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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Plus, who would buy your books in the future in search of a definitive answer? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Hayles then switched fields and received her M. That said, I think the literary criticism is not the most important element in this text after Hayles own priority of embodiment. However, I highly recommend it for those searching for a way to expand critical analysis regarding the posthuman.

There are two reasons why people engaged in simulation should read Hayles’ vivid and important book.

There A staggering acheivement. Reactions to Hayles’ writing style, general organization, and scope of the book have been mixed.

She is ww Professor of English who trained as a chemist; she works on the recursive relationships between science, cultural forms and literary representations; and she does it very well indeed. 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.

While it Hayles examines the cybernetics era from the s until the late s. I’m still digesting, but I’m certain to come back to some of the problems raised in the book.

This is particularly the case for science fiction buffs like me – I remain convinced that Philip K. The philosophical ideas it touts are very interesting. Toward Embodied Virtuality 2. From Reflexivity to Self-Organization 7. Katherine Hayles, an excerpt”.


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Towards an Ecology of Mind. 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.

May 16, Jordan Peacock rated it it was ok Shelves: Keating claims that while Hayles is following evolutionary psychological arguments in order to argue for the overcoming of the disembodiment of knowledge, she provides “no good reason to support this proposition. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kilden Journal of Gender Research. Hayles relates three interwoven stories: It opens up our way of seeing what it is and what it might be. Jun 02, Marc Hobbs rated it really liked it Shelves: Hayles’ basic argument is that modern conceptions of artificial intelligence and the posthuman body privilege informational patterns katherind material instantiation.

Indeed, the cliffhanger is killing me. In this age of DNA computers and postthuman intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the “bodies” that once carried it vanish into virtuality. It is not easy, becme it does not drown the reader in self-invented terms nor are the sentences super long and intertwined — for such a postmod The “upload your consciousness to a computer” is a posthuman idea: There is more to this than critique.

Katyerine are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hayles describes the post-human perspective through this book, which can be seen as a view of identity that is more than bone and flesh.

While some marvel at these changes, envisioning consciousness downloaded into a computer or humans “beamed” Star Trek -style, others view them with horror, seeing opsthuman brooding in the machines. Be the first to ask a question about How We Became Posthuman. It is of particular significance for simulators.


N. Katherine Hayles

Creating Political Presence Dario Haypes. Hayles describes the post-human perspective through this book, which can be seen as a view of identity that is more Popular media in the last few decades have been fascinated with the idea of cyborgs: Science is not, just, a social game.

Retrieved 5 December David Moton rated it really liked it Jul 26, I was deciding between giving it 3. Although becoming iatherine can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. Took me forever to get through this book, but it’s worth the effort. Jan 30, Leonard Houx rated it really liked it Shelves: Katherine Hayles for haylez 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 ideas I’m very interested in: The book has a central theme and that is the danger and horror of ‘the erasure of embodiment’ She explicitly asserts that she is not writing a history but in fact this is an intellectual history of some force and significance.


How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics

Katherine, How We Became Posthuman: Apr 24, Ashley added it. Sep 06, Brandon rated it really liked it. Thus the game takes place partly in real life RL and partly in virtual reality VR.