Threadbearers: The Disseminators of Technology

By Charles Harding.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The technologist is by no means a recent phenomenon; I propose that this role can easily be recognized in the myths of the beginning of humanity and in history. The origin myth of the Rig Veda tells of Mātariśvan who is responsible for bringing the hidden knowledge of the production of fire by friction from far away. The origin myth found in the book of Enoch tells of Azazel who taught the people metallurgy and the chemistry of coloring and dyes. The scientific investigation of Ötzi the Iceman of the Neolithic Age gives us strong physical evidence for an actual traveling metallurgist. The Antikythera Mechanism of ancient times was so advanced that it was a millennium ahead of any other geared mechanism of this level of complexity, and it is only as a consequence of its ancient transportation and through the application of modern technology that the high level of applied expertise of this device is understood by science.

Keywords: Mythology, Neolithic, Metallurgist, Smelting, Daedalus, Mātariśvan, Prometheus, Azazel, Scapegoat, Ötzi the Iceman, Library of Alexandra, Antikythera Mechanism, Ancient Transportation, Origin Myth, Technologist

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.141-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.692KB).

Prof. Charles Harding

Computer Science Instructor, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, KS, USA

Charles Harding, an instructor at Hutchinson Community College, was born into an engineering family, with several relatives involved in technology. A native of Riverside, California, Harding was fascinated at an early age with how things worked. Harding became a tinkerer and repairman for the family, usually after he had taken things apart to see what made them click. In high school, Harding became interested in computers, and began mail ordering kits to construct his own systems. He began his professional career as a support engineer with WordPerfect Corporation. Driven by his conviction that computers existed to serve people, he leaped at the chance to empower customers to become confident users. His ability to explain complex concepts simply to the customer led him toward his future career as an educator. After several positions in industry, Harding moved into the education as the Webmaster for Sterling College. He became an instructor at Barton Community College, and finally moved into his current position at HCC. Harding graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors from Sterling College in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Masters in Management Information Systems from Fort Hays State. He holds Cisco CCNA certification and additional certifications from Nortel Networks.

The author is a fourth generation technologist holding multiple certifications and degrees in computer science and communications. In his role as voice and data engineer he has designed and managed the global communications network of Ovid Technologies and was responsible for an innovative solution that restored communications to their Manhattan office within three hours of the 9/11 attacks. In his role as software developer he has emphasized designs that serve the software user, first at WordPerfect Corporation and recently with a whole college campus website redevelopment project implementing a new content management system. The spirit of adventure that drives his quest for knowledge and understanding is so strong that he has even driven his family to the Teotihuacan Pyramids of Mexico from the Western United States in order to better understand the culture that produced them. His passion is to help others understand technology and how it affects their lives and he is currently passing this torch on to a new generation of technologist while teaching computer science at Hutchinson Community College.


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