The Posthuman

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." ~ George Orwell

Encounters at the End of the World

Think about the connections between Encounters at the End of the World and the excerpts from Thoreau’s Walden (see the schedule for links). You’re welcome to answer one or all of these questions or go off in your own direction: What sort of feelings did the film evoke for you? Are there any images or scenes in particular that were especially meaningful for you? What does the film suggest about the relationship between man and animal -- between man and nature? What does the film suggest about sentience and evolution? What connections can you make between this film and Walden?  How do they each explore the question of what it is to be human?

What are your thoughts on the experience of reading excerpts from
Walden on a computer screen? Did you print them out before reading? What do you think Thoreau would have thought about us using a computer to read his work?

At what point does nature end and the human begin? Is technology natural? Is technology human? Is culture natural? Is culture human? What questions do these texts (
Encounters at the End of the World and Walden) raise for us in this class? What potential directions do they propose for our discussions about the posthuman?

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