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John Quincy Adams Ward - Study of Seated Male Figures for Sculpture Base (from Sketchbook)
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Entry #10: 21.02.2022

Machines like Me
and
Bodies like Ours

Pierre Feltz

Traditionally, the human body and the machine are perceived in completely different ways. The machine is seen as cold, dead, industrial and controlled, while the human enjoys being alive and free... in a warm, organic and natural body. However, if we think the body as a machine in a Cartesian sense (the body as a thing to be controlled by the mind) then the only real difference left is the corporeality of the machine versus that of the human.  Ian McEwan, the writer of  the novel Machines Like Me, asks posthumanist questions regarding the dilemma of how to differentiate between the human and the machine.

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