- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Cyborgs1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 08/02/2018 21:54:43): Cyborgs
- Briefly, a Cyborg (Cybernetic Organism) is a human being (or any organic being) with some inorganic parts. See the entry in Wikipedia (Link).
- Compare and contrast with Android4, which is a humanoid robot.
- See also Siliconisation5, the TE6 wherein we have the gradual replacement of (human) neural tissue with microchips while – allegedly – preserving consciousness.
- And again, connect to Chimeras7. In this case8, biological material from other animals is merged with human tissue to provide an enhancement.
- All of the above is beloved of the Transhumanists9, who want to enhance the human condition by all means possible, even if this means that humans are no longer – strictly speaking – human beings10.
- My interest in Cyborgs stems from the impact of their possibility on the truth of Animalism11.
- If we are (human) animals12, would we continue to exist if increasingly enhanced by technological implants and extensions. I see no immediate problem – just a bit more along the lines of spectacles & hip replacements. But no doubt there would eventually become a tipping point when we become more inorganic than organic. Our persistence conditions13 would then be mixed between those of organisms14 and artefacts15. Or is the situation better described by us shrinking (if our parts are replaced) or – if the technological parts are add-ons – remaining unchanged. Currently we’re unchanged by our spectacles, but hip replacements become part of us. Is this not so?
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read16, include17 the following:-
- "Grossman (Lev) - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal", Grossman
- "Iida (Fumiya) - Could we build a Blade Runner-style ‘replicant’?", Iida
- "Jones (D. Gareth) - A Christian Perspective on Human Enhancement", Jones
- "Mayor (Adrienne) - Bio-techne", Mayor
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Alexander (Denis) - Enhancing humans or a new creation?", Alexander
- "Clark (Andy) - That Special Something: Dennett on the Making of Minds and Selves", Clark
- "Clark (Andy) - Re-Inventing Ourselves: The Plasticity of Embodiment, Sensing, and Mind", Clark
- "CSC WG - Human Enhancement – A Discussion Document", CSC WG
- "Erickson (Mark) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence'", Erickson
- "Kaku (Michio) - The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind (YouTube Lecture)", Kaku
- "Miah (Andy) - Justifying Human Enhancement: The Accumulation of Biocultural Capital", Miah
- "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence'", Shipley
- This is mostly a place-holder18.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (08/02/2018 21:54:43).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- There are other situations where human tissue is to be harvested from other animals – after genetic modification or other means – for the purpose of implantation.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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