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Human Error: Species-Being and Media Machines (PostHumanities)by Dominic Pettman
Synopses & Reviews
What exactly is the human element separating humans from animals and machines? The common answers that immediately come to mind—like art, empathy, or technology—fall apart under close inspection. Dominic Pettman argues that it is a mistake to define such rigid distinctions in the first place, and the most decisive “human error” may be the ingrained impulse to understand ourselves primarily in contrast to our other worldly companions.
In Human Error, Pettman describes the three sides of the cybernetic triangle—human, animal, and machine—as a rubric for understanding key figures, texts, and sites where our species-being is either reinforced or challenged by our relationship to our own narcissistic technologies. Consequently, species-being has become a matter of specious-being, in which the idea of humanity is not only a case of mistaken identity but indeed the mistake of identity.
Human Error boldly insists on the necessity of relinquishing our anthropomorphism but also on the extreme difficulty of doing so, given how deeply this attitude is bound with all our other most cherished beliefs about forms of life.
Book News Annotation:
What is the human element separating humans from animals and machines? Pettman (culture and media, The New School) offers an account of human exceptionalism. He argues that it is a mistake to make such rigid distinctions in the first place, and conceives of human, animal, and machine as a rubric for understanding key figures, texts, and sites where species-being is either reinforced or challenged by our relationship to our own narcissistic and anthropomorphist tendencies. He considers various work such as Werner Herzog's film Grizzly Man, work by Donna Haraway and Jacques Derrida, a Sufi fable, and Ulrich Seidl's film Animal Love. Each example or text considered in the book speaks directly to ways in which we, as a conceived species, are constantly re-creating a relationship between ourselves, our others, and our environment. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Argues that humanity can be seen as a case of mistaken identity.
About the Author
Dominic Pettman is associate professor of culture and media at New School University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Human Element
1. Bear Life: Tracing an Opening in Grizzly Man
2. Zooicide: Animal Love and Human Justice
3. After the Beep: Answering Machines and Creaturely Life
4. The War on Terra: From Political Economy to Libidinal Ecology
Conclusion: Human Remains
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