Bodies/Machines

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It is hard to believe that the pursuit of artificial intelligence is not a phenomenon of the twentieth century. For over three hundred years, the boundaries between bodies and machines – the natural and the artificial, the animate and the inanimate – have been passionately explored. These explorations, beginning in the seventeenth and eighteenth and increasing during the nineteenth century, have been all but forgotten, lost beneath the commotion of the modern day world. This book retrieves these lost histories, ...

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Overview

It is hard to believe that the pursuit of artificial intelligence is not a phenomenon of the twentieth century. For over three hundred years, the boundaries between bodies and machines – the natural and the artificial, the animate and the inanimate – have been passionately explored. These explorations, beginning in the seventeenth and eighteenth and increasing during the nineteenth century, have been all but forgotten, lost beneath the commotion of the modern day world. This book retrieves these lost histories, giving voice to the hopes, dreams, and fears of philosophers, medical practitioners, engineers, craftsmen and artisans who have all been fascinated by the interface between bodies and machines.

The jourbaney back in time unfolds with the mysterious advent of mechanical philosophies, which conceptualized the body and the surrounding world largely in terms of mechanistic interactions. These theories develop in intriguing directions and fuel experiments in such areas as material production and social punishment, spiritualism and mental health. From reanimating dead bodies with electricity, which led to the introduction of the electric chair, through to the use of machines to render ‘hysterics’ and the insane fit for reintroduction into society, this book conveys the dark truths behind our relationship with machines.

This book is not only an exceptional contribution to the history of technology but also to contemporary debates about humans and machines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859736906
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Edited by Iwan Rhys Morus, Lecturer/Wellcome Award Holder, at the Queen's University, Belfast.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 'A Great and Difficult Thing': Understanding and Explaining the Human Machine in Restoration England 15
3 England and the Machinery of Reason, 1780 to 1830 39
4 The Governor and the Telegraph: Mental Management in British Natural Philosophy 67
5 A Grand and Universal Panacea: Death, Resurrection and the Electric Chair 93
6 'Instruments to Lay Hold of Spirits': Technologizing the Bodies of Victorian Spiritualism 125
7 Spot-watching, Bodily Postures and the 'Practised Eye': the Material Practice of Instrument Reading in late Victorian Electrical Life 165
8 Bodies, Machines and Noise 197
Select Bibliography 221
Index 247
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