Jeffrey West Kirkwood in the Universalenzyklopädie der menschlichen Klugheit

Prof. Jeffrey West Kirkwood’s essay appears in a new collected volume honoring the media theorist Prof. Bernhard Siegert. The text considers a schizoaffective condition that emerged in the late 1990s and has been termed “internet delusion.” Where such afflictions seem to merely add to the techno-pathological intrigue associated with cases of hallucinated “influencing machines”—from John Haslam to Viktor Tausk—Kirkwood argues that what they actually reveal are core issues specific to the information age.

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