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This chapter situates Malabou’s discussion of destructive plasticity in the history and politics of the cybernetics movement. The central theme is how the concept of control changes as humans become aware of the capacity to steer and shape the plasticity of the brain-body network. The chapter argues that with the growing awareness and capability to intervene in the condition of possibility of the political subject, the brain, so too are we confronted with the horror that we may not be who we were. By historicizing the concept of plasticity in the minor key of horror it becomes possible to explore the futures of neuropolitics.

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