Thinking Animals and Thinking Machines: What Relations? (with Particular Reference to the Psychoanalytical Point of View)

Thinking Animals and Thinking Machines: What Relations? (with Particular Reference to the Psychoanalytical Point of View)

Franco Scalzone (Italian Psychoanalytical Society, Italy) and Gemma Zontini (Italian Psychoanalytical Society, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-627-3.ch004
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Abstract

In this chapter we will examine some similarities between computer science and psychoanalysis, and we will formulate some hypotheses by bringing closer the statute of connectionism to the energetic model of the psychic apparatus, as well as OOP (object-oriented programming) to the object relations theory. We will make some remarks on the machine and people theme, the way in which people relate to machines, especially “thinking machines,” describing the fantasies they arouse. In order to do this, we will use Tausk’s classic (1919/1933) “On the Origin of the ‘Influencing Machine’ in Schizophrenia,” as well as some of Freud’s writings.

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