Cyborg Eschatology: Whitehead and Post-Humanity (Part I)

i. Environment and Actuality In Western thought, one person’s ego is often considered primary: the individual “I” is the focus of many historical Western Christian conceptions of salvation and sin. In contrast, Eastern philosophy has often emphasized a “flux” of existences which co-exist in community. As Christian influence has waned in Western philosophy, contemporary cultural thinkers like Heidegger and Derrida have spoken out of a so-called post-modern and post-sacred ethos. Yet despite the “death of God” drama, within Heidegger’s Dasein or Derrida’s “speaking subject” the Western conception of the individual’s being in the world as a matter of ultimate focus has nearly always been retained. The essentially ego-centric thought structure never disappeared from...

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New Weird Fiction, OntoTheology & Cultural Memes: PhD Dissertation Proposal

New Weird Fiction, OntoTheology & Cultural Memes — My PhD Dissertation Proposal   (In 2008, I proposed doing a PhD in theology and approaches to post-humanism. Accepted into a PhD program on this topic, but then I went to a full-time day job again.) “We are a [species] whose little children demand wearily at the end of each day, ‘Momma, tell me a story’,” novelist and theologian Andrew Greeley once observed. In fact, human beings do not merely ask for stories to explain experience, but also use the act of story-telling to structure experience itself into a comprehensible series of moments linked by time and by causation. As educational psychologists and sociologists tell us, the self is “constituted through an exchange in language.” We weave a web of...

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