The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet

The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet

by Margaret Wertheim

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The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet by Margaret Wertheim

Cyberspace may seem an unlikely gateway for the soul.
But as science commentator Margaret Wertheim argues in this "marvelously provocative" (Kirkus Reviews) book, cyberspace has in recent years become a repository for immense spiritual yearning. Wertheim explores the mapping of spiritual desire onto digitized space and suggests that the modem today has become a metaphysical escape-hatch from a materialism that many people find increasingly dissatisfying. Cyberspace opens up a collective space beyond the laws of physics–a space where mind rather than matter reigns. This strange refuge returns us to an almost medieval dualism between a physical space of body and an immaterial space of mind and psyche.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393320534
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 384,051
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Margaret Wertheim is a science journalist and commentator and author of the book Pythagoras' Trousers.

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