Technocentric history places inventions at the centre of history as the march of progress. Man the Tool Maker. Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age. Palaeolithic, Neolithic. The agricultural and industrial revolutions. Technology as the measure of how advanced or backward a human society is. Developed, developing and least developed nations. Guns, germs and steel. All of that.
It positions the West as the crowning achievement of mankind, its power as mostly a good thing:
- The British Empire brought the railroad to India and the bicycle to Africa – never mind that it sold millions into slavery, that empire is another word for armed robbery.
- “Where would you be without us? You would still be living in a mud hut.” Because better building materials are always more important than freedom and justice.
Technocentric history is meant to sound “objective” and “neutral” but it is not.
In 1500 the West saw religion, not technology, as the most important thing. The world was not divided into developed, developing and least developed, but into Christian, infidel and heathen. History was seen not as the rise of technology but the unfolding of God’s Word. The Salvation Model of History has been kept, but in place of God and Scripture are technology and science.
The West changes its measure of good according to whatever it is currently good at. By its old standard it has fallen into a dark age – Mother Teresa saw the West as a spiritual Third World. No matter: just change the scoring so you always get a high score.
Technology is measured completely on a Western scale.
- inventions: 10 points - anything invented or improved by a white person, honorary or otherwise, like the car, printing or writing;
- contributions: 3 points - anything invented by a person of colour, like printing or colour plasma displays;
- mere improvements: 1 point - anything improved by a person of colour, like the car;
- mysteries: 0 points - anything invented by a person of colour that whites do not know how to do, like the Egyptian pyramids or Incan walls.
Every invention counts as an advance - even if it leads to the death or suffering of millions, like the gun or the cotton gin. Even if it leads to global warming. There is no idea of technology causing backward progress. Strip mining is a “advance”. So is the atom bomb. Because there is no independent measure of what is good. Technology becomes an end in itself, the highest good, the measure of all.
Technocentric history supports racism:
- It makes it seem like whites are “objectively” “better”.
- It leaves out morals as “subjective”.
- It makes the rise of the West seem like the natural order of things.
Genocide and slavery are seen as “what anyone would do” if they had the same technology. As if owning a gun and committing murder are the same thing. As if humans have no morals, as if they are no better than talking animals.