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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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Maja rated it really liked it Nov 30, 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. Emily marked it as to-read Nov 14, This is in the nature of the subject, not Nusselder’s writing style.

Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House. My summary is here: Robin added it Jul 28, A thought- provoking, philosophical discussion of these links is offered throughout the first half of the book.

Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

Fantasy and the Virtual Mind; Chapter 4: Lacanian psychoanalysis considers fantasy to be an indispensable “screen” for our interaction with the outside world; Nusselder argues that, at the mental level, computer screens and other human-computer interfaces incorporate this function of fantasy: Josh Wade marked it as to-read Feb 03, Lists with This Book.

This screen has many forms, one of which is now the ubiquitous computer screen. Paperbackpages. Nusselder has undertaken this analysis primarily from a Lacanian perspective, using a notion central to Lacan’s thought: Lacanian psychoanalysis considers fantasy to be an indispensable “screen” for our intera Cyberspace is first and foremost a mental space. Feb 13, Ktulis rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving….


Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder

Foundations of the Philosophy of Technology, Joseph C. Zach Mcdowell marked it as to-read Apr 10, Return to Book Page. Aivoturso marked it as to-read Jun 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Science Logic and Mathematics. Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Apr 28, Request removal from cyvorg. From these key Lacanian concepts, Nusselder communicates the psychoanalytic connections between the unconscious and the development of cyborgs.

Lacan’s work is complex enough by itself; coupling this with Nusselder’s own analysis results in a highly complex, convoluted intellectual cgborg de force. Log In Sign Up. Jeremy rated it really liked it Jan 10, Cheryl marked it as to-read Jan 19, The other two are the symbolic and the real.

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Though it is unfair to expect Nusselder to extend beyond his book’s purpose lacanoan psychoanalytic foundation to offer a more varied psychological debate within human-computer interactions, Nusselder’s willingness to describe a fair number of real-world examples of psychopathological situations leads one to query whether Nusselder could have included more, especially in the first half of the book to clarify interfaec heavier theoretical discussion. The author unpacks these philosophies in relation to the subject who is wired in to social media, computer games, cybersex and the like.

Therefore we need to take a psychological approach to understand our experiences in it. Interface Fantasy lays the foundation for a new way of thinking that acknowledges the pivotal role of the lacanizn in the current world of information.

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Sebastian rated it liked it Nov 27, Displays of the Real: 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.

My own experience observing avatars in Second Life suggests that it is highly instructive to note how closely an avatar resembles its creator sitting on the other side of the fantasy screen in so-called real life! Refresh and try again. Maria Angeles rated it really liked it Dec 07, Since the world as a database the matrix cannot appear to us in cyberspace without media that open it up interfacesthe interface, I claim, has a similar status to that of fantasy in Lacanian theory” p.

Nusselder analyzes our most intimate involvement with information technology–the almost invisible, affective aspects of technology that have the greatest impact on our lives. Coincidentia oppositorum marked it as to-read Jun 15, The primary argument that Lacanian psychoanalysis’s concept of fantasy explains the attraction of new cyber technology is noted, but to this reader not revelatory or all that interesting. Nusselder puts such phenomena as avatars, role playing, cybersex, computer psychotherapy, and Internet addiction in the context of established psychoanalytic theory.

Click here to sign up. Cyborg Space; Chapter 5: Feb 23, Lowell AfdahlRice rated it liked it. Although the writing flows nicely and is enjoyable to read, the book at times gets bogged down saying the same thing from only slightly different angles.