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June 16, 2006

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daniel

luddite!

philjohnson

Oddly and ironically the advent of cyberspace ensues with the thumbprints of Descartes' thoughts on the mind-body duality. I have not had access to Bywater's text, but perhaps what he alludes to is parallel to the techngnosis that Erik Davis speaks of?

Erik Davis who holds to some radical views shaped by alternate spiritual consciousness and Buddhistic traditions has written about the Cartesian traces in cyberspace and the new technologies in his various essays posted on his techgnosis site:

"Classical AI conceives the mind as a disembodied symbolic processor manipulating representations and information in order to reason about and influence the world. Perception, sensation, and behavior are seen as inputs and outputs of an essentially logical machine, a machine whose essential activity is, to take an example fetishized by the AI community, expressed in chess. Though starkly reductive when compared to humanist or existential conceptions of consciousness, classical AI has the peculiar characteristic of reinforcing the familiar "Christian" priority of mind over matter."


Kester

Interesting stuff Phil. I'm dipping into Techgnosis at the moment, but haven't come across the site before. Looks interesting. Link [here]

Kathy

Well, I don't know about your desk, but mine could definitely be described as pre-Information Age. I think a bit of toning down of texture in this "space" (where there is absolutely none!) wouldn't go amiss! (although I have to admit to being without a typewriter, hmmm, where could I put that?)

Kester

Coincidentally, Steven Johnson has just blogged about a new desktop idea called 'BumpTop' which aims to create a more 3 dimensional, 'real' desk feel.

Video here.

Steven Johnson's post - and subsequent discussion - here.

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