state of 2017 data dump

August 16, 2017 Leave a comment

I always tried to shy away from commentary in the past, but:
2016-2017 has turned out be exactly the possible future that I was struggling to find a way to avoid when I started this blog.

I stopped short of connecting all the dots I’ve posted here – I was trying to find ways to use this stuff for good, or to inoculate ourselves against its abuse & misuse – but when it came down to it I found myself too terrified that somebody would weaponize hyperstition. Of course, that didn’t stop it from happening anyway. No idea at this point if I did the wrong thing, or what I could have done differently.

I don’t have the intestinal fortitude right now to go through and pull out quotes for all this – so: a quick quote and then some links.

As far as 4chan is concerned, it was as official as it could be, and it had a precise theology, centered around “Memetic Magic, the manipulation of the Root, social matrix and the fabric of reality”

Well… the cult of Kek is exactly that : an hypersigil created by 4chan, using several tenets of chaos magick such as the creation of a tulpa, a magic monster created by one’s mind to exist in our dimension.

https://bullshit.ist/meme-magic-is-real-you-guys-16a497fc45b3

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepe_the_Frog
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Enlightenment
The neo-fascist philosophy that underpins both the alt-right and Silicon Valley technophiles
https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Neoreactionary_movement
https://www.imperica.com/en/viewpoint/hp-lovecraft-and-the-alt-right
https://www.theawl.com/2015/09/the-darkness-before-the-right/#.i8p7f9b2g

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memes never die

February 16, 2017 Leave a comment

From William S Burroughs vs. the Qu’ran by Michael Muhammead Knight:

Cihan informs me that in our syncretisms and subcultural dipping, we’re actually creating a new meme. I Don’t know what a meme is, but in my head I get an image of the Arabic letter م, the Meem. A meme’s a unit of consciousness, he says. It could be seen as something like Yogacara Buddhism’s bija, seeds produced by thoughts and consciousness, and produce the external world as we understand it. Cihan says that we’ll have to be careful when we put our new meme out there, since it will grow and eventually escape our control and then never go away because memes never die – memes are like matter or energy, impossible to create or destroy. Memes only swallow up other memes and keep adding to the collective brain of the world.

From Buddhism Portal:

In Hinduism and Buddhism, the Sanskrit term bīja (Jp. 種子 shushi), literally seed, is used as a metaphor for the origin or cause of things.

The metaphor is considerably extended in the Consciousness-only teachings of the Yogacara school of Buddhism. According to this theory, all experiences and actions produce bija as impressions, stored in the alaya (storehouse) consciousness. The external world is produced when the seeds “perfume” this consciousness. This view of bija has been equated to memes, with the theory itself positing an extreme form of memetics (ie. reality and existence consist purely of memes).

and from Wikipedia (which includes the above definition):

In Vajrayana Buddhism and Hinduism, the term bīja is used for mystical “seed syllables” contained within mantras. These seeds do not have precise meanings, but are thought to carry connections to spiritual principles. The best-known bīja syllable is Om, first found in the Hindu scriptures the Upanishads.

Khanna (2003: p. 21) links mantras and yantras to thoughtforms:

Mantras, the Sanskrit syllables inscribed on yantras, are essentially ‘thought forms’ representing divinities or cosmic powers, which exert their influence by means of sound-vibrations.

(source for that inserted quote = Khanna, Madhu (2003). Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity. Inner Traditions.)

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building an ongoing alternative present

January 15, 2017 Leave a comment

trump-ar

(from the Scottish Sunday Herald’s tv listings today)

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passing of Mark Fisher

January 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Tremendously saddened to hear about the passing of Mark Fisher. Fisher was a founder of the CCRU (coiners of the term hyperstition), and a brilliant critic & theorist.

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the really successful evil magicians

January 11, 2017 Leave a comment

again from “Occult Origins: Hakim Bey’s Ontological Post-Anarchism” by Joseph Christian Greer in Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies

Bey illustrates this point in Kaos 8 when, mediating between two opposing magicians, he recommends “[saving] our bile for the shits who really deserve it, the really successful evil magicians, the bankers, advertisers, weapons-salesmen, educators & self-appointed rulers” (Bey, 1987a: 12). The reality of banks, ads, guns, and law-men exemplifies the way in which these “evil magicians” have manifested the contents of their imaginations to the point where they are taken as really existing. Against these evil magicians, Bey advocates breaking the “Spook world’s” monopoly of control with a counter-magic, sorcery in fact, which in the process of materializing the individual’s true desires banishes the illusions of the social order (Matheny, 1993). He explains: “[s]orcery breaks no law of nature because there is no Natural Law, only the spontaneity of natura naturans, the tao” (Bey 2003:23).

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I reject your reality and substitute my own.

January 11, 2017 Leave a comment

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the meta-belief that belief and identity are tools

December 19, 2016 Leave a comment

from “Occult Origins: Hakim Bey’s Ontological Post-Anarchism” by Joseph Christian Greer in Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies

Essential to Chaos Magick is the meta-belief that belief and identity are tools, indeed “magickal force[s]”, that can be used to manipulate reality according to one’s will (Caroll, 1987:39-41)

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