More (than) Human: The Debate on Post-humanity

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Spinozzi, Paola. "More [than] Human: The Debate on Post-humanity at the Intersection of Scientific Thought, Technological Experimentation, and Literary Vision" (square brackets in original [tech problem with brackets in titles]). Act 18: Utopia e Ciência. Maria Lourdes Câncio Martins, editor. Lisbon: Húmus, 2009.

Anthology reviewed by Sofia de Melo Araújo, Utopian Studies 22.2 (2011): 386-93, who finds Spinozzi's essay

a conceptual reading of the idea of human in an era of scientific and technological advances and posthumanism. Spinozzi defends the idea that contemporary utopias, dystopias, and science fiction must pay particular attention to the connections between the human and the posthuman as an Other, including the key concepts of eugenics, birth and death, decay, body, memory, identity and diversity, cloning, virtual identity, cyborgs, and organ transplantation. She pays particular attention to the concepts of mind and brain and to the technoscientific introduction of artificial intelligence, studying the 1980s claim of the need for a postmechanical redefinition of the concept of human. Spinozzi also devotes herself to a reading of the concepts of remains and spares and the study of evolutionism across utopian literary tradition and provides the reader with a closer study of Michael Marshall Smith's 1996 Spares and Kazoo Ishiguro's 2005 Never Let Me Go. (p. 391)

The essays in the volume are "written in English, Portuguese, and French" (Spinozzi p. 387), with this one, we infer, in English. Note for mind/body issue, and the theme of separating from the body mind or some essence of people, and for cyborgs and AI.


RDE, finishing, 27Mar23