Finding IT and losing the self?

  • David C. Knowles

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This field study looks at the apparent changes in consciousness undergone by those who work at sophisticated computer interfaces and explores various models for what could be happening. The work draws strongly on Jean Gebser's work on the evolution of consciousness and is also inspired by Martin Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology. Appropriate methodologies are developed based on Husserl's phenomenology and its resurgence in the work of Francisco Varela. I develop some of my own models for what could be happening and a set of questions for in-depth interviews. The results of the interviews and of a workshop are analysed to see if my suppositions are supported by others' observations. A discussion on the possible impact on the counselling profession is also included.
    Date of Award2000
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorChris Higgisson (Supervisor)

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