Being Human: The Technological Extensions of the Boundaries of the Body

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Cultural Writing. Science. Psychoanalysis. Edited by Jacques Houis, Paolo Mieli & Mark Stafford. From computer science to bioengineering, new technologies are transforming human reality. Technological extensions and interventions are altering the ways we relate to ourselves and the world. Psychoanalysts, together with scientists, scholars, artists, and poets, examine these transformations through discussions in such fields as Artificial Intelligence, Space Technology, Electronic Music, New Media, Medicine, Genetics, and Cryonics. The result of an unprecedented forum, this book asks how we can begin to address what Serge Leclaire called "an ethics suitable to the current mutation of our relationship to life and death."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568860534
  • Publisher: Marsilio Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Premise 11
Colloquium Proceedings 13
Opening Remarks 15
The Technological Extensions of the Mind 21
Opening Remarks 48
"The Proposed Theme" 49
"The Technological Extensions of the Structure of the Body" 52
Opening Remarks 98
"Downtime" 99
"The Technological Extensions of the Senses" 102
Afterthoughts 149
Elements for a Unifying Thread 151
Comments on "Elements for a Unifying Thread" 156
An Introduction 161
Brief Preliminary Considerations on Sameness, Otherness, Idiocy, and Transformation 163
"The natural interface between the symbolic and the real." 189
The Biological Truth Criterion: A Shaky Foundation 191
Human Individuality in the Age of DNA Diagnosis 197
Psychoanalysis and Genetics: Clinical Considerations and Practical Suggestions 201
"I don't think it matters to anyone where their eggs and their sperm come from." 213
Reading, Writing and the Discourse of DNA, or The Mind of a Molecule 215
Interview with Renee Fox 242
Some Reflections on Medically Assisted Reproduction 257
Allah Mean Everything! 277
"A process of insidious but irreversible metamorphosis." 291
The Reciprocal Creation of the World and the Subject 293
When Science Remakes the Body 305
Medical Discourse, Science, and the "Talking Cure" 320
Towards an Epistemology of the Unconscious 332
"Why do people say artificial mind and not artificial soul?" 355
What Do Cyborgs Eat? Oral Logic in an Information Society 357
"Your Wish Is My Command": Human Communication with Magical and Mechanical Agencies in Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics 387
"Ain't science a wonderful Idea?" 401
An Advocation for Immortality 403
The Worlds of Bodies 435
"You knew that sooner or later you would meet yourself either coming or going." 437
E-mail 439
The Anger of Friendship 448
Some Notes on the Technological Extensions of the Senses in the Age of Television 454
Because We Are Digital 460
Variations on the Technical Body 472
"Maybe they are everywhere, hearing all the messages we are constantly sending, and under no circumstances do they want to answer." 475
Alien Abilities and Behavior 477
Panelists and Contributors 497
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