Exploring Digital Culture – week 2

Digital Embodiment 


Cartesian Dualism: the privilege of the mind over the body. But the brain is part of the body – the mind is externalized

What happens when one is not able to think properly anymore? Does it disappear? No.

personal note: He does not disappear for the others, but he kind of does for himself. If someone is in a profound coma, his body is still palpable,  although he is not able to think anymore, but this only affects the others.

What is embodiment? 

  • plasticity -> biological limb, artificial tool
  • the body extends itself through external tools
  • externalizing our minds -> writing, reading

‘By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated as hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs’ (Haraway)

By the use of glasses, contact lenses, gadgets, clothes = second skin – all extend the body.

Prosthetic limbs which one uses as it was one self’s

Rubber hand experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCQbygjG0RU


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