Frankenstein, Feminism and Transhumanism
A conversation with Aaron Franz - 6th November 2012
Following on from our previous conversations (1, 2) Aaron Franz of theageoftransitions.com and I talked about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus in the context of predictive programming, science fiction and transhumanism. We also discussed Shelley's husband, Percy Shelley, and her parents William Godwin and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft.
As the talk progressed we traced some of these trends through to the 20th and 21st centuries in the form of the Matrix films and the TV show Heroes. We analysed this in light of the philosophy of Jean Francois Lyotard in The Postmodern Condition and The Inhuman. In particular we looked at the notion that the fall of the grand narratives of liberation and discovery has resulted in the rise of a new smaller narrative, of technology as a human liberator.
Jean Francois Lyotard The Postmodern Condition (pdf 10.2MB)