First off I really liked Donna Haraway and her theory. She is really different and talked about things I never would have thought about with technology and humans. Also, how power is thought of both physically and theoretically. The way she relates to Galatea really interested me as well. It was well explained that one of the boundries is that technology is a man’s way of thinking which links to Galatea because what is the purpose of Helen? Lentz wanted to make this machine to help him figure out how the brain works in reference to his wife. What was really fascinating is the relationship between Helen and Lentz’s wife.
They work inversily towards each other. Audrey has the data base but there is no meaning left. Meanwhile Powers is trying to expand Helen by giving her more data, and from there get her to get meaning. Another relation is that Audrey at one point was a capable human being of being independant and providing for herself and Lentz was her lover, but since her stroke Lentz is now like a father figure, trying to get her to remember paths such as a spoon to the bowl and then spoon to the mouth. Helen is the opposite with Powers. At first he was a father figure to her, spoon feeding Helen information. Now it seems as if Powers has surpassed that emotional stage and is kind of falling in love with her instead. The role reversal is opposite that of Audrey and Lentz. This can also bring it back to Donna Haraway where it shows the seperation of humans and machines. You can’t have a machine feed an insulate, a human with feelings and emotions would be the only appropriate thing to perform such a task.
On an ending note, since Power’s only writes when he has love pushing him, or else there is no meaning, does this justify that this book is about Helen and his new love for her, or is this supposed to show that as a human Power’s himself has expanded and can write now with out being in a romance?