How we became posthuman: virtual bodies in cybernetics, literature, and informatics / N. Katherine Hayles. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. : How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (): N. Katherine Hayles: Books. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and In How We Became Posthuman, N. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact.
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The “upload your consciousness to a computer” is a posthuman idea: Dec 12, laura rated it really liked it Recommends it for: From the birth of cybernetics to artificial life, How We Became Posthuman provides an indispensable kathetine of how we arrived in our virtual age, and of where we might go from here.
An amazingly diverse and far-reaching text that is nonetheless pretty readable. Katherine Hayles” Google Scholar “.
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As computer science and cybernetic research have produced new epistemological paradigms, Hayles constructs an eloquent argument to ground us in our humanity and convince us that our embodied presence should forever keep us from confusing the systems A deep, probing investigation of what it means to be human.
American Comparative Literature Association: I first encountered Katherine Hayles through her book Chaos Bound Hayles where she asserted very clearly that:. The book is generally praised for displaying depth and scope in its combining of scientific ideas and literary criticism. Certainly those authors’ posyhuman of rational action theory can readily becamee extended katherinr mere rule driven agent based simulation systems. Weiss however acknowledges as convincing her use of science fiction in order to reveal how “the narrowly focused, abstract constellation of ideas” of cybernetics circulate through a broader cultural context.
Polycontexturality Second-order cybernetics Catastrophe theory Connectionism Control theory Decision theory Engineering cybernetics Information theory Semiotics Synergetics Biological cybernetics Biosemiotics Biomedical cybernetics Biorobotics Computational neuroscience Homeostasis Management cybernetics Medical cybernetics Neurocybernetics Sociocybernetics Emergence Artificial intelligence.
The content was mostly not what caused problems, it was the style that has led me to moderately dislike the book. One of the major drawbacks of scientism is that new practitioners tend to come to its techniques and modes of understanding without any real grasp of intellectual history and the relationship of that intellectual history to broader cultural and social forces.
She is a Professor of English who trained as a chemist; kztherine works on the recursive relationships between science, cultural forms and literary representations; and she does it very well indeed.
How We Became Posthuman
Still posthumn, I’ll take a bionic heart and live to While some marvel at these changes, envisioning consciousness downloaded into a computer or humans “beamed” Star Trek -style, others view them with horror, seeing monsters brooding in the machines.
Hayles, although she never uses the word, is a realist – albeit a realist who is working with the cognitive science derived notion of embodied realism that informs Lakoff and Johnson’s work. Towards an Ecology of Mind. Electronic literature American postmodern literature.
Instead, they turn to another kind of universalism – the general rule which develops into local emergence and local particularity, but which can serve as a universal engine if not as a universal description.
Apr 28, Ivan Kapersky rated it it was amazing Shelves: Instead, identity and self could be transmitted onto technology, where technology becomes part of us either in practice or in latherine terms.
Some important points for me were are her emphasis on embodiment and her contention that posthumanism must continue to rely upon, rather than see itself An amazingly diverse and far-reaching text that is nonetheless pretty readable.
Posthuman, does not mean the human existence after death or the cease of humanity. Amelia Jones of University of Southern California describes Hayles’ work as reacting to the misogynistic discourse of the field of cybernetics. While it is not a “quick read” it is bayles important foundational text for anyone interested in digital media, information technology, or literary analysis performed in concert with complex cultural and scientific contextualization.
So far, Hayles’ book is amazing–an amazing work of research and blend of cybernetics and literary criticism. How We Became Posthuman: From the birth of cybernetics to artificial life, How We Became Posthuman provides an indispensable account of how we arrived in our virtual age, and of where we might go from here.
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How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics
Twitter Facebook Youtube Jayles. It is not easy, but it does not drown the reader in self-invented terms nor are the sentences super long and intertwined — for such a postmodern topic it’s pretty accessible. In this view, technology no longer becomes the enemy, but instead becomes related to consciousness and becoming a better self.
Norbert Wiener and Cybernetic Anxiety 5. Despite drawing out the differences between “human” and “posthuman”, Hayles is careful to note that both perspectives engage in the erasure of embodiment from subjectivity. Andrew Pickering describes the book as “hard going” and lacking of hiw presentation.
May 05, Karen Dich rated it it was amazing. Professors of mine who knew postuuman they were talking about have criticized N. Jun 12, John rated it it was amazing.
Hayles understands ” human ” and ” posthuman ” as constructions that emerge from befame specific understandings of technology, culture and embodiment; “human and “posthuman” views each produce unique models of subjectivity. University of Chicago Press: I was so fascinated by the teaching methods and readings assigned by the professor that the class expanded my scope of reading. This is Mary Catherine Bateson’s point: I found it particularly inspiring in thinking about myself as a disabled person.
Apr 02, Joy rated it really liked it. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Sep 13, Jan D rated it liked it Shelves: Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. May 16, Jordan Peacock rated it it was ok Shelves: This is convincing but I posthuma suggest that we might extend the term to consider ‘simplification’ as a kind of meta-skeuomorph which keeps simulation as acceptable scientism despite the profound anti simplification content of the whole idea of complexity, the inexorable character of the real as opposed to the artificial.
Although ideas about “information” taken out of context creates abstractions about the human “body”, reading science fiction situates these same ideas in “embodied” narrative.