TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information

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North Atlantic Books, Mar 17, 2015 - Computers - 456 pages
How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In TechGnosis—a cult classic now updated and reissued with a new afterword—Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. Davis uncovers startling connections between such seemingly disparate topics as electricity and alchemy; online roleplaying games and religious and occult practices; virtual reality and gnostic mythology; programming languages and Kabbalah. The final chapters address the apocalyptic dreams that haunt technology, providing vital historical context as well as new ways to think about a future defined by the mutant intermingling of mind and machine, nightmare and fantasy.
 

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This look at heterodox approaches to postmodern technology veers all over the map, leaving little room for informed comments on pertinent subtopics. Logically enough, Davis begins by looking at the ... Read full review

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Davis, who has written for magazines as diverse as Wired, Rolling Stone, and Gnosis, here tackles the mythological and Gnostic implications of our continual push for new information technologies. He ... Read full review

Contents

Imagining Technologies
1
The Alchemical Fire
33
The Gnostic Infonaut
73
Techgnosis AmericanStyle
103
The Spiritual Cyborg
133
A Most Enchanting Machine
171
The Virtual Craft
199
The Alien Call
237
Datapocalypse
267
Third Mind from the Sun
305
The Path is a Network
337
Afterword 2004
357
Notes
381
Bibliography
395
Index
409
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ERIK DAVIS is a scholar, journalist, and public speaker best known for his cultural analysis and creative explorations of esoteric mysticism. Davis has written about music, art, film, pop culture, and technology for Spin, Details, Rolling Stone, and Wired magazines. He is the author of Led Zeppelin IV (2005), The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape (2006), and Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica (2010), and co-edited The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011). Davis has appeared in a number of documentaries about technology and countercultural topics, including DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Electronic Awakening, and The Source. Along with Maja D'Aoust, he hosts a weekly podcast devoted to the "cultures of consciousness" called Expanding Mind, which is part of the Progressive Radio Network.

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