Gnosis Now! with Erik Davis

•September 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

GNOSIS NOW! Part I (of VIII) with Erik Davis


Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers

•September 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“The longer the chain of codes, the more radical the transformations that can be effected. Acting as linguistic levers, the coding chains impart astonishing power to even very small changes. Such leverage is possible because the constant reproduced through multiple coding layers is a pattern rather than a presence. Pattern can be recognized through redundancy or repetition of elements. If there is only repetition, however, no new information is imparted; the intermixture of randomness rescues pattern from sterility. If there is only randomness, the result is gibberish rather than communication. Information is produced by a complex dance between predictability and unpredictabililty, repetition and variation. We have seen that the possibilities for mutation are enhanced and heightened by long coding chains. We can now understand mutation in more fundamental terms. Mutation is crucial because it names the bifurcation point at which the interplay between pattern and randomness causes the system to evolve in a new direction. Mutation implies both the replication of pattern–the morphological standard against which it can be measured and understood as a mutation–and the interjection of randomness–the variations that mark it as a deviation so decisive it can no longer be assimilated into the same.” – Katherine Hayles, Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers

Lawrence Lessig on The Ecology of Culture & Green Media

•September 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Mystery 101

•August 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Mystery 101How history hungers for the shape of myth; how plots and characters of fable and romance come to inhabit real courts and counting-houses and cathedrals; how old sciences die, and bequeath their myths and magic to their successors; how the heroes of legend pass away, fall asleep, are resurrected, and enter ordinary daylit history, persisting as a dream persists into waking life, altering and transforming it even when the dream itself has been forgotten or repressed.” – John Crowley, Ægypt

Grant Morrison’s 18 Days/Mahabhrata

•August 18, 2009 • 1 Comment

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The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze with Manuel DeLanda

•August 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey

•August 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“David Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume I for nearly 40 years, and his lectures are now available online for the first time. This open course consists of 13 video lectures of Professor Harvey’s close chapter by chapter reading of Capital, Volume I…”

(Reading Capital with David Harvey)