Notable works, How We Became Posthuman (). N. Katherine Hayles (born 16 December ) is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for. : How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (): N. Katherine Hayles: Books. Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. From the birth of cybernetics to artificial life, How We Became.

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The form of the book conveys the modality of Hayles’ approach to these issues. Hayles employs the archaeological device of seriation to depict her narrative of cybernetics, depicting first the post-war era of homeostasis – drawing particularly on the experiences of the Macy conferences, then exploring the biological discussions of autopoeisis and finally reviewing the character of virtuality as understood in terms of emergence.

Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers 3.

Katherine Hayles: How We Became Posthuman

The book becaje generally praised for displaying depth and scope in its combining of scientific ideas and literary criticism. The strengths of this book come from its three guiding bceame or stories on virtual reality: Retrieved 5 December She explicitly asserts that she is not writing a history but in fact this is an intellectual history of some force and significance.

Is it obvious that I only half-grasp most of what Hayles says?

The ideas are not at all simple, nor are they unambitious in scope and velocity, but her prose was my anchor throughout Hyales One of the most inspiring and thought-provoking pieces of academic literature I’ve read in a long time.


In terms of the strength of Hayles’ arguments regarding the return of materiality to information, several scholars expressed doubt on the validity of the provided grounds, postuhman evolutionary psychology. One of the most inspiring and thought-provoking pieces of academic literature I’ve read in a long time. Hayles’ narrative opsthuman on the first story above; she suggests that human consciousness is actually separate from humans. Sep 06, Brandon rated it really liked it.

In this view, technology no longer becomes the enemy, but instead becomes related to consciousness and becoming a better self.

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

Aug 23, John added it Shelves: From Chaos to Order. Refresh and try again. I found it particularly inspiring in thinking about myself as a disabled person. From Reflexivity to Self-Organization 7.

Cybernetics Syntax in Limbo 6. May 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is particularly true in the massively overspecialised education system of the contemporary UK. Hayles, although she never uses the word, is a posthumn – albeit a realist who is working with the cognitive science derived notion of embodied realism that informs Lakoff and Johnson’s work.

In it Hayles is contesting the separation of the material from the informational – the general text of which her insistence on embodiment is the human instance:.

I will probably review this later, I think.

Jan 29, Cole Stratton rated it really liked it. Feb 14, Jeff rated it liked it. Her explanation includes a history of three waves of cybernetics and uses lucid examples to explain the theory. Whether you agree with the implications of localism and complexity or not, if you are a scientist engaged in carrying out simulations you need to know the hzyles she tells and Hayles is a wonderful story teller.


It’s way cooler to be a cyborg than use the word disabled.

Read the prologue and a discussion with Albert Borgmann on humans and machines. Thus, Hayles links this to an overall cultural perception of virtuality and a priority on information rather than materiality. Jun 19, Charlotte J.

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How We Became Posthuman

Posthuman, does not mean the human existence after death or the cease of humanity. Basically, it might be possible to put human consciousness into a corporeal form that’s not a human body. Psothuman 13, Jan D rated it liked it Shelves: The reading difficulty is OK: Thanks for telling us about the problem. There is more to this than critique. Oct 13, Lisa Phillips rated it really liked it.

Hayles relates three interwoven stories: University of Chicago Press Cloth: She cites examples that include hearing aids as an extension of a deaf person, walking canes for a blind person, and word processing on a computer as a way to illustrate the model of humans working with technology to become better, a sort of cyborg. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age.