- I think that they should be afraid of air pumps and electrical machines because in that time period they were very dangerous. They were dangerous, expensive, and they were new. People then were scared or skeptical of new things. Not only that, but since it was new, people didn’t know how to wire things right and people would get electrocuted. There were many risks with the new technology that it made sense to be scared of it.
2. Yes, I think he does. In the book, The Invention of Air, Johnson talks about inventions and new technology and how it scared people. He explained how Priestly tried to incorporate religion and technology, because religion was very important to people in that time period. Even though he did a good job of incorporating the two but there was still lots of skepticism.