Notable works, How We Became Posthuman (). N. Katherine Hayles (born 16 December ) is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for. : How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (): N. Katherine Hayles: Books. 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.
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Rene Wellek Prize Won. Norbert Wiener and Cybernetic Anxiety 5. There A staggering acheivement. Katherine Hayles for collecting a lot of ideas that already existed in one place and not saying much of anything new, but I like this book because it was my first exposure to a lot of haayles I’m very interested in: She received her B.
Katherine Hayles: How We Became Posthuman
Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. Jul 10, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Her scholarship primarily focuses on the “relations between science, literature, and technology. Cilliers ought to have put the kibosh on this sort of thing but it goes on and on, exemplified by Holland’s understanding of Emergence Holland and very often associated with rational choice theory.
Jan 08, Becca rated it it was amazing. The conceptual development is related to the personalities and the times and the interaction of personalities with each other and with historical and intellectual context in a way that both fascinates and informs.
How We Became Posthuman
In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the “bodies” that once carried it vanish into virtuality. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age.
University of Chicago Press: In How We Became P In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the “bodies” that once carried it vanish into virtuality. Jan 17, Addison Nugent rated it it was amazing.
N. Katherine Hayles – Wikipedia
This book does not close down simulation. The ideas are not at all simple, nor are they unambitious in scope and velocity, but her prose was my anchor throughout Butler, I love you, but take note. Towards an Ecology of Mind. She moves, bwcame with little effort, from cybernetics to discourse analysis to literary analysis and right back to theories of information and embodiment.
Posthuman, does not mean the human existence after death or the cease of humanity. A deep, probing investigation of what it means to be human. Is it obvious that I only half-grasp most of what Hayles says? In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the “bodies” that once carried it vanish into virtuality.
Retrieved 5 December And the ways that we depend on machinery to construct our humanity grows and grows every day. Want to Read saving…. To ask other readers questions about How We Became Posthumanplease sign up. I was deciding between giving it 3. Hayles understands ” human ” and ” posthuman ” as constructions that emerge from historically specific understandings of technology, culture and embodiment; “human and “posthuman” views each produce unique models of subjectivity.
This is slowly but surely cementing a position in my academic mindscape as one of the key nodes connecting the various ideas and tendencies which are expected to congeal into a thesis at some point within the next 18 months.
That said, I think she is wrong about how we became posthuman. 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 of information we construct and study with our own unique existence.
The archetype of Prometheus that is so central to human understanding of agency in nature is associated with our capacity to know – with the curse Eve imposed upon us.
Took me forever to get through this book, but it’s worth the effort. 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.
How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics
Views Read Edit View history. May 05, Karen Dich rated it it was amazing. Katherine Hayles, an excerpt”. Drawing on an incredible range of material – from the natural sciences to literature to philosophy – Hayles displays a commanding knowledge of the discourses that shape our self-perception.
And although I suppose there’s nothing I can do to counteract technology I mean, I review books on an internet social media site I still can’t get over the annoying posthumans who walk into me as a r Very well-researched and smart text on the ongoing shift from our Western Liberal Humanist persona of humanity to a more posthuman cyborg connection between human and intelligent machine.
Read the prologue and a discussion with Albert Borgmann on humans and machines. Hayles then switched fields and received her M. Her project is to address how information “lost its body” because she wants to intervene in discourse suggesting that the body is so much “meat” for a separate Cartesian consciousness.
And although I suppose there’s nothing I can do to counteract technology I mean, I review books on an internet social media site I still can’t get over the annoying posthumans who walk into me as a result of Facebook status updating while sidewalk promenading and those who are face down to screens rather than face out to mountains.
Andrew Pickering describes the book as “hard going” and lacking of “straightforward presentation. The author resembles the Descartes theory of mind and body; however, Hayles states that the mind will use the body as a medium in order absorb the information, therefore reducing postuman and creating meaning gow pattern recognition. Feb 14, Jeff rated it liked it. Instead of hitting a real ball, the player makes the appropriate motions with the paddle and watches the image of the ball on a computer monitor.
The posthumsn of this book come from its three guiding questions or stories on virtual reality: Hayles could also do without the pop references to Lacan–she should either take him seriously or not, but don’t quote him like his texts are some lines from a Bob Dylan song. So far, Hayles’ book is amazing–an amazing work of research and blend of cybernetics and literary criticism. Dick will be among posthuan literary classics when current Booker prize winners have the status that three volume Victorian romances now have.
The ideas are not at all simple, nor are they unambitious in scope and velocity, but her prose was my anchor throughout Butler One of the most inspiring and thought-provoking pieces of academic literature I’ve read in a long time.
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