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TechGnosis : myth, magic & mysticism in the age of information
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Title Statement
  • TechGnosis : myth, magic & mysticism in the age of information
Publication, Distribution, etc. (Imprint)
  • North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California : cop. 2015
  • 2015
  • Språk: Engelska.
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Edition Statement
  • Reissue.
Physical Description
  • XXVI, 423 pages ; 23 cm
General Note
  • On cover: new foreword by Eugene Thacker.
  • Originally published: [2004].
Bibliography, etc. Note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-405) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
  • Introduction: Crossed wires -- Imagining technologies -- The alchemical fire -- The gnostic infonaut -- Techgnosis, American-style -- The spiritual cyborg -- A most enchanting machine -- Cyberspace: the virtual craft -- The alien call -- Datapocalypse -- Third mind from the sun -- The path is a network.
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  • A reissue of a classic media studies book exploring the connection between digital and spiritual realms and their effects on technological communication.
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  • 978-1-58394-930-6
  • 1-58394-930-5
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TechGnosis is a cult classic of media studies that straddles the line between academic discourse and popular culture; it appeals to both those secular and spiritual, to fans of cyberpunk and hacker literature and culture as much as new-thought adherents and spiritual seekers

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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