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Historical Dimensions

Before considering these different types of technology, which are covered in a plethora of entries in this encyclopedia, there are historical transformations from technics to technology to acknowledge. These transitions, which are also often described as shifts from ancient to modern or from prescientific to scientific technology, can be discussed in terms of artifacts and attitudes. In relation to artifacts, humans used lithic (or stone) tools from the early Paleolithic period (about 2.6 million years ago) up to the close of the Neolithic period around 5,000 years ago. The widespread control of fire occurred roughly 124,000 years ago and crops were domesticated around 10,000 years ago. Up until approximately 40,000 years ago, the interplay between human physiology and technics no doubt influenced the evolution of human cognitive and other physical capacities.

The development of bronze and iron tools marked the end of the Neolithic and the transition into the classical age...

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