Automated Thinking and the Limits of Reason

Parisi, Luciana. 2016. Automated Thinking and the Limits of Reason. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 16(5), pp. 471-481. ISSN 1532-7086 [Article]

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This article reflects on how the ingression of computation in culture has not only transformed media into algorithmic devices but has also, more importantly, led to the automation of the most precious faculty of the human, namely, reasoning. This article problematizes the tout court refusal of algorithmic thinking as thinking and suggests that we are witnessing the advance of a dynamic form of automated reasoning, exposing the limits of the critical approach toward the calculative. The article points out that the alliance between algorithmic automation and the digital infrastructure of neoliberalism is not without significance, but attention must be paid to the specific posthuman form of cognitive capitalism.

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automation, deductive method, inferential reasoning, evolutionary computation, logic of continuity

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)


7 July 2016Published Online
12 December 2015Accepted

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12 Jul 2016 14:42

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07 Mar 2019 15:05

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