Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 February 2015

416 Pages | 49 Illustrations, black & white, 43 Line drawings, black & white

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780719096129

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The Extended Self

Architecture, Memes and Minds

Chris Abel

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Based on recent research in the neurosciences and other fields, this book takes a fresh look at the built environment as the physical and spatial embodiment of minds
  • Refuting popular concepts of the self as separate beings, the author proposes a new theory of the 'extended self' as a product of the coevolution of humankind and technology, comprising both social and material elements
  • Defining technology as an artificial extension of human capacities, the book traces its typical forms and impacts from the first tools to the motorized urban culture now changing the planet itself
  • The first step towards curing the global dependency on fossil fuels and its effects, the author argues, is to understand and acknowledge their roots in the wider human dependency on technology

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