On the Human, in the blogosphere

I know many of you are eagerly awaiting this week’s thought-provoking piece by the anthropologist Paul Rabinow. His post should appear later today.

While you’re waiting, you can also take a quick look at what’s being said out in the blogosphere about this nascent blog. We are deeply enjoying the conversations that have already taken place in the comments sections of the posts, and we appreciate the feedback we have received so far. If you know of another blog linking to or reviewing this site, feel free to leave a comment with a link.

  • Eugene Raikhel, Ian Hacking on commercial genome-reading, Somatosphere, 4/13/09 …an excellent post by Ian Hacking on genome reading services offered by companies like 23andMe, receives commentary from Paul Rabinow, Gisli Palsson, Norton Wise and others. There is also a follow-up post by Hacking. Hacking’s post continues some of the arguments he developed in his 2006 Daedalus article, “Genetics, biosocial groups & the future of identity” (available for free download), chiefly the question of “Are the direct-to-consumer online genome services forging a new technology of the self?”
  • ckelty, Class, Consumption, Genes and conservative reactionaries, Savage Minds, 4/13/09 …there is a nice little interchange (at the National Humanities Center’s “On the Human” prjoect) on the role of the new direct to consumer genetic testing companies, principally 23andMe and Knome, instigated by Ian Hacking, and attended to by Paul Rabinow, Gisli Palsson, and others who know you. check it out…
  • Bill Benzon, Across the Disciplines, Get Happy, The Valve, 2/27/09 The National Humanities Center has established a website, On the Human, featuring the work “of university professors who teach courses on humans and their relations to animals and machines.” The site currently includes course materials for 3-credit undergraduate course on this general subject, news items, an explanatory video, and an essay by Geoffrey Harpham, “Science and the Theft of Humanity.” The website has a blog, also entitled On the Human; sure to check out the video of a whistling orangutan. More to come.
  • Jeffrey J. Cohen, The Multiple Histories of Virtue, In the Middle, 3/19/09 Given that the National Humanities Center is currently concluding its three-year initiative on “Autonomy, Singularity, and Creativity: The Humanities and the Human,” and have also initiated a new, ongoing forum, “On the Human,” on current controversies in the studies of animals, and machines, the time is propitious for collaborative cross-disciplinary alliances

1 comment to On the Human, in the blogosphere

  • Ramesh Raghuvanshi

    Iam doubtful about genome effect on your psyche.I agree with scientists that gene`s effect on your child physical well being, color,disease,no effect on your child`s intelligent,geniuses.
    I think those who insist gene` effect on child`s intelligent,his future prospect there are eugenicist. We some time forget that eugenics movement in the roots of western culture has long and unsavory history.
    Steven Pinker himself admitted in his”How mind work”some thing like western superiority peeped in his statement..My experiences tell me that as child born he developed a software in his brain .only with one intention “How to survive in this world, he start to learn from first day of his life how parents give love protection,he learn from brothes sisters, surrounding atmosphere,that way he build his software and behave by that pattern whole life. that is why every man is unquie in this world