When modern logic absorbed the steps of Aristotle's logic into its system of symbols, modern logic became a network of symbols that could apply equally to electronic switching circuits as to arguments in natural language. With its virtual environments and simulated worlds, cyberspace is a metaphysical laboratory, a tool for examining our very sense of reality. Logic traditionally evaluated the steps of finite human thought, valid or invalid, as they occur in arguments in natural language. Fortunately the volume shifts focus completely at this point. Debates about this new mode of experience swirl around questions of pornography on the internet, hacking, race and gender stereotypes, First Amendment rights, freedom of information, and copyright. The computer's allure is more than utilitarian or aesthetic; it is erotic.
Eros and Virtual Space
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Should multiple users at any point be free to shape the qualities and dimensions of cyber entities? Seeking words to connote the taste of spiritual divinity, they reached for the language of sexual ecstasy. From the perspective of eternity, the monads exist by rational law and make no unprescribed movements. They will remind us of the living genesis of cyberspace, of the heartbeat behind the laboratory, of the love that still sprouts amid the broken slag and the rusty shells of oil refineries "under the poisoned silver sky. The ontological question, as I see it, requires a two-pronged answer. Now, with the support of the electronic matrix, the dream can incorporate the smallest details of here-and-now existence. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
Theory and Cyberspace
They assemble the monads. Literary scholars argue about how computers will transform research, textual editing, models of reading and writing, and the nature of literature. Whereas the interface with things vastly expands the monad's perceptual and cognitive powers, the things at the interface are simulations and representations. Sunday, September 19, The erotic ontology of cyberspace. With the thrill of free access to unlimited corridors of information comes the complementary threat of total organization. Leibniz's general outlook on language also became the ideological basis for computer-mediated telecommunications. But the ancient dream remained airy, a landscape of genera and generalities, until the hardware of information retrieval came to support the mind's quest for knowledge.
We feel augmented and empowered. Human knowledge imitates a Being who knows things perfectly and knows them in their deductive connections. Mandy Albright - Laugh of the Medusa Page. Gibson raises the deepest ontological question of cyberspace by suggesting that the Neuromancer master-computer simulates the body and personality of Case's beloved. Hypertext reading and writing supports the intuitive leap over the traditional step-by-step logical chain. Bring laptops to class.