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Re: "Im a cyborg and I love it" Pumps and gadgets WAS RE: [IPk] Pump +

I was giving a talk to the Beavers and the kids were fascinated about the
pump. It suddenly seemed full of possibilities to them. Once gorgeous little
boy struggled to focus and  asked me "does it make her cleverer?"
He looked so deflated that I desperately wished it did! :O)
p.s. am clearing my house to move and I seriously doubt that 500 years would
be enough to make it look better!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat Reynolds" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: 24 June 2006 20:24
Subject: "Im a cyborg and I love it" Pumps and gadgets WAS RE: [IPk] Pump +
> The real geekiness of me is showing ...
> There is a real difference between cybernetics and prothesis. The human-
> machine relationship in the former enhances the human (e.g. gets you to
> run faster, see further, hear at lower frequencies, or gives you a
> really funky skin colouration that goes down well in discos). The latter
> (merely) brings the (damaged/broken/imperfect) human back up to
> 'normal'.
> With machine legs, it's easier to see the difference: cyborg legs, you
> could run a 2 minute mile.  Prosthetic legs, you could walk a mile,
> climb steps, drive a non-adapted car, etc.
> So what I have is not cybernetics, but a prosthetic device: it just
> allows me to do what the 'unbroken' human can do - eat stuff and not get
> ketones.
> I have tried to think what a cyborg would have in place of a pancreas.
> From my 'broken' state, one that can do what my husband's does seems
> pretty perfect to me!
> On the concept of diabetic as 'broken': return to the legs ... there are
> those who argue that the human without legs is not 'broken', and does
> not need protheses: what they need is a world in which not having legs
> has no implications for access to education, leisure, work, or exercise
> opportunities, etc..
> Best wishes,
> Pat
> (still miffed that she dithered, and therefore could not buy
> www.7of9.com)
> --
> Pat Reynolds
> email @ redacted
>    "It might look a bit messy now,
>                     but just you come back in 500 years time"
>    (T. Pratchett)
> .
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