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TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in…

TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information (1998)

by Erik Davis

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“Erik Davis’ compendious recitation of the history of communications technology dominates the discursive landscape of techno-exegesis like a Martian war machine. In the grand style of H.G. Wells, TECHGNOSIS is an apocalyptic synopsis of this century’s technological climax.”
  TerenceKempMcKenna | Feb 24, 2013 |
Sharp and timely, TechGnosis reveals the occult and classical mythologies and symbolism underlying communication technologies from ancient history to digital file-sharing. It's an original and erudite piece of work, written with a flair and playfulness that belie the scholarly research evident throughout, and with just the right balance of wonder and scepticism. ( )
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The gap between the technological mentality and the mystical outlook may not be as great as it seems. Erik Davis looks at modern information technology--and much previous technology--to reveal how much of it has roots in spiritual attitudes. Furthermore, he explores how those who embrace each new technological advance often do so with designs and expectations stemming from religious sensibilities. In doing so, Davis both compares and contrasts the scientific attitude that we can know reality technologically and the Gnostic idea of developing ultimate understanding. Although organized into reasonable chapters, there's a strong stream-of-consciousness component to Davis's writing. His expositions may run, for example, from information theory to the nebulous nature of Gnosticism to the philosophical problem of evil-­all in just a few pages. It's as if there are so many connections to make that Davis's prose has to run back and forth across time and space drawing the lines. But the result, rather than being chaotic, is a lively interplay of wide-ranging ideas. His style is equally lively and generally engaging--if sometimes straying into the hip. In the end, he succeeds in showing the spiritual side of what some may see as cold, technological thought. --Elizabeth Lewis

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Explores the way products from television to cyberspace have reshaped humanity's religious and mystical sensibility, and uncovers the myths and impulses that drive our technological culture. Bada produkty spos??b z telewizji cyberprzestrze?? zmieni??y ludzko??? religijne i mistyczne wra??liwo??ci i ods??ania mity i impuls??w, kt??re nap?dzaj? nasz? kultur? techniczn?.… (more)

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