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Episode 44: Erik Davis on High Weirdness

We’re back with the season debut of The Art of Humanity!

We’ve got a brand new season that focuses on empowering the next paradigm of consciousness.

Today’s guest is someone who aligns with my mission for Embodiment and New Thought: Erik Davis.

Erik is an American writer, scholar, journalist and public speaker whose writings have ranged from rock criticism to cultural analysis to creative explorations of esoteric mysticism. He is perhaps best known for his book Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information, as well as his work on California counterculture, including Burning Man, the human potential movement, and the writings of Philip K. Dick.

His book Techgnosis looks at technology in a different way. He argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. Erik uncovers startling connections between such seemingly disparate topics as electricity and alchemy; online roleplaying games and religious and occult practices; virtual reality and gnostic mythology; programming languages and Kabbalah.

“People feel the need to be certain about why they’re going down the rabbit hole they’re going down. But if you keep your intellect engaged, for me it’s part temperamental, you keep that critical mind going…I think I’m somebody who’s naturally interested in too many things and maybe at times, I have to profoundly commit.”

In this interview, Erik and I discuss:

  • How his background as a stoner, seeker and intellect has fueled his work in the world
  • Why reality is multiple. Why it’s not  what “reality tunnel” you choose to go down
  • The tension between academia and spirituality

We also discuss:

  • Why the greatest teacher of all is your own life
  • Why embodiment can be achieved through uncertainty and ideas

Here is a photo of Erik and I at Golden Gate Park:

 

SHOW NOTES:

Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information

High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica and Visionary Experience in the Seventies 

Nomad Codes

Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson

William Blake

Expanding Mind (Erik’s podcast)

* The links to the books above are Amazon Affiliate/Influencer links.

 

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