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- DescriptionHow does our fascination with techlogy intersect with the religious imagination? In<i>TechGsis</i> a cult classic w 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) techlogical 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 gstic mythology; programming languages and Kabbalah. The final chapters address the apocalyptic dreams that haunt techlogy, 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.
- Author BiographyERIK 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<i>Spin, Details, Rolling Stone</i>, and<i>Wired</i>magazines. He is the author of<i>Led Zeppelin IV</i>(2005), <i>The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape</i>(2006), and<i>Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica</i>(2010), and co-edited<i>The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick</i>(2011). Davis has appeared in a number of documentaries about technology and countercultural topics, including<i>DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Electronic Awakening, </i>and<i>The Source</i>. 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.
- Author(s)Erik Davis
- PublisherNorth Atlantic Books,U.S.
- Date of Publication31/03/2015
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationBerkeley, CA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNorth Atlantic Books,U.S.
- Weight703 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
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