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The Mediated Self: Technological Mediation of the Self During Meditation Practices

Bakker, M. G. (2019) The Mediated Self: Technological Mediation of the Self During Meditation Practices.

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Abstract:For the last century, it has not gone unnoticed that an uplifting trend around mindfulness and meditation emerged in western culture. It is as if, more than ever, humans beings are trying to obtain and maintain a healthy connection between the mind and the body. My claim is that within these meditation practices, a new perspective of the self is formed because we combine technology with this mindful practice. Within the thesis, the call was to investigate the perspective of the self during meditation and how this perspective is shaped by surrounding technologies. This is done by answering the question: How is the perspective of the self during meditation shaped by surrounding technology? Four sub questions and a case study of the Silence Suit show there are several ideas on how to perceive the self in meditation with technology. By doing meditation the mind seems to have an overhand position. However, I show that this position seems to be in danger because the gap between the meditation subject and technologies imply that the connection to the body is as important as the connection to the mind. By inviting technologies into our meditation practices, we challenge the ability to break with the line that is connected to the body (which is what we see Buddhist do.) Within this thesis I look into the dept of perspective of self-phenomenology and what it means for a being to perceive the self with technology, not only looking at the world (post-phenomenology) but also by looking within.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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