The mechanisation of modern man

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Professor of management, École des mines de Paris

Seminar Social life | Thursday April 26, 2001

Has modern man really made the most of what he has learned during his evolution ? There is no question that the increase in life expectancy, comfort, and the ease of travel and of communication are positive aspects for which man deserves credit. However, there are other aspects which are less likely to be positive. These include armed conflicts for which we have no solution, the spectacular increase in the divorce rate, and the constant stress often associated with work. In this modern sphere of influence, where upheavals are so numerous, has not man remained essentially the same over thousands of years, a physical and emotive being, while remaining a tribal member ? The exploration of these concepts might prove to be fruitful and to bring a more objective view of reality, which is too often refuted by reason.

The entire article was written by:

Lucien CLAES

This session was published in issue n°31 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled La vie moderne.

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