Saturday, 2 April, 2016 - 04:56

 

The Buddha would have a serious problem with some ICT4D.
 

Given his philosophy of interconnectedness, the Buddha might be reduced to smiling compassionately at the technologically deterministic claims of some ICT4D folk that their ICT is the sole cause of a particular development outcome.

 

The Buddha taught that everything in the universe is caused by and conditioned by other things; that every phenomenon and thought is in some way related to everything else, through a web of cause and effect stretching back to the beginningness. To this way of thinking, assigning sole causation for development change to a single technical artefact sounds like a crude over-simplification.

 

From the Buddha's perspective, even the flapping of a butterfly's wings on the other side of the planet might be implicated in your ICT4D project outcomes! Whilst metaphysics and quantum mechanics offer comparable explanations of universal...

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