All Pervasive Queerness

The Cyborg Queers the Human body.  By locating so much information, so much experience and knowledge outside the body, the boundaries between Human and Machine, Human and Animal, Male and Female, Inner and Outer become permeable, then fluctuating and then break down.

The continual flow of new data continuously reconfigures the categories of a Cyborg’s identity.

These mutating categories fly into Hertzian space in all directions at the speed of light, infinitely.

Humans try to incorporate the idea of continuity into that of identity – a collection of all the moments of awareness that arise from any particular moment of awareness.  But Cyborg identity, riding through space defined by the electro-magnetic, stops time. The Cyborg is everywhere and nowhere.

Humans experience the Queerness of Queerness, the blurring of boundaries and categories.  Cyborgs experience All Pervasive Queerness, the indeterminateness of information itself.  This is the second mark of Cyborg existence.

Sky Burial

For about a month in the spring and fall, large numbers of turkey vultures migrate through this area.   They are the biggest bird one is likely to see around here. Adult wingspans vary between 5 and 6 feet.

While they are here, I frequently see groups of 20 – 25 circling, trying to catch an updraft, sometimes barely above the treetops, sometimes swooping within a few feet of our second story bedroom  window.  This morning a group of about 15 were perched near the tops our neighbor’s Norway Spruces, about 100 feet up, sunning their wings in the classic vulture pose.

In Tibet, the traditional funerary method is sky burial.  Preparation of the body can vary from none to elaborate.  In any case, at some point, it is left for the animals, mainly vultures to eat.

To be done properly, a sky burial requires an information and social infrastructure that just doesn’t exist here.  But for a month or so every six months the vultures are here, ready, just in case.