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Ioan Culiano

August 14, 2009 Leave a comment

The Killing Of Professor Culianu By Ted Anton

Ioan Culianu proposed that multiple universes coexist, that the mind creates reality, and that magic can outperform modern science

“…his main interest was in understanding how the mind invents imaginary worlds and makes them so real, they in effect become real.” [Carol Zaleski]

He taught his students to suspend disbelief to become good detectives of the occult; he believed Eastern Europeans had to do the same in order to uncover the occult political twists of a deeply divided region. He believed in the power of the past and the power to rewrite it, as he saw such power used in his country.

Eros, Magic, and the Death of Professor Culianu By Ted Anton

The gnostics saw life as sabotage, rebellion, and escape from the ignorant gods who ruled the world.

You had to have a myth for your life, he once told her, some story you discover to live by and turn to at your darkest moments.

Forces of Darkness By John Crowley

In “Eros and Magic” Culianu studies a little-known work by Bruno in which Bruno shows that the bonds of desire, in the broadest sense, can be manipulated by the worker who understands how to project images that can compel the hearts of all men. Culianu saw in Bruno’s prescriptions a more sophisticated Machiavellianism, not using the brute tools of force and fraud but foreshadowing the whole panoply of propaganda, public relations and mass media that all modern states would be based on.

furtherreading

Debugging Trace

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

from “Queen Victoria’s Personal Spook, Psychic Legbreakers, Snakes and Catfood: An Interview with William Gibson and Tom Maddox”

TM: […]You know what Marvin Minsky says about consciousness? It’s a debugging trace. It’s like a little piece of froth on the top of this larger thing. I think Bill believes that. Consciousness is just part of the act (laughs). All this other shit that goes on is equally important.

From Stewart Brand’s The Media Lab snagged from here

“Has any of this cleared up what consciousness is or is for?” I asked. “People have such a small number of memory registers,” Minsky said, “that we can’t think of much. Everything has to be on automatic. Consciousness is not a window. It’s more like a debugging trace you use for reprogramming around problems. Humans are really amazing, considering.”