The essay presents a theory of postmodern culture based upon the idea that evolutionary processes (immunity systems and the neuro-cognitive development of virtualization capabilities) underlie the structural formations of culture.
|Keywords:||Postmodernism, virtual reality, immunity theory, natural selection, globalization, digital capitalism, information technology and the posthuman (cyborg).|
Professor Privateer is a nationally known figure in the area of digital culture studies and the use of technology in reinventing higher education. His Odyssey Project has been featured on CNN, ABC, PBS, and the New York Times. He is associate edition of the British Journal of Education Technology. His latest book "Inventing Intelligence: A Social History of Smart" (Blackwell, 2005) explores the histo-ideological dynamics of conceptualizations of intelligence in such cultural venues as a capital punishment cases, immigration testing, and education. The book traces the metaphoric drift of ideas of intelligence as they function as agents of power and knowledge from early Greek culture to postmodern artificial intelligence and the commodification of smart.
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