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By Jeremy Stolow

The essays during this quantity discover how domain names of human adventure and action--religion and technology--are implicated in one another. opposite to common-sense understandings of either faith (as an "otherworldly" orientation) and expertise (as the identify for instruments, recommendations, and professional knowledges orientated to "this" world), the individuals to this quantity problem the grounds on which this department has been erected within the first place.

What types of issues come to mild whilst one permits faith and expertise to mingle freely? with the intention to resolution that question, Deus in Machina embarks upon an interdisciplinary voyage throughout various traditions and contexts the place faith and know-how meet: from the layout of clocks in medieval Christian Europe, to the therapeutic energy of prayer in premodern Buddhist Japan, to 19th-century Spiritualist units for speaking with the useless, to Islamic debates approximately kidney dialysis in modern Egypt, to the paintings of incapacity activists utilizing documentary movie to
reimagine Jewish kinship, to the illustration of Haitian Vodou on the web, between different case studies.

Combining wealthy ancient and ethnographic aspect with prolonged theoretical mirrored image, Deus in Machina outlines new instructions for the examine of faith and/as know-how that would resonate around the human sciences, together with spiritual experiences, technological know-how and expertise stories, communique reports, historical past, anthropology, and philosophy

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The great painter Albrecht Dürer wrote a treatise on fortresses, the Befestigungslehre (1527), in which the linkage of ballistics, early modern optics, Renaissance art, and military surveillance from secure positions is crystal-clear. 21 To see is to draw is to design is to target is to fire; this sense of armed vision continues in ordinary talk of shooting pictures today (a look can be a projectile weapon). Orhan Pamuk attributes a similar revolution in Muslim miniature painting to a tower’s-eye view.

Indeed, like ancient temples, they are observatories in the strict sense: places for auguring celestial and terrestrial signs. They set the time and date (it is atop a turret in the castle that Hamlet declares: “the time is out of joint”). Towers are places for the religiously observant. As the tower is the classic place to conduct a watch or vigil, it retains a potent hold on the religious imagination. The Watchtower is the publication of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a name evoking biblical imagery of military surveillance, evangelical warning, and millennial expectation.

31 Logistical media establish the zero points of orientation, the convergence of the x and y axes. They often seem neutral and given—something that gives them extraordinary power. Though logistical media such as calendars, clocks, and towers are ancient, their relevance is urgent, thanks to new media such as Google— whose power owes precisely to its ability to colonize our desktops, indexes, calendars, maps, correspondence, attention, and habits. New media return us to old media. The fundamental problems that media face are both old and new: time, space, and power.

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