Intuitive Technologies : Models of Posthuman Subjectivity in Simon Ings’ Hot Head and Hotwire

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Kortekallio , K 2014 , ' Intuitive Technologies : Models of Posthuman Subjectivity in Simon Ings’ Hot Head and Hotwire ' , Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research , vol. 1 , no. 2 , pp. 23–40 . < http://journal.finfar.org/articles/models-of-posthuman-subjectivity/ >

Title: Intuitive Technologies : Models of Posthuman Subjectivity in Simon Ings’ Hot Head and Hotwire
Author: Kortekallio, Kaisa
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2014-06-17
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
ISSN: 2342-2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/136231
Abstract: This article analyzes two novels by the British writer Simon Ings, Hot Head (1992) and Hotwire (1995), from perspectives provided by second-order systems theory, philosophy of neuroscience and posthumanist philosophy. In Ings’ cyberpunk fiction, the use of a particular novum, a programmable cerebral tissue called “datafat”, enables elaborate experimentation on different theories of mind and matter. Due to this experimentation, Ings’ work is able to convey a conception of cognition as an emergent effect produced in material processes that are both human and non-human. Ings’ work asserts the human subject as a complex system in a complex technological ecology and, consequentially, presents us with a model for subjectivity that might be called “posthuman”.
Subject: 6122 Literature studies
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