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Old 05-01-2015, 12:15 PM   #13101
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Is there a difference between transhumanism and posthumansism?
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:19 PM   #13102
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Is there a difference between transhumanism and posthumansism?

I'm a little fuzzy on it. From what I understand, transhumanism is advancing humans enough where they're in a state between human and beyond human. The ultimate goal of transhumanism would be to attain the state of being posthuman. So I could point to shit like the Deus Ex games for transhumanism then to stuff like the Borg or space marines from Warhammer 40k as posthuman. I think Borg might still be transhuman but right at the cusp of post.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:24 PM   #13103
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Oh I see. Are you familiar with Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto?

I think a lot of the theory on posthumansism will still be relevant for trans cos of their similar nature.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:29 PM   #13104
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Oh I see. Are you familiar with Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto?

I think a lot of the theory on posthumansism will still be relevant for trans cos of their similar nature.

Nope. I've had a growing interest recently and most of my scholarly work is focused on pop culture so it's a perfection combination for me. I'll be finding books to read before my research period so I have a head start. I'll probably use it as a conference paper as well to get a ten page test run
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:02 PM   #13105
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Cool. Sounds exciting. I'm gunna do a masters next year, my uni just created a fantasy literature course. The guy convening it is the best. gunna save money this year tho
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Cool. Sounds exciting. I'm gunna do a masters next year, my uni just created a fantasy literature course. The guy convening it is the best. gunna save money this year tho

I'm taking fantasy lit for the second time because it's stacked. took it as an undergrad and again as a grad because it's easy. The teacher was awesome but he's gone downhill a lot.
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:17 PM   #13107
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It was a 4th year course here too but it wasn't available this year cos the guy was on leave working on creating the masters programme still, I did a great sci fi course instead. What happened to yer teacher?
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:47 PM   #13108
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It was a 4th year course here too but it wasn't available this year cos the guy was on leave working on creating the masters programme still, I did a great sci fi course instead. What happened to yer teacher?

Part of it is I took it two years ago so I've learned a lot more and he seems to have just checked out. He was my adviser for my final project because it was over a Fantasy series. I'd send him a draft asking what I need to improve or expand on etc. and I'd get "keep doing what you're doing". So I sent it to another faculty member who gave me tons of comments. He added Lord Byron's Novel to the Fantasy Lit course just because of how intertextual it is. It's not really Fantasy at all. Then we spent like half the class watching bullshit videos for way too long and barely talked about it. We spent more time on Men At Arms and Stormfront than Name of the Wind because he likes them more. Name of the Wind is twice the length and complexity of those two though.

I just don't feel like he performs to the standard he should.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:27 PM   #13109
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I'm seeing King mentioned, so I'll just add that I finished 11/22/63 a little while back, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not horror or fantasy or whatever (though it has a bit of time travel in it), and it's basically an alternate history set in the US in the late fifties/early sixties.

Apparently there's also talk of a TV series adaptation starring James Franco, so I'm very interested to see how that works out


I've been wanting to read that as well.

Also, I read somewhere that when the time travel happens, the character meets up with some of the characters of the Losers Club from IT (The childhood stage of that book is set in 1958) so that's awesome.
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Part of it is I took it two years ago so I've learned a lot more and he seems to have just checked out. He was my adviser for my final project because it was over a Fantasy series. I'd send him a draft asking what I need to improve or expand on etc. and I'd get "keep doing what you're doing". So I sent it to another faculty member who gave me tons of comments. He added Lord Byron's Novel to the Fantasy Lit course just because of how intertextual it is. It's not really Fantasy at all. Then we spent like half the class watching bullshit videos for way too long and barely talked about it. We spent more time on Men At Arms and Stormfront than Name of the Wind because he likes them more. Name of the Wind is twice the length and complexity of those two though.

I just don't feel like he performs to the standard he should.



Oh I get it. He's a fake fantasist, ashamed to champion its greatness. Thankfully my dude recognises that stuff before like 1780 isn't really fantasy in the meaningful sense that it is now, so that's why he's not including Beowolf and stuff. Which is good cos I mean 1950s onward is when the flood happens and arguably the more interesting uses of the mode come in.
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