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Andreski, Stanislav. Elements of Comparative Sociology. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964. page 331

  • Contrary to what many romantically inclined critics of contemporary civilization say about the dehumanizing effects of machines, I believe that contact with machines (particularly complicated machines) exercises a profoundly humanizing influence in the sense of making people less brutal. The reason for that is very simple: machines do not respond to shouting and beating — to make them work one has to think and be patient. In contrast, the use of animals offers a standing lesson in the advantages of brutality — one has only to reflect upon the fact that in an industrialized country people do not carry whips.
  • Much of what passes as scientific study of human behaviour boils down to sorcery.

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