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By Sarah Kember

ISBN-10: 0415240263

ISBN-13: 9780415240260

Cyberfeminism and synthetic existence examines the development, manipulation and re-definition of lifestyles in modern technoscientific tradition. It takes a serious political view of the idea that of lifestyles as info, tracing this during the new biology and the discourse of genomics in addition to during the altering self-discipline of synthetic existence and its manifestation in artwork, language, literature, trade and leisure. From cloning to laptop video games, and incorporating an research of undefined, software program and 'wetware', Sarah Kember extends present knowing by means of demonstrating the ways that this quite marginal box connects with, and connects up worldwide networks of data systems.Ultimately, this booklet goals to re-focus difficulty at the ethics instead of at the 'nature' of life-as-it-could-be.

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Mutation, variation and selection may not (just) perfect the species but generate new ones – necessarily at the expense of the old. Here, more than anywhere, size matters: ‘We can so far take a prophetic glance into futurity as to foretell that it will be the common and widely-spread species, belonging to the larger and dominant groups, which will ultimately prevail and procreate new and dominant species’ (Darwin 1985 [1859]: 458). The discourse of alife which interlinks with that of biology is precisely about the generation by one dominant species of a new dominant species of artificial or alien life-forms.

In his introduction to the 1999 edition of The Double Helix, Steve Jones reframes James Watson’s hubristic tale as ‘as much an account of the sociology of science as of science itself’ (Jones 1999: 1). Chiefly, he reflects on the conflict between science and feminism which is played out through the characterisation and narrativisation of Rosalind Franklin: ‘Watson’s discussion (somewhat redeemed by a curiously embarrassed postscript) of the role of Rosalind Franklin in the work (“The thought could not be avoided that the best home for a feminist was in another person’s lab”) is particularly offensive to the modern reader’ (Jones 1999: 2).

At this point, the image of genetic material undergoes further changes and the spectre of eugenics is transmuted through the ideology of biotechnological consumerism just as the status of the individual human self is transmuted through (the) species. Sociobiology and eugenics In his essay on the history and politics of the human genome, Daniel Kevles (1992) argues that the scientific search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of biology dates back to the rediscovery, in 1900, of Gregor Mendel’s laws of inheritance.

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