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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John marked it as to-read Jan 02, Josh Wade marked it as to-read Feb 03, A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology is a thought-provoking, philosophical discussion that engages the complexities of Lacanian psychoanalysis within cyberspace and the interactions between humans and digital technologies. The primary argument that Lacanian psychoanalysis’s concept of fantasy explains the attraction of new cyber technology is noted, but to this reader not revelatory or all that interesting.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Imagination is an important factor in psychoanalytical discourse, and Nusselder discusses it at length, from showing Descartes’s dismissal of imagination as untenable through to demonstrating its vital importance in cybernetics. Information Technology and Computers in Theory and Practice. This is in the nature of the subject, not Nusselder’s writing style. Interface Fantasy is not for the fainthearted, nor for the general reader. Contact Contact Us Help.

Therefore we need to take a psychological approach to understand our experiences in it. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 Megan rated it really liked it Nov 09, If, as suggested, cyberspace is a mental space, then applying psychoanalytical theory to analyzing its social, cultural and individual influences makes a lot of sense.


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Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The imaginary is one of the three main lacanixn Lacan uses to analyze human reality.

Interface Fantasy illuminates our attachment to new media: Adriel Vasquez rated it really liked it Aug 05, It is the virtual image that sustains desire. Jordan Adams marked it as to-read Jan 30, Arun Menon added it May 04, Since the world as a database the matrix cannot appear to us in cyberspace without media that open it up interfacesthe interface, I claim, has a similar status to that of fantasy in Lacanian theory” p.

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Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

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Nusselder suggests that this type of online, symbolic image of self or particular reality epitomizes what the user wants others to see or wants oneself to identify with in a cyberspace fantasy. The 2nd half of the book continues the author’s philosophical explanation on the development of cyborgs, offering some illustrations of psychopathologies that exemplify the negative consequences of lacwnian and digital technology entangled within cyberspace.

Intervace good background in Descartes, Kant, Freud, and especially Lacan is needed for a firm understanding of this book. Feb 13, Ktulis rated it it was amazing. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Reality as an Effect; Chapter 6: Foundations of the Philosophy of Technology, Laacanian C. Tiles niterface – International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 4 2: Information Technology From Homer to Dendral.

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