[ExI] Wrestling with Embodiment
anders at aleph.se
Sat Jan 21 11:15:52 UTC 2012
On 20/01/2012 23:32, natasha at natasha.cc wrote:
> What the heck is Hayles (How We Became Posthuman) talking about when
> she says that posthumans are disembodied?
I can't say I find her understandable (she is nice in person, though).
But it is safe to guess she doesn't mean embodiment in the usual
physical sense, but more likely in the sense of phenomenology or even
continental feminism - the body as a constraint/part of the lifeworld.
Our cognition is embodied, and that means it is deeply dependent upon
features of the physical body. This is a very "in" view in parts of
So my stab at what she might mean is that our concept of the posthuman
as we often describe it in our community tends to be very disembodied:
we tend to assume the body is an irrelevant artifact that can be
discarded and replaced with something better, keeping the essential part
of ourselves. But she thinks this is a mistake - not that it might be
impossible to do, but that regarding bodies as fashion accessorites
rather than the ground of being will mean we will be amputating
important parts of our selves.
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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