Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Morphology, Longevity, Incept Dates

Three Degrees of Certainty II (2012) © Maskull Lasserre. Image Source: Boing Boing.

So much of the buzz around technology today stresses novelty. But the speed of the Tech Boom constantly reminds us of death, as gadgets and machines become obsolete at an ever-increasing pace. Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre grasped tech's inherent contradiction, and carved a skull out of obsolete computer manuals. (Thanks to -J.). The piece is called Three Degrees of Certainty II (2012).

The dark undertow beneath the Shiny-New-New encourages magical thinking. The rationalist Enlightenment order defined by economists crumbles and gives way to a world determined by scientists, biologists, geneticists, nanotechnologists and computer designers. But because obsolescence is hard-wired into the new system, the Millennial world constantly whirls around its own demise; and the mentality turns not to cold logic but to mysteries, spiritualism and eschatological Millennarianism. In other words, we are hurtling toward a deadly marriage between science and religion.

This paradox creates an insatiable Millennial appetite for Gestalt thinking. Databanks of information suddenly available to the mass global population do not inspire source-checking and modest conclusions, but rather give birth to wild new mythologies. Conspiracy theories thrive. Bigfoot is in danger of being captured at any minute. Celebrities die out in the open. Satanism reaches prime time. Shadowy Illuminati escape arrest and exposure. The dead walk. Birds fall from the sky and fish wash up on beaches. UFOs swoop over sleeping suburbs and mountaintops. Noises deep underground rock small towns. And Apocalypses and Armageddon loom.

Image Source: Boing Boing.
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1 comment:

  1. "we are hurtling toward a deadly marriage between science and religion" <-- The United States has the Public Health Service. In this era of "capitalism can do no wrong" there is little chance of expanding the mandate of PHS, but it could be expanded to include a Center for Technology Control. In some of his science fictions stories Jack Vance included a private organization, the "Institute" that took on the task of trying to make sure that humanity was not engulfed by the unwanted and destructive side-effects of science and technology. The leaders of the institute proclaimed that humans are not suited for life in a technological jungle.