Technics and the human
in The extended self
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This chapter focuses on Bernard Stiegler, one of the current generation of leading thinkers grappling with a world increasingly shaped by technological innovation. Stiegler himself makes no attempt to identify any more specific cognitive or evolutionary agents involved, the philosophy he expounds of the coevolution of humanity and technology in his trilogy, Technics and Time. The chapter includes the relevance of animal tool use to Stiegler's claims for the uniqueness of humans as tool makers, and the significance of writing and writing metaphors in the conception of technics. It also includes the impact of location and geography on its development. While Homo sapiens has been commonly distinguished in the past from other species as a tool maker, Stiegler goes much further to suggest that the reciprocal development of brain and tools marks the beginning of what he calls epiphylogenesis.

The extended self

Architecture, memes and minds


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