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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From the birth of cybernetics to artificial life, How We Became Posthuman provides an indispensable account of how we arrived in our virtual age, and of where we might go from here. Her project is to address how information “lost its body” because she wants to intervene in discourse suggesting that the body is so much “meat” for a separate Cartesian consciousness.

This is convincing but I would suggest that we might extend the term to consider ‘simplification’ as a kind of meta-skeuomorph which keeps simulation as acceptable scientism despite the profound anti simplification content of the whole idea of complexity, the inexorable character of the real as opposed to the artificial.

Jan 08, Becca rated it it was amazing. University of Chicago Press. Cilliers ought to have put the kibosh on this sort of thing but it goes on and on, exemplified by Holland’s understanding of Emergence Holland and very often associated with rational choice theory.

Instead, identity and self could be transmitted onto technology, where technology becomes part of us either in practice or in physical terms. Hayles explains that the human condition as it is, is constantly evolving.


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

Be the first to ask a question about How We Became Posthuman. Feb 14, Jeff rated it liked it. I’ll highlight some of the most valuable concepts shortly. Not having the lu I was deciding between giving it 3.

This is particularly true in the massively overspecialised education system of the contemporary UK. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores.

Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age. 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 the material that instantiates it.

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.

Sep 13, Jan D rated it liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about How We Became Posthumanplease sign up. Not having the luxury to do just that, as this is the book on which I am basing my Katherone thesis, I was forced to continue reading and thus found the book moderately enjoyable.

Still though, I’ll take a bionic heart and live to May 16, Jordan Peacock rated it it was ok Shelves: Dec 22, Derek rated it it was amazing. Hayles’ narrative pivots postyuman the The strengths of this book come from its three guiding questions or stories on virtual reality: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I did expect a more structured and for lack of a better word clear answer as to how humans became posthuman other than “It turns out we’ve been posthuman this entire time, go figure.


According to Hayles the posthuman view privileges information over materiality, considers consciousness as an epiphenomenon and imagines the body as a prosthesis for de mind.

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Electronic literature American postmodern literature. The conceptual development is related to the personalities and the times and the interaction of personalities with each other and with historical and intellectual context in a way that both fascinates and informs.

Jan 17, Addison Nugent rated it it was amazing. Hayles understands ” human ” and ” posthuman ” as constructions that emerge from historically specific understandings of technology, culture and embodiment; “human and “posthuman” views each produce unique models of subjectivity.

How We Became Posthuman

From Reflexivity to Self-Organization 7. Jul 10, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Reviewers were mixed about Hayles’ construction of the posthuman subject. Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. She draws upon folks like Connerton and Bourdieu to make this argument, and does so with real alacrity. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.