Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, Mysticism in the Age of Information

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Harmony Books, 1998 - Computers - 353 pages
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Exploring the mystical impulses behind our obsession with information technology, TechGnosis presents a fascinating and passionately original perspective on technoculture.
Today we often assume that the triumph of technological rationality has condemned the spiritual imagination to the trash heap of history. But as Erik Davis explains, religious impulses and magical dreams permeate the history of technology, and especially information technology. Ranging from the printing press to the telegraph, from radio to the Internet, Davis peels away the utilitarian shell of technology to reveal the mystical and millennialist fervor that attends each new communications breakthrough.
As he unveils the hidden history of technomysticism, Davis shows how the religious imagination continues to feed the utopian dreams, apocalyptic visions, digital phantasms, and alien obsessions that populate today's technological unconscious. From shamanism to alchemy, evangelism to Buddhism, TechGnosis probes our virtual future through the visionary lenses of the past. In these pages, Davis offers a lucid, playful, and astonishingly erudite journey through our hyper-mediated environment. Anyone grappling with the morphing boundaries and terminal speed of our present moment will want to take the ride.

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Review: TechGnosis: Myth, Magic & Mysticism in the Age of Information

User Review  - Sharon Wildwind - Goodreads

This was a lot more complicated than I had the energy to tackle. I think I'd do better coming back to it after a while and reading it a second time. Read full review

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User Review  - Gregory Verrilli - Goodreads

A very dense book with many interesting concepts. This took some time to get through and grasp, following the rabbit hole to the many external texts and works that are referenced. I look forward to checking out some of these references that resonates with my own interests. Read full review

Contents

crossed wires
1
imagining technologies
10
the gnostic infonaut
76
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Erik Davis has written for Wired, The Village Voice, Details, Spin, Gnosis, Rolling Stone, Lingua Franca, and The Nation, and has lectured internationally on topics related to cyberculture and the fringes of religion. He lives in San Francisco.

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