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

Sebastian rated it liked it Nov 27, Though it is unfair to expect Nusselder to extend beyond his book’s purpose and psychoanalytic foundation to offer a more varied psychological debate within human-computer interactions, Nusselder’s willingness to describe a fair number of real-world examples of psychopathological situations leads one to query whether Nusselder could have included more, especially in the first half of the book to clarify his heavier theoretical discussion.

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Ivelisse Jimenez marked it as to-read Jan 22, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Emily marked it as to-read Nov 14, 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. Fantasy and the Virtual Mind; Chapter 4: Displays of the Real: Request removal from index.

Information Technology From Homer to Dendral. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 human and digital technology entangled within cyberspace.


Mike marked it as to-read Apr 16, Cheryl marked it as to-read Jan 19, Babyburr added it May 19, Identity and Information Technology. 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.

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.

Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder

From these key Lacanian concepts, Nusselder communicates the psychoanalytic connections between the unconscious and the development of cyborgs. This is in the nature of the subject, not Nusselder’s writing style. Adam Auder rated it liked it Apr 22, 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. Virtual space then replaces real space: Lacan spent much time thinking about cybernetics, as is evident from this quote; “At this point we come upon a precious fact revealed to us by cybernetics—there is something in the symbolic function of human discourse that cannot be eliminated, and that is the role played in it by the imaginary” p.

Chao rated it it was amazing May 28, Philosophical and Technological Problems: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Blake Frederick added it Aug 05, Philosophy of Technology, Misc in Applied Ethics. 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: I believe there is much more room for further research in this specific area.


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It does not joke around, Lacan is researched in depth here and I had no problems whatsoever with his adaptation. Thomas Murphy marked it as to-read Feb 01, If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

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