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Genesis Redux – Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life

Jessica Riskin


Since antiquity, philosophers and engineers have tried to take life's measure by reproducing it. Aiming to reenact Creation, at least in part, these experimenters have hoped to understand the links between body and spirit, matter and mind, mechanism and consciousness. This book examines moments from this centuries-long experimental tradition: efforts to simulate life in machinery, to synthesize life out of material parts, and to understand living beings by comparison with inanimate mechanisms. The author collects seventeen essays from scholars in several fields. These studies offer an unexpect ... More

Keywords: antiquity, Creation, experimental tradition, machinery, inanimate mechanisms, artificial life, synthetic creatures, soul, intellect, designers

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226720807
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Riskin, editor

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