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Metal and Flesh The Evolution of Man: Technology Takes Over

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ISBN-10: 0262042002

ISBN-13: 9780262042000

Edition: 2001

Authors: Ollivier Dyens, Evan J. Bibbee, Evan J. Bibbee

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For more than 3,000 years, humans have explored uncharted geographic and spiritual realms. Present-day explorers face new territories born from the coupling of living tissue and metal, strange lifeforms that are intelligent but unconscious, neither completely alive nor dead. Our bodies are now made of machines, images, and information. We are becoming cultural bodies in a world inhabited by cyborgs, clones, genetically modified animals, and innumerable species of human/information symbionts. Ollivier Dyensrsquo;s Metal and Fleshis about two closely related phenomena: the technologically induced transformation of our perceptions of the world and the emergence of a cultural biology. Culture, according to Dyens, is taking control of the biosphere. Focusing on the twentieth century--which will be remembered as the century in which the living body was blurred, molded, and transformed by technology and culture--Dyens ruminates on the undeniable and irreversible human/machine entanglement that is changing the very nature of our lives.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/12/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 178
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Ollivier Dyens is an associate professor at Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of numerous books, including Les Murs des planetes suivi de La cath�Zdrale aveugle (VLB �fditeur), short listed for the Prix de po�Zsie Terrasses Saint-Sulpice de la revue Estuaire, Continent X, Vertige du Nouvel Occident (VLB �fditeur), long listed for the Prix Roberval, Metal and Flesh, The Evolution of Man, Technology takes over (MIT Press) whose French version was awarded Best Essay from La Soci�Zt�Z des �Zcrivains canadiens, Les Betes (�fditions Triptyque), and Navigations technologiques (VLB �fditeur).

Series Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Crater in the Yucatan
Origin: The Intelligent Condition
New Readings
The Technological Reality
The Cultural Biology
The Desire of Culture
The Living Idea
The Conscience of Cyberspace
The Environment of Technology
The Virtual Being
Sadness of the Machine
More or Less Alive
Viruses
Life/Machine Osmosis
The Cognitive Ecology
Metaman
Identity and Network
The Rise of Cultural Bodies
Body's Plasticity: Wells, Kafka, Orwell
The Plastic Body of Dr. Moreau
Kafka, The Metamorphosis Machine
"We are the dead"
Cyberpunks: Body Terrorists
New Models of the Body
Monsters, Cyborgs, and Extraterrestrials
Conclusion: Cruel Miracles
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index