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Neuropolitics And The Body

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Neil Postman in his very readable book Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology tells us that technology is our friend for two reasons. First, it makes life easier, cleaner and longer. Second, due to the intense and inevitable relationship of technology to culture, technology invariably does not invite a close examination of its consequences. However, the lack of self-reflexivity about technology also results in the uncontrolled growth of technology that in turn, destroys the vital sources of our humanity. Technocracy, and its successor the technopolis, were both fuelled by information about the structure of nature and the structure of the human soul. The end-point is the emphasis on speed and information. Talking of speed and the obsession with efficiency brings some of the insights of William Connolly, whose book Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed was the provocation behind some of the thoughts and explorations in this chapter.

Keywords: human body; humanity; Neil Postman; neuropolitics; technocracy; William Connolly



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