the objects from which properties were captured were predominantly natural. The property of sharpness is captured in the system of cutting with a stone tool. In the case of prehistoric hand-axes both sharpness and weight or mass is captured. This idea of capturing a property of a natural object I first came across in the work of the philosopher of technology Andrew Feenberg.

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