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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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“In this manner you threaten the very existence of reality…”

November 4, 2016 Leave a comment

The time has come for the dismantling of fantasies. That is already happening to our universe. Now that we have this one chance of survival we must finally rid ourselves of fantasies and seize that chance!

For centuries our race has built on false assumptions. If you build a fantasy based on a false assumption and continue to build on such a fantasy, your whole existence becomes a lie which you implant in others who are too lazy or too busy to question its truth.

In this manner you threaten the very existence of reality, because, by refusing to obey its laws, those laws engulf and destroy you. The human race has for too long been manufacturing convenient fantasies and calling them laws. For ages this was so. Take war, for instance. Politicians assume that something is true, assume that strife is inevitable, and by building on such false assumptions, lo and behold, they create further wars which they have, ostensibly, sought to prevent.

We have, until now, accepted too many fantasies as being truths, too many truths as fantasies. And we have one last chance to discover the real nature of our existence.

Michael Moorcock, The Sundered Worlds, chapter 7

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fake realities will create fake humans

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment

“Because the bombardment of pseudo-realities begins to produce inauthentic humans very quickly, spurious humans — as fake as the data pressing at them from all sides. My two topics are really one topic; they unite at this point. Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves. So we wind up with fake humans inventing fake realities and then peddling them to other fake humans. It is just a very large version of Disneyland. You can have the Pirate Ride or the Lincoln Simulacrum or Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride — you can have all of them, but none is true.” – Philip K Dick ‘How to Build a Universe’

(reposting from awhile back – the circular process that Dick describes seems to be accelerating a la Godwin’s law…)

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forgeries of themselves

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

from Philp K. Dick, How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later

Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves. So we wind up with fake humans inventing fake realities and then peddling them to other fake humans. It is just a very large version of Disneyland. You can have the Pirate Ride or the Lincoln Simulacrum or Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride—you can have all of them, but none is true.

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