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How We Became Posthuman
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In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the "bodies" that once carried it vanish into virtuality. 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. In "How We Became Posthuman," N. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age.Hayles relates three interwoven stories: how information lost its body, that is, how it came to be conceptualized as an entity separate from the material forms that carry it; the cultural and technological construction of the cyborg; and the dismantling of the liberal humanist "subject" in cybernetic discourse, along with the emergence of the "posthuman."Ranging widely across the history of technology, cultural studies, and literary criticism, Hayles shows what had to be erased, forgotten, and elided to conceive of information as a disembodied entity. Thus she moves from the post-World War II Macy Conferences on cybernetics to the 1952 novel "Limbo" by cybernetics aficionado Bernard Wolfe; from the concept of self-making to Philip K. Dick's literary explorations of hallucination and reality; and from artificial life to postmodern novels exploring the implications of seeing humans as cybernetic systems.Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. 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
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In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the "bodies" that once carried it vanish into virtuality. 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. In "How We Became Posthuman," N. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age.Hayles relates three interwoven stories: how information lost its body, that is, how it came to be conceptualized as an entity separate from the material forms that carry it; the cultural and technological construction of the cyborg; and the dismantling of the liberal humanist "subject" in cybernetic discourse, along with the emergence of the "posthuman."Ranging widely across the history of technology, cultural studies, and literary criticism, Hayles shows what had to be erased, forgotten, and elided to conceive of information as a disembodied entity. Thus she moves from the post-World War II Macy Conferences on cybernetics to the 1952 novel "Limbo" by cybernetics aficionado Bernard Wolfe; from the concept of self-making to Philip K. Dick's literary explorations of hallucination and reality; and from artificial life to postmodern novels exploring the implications of seeing humans as cybernetic systems.Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. 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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Posthuman Urbanism
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Posthuman Urbanism ab 44.99 € als Taschenbuch: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space. Aus dem Bereich: Bücher, Taschenbücher, Wirtschaft & Soziales,

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Posthuman Urbanism
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Posthuman Urbanism ab 126.49 € als gebundene Ausgabe: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space. Aus dem Bereich: Bücher, Wissenschaft, Völkerkunde,

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Bodies of Water
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Bodies of Water ab 31.49 € als epub eBook: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology. Aus dem Bereich: eBooks, Belletristik, Erzählungen,

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The Visible Human Project
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The Visible Human Project ab 33.99 € als epub eBook: Informatic Bodies and Posthuman Medicine. Aus dem Bereich: eBooks, Belletristik, Erzählungen,

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Posthuman Urbanism
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Posthuman Urbanism ab 33.49 € als epub eBook: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space. Aus dem Bereich: eBooks, Fachthemen & Wissenschaft, Sozialwissenschaften,

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Black Bodies and Transhuman Realities
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Black Bodies and Transhuman Realities ab 96.49 € als epub eBook: Scientifically Modifying the Black Body in Posthuman Literature and Culture. Aus dem Bereich: eBooks, Fachthemen & Wissenschaft, Literaturwissenschaft,

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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction
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Contributions by Torsten Caeners, Phoebe Chen, Mathieu Donner, Shannon Hervey, Angela S. Insenga, Patricia Kennon, Maryna Matlock, Ferne Merrylees, Lars Schmeink, Anita Tarr, Tony M. Vinci, and Donna R. White For centuries, humanism has provided a paradigm for what it means to be human: a rational, unique, unified, universal, autonomous being. Recently, however, a new philosophical approach, posthumanism, has questioned these assumptions, asserting that being human is not a fixed state but one always dynamic and evolving. Restrictive boundaries are no longer in play, and we do not define who we are by delineating what we are not (animal, machine, monster). There is no one aspect that makes a being human--self-awareness, emotion, artistic expression, or problem-solving--since human characteristics reside in other species along with shared DNA. Instead, posthumanism looks at the ways our bodies, intelligence, and behavior connect and interact with the environment, technology, and other species. In Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World, editors Anita Tarr and Donna R. White collect twelve essays that explore this new discipline's relevance in young adult literature. Adolescents often tangle with many issues raised by posthumanist theory, such as body issues. The in-betweenness of adolescence makes stories for young adults ripe for posthumanist study. Contributors to the volume explore ideas of posthumanism, including democratization of power, body enhancements, hybridity, multiplicity/plurality, and the environment, by analyzing recent works for young adults, including award-winners like Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker and Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion, as well as the works of Octavia Butler and China Miéville.

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