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

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

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dc.contributor.author Taiari, Hassen
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-20T09:05:34Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-20T09:05:34Z
dc.date.issued 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26003
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.format.extent 43 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle sv_SE
dc.subject Blindsight en_US
dc.subject science fiction en_US
dc.subject machine-oriented ontology en_US
dc.subject MOO en_US
dc.subject horror en_US
dc.subject Peter Watts en_US
dc.title 'Brains are Survival Engines, not Truth Detectors': Machine-Oriented Ontology and the Horror of Being Human in Blindsight en_US
dc.type M2 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok HumanitiesTheology en_US
dc.contributor.examiner King, Henry
dc.contributor.supervisor King, Henry
dc.contributor.supervisor Björkén-Nyberg, Cecilia
mahlocal.xprt.faculty2019 KS
mahlocal.xprt.institution2019 SPS
mahlocal.xprt.program English studies
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