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Keynote address by Pierre Cassou-Nogu├Ęs, introduced by Damien Charrieras

Saturday, 21 May 2016
17:30 - 18:30

AC3 Auditorium

In the Penal (Neuro-) Colony 

Pierre Cassou-Noguès 
Université Paris 8, France 

We have, it seems, written on our body in mysterious characters something decisive concerning our person that we do not know ourselves. It is not our future in the lines of our hand but all our biases, hidden thoughts in the structure of activity of our brain. Could the machine of neuroscience have written itself those complicate signs in our brain, as the machine of Kafka short story writes the sentence on the body the convict? Do we live in a penal (neuro-)colony? 

Pierre Cassou-Noguès is Professor in the Philosophy Department of University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis. He has been co-organizing the project “The Digital Subject” at the Labex Arts-H2H. He is co-editor of the journal SubStance (Univ Wisconsin Press). His work concerns philosophy in France in the 20th and 21th centuries, and the relationship between science, technology and fiction. He develops a critical perspective which puts emphasis on the role of literary imagination in various branches of science and technology. His book, Les rêves cybernétiques de Norbert Wiener (Seuil, 2014) reconstructs cybernetics and Norbert Wiener’s dilemmas from an unpublished short story found in Norbert Wiener’s archives. Pierre Cassou- Noguès also uses fiction to develop a speculative philosophy, concerning topics on the margins of technology: our possible bodies; wasted time, with and without Internet (La mélodie du tic-tac, Flammarion 2013); more recently the sea side (Métaphysique d’un bord de mer, Cerf, 2016). 


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