‘We might instead acknowledge or explore the use of the cyborg not as actual disengagement of self from body, but as a metaphoric construct arising from centuries-old textual traditions of the body as a material residence for that mysterious immaterial entity variously called soul, mind or consciousness.’
‘Ironically, in our popular and academic literature the cyborg ﬁgure of the ‘post-God era’ functions to make implicit or explicit claims for Christian precepts of spiritual transcendence.’
(Of Shit and the Soul: Allison Muri, 2003)
It made me think we have 2 strands, which seem intertwined:
From a western perspective, the unification and separate entities of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit, reminds us of an assembling/re-assembling of embodiment, a detachment of human flesh but also God made flesh, and humans made in ‘God’s image’. The incarnation, entering heaven, promising a detachment (from the body) a raising of the soul.
Cyborg have a very human likeness. Built in ‘human image’. Holywood portrays them as indestructible (Terminator) or have them switching off after a period of time (Blade Runner) as a safety mechanism. In another film, AI (Steven Spielberg) the ‘boy birth’…. All movies skirting around utopian, dystopian worlds, heaven and hell.
Lucifer, a cyborg-like figure representing death, the Arch Angel Gabriel the saviour?