Some strangeness in the proportion, or how to stop worrying and learn to love the mechanistic forces of darkness

Abstract
Understanding humans requires viewing them as mechanisms of some sort, since understanding anything requires seeing it as a mechanism. It is science’s job to reveal mechanisms. But science reveals much more than that: it also reveals enduring mystery—strangeness in the proportion. Concentrating just on the scientific side of Selinger’s and Engström’s call for a moratorium on cyborg discourse, I argue that this strangeness prevents cyborg discourse from diminishing us.
Keywords Cognitive science  Computational theory of mind  Cyborg  Mechanism  Mystery  Wonder  Science
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DOI 10.1007/s11097-008-9102-6
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