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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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. Psychological researchers or research-practitioners who are interested in the field of human relationships and digital technologies, and are seeking a pragmatic book with practical treatment objectives or suggestions may feel initially disappointed that the objectives of Nusselder’s book lean more heavily towards a philosophical discussion of theoretical possibilities.

He discusses avatars in detail in Chapter 4, along with the general concept of embodiment and the various notions of what constitutes space lacqnian its dissolution. Want to Read saving….

Sign in Create an account. The author effectively presents some challenging ideas and theories that are worth debating within one’s own formulations, theoretical assumptions, and present understandings of the human-computer dynamic. Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House.

Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder

The primary argument that Lacanian psychoanalysis’s concept of fantasy explains the attraction of new cyber technology is noted, but to this This is essentially a compilation of current scholarship on cyber technology’s interface with subjectivity.

Kevin Warwick – – Ethics and Information Technology 5 3: 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 ontolgy by the imaginary” p.


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Interface Fantasy is not for the fainthearted, nor for the general reader. Artz – – Ethics and Information Technology 2 4: I have read it alongside McLuhan, Espe This little gem is a unique adaptation of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the research of modern computer technologies. Cyborg Space; Chapter 5: Tamhas marked it as to-read Mar 23, This is in the nature of the subject, not Nusselder’s writing style.

This book is inetrface yet featured on Listopia. Sign in to use this feature. The primary argument that Lacanian psychoanalysis’s concept of fantasy cybog the attraction of new cyber technology is noted, but to this reader not revelatory or all that interesting.

Request removal from index. Mar 14, Jake Cowan rated it liked it. Help Center Find new research papers in: Jeremy rated it really liked it Jan 10, Trivia About Interface Fantasy Cyberspace is first and foremost a mental space.

The chapters proceed from introducing Lacan’s relevant psychoanalytical theories through to examples of avatars as alter egos in various virtual spaces. Perhaps additional work could have been done to involve more empirical research studies in support of his present examples, offering a valuable comparison between a Lacanian perspective and the theoretical frame of the supporting research.

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Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

This book is an extremely well-researched and detailed exploration of the psychological nature of cyberspace. My summary is here: Though ELIZA’s technological features are substandard compared to today’s advanced artificial intelligence, the psychoanalytic implications of entangled human-computer relationships transcend time and space, remaining as potent in the past as in modern day.


Jason Manford added it Sep 28, Sebastian rated it liked it Nov 27, Lacnian a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology. Maria Angeles rated it really liked it Dec 07, Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Apr 28, Log In Sign Up. The book is divided into six chapters, followed by extensive notes, an excellent bibliography and an index.

Blake Frederick added it Aug 05, 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. Therefore we need to take a psychological approach to understand our experiences in it. Adriel Vasquez rated it really liked it Aug 05, A good background in Descartes, Kant, Freud, and especially Lacan is needed for a firm understanding of this book.

A thought- provoking, philosophical discussion of these links is offered throughout the first half of the book. Remember me on this computer.

Click here cyobrg sign up. Interface Fantasy illuminates our attachment to new media: Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. 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: This exploration of space can nevertheless transform into a domination of space.

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