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By William S. Haney II

Addressing a key factor relating to human nature, this ebook argues that the first-person event of natural realization might quickly be lower than chance from posthuman biotechnology. In exploiting the mind's capability for instrumental habit, posthumanists search to increase human adventure by means of bodily projecting the brain outward throughout the continuity of notion and the cloth international, as via telepresence and other kinds of prosthetic enhancements.
Posthumanism envisions a biology/machine symbiosis that would advertise this extension, arguably on the price of the typical tendency of the brain to maneuver towards natural realization. As each one bankruptcy of this e-book contends, by way of forcibly overextending and hence jeopardizing the neurophysiology of attention, the posthuman situation might within the long-term undermine human nature, outlined because the easy capability for transcending the mind’s conceptual content.
Presented right here for the 1st time, the fundamental argument of this publication is greater than a caution; it provides a path: much better to perform persistence and improve natural recognition and evolve right into a larger individual than to fall prey to the Faustian temptations of biotechnological strength. As argued during the publication, every body needs to decide on for him or herself among the technological extension of actual event via brain, physique and international at the one hand, and the average powers of human awareness at the different as a method to achieve their final imaginative and prescient.

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Derrida says that when there is no longer even any sense in making decisions about some secret behind the surface of a textual manifestation (and it is this situation which I would call text or trace), when it is the call of this secret, however, which points back to the other or to something else, [. . ] and holds us to the other, then the secret impassions us. Even if there is none, even if it does not exist, hidden behind anything whatever. (1995b: 29-30).

In other words, if posthuman technology stresses the connection between mind/body and consciousness by overextending the experience of the mind into the world of objects, as through the notion of “extended experience,” then the mind’s capacity to manifest subjectivity or have phenomenal awareness may gradually diminish. By extending the reach of conceptual content at the expense of the light of consciousness, therefore, the mind becomes vulnerable to losing its clarity of understanding and to giving rise to a false sense of identity.

Nonetheless, the idea that firstperson experience is really third-person experience does not contradict the first-person experience of purusha consciousness, which as a nonpluralistic state is also a third-person experience insofar that it is the same for everybody. As Shear notes, recall, “This is because two experiences of qualityless unboundedness cannot be phenomenologically different, since there is nothing in either to distinguish it from the other” (1990: 136). Through this unboundedness, the theory of extensionism itself can be broadened to allow for an extended experience on two dimensions, physical and nonphysical: that of the phenomenal mind, which posthumanism hopes to extend artificially through bionic technology, and that of witnessing consciousness, toward which the phenomenal mind can extend effortlessly through its natural tendency to move toward 34 Cyberculture, Cyborgs and Science Fiction greater fulfillment.

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