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Cyborgs And Chakras: Intersubjectivity In Scientific And Spiritual Somatechnics

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This chapter considers two forms of somatechnics and their interrelations. The first is a form of esoteric anatomy-the subtle body - in which subjectivity is conceptualised as ontologically energetic, multiple and intimately interrelated with the divine. This conceptualisation of the self is found in numerous religious and philosophical traditions, as well as in contemporary Western alternative medicine. The second form of somatechnics considered herein is cyborgian subjectivity, interrelations of human-machine-nature, as proposed by feminist theorist of science and consciousness Donna Haraway. Both are radical forms of intersubjectivity. The term chakra has gained increasing use within mainstream Western culture with the thriving popularity of various styles of Yoga practice, and New Age adaptations of Hindu body schemas. Donna Haraway's conceptualisation of cyborg is articulated in relation to three sites of boundary breakdown: human and animal; human and machine and the physical and non-physical.

Keywords: chakras; cyborgs; Donna Haraway



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