Body as part of the technosphere
This text aims to interpret human corporeal being as a part of the system of modern industrial civilization. The corporeality of human existence is explained in the context of its integration into the complex web of biological and cultural processes, by which it is shaped on the one hand and which it shapes on the other hand. Our situation in the world is primarily conditioned by our corporeal presence in it. But even as natural corporeal beings we are today part of an artificial space built by industrial technology. This space is called the technosphere in this text and is conceived as a global sphere, analogically to the atmosphere or biosphere. The technosphere covers all the planet in the same way as the biosphere does. As a product of natural corporeal beings, interwoven via their corporeality into the whole of planetary life, it is itself originally a product of the biosphere. Nevertheless it shows a very strong and clear tendency to rule it in a parasitic way. The notion of the technosphere is therefore formulated in this text as a hyperparasitical net with no stable power center and no plan or will to control life, but with the urge and need for self-sustainability common to all living systems. The text also explores the notion of corporeality as a fully integrated part of the technosphere, which is controlled and shaped by it (and shapes it) as its living source.
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