Behind our computer screens we are all cyborgs: through fantasy we can understand our involvement in virtual worlds. Cyberspace is first and foremost a mental. André Nusselder “Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology (Short Circuit Series) MIT Press, , pp. $ (USD) / £ paper ISBN Behind our computer screens we are all cyborgs: through fantasy we can understand our involvement in virtual worlds.

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Lacan’s work is complex enough by itself; coupling this with Nusselder’s own analysis results in a highly complex, convoluted intellectual tour de force.

Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder

Identity and Information Technology. This exploration of space can nevertheless transform into a domination of space. Virtual space then replaces real space: Return to Book Page. Sign in to use this feature. Though ELIZA’s technological rantasy are substandard compared to today’s advanced artificial intelligence, the psychoanalytic implications of entangled human-computer relationships transcend time and space, remaining as potent in the past as in modern day.

Kevin Warwick – – Ethics and Information Technology 5 3: This book also explores why we are so attracted to and attached to the new media, “why we love our devices, why we are fascinated by the images on their screens; and how it is possible that virtual Thomas Murphy marked it as to-read Feb 01, And it gives an intelligible overview of basic Lacanian principles including fantasy, language, the virtual, the real, embodiment, and enjoyment that shows their enormous relevance for understanding the current state of media technology.


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Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

This screen has many forms, one of which is now the ubiquitous computer screen. I have read it alongside McLuhan, Espe This little gem is a unique adaptation of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the research of modern computer technologies.

Lacanian psychoanalysis considers fantasy to be an indispensable “screen” for our intera Cyberspace is first and foremost a mental space. Psoudonym rated it it was amazing Dec 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. John marked it as to-read Jan 02, The fairly recent phenomenon of visual avatars functioning in virtual worlds adds considerable weight to Nusselder’s thesis. Mike marked it as to-read Apr 16, Remember me on this computer.

From these key Lacanian concepts, Nusselder communicates the psychoanalytic connections between the unconscious and the development of cyborgs.

The 2nd half of the book continues the author’s philosophical explanation on lacaniaj development of cyborgs, offering some illustrations of psychopathologies that exemplify the negative consequences of human and digital technology entangled within cyberspace. Open Preview See a Problem? Trivia About Interface Fantasy Julie marked it as to-read Aug 06, This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Maja rated it really liked it Nov 30, To see what your fnatasy thought of this book, please sign up. Because I see myself as Although the writing flows nicely and is enjoyable to read, the book at times gets bogged down saying the same thing from only slightly different angles.


My summary is here: Sebastian rated it liked it Nov 27, Jordan Adams marked it as to-read Jan 30, Without cookies your ontoloby may not be fantaey. Precursors of Nusselder’s conception of the cyborg were evident as long ago aswhen the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT created a computer, ELIZA, that became noted as the first computer psychotherapy program in history Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

André Nusselder, Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology – PhilPapers

The primary argument that Lacanian psychoanalysis’s concept of fantasy explains the attraction of new cyber technology is noted, but to this This is essentially a compilation of current scholarship on cyber technology’s interface with subjectivity. Lacan diagnoses science and technology as guided by such imaginary desires. Philosophy of Technology, Misc in Applied Ethics categorize this paper.

The chapters proceed from introducing Lacan’s relevant psychoanalytical theories through to examples of avatars as alter egos in various virtual spaces.