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Seminar: Postmodernity, Nihilism, Trans/Post-Humanism, Digitality/Singularity…

July 15 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

WE’RE AT EASTBURN THIS WEEK!

Seminar: Postmodernity, Nihilism, Trans/Post-Humanism, Philosophy of Horror, Digitality/Singularity, Speculative Realism, etc., hosted by Richard Pope

Reading assignment:

Eugene Thacker’s, “In the Dust of This Planet.”

Chapter 2, “Six Lectio on Occult Philosophy,” preamble and lectios 1, 2 and 3. If you have a hard copy or .pdf, it’s pages 49 – 73.

It looks like the entire .pdf can be read at the below link.
http://marul.ffst.hr/~bwillems/fymob/thackernotes.pdf

Group Description:

Oh, Humanity. You wonderful, foolish, magnificent, pathetic tragicomic actor, part ape, part angel, artist strung out on her own genius …

What will become of you? Your technologies have become strange even to the hands of their makers. Your philosophers are drunk and delusional as they carelessly crack open the door of Truth’s inhospitable rooms. Your civilizations becomes unwieldy and Titanic, with many an unknown iceberg awaiting in the cold arctic waters of the void. Your very natures are in doubt just as much as they are under the constant duress of nootropic chemical evolutions, quantified re-imaginings, digital rituals, Einsteinian/Quantum-weirdness events …

Welcome to post-post-post-(ad nauseum)-modernity in the shadow of the singularity and within the light of infinity as we sickened, hairless apes manufacture and recycle our own apotheosis on a daily basis, with last week’s churn lying discarded in the trash bin next to Shakespeare, Cicero, and Heraclitus, along with the rest of post-capitalism’s manufactured obsolescence, vis-à-vis unending simulations and hyperrealities …

… and such a description could go on, and will go on, but proceeds from here rather with the companionship of others such as yourself, minds who wish to meet, discuss, rant about, and debate texts and ideas, dreams and musings, visions and falsities, as we seek just a better understanding of the unique times we find ourselves thrown within, unwitting actors in a numberless act …

Readings will likely be between 20-50 pages per week, depending on the difficulty of the text and its “discussion potential.”

Upcoming readings / topics:
Nihil Unbound, Ray Brassier,
After Life, Eugene Thacker
An Epistemology of Noise, Cecile Malaspina
The Will to Power, Friedrich Nietzsche
The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil
… and essays, articles, blog posts, and maybe even some fiction, as appropriate

Prior readings / topics:
In this beginning lies near incomprehensible openness …

Venue

The Eastburn Public House
1800 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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