Dehumanization and trans-humanization in contemporary American Science Fiction: exploring the possibilities of a unifying vision
AuthorOrin, Khandaker Tasnuva
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This research studies contemporary science fiction to explore the possibilities of a unifying vision. This vision is an urgent necessity as departmentalization has already divided the world into numerous disconnected parts. Races clash, boundaries are built and the ecology of the earth is rapidly advancing towards extinction. Colonization is taking newer forms where exploitation of the periphery is getting extreme day by day. A few notable researchers have been moving from departmentalization to a holistic vision to study and perceive the world. Ludwig Von Bertalanffy, Fritjof Capra, HumbertoMaturanahave thought about sustainable living system. Sustainable living system has incorporated the interconnectivity among things/matter. Nothing is separate and individual but the cosmos is eternally functioning on the basis of interconnectivity. Human beings have created trans-humans with the aim of mitigating the limitations that do not allow them conquer the natural world. This drive to conquer has lead human beings to departmentalize themselves which eventually has separated themfrom the greater interconnected network of nature. This research employing system theory tries to discover the possibilities of a self-sustaining living system within human beings will be able to survive in harmony with nature.