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Mechanization of the Body

It may seem as if the presence of a master clock in our brains, which synchronizes and sets sleeping patterns on its own, means we no longer need an outside force to tame our bodies. … This mechanization of the body–a precursor and template for the ongoing reconceptualization of the self in terms of quantities alone–reflects how our bodies have become products, rather than agents, of a culture of busyness and rationality that glorifies productivity.

Eman Shahata, “The Clock Inside Us,” The New Inquiry, Dec. 14, 2015

It would be interesting to see a theory combining a critical look at the quantified self/transhumanism movement described here with the Hobbesian state-as-organism.


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