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The Second Self : Computers and the Human Spirit - Sherry Turkle

The Second Self

Computers and the Human Spirit

Paperback Published: 30th September 2005
ISBN: 9780262701112
Number Of Pages: 386
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In "The Second Self," Sherry Turkle looks at the computer not as a "tool," but as part of our social and psychological lives; she looks beyond how we use computer games and spreadsheets to explore how the computer affects our awareness of ourselves, of one another, and of our relationship with the world. "Technology," she writes, "catalyzes changes not only in what we do but in how we think." First published in 1984, "The Second Self" is still essential reading as a primer in the psychology of computation. This twentieth anniversary edition allows us to reconsider two decades of computer culture--to (re)experience what was and is most novel in our new media culture and to view our own contemporary relationship with technology with fresh eyes. Turkle frames this classic work with a new introduction, a new epilogue, and extensive notes added to the original text. Turkle talks to children, college students, engineers, AI scientists, hackers, and personal computer owners--people confronting machines that seem to think and at the same time suggest a new way for us to think--about human thought, emotion, memory, and understanding. Her interviews reveal that we experience computers as being on the border between inanimate and animate, as both an extension of the self and part of the external world. Their special place betwixt and between traditional categories is part of what makes them compelling and evocative. (In the introduction to this edition, Turkle quotes a PDA user as saying, "When my Palm crashed, it was like a death. I thought I had lost my mind.") Why we think of the workings of a machine in psychological terms--how this happens, and what it means for all of us--is the ever more timely subject of "The Second Self."

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A brilliant and challenging discussion presented with extraordinary clarity.

-Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
A brilliant and challenging discussion presented with extraordinary clarity.

-Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times * Reviews *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction to the MIT Press Edition (2004)p. 1
Introduction (1984): The Evocative Objectp. 17
Growing Up with Computers: The Animation of the Machine
Child Philosophers: Are Smart Machines Alive?p. 33
Video Games and Computer Holding Powerp. 65
Child Programmers: The First Generationp. 91
Adolescence and Identity: Finding Yourself in the Machinep. 131
The New Computer Cultures: The Mechanization of the Mind
Personal Computers with Personal Meaningsp. 155
Hackers: Loving the Machine for Itselfp. 183
The New Philosophers of Artificial Intelligence: A Culture with Global Aspirationsp. 219
Into a New Age
Thinking of Yourself as a Machinep. 247
The Human Spirit in a Computer Culturep. 279
Epilogue (2004): Changing the Subject and Finding the Objectp. 287
On Method: A Sociology of Sciences of Mindp. 303
Children's Psychological Discourse: Methods and Data Summaryp. 313
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ISBN: 9780262701112
ISBN-10: 0262701111
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 30th September 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 20
Edition Type: New edition