This issue of Cybersociology was guest edited by Michel Bauwens.
Introduction: Even before Gutenberg (15c.) developed the movable type printing press in order to publish large quantities of the Bible and other religious texts, there was a close relationship between religion and technology. Just as religion has helped many to understand new technologies, technologies have led to new underst andings of religion, and even new forms of religion. In this issue of Cybersociology, guest editor Michel Bauwens has secured some thought provoking contributions from leading theorists working at the interface between religion and cyberspace. Also included in this issue are a number of articles on other topics familiar to regular readers of Cybersociology as well as three book reviews.
The Spirtual Cyborg, by Erik Davis, a San Franciso-based writer, culture critic, and independent scholar who recently published "TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information" (Harmony Books, 1998).
Is Cyberspace a Spiritual Space?, by Margaret Wertheim, is a regular contributor to numerous magazines and is the author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet" and "Pythagoras Trousers"
Dialogue on the Cyber-Sacred and the Relationship Between Technological and Spiritual Development, by Michel Bauwens and Father Vincent Rossi.
Techno-Spiritual Quotes, Collected by Jeremy S. Gluck, the founder of Spiritech UK, an association that strongly believes not only the function of technology as a mirror of human consciousness but in the eventual unfolding of an original machine consciousness that will be a partner to humankind.
Cyberspace: the New Frontier for Religion, by Lin Collette, Brown University, USA.
Big Brother is Online, by Javier Bernal, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (UK).
Is India on the Brink of a Digital Abyss?, by Venkatesh Hariharan, Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cyborg Selves: examining identity and meaning in a chat room, by Marcus Leaning, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Holding On to Reality:The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium (1999)
By A lbert Borgmann. Review by: David Rieder, Univ. of Texas: Arlington
How We Became Posthuman : Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (1999)
By Katherine Hayles. Review by Nathalie Muller
Cyberville: Clicks, Culture, and the Creation of an Online Town (1998)
By Stacy Horn. Review by Claire Shearman
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