which serves neither god nor king,
given over to the mundane sciences,
to base mechanical professions!
Pernicious breed! What will you not attempt,
abandoned without restraint
to that fatal spirit of knowledge, of invention, of progress."
Stephen Jay Gould, ‘Full House: The Spread of Excellence From Plato to Darwin’, 1996 :
Lepore has taken apart the book and a lot of management jargon in it and how!
I have always been mildly suspicious of the word 'innovation'. Lepore says all we have done is replaced the word progress with innovation!
"...The idea of progress—the notion that human history is the history of human betterment—dominated the world view of the West between the Enlightenment and the First World War. It had critics from the start, and, in the last century, even people who cherish the idea of progress, and point to improvements like the eradication of contagious diseases and the education of girls, have been hard-pressed to hold on to it while reckoning with two World Wars, the Holocaust and Hiroshima, genocide and global warming. Replacing “progress” with “innovation” skirts the question of whether a novelty is an improvement: the world may not be getting better and better but our devices are getting newer and newer."
Artist: Charles Barsotti (1933- June 16 2014), The New Yorker, 27 January 2003