Wednesday, 18 August 2010

echoes : magic, technology and the quest for the unknown (i)

"The pagan and the paranormal have colonized the twilight zones of popular media."

"We are beset with a thirst for meaning and connection that centuries of skeptical philosophy, hard materialism and nihilist culture have yet to douse."

"Today there is so much pressure on information - the word, the concept, stuff - that it crackles with energy, drawing to itself mythologies, metaphysics, hints of arcane magic."

"Our modern technological world is not nature, but augmented nature, super-nature, and the more intensely we probe its mutant edge of mind and matter, the more our disenchanted productions will find themselves wrestling with the rhetoric of the supernatural."

"Vibrating in the gap between life and physics, between matter and unseen ether, electricity inhabits a liminal zone that calls down spirits and sublimities out of thin air."

Erik Davis : Techgnosis: -Myth, Magic & Mysticism In The Age Of Information, Serpent's Tail, 1998

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