Cyborgs

Added by Justin Clavadetscher, Brown University

Cyborgs are creatures that are simultaneously both animal and machine. The cyborg is resolutely commited to partiality, irony, intimcy, and perversity. The cyborg is a creature in a post gender world; it has no truck with bisexuality, pre-oedipal symbiosis, unalienated labor, or other seductions to organic wholeness through a final appropriation of all the powers of the parts into a higher unity.

The relationship for forming wholes from parts, including those of polarity and hierarchal domination, are at issue in the cyborg world. the cyborg does not expect its father to save it through a restoration of the garden. that is, through the fabrication of a heterosexual mate, throughits completion in a finished whole, a city and a cosmos. The cyborg would not recognize the Garden of Eden. it is not made of mud and cannot returning to dust.

And many people no longer feel the need for such separation; indeed many branches of feminist culture affirm the pleasure of connection of human and other living creatures. Movements for animal rights are a clear- sighted recognition of connection across the discredited breach of nature and culture. The cyborg appears in the myth precisely where the boundary between human and animal is transgressed. Far from signalling a walling off of people from other living beings, cyborgs signal disturbingly and pleasurably tight coupling.


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