Experiments in Postvital Living
By (author) Richard Doyle
Wetwares by Richard Doyle
Book DescriptionA dizzying tour of the ways technologies, both real and imagined, can transform humanity. The mind of the machine, the body suspended in time, organs exchanged, thought computed, genes manipulated, DNA samples abducted by aliens: the terrain between science and speculation, fraught with the possibility of technological and perhaps even evolutionary transformations, is the territory Richard Doyle explores in Wetwares. In a manner at once sober and playful, Doyle maps potentials for human transformation by new ecologies of information in the early twenty-first century. Wetwares ranges over recent research in artificial life, cloning, cryonics, computer science, organ transplantation, and alien abduction. Moving between actual technical practices, serious speculative technology, and science fiction, Doyle shows us emerging scientific paradigms where "life" becomes more a matter of information than of inner vitality--in short, becomes "wetwares" for DNA and computer networks. Viewing technologies of immortality--from cryonics to artificial life--as disciplines for welcoming a thoroughly other future, a future of neither capital, god, human, nor organism, the book offers tools for an evolutionary, transhuman mutation in the utterly unpredictable decades to come.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816640089
(267mm x 184mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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At once extraordinarily wide-ranging and incredibly focused, Into the Stillness offers readers several deceptively simple and informal conversations about life, existence, and identity in one book.
King of the Golden River, Paperback (January 2013)
The first literary folk tale in English, The King of the Golden River was written by John Ruskin for the young Effie Gray, who later became, with disastrous consequences, his wife. With the classic illustrations by Richard Doyle.
Fairyland Stained Glass Coloring Book, Paperback (January 2004)
Sixteencharming scenes depict wood elves and winged creatures at play, pixies and imps nestled in the leaves of a flowering plant, fairies afloat on a lily pond, and other captivating images."
Richard Doyle's Fairyland Coloring Book, Paperback (September 2002)» View all books by Richard Doyle
Twenty-nine irresistible, ready-to-color scenes of fairies and elves at play, a mini-sized prince wooing a petite princess, mischievous sprites vexing a butterfly, and more. Captions.
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