'Brains are Survival Engines, not Truth Detectors': Machine-Oriented Ontology and the Horror of Being Human in Blindsight

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title 'Brains are Survival Engines, not Truth Detectors': Machine-Oriented Ontology and the Horror of Being Human in Blindsight
Author Taiari, Hassen
Date 2018
English abstract
This paper is an examination of the horror elements found in Peter Watts’ Blindsight. In depicting an encounter with aliens, this science fiction novel explores topics such as the nature of sentience, mankind’s relationship with technology, posthumanism, and the limitations of the human body and mind. Blindsight also envisions entities (aliens, vampires, and artificial intelligences) capable of interacting with material realities inaccessible to human beings. Using Levi R. Bryant’s machine-oriented ontology, this thesis demonstrates how Watts employs these themes and issues to problematize anthropocentrism and the notion of selfhood. These elements—and more—will be discussed and shown to match the criteria associated with ontological horror.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 43
Language eng (iso)
Subject Blindsight
science fiction
machine-oriented ontology
MOO
horror
Peter Watts
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26003 Permalink to this page
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