Post-humanism: No longer confined to the parameters of human nature.
Post-humanism is a re-conception of the world, decentralising the human from main focus and instead taking a broader appreciation for all living things, equally. Although the human as a species does not change, the lens through which the human perceives the world is altered and instead they, the post-human, deem themselves one part of a bigger global system.
The core reading for this week exposes you to some key texts and concepts within the field of post-humanism.
- Woodgate (2013) – Posthumanism – An introduction [Chapter two]
- Hayles, N. K. (1999). “Towards embodied virtuality” from we became posthuman : virtual bodies in cybernetics, literature, and informatics. pp. 1-24, Chicago. Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Excerpt available online: http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/theory/Hayles-Posthuman-excerpts.pdf
- Bryant, L. (2010). Promises of Posthumanism – online blog. http://larvalsubjects.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/promises-of-posthumanism/
- Scott, K. (2011) Transhumanism vs. /and Posthumanism – online article. Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET). http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/4827
Recommended resources to explore:
- Wikipedia – “Donna Haraway” entry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Haraway
- YouTube – “Felt making” video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EGlBXyasdBU
- Pepperell, R. (2005) The Posthuman Condition – Consciousness beyond the brain. http://www.robertpepperell.com/post-human.htm
Once you feel you have a sufficient understanding of posthumanism and how this begins to link to the concept of education, please proceed to the next section of the course, which will begin to contextualise posthumanism within MOOCs, starting with course structures as posthuman by design.