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Monday, August 20, 2012

Posthumanism Today: Mother Hears Son's Heart in Stranger

Posted by on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

These are the days of miracle and wonder.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Not a's what science can provide. There is no miracle involved.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 2
You're still arguing Plutarch's paradox, "the ship of Theseus" except here you're claiming that we are no longer humans because we do what humans do, which is invent. I don't buy the "post-human" label as posited, Charles. I realize you have a romantic attachment to the phrase but all of these modern advancements in transplants and gene-therapy are simply accretions to a long history of body-modification to preserve human life or simply to decorate. By your reasoning, The first early human who used a stick as a crutch to mitigate an injury was post-human. The denture, the hook which replaced a hand and the peg leg are all adaptations to loss that prolongs life. None of these things, not even a strangers heart make us other than human.
Posted by thatsnotright on August 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Once again, God steals all the credit.
Posted by madcap on August 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM · Report this
This are the days of science and technology, but that doesn't stop it from being awfully dusty in here.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on August 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM · Report this
I'm an atheist and believe that my son's successful liver transplant is a fucking miracle.
Posted by tacomagirl on August 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
Calling it a 'miracle' cheapens the actual, real-life, non-make-believe efforts that went into making transplants a reality.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on August 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
I thought the miracle quote was a reference to a Paul Simon song, and it seems apt in that context.

"It's a turn-around jump shot
It's everybody jump start
It's every generation throws a hero up the pop charts
Medicine is magical and magical is art
The Boy in the Bubble
And the baby with the baboon heart

And I believe
These are the days of lasers in the jungle
Lasers in the jungle somewhere
Staccato signals of constant information
A loose affiliation of millionaires
And billionaires and baby
These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all
The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry baby, don't cry
Don't cry"
Posted by happy time on August 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this

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