“Dark Mirrors, Hidden Angels and an Algorithmic Prayer-Wheel” – John GRAY

For some advanced thinkers, violence is a type of backwardness. In the more modern parts of the world, they tell us, war has practically disappeared. A litter of semi-failed states, lacking the benefits of modern institutions and modern ideas, the developing world may still be wracked by every kind of conflict – ethnic, tribal and… Continue lendo “Dark Mirrors, Hidden Angels and an Algorithmic Prayer-Wheel” – John GRAY


“Human Redundancy and the Cyborg Economy” – John GRAY

The pioneers of modern robotics, Norbert Wiener and John von Neumann, were both involved in the Manhattan Project which produced the atomic bomb. Wiener is recognized as having originated cybernetics, while Neumann is acknowledged to be the principal progenitor of the mathematical theory of games. They were fully aware that the sciences they were developing… Continue lendo “Human Redundancy and the Cyborg Economy” – John GRAY

“The Faith of Puppets” – John GRAY

Going far back into the ancient world, recurring in cultures widely separated in space and time, surfacing in religion, philosophy and the occult, exercising a powerful influence in modern science and politics, Gnosticism has coexisted and competed with, secreted itself within and hidden itself from many other ways of thinking. There have been Gnostic strands… Continue lendo “The Faith of Puppets” – John GRAY

“The Revelation of Philip K. Dick” – John GRAY

It would be hard to find a more striking statement of a Gnostic world-view than this: Behind the counterfeit universe lies God … It is not a man who is estranged from God; it is God who is estranged from God. He evidently willed it this way at the beginning, and has never since sought… Continue lendo “The Revelation of Philip K. Dick” – John GRAY

“The freedom of the marionette” – John GRAY

A puppet may seem the embodiment of a lack of freedom. Whether moved by a hidden hand or pulled about by strings, a puppet has no will of its own. All of its movements are directed by the will of another – a human being who has decided what the puppet will do. Entirely controlled… Continue lendo “The freedom of the marionette” – John GRAY

“Roof gardens, feathers and human sacrifice” – John GRAY

‘Our Lord, the lord of the near, of the nigh, is made to laugh. He is arbitrary, he is capricious, he mocketh … He is placing us in the palm of his hand; he is making us round. We roll; we become as pellets. He is casting us from side to side. We make him… Continue lendo “Roof gardens, feathers and human sacrifice” – John GRAY