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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Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I have read it alongside McLuhan, Espen Aarseth, Baudrillard and it fits right in there, giving a different explanation of how new media changes our contemporary societies.

Even using a common-sense interpretation, it is not hard to see how one’s personal creation of an avatar draws on factors from the unconscious and as such presents an alter ego.

And it also legitimizes actions: It is the virtual image that sustains desire. Eileen Tang marked it as to-read Nov 24, Though ELIZA’s technological features 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. Interface Fantasy lays the foundation for a new way of thinking that acknowledges the pivotal role of the screen in the current world of information.


My summary is here: Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Sign in Create an account. The other two are the symbolic and the real.

Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

Philosophical and Technological Problems: 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. Mirel Nechita marked it as to-read Nov 17, Cyborg Space; Chapter 5: Blake Frederick added it Aug 05, Lacanian psychoanalysis considers fantasy to be an indispensable “screen” for our interaction with the outside world; Nusselder argues that, at the mental level, computer screens and other human-computer interfaces incorporate this function of fantasy: Science Logic and Mathematics.

Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House. Therefore we need to take a psychological approach to understand our experiences in it. Tom marked it as to-read Jun 13, View freely available titles: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Request removal from index. From these key Lacanian concepts, Nusselder communicates the psychoanalytic connections between the unconscious and the development of cyborgs.

Information Technology From Homer to Dendral. 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. Perhaps additional work could have been done to involve more empirical research studies in support of his present examples, offering a valuable comparison pntology a Lacanian perspective and the theoretical frame of the supporting research.


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Babyburr added it May 19, In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 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. Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology. The chapters proceed from introducing Lacan’s relevant psychoanalytical theories through to examples of avatars as alter egos in various virtual spaces.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He discusses avatars in detail in Pntology 4, along with the general concept of embodiment and the various notions of what constitutes space or its dissolution.