LECTURE 8 - Cyberculture

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LECTURE 8 - Cyberculture

  1. 1. Cybersouls Video Transcript at http://www.open2.net/digitalplanet/cybersouls_script3.html http://www.open2.net/digitalplanet/cybersouls.html
  2. 2. RELATING ISSUES IN THE VIDEO CLIPS TO OUR ANALYSIS THIS SEMESTER: Personal identity. Construction through mediation The Global Internet already impacts upon our lives. The Internet: this becomes a context where there is an intersection of communications, commerce and entertainment.
  3. 3. Transhumanism <ul><li>Transhumanists - http://www.transhumanism.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Extropians” - http://www.extropy.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Morphological Freedom - http://www.nada.kth.se/~asa/Texts/MorphologicalFreedom.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Morphological Freedom - http:// www.nada.kth.se/~asa/Texts/MorphologicalFreedom.htm </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>TABLE OF TRANSHMANIST VALUES </li></ul><ul><li>Core Value </li></ul><ul><li>        Having the opportunity to explore the transhuman and posthuman realms </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>        Global security </li></ul><ul><li>        Technological progress </li></ul><ul><li>        Wide access </li></ul><ul><li>Derivative Values </li></ul><ul><li>        Nothing wrong about “tampering with nature”; the idea of hubris rejected </li></ul><ul><li>        Individual choice in use of enhancement technologies; morphological freedom </li></ul><ul><li>        Peace, international cooperation, anti-proliferation of WMDs </li></ul><ul><li>        Improving understanding (encouraging research and public debate; critical thinking; open-mindedness, scientific inquiry; open discussion of the future) </li></ul><ul><li>        Getting smarter (individually; collectively; and develop machine intelligence) </li></ul><ul><li>        Philosophical fallibilism; willingness to reexamine assumptions as we go along </li></ul><ul><li>        Pragmatism; engineering- and entrepreneur-spirit; science </li></ul><ul><li>        Diversity (species, races, religious creeds, sexual orientations, life styles, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>        Caring about the well-being of all sentience </li></ul><ul><li>        Saving lives (life-extension, anti-aging research, and cryonic </li></ul><ul><li>Figure 2. Table of transhumanist values - http://www.nickbostrom.com/ethics/values.html </li></ul>
  5. 9. &quot; One of the three leading intellectual electronic reviews in the world... &quot; -Le Monde The Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory was published from 1976-91 as a peer-reviewed journal of critical thought. Envisioned as an independent intellectual journal, the CJPST quickly attracted to its pages an expanding circle of theorists, writers, artists, and poets who explored forms of critical thinking that were historically engaged, politically critical, and theoretically diverse. The result was a series of theme issues probing key currents of politics, culture and society: Ideology/Power, Lenin in Ruins, Feminism Now, Psychoanalysis, Ideology, and Language, Body Digest: Fashion, Skin & Technology, Hollywood/Hollywood, Marx and Marxism Revisited, Mediascape. Jean Baudrillard, Jurgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Susan Sontag, Stanley Aronowitz, Toril Moi, Anthony Giddens, Claude Lefort, Zymunt Bauman, Russell Jacoby, Terry Eagleton,

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