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Utopia, determinismo tecnologico, ingegneria sociale: la dianetica tra scienza e fantascienza

Giulio Argenio    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia; Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia; Università degli S    

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abstract

In May 1950 L. R. Hubbard published in a science fiction magazine “Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science”, which would later form the basis of Scientology. Emerging from the technocratic mindset typically associated with the periodical, the article considered the human brain as a computer in need of rewiring, giving birth to a peculiar kind of utopian thinking whose aim was not the creation of a ‘new man’, but the return to an original perfection of the mind. Through an examination of this text and its context, I propose to investigate the relationship between engineering culture and literary fictions, trying to understand how the mind-computer analogy shaped the vision of a regenerated society.

Published
Nov. 27, 2019
Accepted
May 27, 2019
Submitted
March 21, 2019
Language
IT

Keywords: Human mindTechnocratic cultureScience fictionHistoryTechnological utopianism

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