By Robert Romanyshyn

The advance of linear point of view within the fifteenth century represented a thorough transformation within the European's experience of the realm, the physique and the self. Robert Romanyshyn's most modern ebook examines the declare that the advance of linear point of view imaginative and prescient was once and is integral to the emergence of our technological international. It does so by way of telling the tale of the way a creative process has turn into a cultural behavior of brain.

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Has a metamorphosis occurred? Has the invention, creation, and manufacture of the spectacular specimen body become a reincarnation? Is this body even to be viewed perhaps as a new stage in evolution, ‘homo sapiens astronauticus’, space man, cosmic woman, a universal creature? If so, it is a very curious stage in evolution, because the body of the Little Cosmonaut amusingly resembles a kind of hard-shelled bug. The inside which has become an outside is like an exoskeleton. Is the cosmonautic body then a creature which reverses the actual movement of evolution, from the shell on the outside protecting the soft interior of the creature as is the case, for example, with crustaceans like crabs and lobsters, to the skeleton as support on the inside?

On the contrary, the astronautic body is more a new twist in the spiral of evolution. It is the body turned inside out, re-dressed in terms of technical functions on the way to being discarded. It is a first step, perhaps, on a path toward ‘exosomatic evolution’,4 a temporary bridge which initially joins us and machine, and wires us to (as) a computer. As a first step the shell is an external womb and the astronaut in suit and ship a foetus. The closing scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey vividly portray this image, as the astronaut David Bowman, floating in an amniotic bubble, is reincarnated as a foetus against the background of earth.

If that be so, then the message coded in our genes is to journey in search of home. The astronautic body, then, is destined to depart. It is a body made by DNA to engineer its departure, the invention of DNA which will allow it to return to its home in the sky. ’ C The shadow of the alien Crick’s speculation, however, has a shadow side. If the astronautic body is DNA’s way of redesigning the body to depart earth in search of its original home in the stars, then the earth is not our home. We are, then, in a very fundamental sense, aliens with respect to earth.

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