February 10, 2008
Here are some questions on
that will the basis of our conversation as we puzzle our way
through the novel.
Please write as much as you can before class.
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and “The Time of Burning.”
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1. Neuromancer asks questions about how we define and experience human life and consciousness.
Traditionally, human life has been seen as possessing certain traits, such as:
*Organic/made of flesh
*Unified body and mind
*On some level, separate from other human beings
In contrast to the above traits, the novel explores/represents body and mind, i.e. human life and
consciousness, as altered, split, malleable, multiple, etc.
Give elaborated examples.
Wintermute is a good example of how intellect and spirit/personality can be separated.
something else in order to give him a personality and human traits, otherwise it's just a computer.
contrast to that, however, there is Neuromancer, he has personality and is a computer all in one,
something Wintermute doesn't have.
Also, the constructs of people also represent an altered or split
spirit, because they are just ROM and nothing else can be saved to them.
They also need a body to bring
them back to "life".
The constructs didn't have a real personality either, they just reacted based on what
was happening in real-time, with no predictions or thinking into the future.
The constructs, computers,
AIs, and also humans, are no longer mortal because they either don't die, or they are able to keep