Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

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Princeton University Press, 27. 10. 2015 - Počet stran: 328

What is life? What is water? What is sound? In Sounding the Limits of Life, anthropologist Stefan Helmreich investigates how contemporary scientists—biologists, oceanographers, and audio engineers—are redefining these crucial concepts. Life, water, and sound are phenomena at once empirical and abstract, material and formal, scientific and social. In the age of synthetic biology, rising sea levels, and new technologies of listening, these phenomena stretch toward their conceptual snapping points, breaching the boundaries between the natural, cultural, and virtual.

Through examinations of the computational life sciences, marine biology, astrobiology, acoustics, and more, Helmreich follows scientists to the limits of these categories. Along the way, he offers critical accounts of such other-than-human entities as digital life forms, microbes, coral reefs, whales, seawater, extraterrestrials, tsunamis, seashells, and bionic cochlea. He develops a new notion of "sounding"—as investigating, fathoming, listening—to describe the form of inquiry appropriate for tracking meanings and practices of the biological, aquatic, and sonic in a time of global change and climate crisis.

Sounding the Limits of Life shows that life, water, and sound no longer mean what they once did, and that what count as their essential natures are under dynamic revision.

 

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CHAPTER 1 〇 What Was Life? Answers from Three Limit Biologies
1
A Keyword Entry with Sophia Roosth
19
CHAPTER 3 〇 An Archaeology of Artificial Life Underwater
35
Formatting the TwentyFirstCentury Whale
44
Figuring Coral 18392010
48
Species Race Sex and the Human Microbiome
62
Designing the Astrobiological Imagination
73
Theory Machines Anthropology Oceanization
94
Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science
137
CHAPTER 12 Seashell Sound
155
CHAPTER 13 Sound Studies Meets Deaf Studies with Michele Friedner
164
CHAPTER 14 Chimeric Sensing
173
Life Water Sound Resounding
183
Acknowledgments
189
Notes
195
Index
283

Indian Ocean 2004
106
Planetary Icons Indexes and Infrastructures
116

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O autorovi (2015)

Stefan Helmreich is professor of anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Alien Ocean and Silicon Second Nature.

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