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The Vital Illusion


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1. The Final Solution: Cloning Beyond the Human and Inhuman 2. The Millennium, or The Suspense of the Year 2000 3. The Murder of the Real Notes Index

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Baudrillard considers how human cloning-as well as the "cloning" of ideas and social identities-heralds an end to sex and death and the divagations of living by instituting a realm of the Same, beyond the struggles of individuation. Baudrillard examines what he calls "the murder of the real" by the virtual. In a world of copies and clones in which everything can be made present in an instant by technology, we can no longer even speak of reality. Beyond Nietzsche's symbolic murder of God, our virtual world free of referents is in the process of exterminating reality, leaving no trace.

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Jean Baudrillard has been proclaimed as the "prophet of postmodernity." Among his many books are America, Cool Memories I and II, The Illusion of the End, Simulacra and Simulation, and The Perfect Crime.


Ever fascinated by the self-destructive urges that make us human... Baudrillard claims that the technology of cloning, our many quests for sameness and facsimile, are symptoms of our inability to accept diversity... Rarely do words convey such urgency as on a page by Baudrillard. The Los Angeles Times Book Review

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