Stanislaw Lem
SUMMA TECHNOLOGIAE
(© S. Lem, Kraków 1964)

translated from the 4th Polish edition, 
Wydawnictwo Lubelskie,
Lublin 1984
by F.P. (1997)
Stanislaw Lem
 

Contents

1.    Dilemmas

2.    Two Evolutions

Introduction
Similarities
Differences
First Cause
Several Naive Questions
3.    Cosmic Civilizations
Formulation of the problem
Formulation of the method
Statistics of cosmic civilizations
Metatheory of miracles
The uniqueness of Man
Intelligence: chance or necessity?
Hypotheses
Votum separatum
Perspectives
4.    Intellectronics
Return to earth
The megabit bomb
The big game
Myths of science
The intelligence amplifier
The black box
On the ethics of homeostates
The dangers of electrocracy
Cybernetics and sociology
Belief and information
Experimental metaphysics
Beliefs of electrobrains
The spirit in the machine
Problems with information
Doubts and antinomies
5.    Prolegomena to omnipotence
Before chaos
Chaos and order
Scylla and Charybdis, i.e., on moderation
The silence of the Designer
Insanity with method
A new Linneus, i.e., on systematics
Models and reality
Plagiarisms and creations
The area of imitology
6.    Phantomology
The basics of phantomology
The phantomatic machine
Marginal and central phantomology
The limits of phantomology
Cerebromatics
Teletaxation and phantoplication
Personality and information
7.    The creation of worlds
Introduction
Information growing
Language engineering
Engineering of transcendence
Cosmogonic engineering
8.    Pasquill on the evolution
Introduction
Reconstruction of the species
The construction of life
The construction of death
The construction of consciousness
Error based constructions
Bionics and cybernetics
Through the eyes of the Designer
The reconstruction of Man
Cyborgization
The autoevolutionary machine    <NEW   02/10/98 >
Extrasensory phenomena
Summary

Appendix

References

Epilog: Twenty years later...         <= coming next ...
 


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