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Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory

Cary Wolfe

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226905136
eISBN:
9780226905129
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226905129.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book examines contemporary notions of humanism and ethics by reconstructing a little-known but crucial underground tradition of theorizing the animal from Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Lyotard to ... More


Neocybernetics and Narrative

Bruce Clarke

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691005
eISBN:
9781452949406
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691005.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book rethinks narrative and media through systems theory. Reconceiving interrelations among subjects, media, significations, and the social, this study demonstrates second-order systems theory’s ... More


The Bonds That Bind

Peter Harries-Jones

in Upside-Down Gods

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270347
eISBN:
9780823270385
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270347.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Communication involves several layers of relationship of self-with-others all at the same time, and people can easily get into a tangle or ‘bind’ with others. In any family, silence on the subject ... More


Vital Cells: Cellular Automata, Artificial Life, Autopoiesis

John Johnston

in The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262101264
eISBN:
9780262276351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.003.0005
Subject:
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

This chapter examines John von Neumann’s theory of self-reproducing automata and Christopher Langton’s self-reproducing digital loops. Langton’s theory of artificial life (ALife) as a new science ... More


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