TechGnosis

TechGnosis Myth, Magic & Mysticism in the Age of Information

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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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781583949306
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Imprint: North Atlantic Books
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 303.4833
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxvi, 423
Weight: 604g
Height: 228mm
Width: 160mm
Spine width: 27mm