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The Posthumanism Research Team at EIH understands the significance of the rapidly changing nature of technology and the ways it impacts human understanding. It therefore maintains a critical viewpoint on both the unchecked optimism over developments in science and technology, and anti-scientific metaphysics. For the Posthumanism Research Team, the goal is to increasingly blur the academic boundaries between philosophy, cultural sociology, art history, and the history of media and technology. Such interdisciplinary efforts are part of the Society's larger aim to seek a paradigm in humanities that better suits the conditions of a new mankind. The Posthuman Studies Series reflect the research achievements of the Society in their topics of expertise which range from "subjectivity as a process," "biotechnology and the physicality of the posthuman," "digital media and Homo Sentiens (the emotional species)," and "in-between beings and polyphonic subjectivity."
 
Natural-born Cyborgs
Author : Andy Clark (Translation: Sang-gyu Shin)
Publisher : Acanet
Date : 2015
 
Explanation
Fourth publication in the Posthuman Studies Series. According to author Andy Clark, we are all cyborgs from the moment of birth. Think of ourselves in our glasses, sipping on coffee, searching Google on our smartphones. Since mankind began to make use of fire and tools, man has never been defined by a naturally endowed mind or body. Clark believes the acts of sketching, taking memos, searching Google, and using smartphones are all artificial ways of expanding our minds. The use of tools or resources has been pivotal to mankind’s technological solution to survival and reproduction. Technology has also been the driving force behind the growth of culture. In this sense, it has proved itself fundamental to what we categorize and define as human potential. The co-existence of man and technology is the most basic characteristic of humanity, a result of which is our very existence as combined beings of biological bodies and technology. For Clark, technology was no less than man’s second instinct which explains his argument that the difference between a biological body reliant on glasses and smartphones and a cyborg hooked up to machines hardly lies in species or type, but merely in degree.
Index

목차

1장 언플러그드 사이보그 

2장 기술과의 결합 

3장 유연한 두뇌, 혼종적 마음 

4장 우리는 어디에 있는가? 

5장 우리는 무엇인가? 

6장 지구적인 무리활동 

7장 나쁜 보그? 

8장 결론: 포스트-휴먼, 나(Moi)?


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