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Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information

by Erik Davis

ISBN 060980474X / 9780609804742 / 0-609-80474-X
Publisher Three Rivers Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Book summary

The gap between the technological worldview and a mystical outlook may not be as great as it seems. In Techgnosis Erik Davis takes a look at modern information technology--as well as much previous technology--to reveal how it is often rooted in spiritual and mystical beliefs. He furthermore explores how those who embrace new technological advances often do so with expectations stemming from religious sensibilities.

Davis compares and contrasts the scientific attitude that we can know reality through technology with the Gnostic philosophy of developing ultimate understanding. The book comes in reasonably organised chapters but there's also a strong stream-of-consciousness component to Davis's writing as it moves back and forth across time and space to make connections. For example, one argument may run from information theory to the nebulous nature of Gnosticism to the philosophical problem of evil--all in just a few pages. But rather than being chaotic the result is a lively interplay of wide-ranging ideas. The style is equally lively and generally engaging even if it sometimes strays into the hip. Davis succeeds in revealing the spiritual side of what some may regard as cold technological thought. --Elizabeth Lewis [via]