Category Archives: Techne(101)

Stiegler’s Memory, 1: The Problem With Husserl

The Problem With Husserl Matt Bluemink To French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, the outer objects that human beings create can be looked at exteriorisations of consciousness; tools and the techniques we create to use them are both essentially a technical prostheticity that is fundamental to our being as humans. This inherent technicity is also fundamental to how we experience time. Indeed, the process of epiphylogenesis (see bottom 1) is how we, through technics, create time; we invent a future for ourselves that is dependent on the acquired epiphylogenetic memory passed down to us from our ancestors. This idea of time as…

On Internet freedom: India’s perilous trajectory

[caption id="attachment_9087" align="aligncenter" width="276"] Edward Snowden[/caption]   On Internet freedom, India's perilous trajectory By Geoffrey King/CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator Committee to Protect Journalist By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world's newspapers, India hadreportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS). The system is a $132 million project that allows central access to all communications content and metadata carried over Indian telecommunications networks. According to documents reviewed by The Hindu: the CMS will enhance the government's surveillance and interception capabilities far beyond 'meta-data,' data mining, and the original expectation…

Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="115"] William G. Gilroy[/caption] Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology article: link Dec. 17, 2012 — As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013. The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good. The center generated its inaugural list with the help of…

Cloud Capitalism

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="121"] Gilles Deleuze[/caption]   According to Gilles Deleuze in his Postscript on Control Societies the individual has become the dividual: the "dividual"—a physically embodied human subject that is endlessly divisible and reducible to data representations via the modern technologies of control, like computer-based systems. "The numerical language of control is made of codes that mark access to information, or reject it. [....] Individuals have become 'dividuals' and masses [have become] samples, data, markets, or 'banks.'" For Deleuze, such technologies indicate that we as discrete selves are not in-divisible entities; on the contrary, we can be divided and…

Neuroscience: Under Attack

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="190"] Naomi Wolf[/caption] Neuroscience: Under Attack By ALISSA QUART NY Times THIS fall, science writers have made sport of yet another instance of bad neuroscience. The culprit this time is Naomi Wolf; her new book, “Vagina,” has been roundly drubbed for misrepresenting the brain and neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin. EKTA Earlier in the year, Chris Mooney raised similar ire with the book “The Republican Brain,” which claims that Republicans are genetically different from — and, many readers deduced, lesser to — Democrats. “If Mooney’s argument sounds familiar to you, it should,” scoffed two science writers. “It’s called…

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