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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Cyborg Space; Chapter 5: The chapters proceed from introducing Lacan’s relevant psychoanalytical theories through to examples of avatars as alter egos in various virtual spaces. 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.

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Precursors of Nusselder’s conception of the cyborg were evident as long ago aswhen the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT created omtology computer, ELIZA, that became noted as the first computer psychotherapy program in history He discusses avatars in detail in Chapter 4, along with the general concept of embodiment and the various notions of what constitutes space or its dissolution.

Arun Menon added it Innterface 04, Kris is currently reading it Apr 26, Megan rated it really liked it Nov 09, 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.

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Shawn Stafford marked it as to-read Oct 21, The virtual identities we assume in virtual worlds, exemplified best by avatars consisting of both realistic and symbolic self-representations, illustrate the three orders that Lacan uses to analyze human reality: To ask other readers questions about Interface Fantasyplease sign up. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Robin added it Jul 28, Jos de Mul – – Cambridge Scholars Press.

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Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

Even using a common-sense interpretation, it is not hard to see how one’s personal creation of an avatar draws on factors from the unconscious and as such presents an alter ego.

Sougwen rated fantsy really liked it Jan 24, Therefore we need to take a psychological approach to understand our experiences in laanian. Kevin Warwick – – Ethics and Information Technology 5 3: Ivelisse Jimenez marked it as to-read Jan 22, Franklin Ridgway rated it it was amazing Sep 15, 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 onyology the first half of the book to clarify his heavier theoretical discussion.

Google Books no proxy mitpress. Because I see myself as 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.


My summary is here: The other two are the symbolic and the real. This little gem is a unique adaptation of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the research of modern computer technologies.

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Lacanian psychoanalysis considers fantasy to be an indispensable “screen” for our intera Cyberspace is first and foremost a mental space. The primary argument that Lacanian psychoanalysis’s concept of fantasy explains the attraction of new cyber technology is noted, but to this reader not revelatory or all that interesting.

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A thought- provoking, philosophical discussion of these links is offered throughout the first half of the book. Alex rated it it was ok Oct 13, From these key Lacanian concepts, Nusselder communicates the psychoanalytic connections between the unconscious and the development of cyborgs. Julie marked it as to-read Aug 06, The technology part is well elaborated, explaining how the computer systems work coding and decoding of binary information, presentations on the screen, subjective perceptions of cyberspace and so on from the Lacanian perspective.

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