Aging: I don’t want to be a cyborg!

  title={Aging: I don’t want to be a cyborg!},
  author={Don Ihde},
  journal={Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences},
  • D. Ihde
  • Published 3 July 2008
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  • Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
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