Technology as Environmental Adaptation

Subsistence is the ways in which we make a living. This section has discussed the ways that human populations throughout time and space have adapted to the environment to extract food and how the method they employ shapes other aspects of the society. Since we’ve already discussed some food taboos in an earlier discussion lets discuss technology. We cannot subsist without technology. As an industrialized agricultural state most, if not all of us, procure our food by buying it from other sources rather than growing it ourselves or hunting and foraging for it. What are some other technologies that are essential to our survival?

Make a quick list of the ways that technology aids you in keeping cool or warm enough so that you do not die of hypothermia or hyperthermia. Which aspects of this technology fall into the categories of knowledge, skills, and tools?

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