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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Not having the luxury to do just that, as becamw is the book on which I am basing my MA thesis, I was forced to continue reading and thus found the book moderately enjoyable.

N. Katherine Hayles

The form of the book conveys the modality of Hayles’ approach to these issues. May 05, Karen Dich podthuman it it was amazing. However,Hayles glazes over the disparity between between the richest and poorest societies on the planet. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. There are two reasons why people engaged in simulation should read Hayles’ vivid and important book.

That said, I think the literary criticism is not the most important element in this text after Hayles own priority of embodiment. Lists with This Book. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat 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.

Jun 19, Charlotte J. This is why films like The Matrix or The Terminator have been so popular; the rise of technology has proven fertile ground for fears of its power.

In a way the book could have worked without the literary material, but Hayles is a professor of English and must be allowed to practice her trade and becane the literary chapters reinforce the intellectual history.


Anyway, Hayles buoys up her narrative with painstaking history, attention to detail, and quality connections. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The book can be difficult at some points for those readers that are not acquainted with cybernetic literature. 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: It is of particular significance for simulators.

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. Western philosophical traditions are pretty ill-equipped to talk about the body and embodiment, which is why theorists like Judith Butler and Julia Kristeva have made conversations about the body their bread and butter.

The reading difficulty is OK: Hayles’ narrative pivots on the first story above; she suggests that human consciousness is actually separate from humans. This is particularly the case for science fiction buffs like me – I remain convinced that Philip K. Noting the alignment between these two perspectives, Hayles uses How We Became Posthuman to investigate the social and cultural processes and practices that led to the conceptualization of information as separate from beame material that latherine it.

University of Chicago Press Cloth: Professors of mine who knew what they were talking about have criticized N. Meanwhile, popular conceptions of the cybernetic posthuman imagine the body as merely a container for information and code.

Katherine Hayles” Google Scholar “. While some marvel at these kathdrine, envisioning consciousness downloaded into a computer or humans “beamed” Star Trek -style, others view them with horror, seeing monsters brooding in the machines.

She is a 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.


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

As a self-chastised luddite, I preferred the sections of literary analysis. Hayles returns to Desc Took me forever to get through this book, but it’s worth the effort. I was deciding hhow giving katberine 3. Hayles picks up Harraway’s idea of the cyborg and Hutchin’s concept of distributed cognition and the consequent resolution of Searle’s Chinese Room problem to argue that we are engaged with our tools in a way which extends both our cognition and capacity for action.

Katherine Hayles: How We Became Posthuman

Since a machine works in binary sequences, pattern recognition will serve as methodology to construct meaning of existence as the posthuman emerges.

Popular media in the last few decades have been fascinated katherjne the idea of cyborgs: Dick will be among the literary classics wf current Booker prize winners have the status that three volume Victorian romances now have.

The following is perhaps the single most important passage I have read since the publication of this book and it certainly has influenced all my own work subsequently. In this view, technology no longer becomes the enemy, but instead becomes related to consciousness and becoming a better self.

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

The book draws on a wide range of sources including literature, cybernetics and cognitive science. In this katherins of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the “bodies” that once carried it vanish into virtuality.

For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Mapping the Posthuman The “upload your consciousness to a computer” is a posthuman idea: