TechGnosis

TechGnosis

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 ...

Author: Erik Davis

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781583949313

Category: Computers

Page: 456

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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.
Categories: Computers

Believing in Bits

Believing in Bits

Erik Davis, “TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information:
Afterword 2.0,” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 29, 2015, https://
lareviewofbooks.org/article/myth-magic-mysticism-age-information/. Eugene
Thacker, “Dark ...

Author: Simone Natale

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190949983

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 266

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"As technologies that work by computing numbers, digital media apparently epitomize what is considered scientific and rational. Yet, people experience the effects of digital devices and algorithms in their everyday life also through the lenses of magic and the supernatural. Algorithms, for instance, are discussed for their capacity to "read minds" and predict the future; Artificial Intelligence as an opportunity to overcome death and achieve immortality through singularity; and avatars and robots are accorded a dignity that traditional religions restricted to humans. The essays collected in this volume address these and similar phenomena, challenging and redefining established understandings of digital media and culture by employing the notions of belief, religion, and the supernatural." -- Provided by publisher.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Theorien des Medienwandels

Theorien des Medienwandels

›Medienwandel‹ ist eines der bestimmenden Schlagwörter im medien- und kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Fachdiskurs geworden. Zugleich zeigt sich, dass dieses ›Totalphänomen‹ begrifflich schwer zu fassen ist.

Author: Susanne Kinnebrock

Publisher: Herbert von Halem Verlag

ISBN: 9783869621296

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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›Medienwandel‹ ist eines der bestimmenden Schlagwörter im medien- und kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Fachdiskurs geworden. Zugleich zeigt sich, dass dieses ›Totalphänomen‹ begrifflich schwer zu fassen ist. Auffällig häufig wird der Begriff ›Medienwandel‹ primär auf ›neue‹ Medien, Technologien und Innovationen bezogen. Dabei wird systematisch vernachlässigt, dass jeder Wandel ein Vorher und Nachher hat und dass aktuelle Phänomene erst durch eine diachrone Betrachtung und die Einordnung in größere historische Zusammenhänge zu verstehen sind. Der vorliegende Band will diese Lücke schließen und einen substanziellen Beitrag zur Theoriebildung wie auch zur Systematisierung zukünftiger Forschungen zum Medienwandel leisten. Dafür wird ›Medienwandel‹ in den einzelnen Beiträgen unter evolutions- und innovationstheoretischen, kultur- sowie geschichtstheoretischen Perspektiven betrachtet.
Categories: Social Science

The Digital Dialectic

The Digital Dialectic

Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information. New York:
Harmony Books, 1998. Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1976. Debord, Guy. Comments on the Society of the Spectacle.

Author: Peter Lunenfeld

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262621371

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 298

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Publisher description: "This text takes an interdisciplinary approach to visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media and art forms. It includes contributions by scholars, artists and entrepreneurs who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice."
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Electronic Constitution Social Cultural and Political Implications

Electronic Constitution  Social  Cultural  and Political Implications

Techgnosis: Myth, magic & mysticism in the age of information. New York: Crown
Publishers, Inc.. Davis, J. R. and Post, D. G., (1996). Law and borders: The rise of
law in cyberspace. Stanford Law Review, 48 Davis, R. (1999). The Web of ...

Author: Amoretti, Francesco

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781605662558

Category: Law

Page: 310

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Provides analysis of the relationship between digital information technologies and politics, relating these issues to the historical system transformation.
Categories: Law

Handbook of Research on Knowledge Intensive Organizations

Handbook of Research on Knowledge Intensive Organizations

TechGnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the age of Information. New York:
Harmony Books, Crown Publishers. Drucker, J. (1999). The Alphabetic Labyrinth:
the letters in History and Imagination. London: Thames and Hudson. Edgerton Jr.

Author: Jemielniak, Dariusz

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781605661773

Category: Computers

Page: 672

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Provides an international collection of studies on knowledge-intensive organizations with insight into organizational realities as varied as universities, consulting agencies, corporations, and high-tech start-ups.
Categories: Computers

Linguophilosophic Parameters of English Innovations in Technosphere

Linguophilosophic Parameters of English Innovations in Technosphere

Allen P. Information culture is in need of development // Network News. –
September ... 3. – P. 19-20. Bell D. Social Framework of the Information Society.
... Davis E. Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information. –
NY: New ...

Author: Rusudan Makhachashvili

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443822039

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 95

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The monograph researches the aspects of the English vocabulary development processes in the sphere of new computer technologies. The primary supposition of cyber word-stock terminological nature leads into the study of both linguistic (morphological and semantic) and ontological paradigmatic parameters of innovative cyber-vocabulary of the English language. Linguistically, the development of English cyber-vocabulary acquires an ambivalent character. Primarily, the sources of English computer vocabulary root in the conventional word-formation types. However, the enrichment process of the computer terminology of English incorporates the emergence of the word-formation ways and means, authentic for the given lexical sub-system. Moreover, the evolutionary progress of cybervocabulary determines the new conceptual approach to the “word-formation element” notion. The ontological paradigmatic parameters of English cyber-vocabulary are featured from the following perspectives: lexico-semantic perception of basic metaphysic dimensions of the technosphere (that being “space” and “time”) and the anthropologic terminological categorization of technosphere, thus both the anthropocentric and the sociocentric paradigmatics of English innovative cyber-vocabulary being reflected.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Tribal Fantasies

Tribal Fantasies

Techgnosis: Myth,Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information. New York:
Harmony Books, 1998. De Angelo, Jaime.Indian Tales. New York:Hilland Wang,
1953. De Frane, Gordon.“IDo.” Redwire 6, no.2(1990): 23–24. Del Cooke,
Margaret.

Author: J. Mackay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137318817

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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This transnational collection discusses the use of Native American imagery in twentieth and twenty-first-century European culture. With examples ranging from Irish oral myth, through the pop image of Indians promulgated in pornography, to the philosophical appropriations of Ernst Bloch or the European far right, contributors illustrate the legend of "the Indian." Drawing on American Indian literary nationalism, postcolonialism, and transnational theories, essays demonstrate a complex nexus of power relations that seemingly allows European culture to build its own Native images, and ask what effect this has on the current treatment of indigenous peoples.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Nomad Codes

Nomad Codes

In these wide-ranging essays, Erik Davis explores the codes—spiritual, cultural, and embodied—that people use to escape the limitation of their lives and enrich their experience of the world.

Author: Erik Davis

Publisher: Verse Chorus Press

ISBN: 9781891241826

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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In these wide-ranging essays, Erik Davis explores the codes—spiritual, cultural, and embodied—that people use to escape the limitation of their lives and enrich their experience of the world. These include Asian religious traditions and West African trickster gods, Western occult and esoteric lore, postmodern theory and psychedelic science, as well as festival scenes such as Burning Man (of which Davis is the best-known chronicler). Articles on media technology further explore themes Davis took up in his acclaimed book Techgnosis, while his profiles of West Coast poets, musicians, and mystics extend the California terrain he previously mapped in The Visionary State. Whether his subject is collage art or the “magickal realism” of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, transvestite Burmese spirit mediums or Ufology, tripster king Terence McKenna or dub maestro Lee Perry, Davis writes with keen yet skeptical sympathy, intellectual subtlety and wit, and unbridled curiosity. The common thread running through all these pieces is what Davis calls “modern esoterica,” which he describes in his preface as a ‘no-man’s-land located somewhere between anthropology and mystical pulp, between the zendo and the metal club, between cultural criticism and extraordinary experience, whether psychedelic, or yogic, or technological.” Such an ambiguous and startling landscape demands that the intrepid adventurer shed any territorial claims and go nomad. Davis wanders with sharp eyes and an open mind, which is why Peter Lamborn Wilson calls him “the best of all guides to modern American spirituality.”
Categories: Social Science

The Empty Seashell

The Empty Seashell

Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information. London:
Serpent's Tail. Davis, Michael. 2002. “Laskar Jihad and the Political Position of
Conservative Islam in Indonesia.” Contemporary Southeast Asia 24(1):12–32.

Author: Nils Bubandt

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801471964

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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The Empty Seashell explores what it is like to live in a world where cannibal witches are undeniably real, yet too ephemeral and contradictory to be an object of belief. In a book based on more than three years of fieldwork between 1991 and 2011, Nils Bubandt argues that cannibal witches for people in the coastal, and predominantly Christian, community of Buli in the Indonesian province of North Maluku are both corporeally real and fundamentally unknowable. Witches (known as gua in the Buli language or as suanggi in regional Malay) appear to be ordinary humans but sometimes, especially at night, they take other forms and attack people in order to kill them and eat their livers. They are seemingly everywhere and nowhere at the same time. The reality of gua, therefore, can never be pinned down. The title of the book comes from the empty nautilus shells that regularly drift ashore around Buli village. Convention has it that if you find a live nautilus, you are a gua. Like the empty shells, witchcraft always seems to recede from experience. Bubandt begins the book by recounting his own confusion and frustration in coming to terms with the contradictory and inaccessible nature of witchcraft realities in Buli. A detailed ethnography of the encompassing inaccessibility of Buli witchcraft leads him to the conclusion that much of the anthropological literature, which views witchcraft as a system of beliefs with genuine explanatory power, is off the mark. Witchcraft for the Buli people doesn’t explain anything. In fact, it does the opposite: it confuses, obfuscates, and frustrates. Drawing upon Jacques Derrida’s concept of aporia—an interminable experience that remains continuously in doubt—Bubandt suggests the need to take seriously people’s experiential and epistemological doubts about witchcraft, and outlines, by extension, a novel way of thinking about witchcraft and its relation to modernity.
Categories: Social Science

Virtual Art

Virtual Art

TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information. New York:
Three Rivers Press. Davis, Lawrence, ed. 1998. Handbook of Genetic Algorithms.
London: International Thomson Computer Press. Dawkins, Richard. 1982.

Author: Oliver Grau

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262572230

Category: Art

Page: 416

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Although many people view virtual reality as a modern phenomenon, it has its foundations in a history of immersive images. The search for illusionary visual space can be traced back to antiquity. This text shows how virtual art fits into the art history of illusion and immersion.
Categories: Art

Pop Cult

Pop Cult

Davis, E. (1999), Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of
Information. New York: Three Rivers Press. Davis, S. (1985), Hammer of the
Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. New York: Berkley Publishing Group. De Chant, D
. (2002), The ...

Author: Rupert Till

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441197245

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

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At a time when fundamentalism is on the rise, traditional religions are in decline and postmodernity has challenged any system that claims to be all-defining, young people have left their traditional places of worship and set up their own, in clubs, at festivals and within music culture. Pop Cults investigates the ways in which popular music and its surrounding culture have become a primary site for the location of meaning, belief and identity. It provides an introduction to the history of the interactions of vernacular music and religion, and the role of music in religious culture. Rupert Till explores the cults of heavy metal, pop stars, club culture and virtual popular music worlds, investigating the sex, drug, local and death cults of the sacred popular, and their relationships with traditional religions. He concludes by discussing how and why popular music cultures have taken on many of the roles of traditional religions in contemporary society.
Categories: Social Science

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, Mysticism in the Age of Information. New York:
Harmony Books, 1998. “Da WELL Been Beddy, Beddy Goot to Me.” Work
Conference, in the WELL, topic 135, accessed September 15, 2004; no longer
available.

Author: Fred Turner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226817439

Category: Social Science

Page: 354

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In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. But by the 1990s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to represent a very different kind of world: a collaborative and digital utopia modeled on the communal ideals of the hippies who so vehemently rebelled against the cold war establishment in the first place. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay–area entrepreneurs: Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. Between 1968 and 1998, via such familiar venues as the National Book Award–winning Whole Earth Catalog, the computer conferencing system known as WELL, and, ultimately, the launch of the wildly successful Wired magazine, Brand and his colleagues brokered a long-running collaboration between San Francisco flower power and the emerging technological hub of Silicon Valley. Thanks to their vision, counterculturalists and technologists alike joined together to reimagine computers as tools for personal liberation, the building of virtual and decidedly alternative communities, and the exploration of bold new social frontiers. Shedding new light on how our networked culture came to be, this fascinating book reminds us that the distance between the Grateful Dead and Google, between Ken Kesey and the computer itself, is not as great as we might think.
Categories: Social Science

Information Arts

Information Arts

Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, Mysticism in the Age of Information. New York:
Harmony Books, 1998. Dreyfus, Hubert L. What Computers Still Can 't Do: A
Critique of Artificial Reason. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1992. Edwards, Paul.
The Closed ...

Author: Stephen Wilson

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262731584

Category: Art

Page: 945

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An introduction to the work and ideas of artists who use—and even influence—science and technology.
Categories: Art

Selected Readings on Telecommunications and Networking

Selected Readings on Telecommunications and Networking

Retrieved May 16, 2005 from http://www.receiver.vodafone.com/11/articles/ pdf/
11_02.pdf Davis, E. (1998). Techgnosis: Myth, magic, mysticism in the age of
information. New York: Harmony Books. Day, R. E. (1999). The virtual game:
Objects, ...

Author: Gutierrez, Jairo

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781605660950

Category: Computers

Page: 464

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"This book presents quality articles focused on key issues concerning the planning, design, maintenance, and management of telecommunications and networking technologies"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Computers

The Visionary State

The Visionary State

More than 150 full-color photographs are interwoven with a study of California's rich cultural history to provide a compelling study of religion, faith, and spirituality throughout the Golden State, bringing together both immigrant and ...

Author: Erik Davis

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0811848353

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

View: 139

More than 150 full-color photographs are interwoven with a study of California's rich cultural history to provide a compelling study of religion, faith, and spirituality throughout the Golden State, bringing together both immigrant and native religious influences that have shaped California, from UFO cults and Zen Buddhism to televangelism and neopaganism. 12,500 first printing.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

As If

As If

... earlier use of the term by Antonin Artaud, who described theater as “a réalité
virtuelle” in The Theatre and Its Double (1938). Erik Davis, Techgnosis: Myth,
Magic and Mysticism in the Information Age (New York: Harmony Books, 1998),
190.

Author: Michael Saler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199887804

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Many people throughout the world "inhabit" imaginary worlds communally and persistently, parsing Harry Potter and exploring online universes. These activities might seem irresponsibly escapist, but history tells another story. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, when Sherlock Holmes became the world's first "virtual reality" character, readers began to colonize imaginary worlds, debating serious issues and viewing reality in provisional, "as if" terms rather than through essentialist, "just so" perspectives. From Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and Tolkien's Middle-earth to the World of Warcraft and Second Life, As If provides a cultural history that reveals how we can remain enchanted but not deluded in an age where fantasy and reality increasingly intertwine.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Artbyte

Artbyte

Now comes Erik Davis, with his book Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in
the Age of Information, to say that the growth of information technologies are
remystifying the world. This goes against the common wisdom that, as Davis
writes, ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105017126439

Category: Art, Modern

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The magazine of digital arts.
Categories: Art, Modern

Led Zeppelin s Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin s Led Zeppelin IV

In this wickedly entertaining and thoroughly informed homage to one of rock music's towering pinnacles, Erik Davis investigates the magic-black or otherwise-that surrounds this album.

Author: Erik Davis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441114228

Category: Music

Page: 184

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In this wickedly entertaining and thoroughly informed homage to one of rock music's towering pinnacles, Erik Davis investigates the magic-black or otherwise-that surrounds this album. Carefully peeling the layers from each song, Davis reveals their dark and often mystical roots-and leaves the reader to decide whether [FOUR SYMBOLS] is some form of occult induction or just an inspired, brilliantly played rock album. Excerpt: Stripping Led Zeppelin's famous name off the fourth record was an almost petulant attempt to let their Great Work symbolically stand on its own two feet. But the wordless jacket also lent the album charisma. Fans hunted for hidden meanings, or, in failing to find them, sensed a strange reflection of their own mute refusal to communicate with the outside world. This helped to create one of the supreme paradoxes of rock history: an esoteric megahit, a blockbuster arcanum. Stripped of words and numbers, the album no longer referred to anything but itself: a concrete talisman that drew you into its world, into the frame. All the stopgap titles we throw at the thing are lame: Led Zeppelin IV, [Untitled], Runes, Zoso, Four Symbols. In an almost Lovecraftian sense, the album was nameless, a thing from beyond, charged with manna. And yet this uncanny fetish was about as easy to buy as a jockstrap.
Categories: Music

Science Public Policy

Science   Public Policy

Books Machinic mysticisms David Bell TechGnosis : Myth , Magic and Mysticism
in the Age of Information by Erik Davis Serpent's Tail , London , 1998 , £ 14.99 ,
ISBN 1-85242-645-4 “ [ T ] echnology operates as easily in a magical universe as
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ISBN: UOM:39015081522578

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Categories: Electronic journals