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Category Archives: Posthuman
The global population is expected to increase by almost 3 billion people by the year 2100. Genetic adaptations and manipulations will result in better nutrition, superior health, and longevity for these generations of humans. Despite the many positive outcomes positive eugenics can have for the individual, an increased population may have devastating affects on consumption, […] Continue reading
Ever since dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction became genres, both readers and critics alike have debated the predictive qualities of such texts. In hindsight, they sometimes seem to prophesy the future with eerie accuracy, like the “parlor walls” from Fahrenheit 451, which are oddly similar to today’s ever-present televisions. However, while it’s certainly tempting to draw […] Continue reading
Until the prophesies of “X-men” come to fruition and humanity undergoes an official onset evolution, the meaning of life is very simple. How different are we from the characters in Never Let Me Go? As far as production and purpose are concerned, the average person’s impact upon the world, whether it be their destruction of the […] Continue reading
“I’m one of the very few. It’s prohibited, you see. But as I make the laws here, I can also break them. With impunity…” What is culture, if not the stories and works it creates and venerates? The global society in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is disturbing in their absence. In this day and age, more than […] Continue reading
Writing this blog post is my pain; this is my burning hand, as is reading and grading it your pain. Even though Brad Pitt can make anything interesting, this scene from “Fight Club” encapsulates an angle not yet considered, and in all probability will not be, except for this blog post, that we do not […] Continue reading
“There is no fixed human characteristics, except for a general capability to choose what we want to be, to modify ourselves in accordance to fit our desires.” –Francis Fukuyama , Our Posthuman Future For being the complex creatures we are, it’s almost unsettling to be described in this way. Despite having a concrete set of […] Continue reading
Dehumanization seems to be a common motif throughout dystopian novels, from Never Let Me Go’s clone treatments to Oryx and Crake‘s genetic enhancements, and Antic Hay is no exception. Dan Fang delves deeper into this topic in the following blog post, presenting the strange chimeric inclinations of the citizens of Antic Hay, and how that relates […] Continue reading
I’m in the midst of E. O. Wilson’s Consilience: the Unity of Knowledge, preparing for my long-procrastinated research paper, when I stumble across the following passage Wilson quotes from Nicolas de Condorcet (a French 18th century Enlightenment philosopher): “‘How consoling for the philosopher who laments the errors, the crimes, the injustices which still pollute the […] Continue reading