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from Weird Studies/On Weirding
  • "Weirding" comes from Erik Davis in a conversation with Timothy Morton.
from living fictions
  • C. Michael Saler's book As If (via Erik Davis). A prehistory of fandom, eg the people who treated Sherlock Holmes as real
from Weird Studies/A Glitch in the Matrix
from weird naturalism
from hyperstition
  • Hm, actually very few references to the term "hyperstition" from Erik Davis, as far as I can tell. Which is weird, because it seems like exactly the kind of thing he'd be up on and talking about.
from Weird Studies/Trash Stratum
  • The Alchemy of Trash - Techgnosis | Techgnosis Erik Davis
    • Los Angeles grew into a kind of theme park of the soul, a carnival of transcendence offering esoteric sources of entertainment, transport, and commodified wonder...There is a gnawing absurdity at the heart of this mystic carnival, this tacky tinseltown of snakeoil simulacra
from Weird Studies/Lovecraft
  • PF described a category of fiction that sort of reaches out of the page and warps you, PKD being the archetype...this sounds a lot like Erik Davis theory.
from The Flip, Jeffrey Kripal
  • Kripal was academic advisor to Erik Davis , and has been on Weird Studies and some of them were in graduate school together...it's a fun crowd.
from Weird Studies/Garmonbozia
from Weird Studies/Hillman on Dreams
  • This episode was kind of meh, nothing very new about dreams, and the discussion of drugs was even more shallow. Leave that to the experts (like Erik Davis).

Erik Davis

30 Oct 2021 02:15 - 22 Feb 2023 10:55
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    • Erik Davis is a writer who covers the psychedelic and occult beats and related weird subcultures.
      • His most recent book High Weirdness has quite a bit to say about agency, albeit indirectly
    • From Techngnosis:

      • the modern West never really left the anthropological matrix. Instead, it used the conceptual sleight of hand of the Great Divide to deny the ever-present reality of hybrids, those “subject/objects” that straddle the boundaries between nature and culture, agency and raw material. " (p 16, commenting on Bruno Latour's We Have Never Been Modern)
    • Monopoly Monsters

      • a suit against Southern Pacific brought by the California county of Santa Clara was argued before the Supreme Court. The case became the occasion for a legal imbroglio that resulted in the stunning and epochal doctrine of “corporate personhood”: the notion that “artificial persons” like corporations should, like flesh and blood citizens, be covered by the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Like Victor Frankenstein with his monster, the court had brought animism and agency to something that no-one had ever considered alive before. A new kind of entity was conjured onto the world stage: the corporate person, an egregore of enterprise, a golem of capital, technology, and law.
      • But I think there is something else going on as well, something that has less to do with demonizing people or positions than with trying to wrap the weird old prophetic imagination around distinctly inhuman features of modern economic reality.
      • one of the purposes of the cepholopod allegory in the first place is to imaginatively blend human agency (and responsibility) with a colossal and nohuman network of economic and technological powers, operations, and connections.