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


(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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living an invented life as doppelgängers

December 18, 2016 Leave a comment

from The Lives of Ronald Pinn by Andrew O’Hagan

Many of our modern crimes are crimes of the imagination. We think of the unspeakable and exchange information on it. We commit a ‘thought-crime’ – giving the illicit or the abominable an audience. Some of us pretend to have relationships we don’t actually have just for the sense of freedom it gives us, and some want porn for that reason too. Building the fake Ronnie became something more than creating a character in a novel: it became personal, like living another life, as an actor might, trying not only to imitate the experience of a possible person but to test the meaning and limits of empathy. {…}
My special effects helper asked me if I’d heard of Weavrs.

‘What’s that?’

‘It’s where you’re going,’ he said. According to their website, Weavrs are ‘personality-based social-web robots’ that ‘publicly blog about how they feel, where they go and what they experience’. An article by Olivia Solon in Wired magazine questioned the guys behind it. ‘The team … won’t reveal exactly how the Weavrs algorithm works – referring to it as their black box,’ Solon wrote, ‘but say they create personalities from social data that then “blog themselves into existence”.’ It’s taken for granted in these circles that digital robots are becoming a tool of big business; in China, for instance, Weavrs are used to collect data on young people and their preferences. In the old days researchers would speak to individuals, but nowadays the invented person, the digividual, is more reliable when it comes to showing what people want.
After a while, an alarm bell went off somewhere, and Facebook sent a warning. ‘Please verify your identity,’ it said. ‘Facebook does not allow accounts that: Pretend to be someone else; Use a fake name; Don’t represent a real person.’ But the fakery of the fake Ronnie’s fake friends didn’t trouble them for long. It was just another robot sending the warning, moved to do so after a number of keystrokes set off the alarm. But the fakery continued to go deeper and Ronnie Pinn grew in reality and the warnings disappeared. Facebook has 864 million daily users, of whom at least 67 million are believed by the company to be fake. There are more social media ghosts, more people being second people, or living an invented life as doppelgängers, than there are citizens of the UK.

(excellent article, btw)

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