human animal animal human…??

12 02 2006

“So my cyborg myth is about transgressed boundaries”

“By the late twentieth century in United States scientific culture, the boundary between human and
animal is thoroughly breached. The last beachheads of uniqueness have been polluted if not turned into
amusement parks–language tool use, social behaviour, mental events, nothing really convincingly settles the
separation of human and animal. And many people no longer feel the need for such a separation; indeed,
many branches of feminist culture affirm the pleasure of connection of human and other living creatures.
Movements for animal rights are not irrational denials of human uniqueness; they are a clear-sighted
recognition of connection across the discredited breach of nature and culture. Biology and evolutionary
theory over the last two centuries have simultaneously produced modern organisms as objects of knowledge and
reduced the line between humans and animals to a faint trace re-etched in ideological struggle or
professional disputes between life and social science.Within this framework, teaching modern Christian
creationism should be fought as a form of child abuse.

Biological-determinist ideology is only one position opened up in scientific culture for arguing the
meanings of human animality. There is much room for radical political people to contest the meanings of
the breached boundary.”

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Stephen Hawking
Hawking Says Future
Humans May Be Cyborgs

Stephen Hawking, considered by many to be among the brightest minds alive today, has been issuing somedire threats about future of life on this planet.Hawking warns of the possibility that in our quest to find ultimate biological and chemical weapons we will create a doomsday bug that will destroy the human race. He also believes there is a possibility that
machines may someday attempt to control us.With deadly bugs like E-bola and military smallpox around, many scientists believe that a doomsday device is already here. All it is going to take is one madman, like the guys who flew those commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, to release it.”In the long term, I am more worried about biology,” Hawking said. “Nuclear weapons need large facilities, but genetic engineering can be done in a small lab. You can’t regulate every lab in the world. The danger is that either by accident or design, we create a virus that destroys us.It is interesting to note that Hawking, a professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, says genetic
engineering for new bodies will probably be needed to make humans capable of surviving the rigors of space
travel. He suggests that we develop cyborgs, or humans with computers linked to their brains.

Stephen Hawking, considered by many to be among the brightest minds alive today, has been issuing some
dire threats about future of life on this planet.

Hawking warns of the possibility that in our quest to find ultimate biological and chemical weapons we will
create a doomsday bug that will destroy the human race. He also believes there is a possibility that
machines may someday attempt to control us.

With deadly bugs like E-bola and military smallpox around, many scientists believe that a doomsday device
is already here. All it is going to take is one madman, like the guys who flew those commercial
airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, to release it.

“In the long term, I am more worried about biology,”Hawking said. “Nuclear weapons need large facilities,
but genetic engineering can be done in a small lab.You can’t regulate every lab in the world. The danger
is that either by accident or design, we create a virus that destroys us.

It is interesting to note that Hawking, a professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, says genetic
engineering for new bodies will probably be needed to make humans capable of surviving the rigors of space
travel. He suggests that we develop cyborgs, or humans with computers linked to their brains.

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