Karl Rahner and Post-Humanism

Symbol & Cyborg: Karl Rahner’s Theology of the Body and Post-Organic Embodiment One of the more interesting features of Karl Rahner’s influential “Theological Investigations” is that it is, at heart, a theology of symbols. In fact, Rahner writes that “die ganze Theologie, ohne nicht auch wesentlich eine Symboltheologie zu sein.” God comes to our life on earth through symbols, and we respond to the divine through the use of symbol. Today, our human interactions are increasingly articulated in electronic representation, and Rahner’s symbolic emphasis seems especially applicable. After all, all software “behavior” and “virtual” activity is essential symbolic: as many have noted, computer user interfaces are essentially composed of layers of metaphorical symbols...

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Yahoo! joins open social

Bloggers have been asking for some time, for Yahoo to join Open Social. Now it’s happened: Yahoo has officially joined Open Social. It’s been positioned as a defensive move against Microsoft’s drive to own user data (a la Passport) and thus, to keep Microsoft away from actually acquiring Yahoo. I just don’t see the value of Open Social as a purely defensive move — after all, Microsoft itself has learned a lot since the Passport and Palladium days. I believe that Microsoft has effectively made the transition towards more openness around protocols and systems and allowing much more user control over personal information (I was part of Microsoft during part of that transition). I’d point topeople like Dare Obasanjo as examples of...

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