Vincent Callebaut Architectures

August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Vincent Callebaut Architectures is designing entirely new spiritual spaces. Many of his recent designs are buildings that function as eco-technology. They integrate with the multiple environments that overlap in our cities: human, mechanical and Gaian.

Megalith Genesis

March 7, 2009 / 0 comments

This video, which was sent to me by Alberto Duarte of City College, CUNY – depicts the genesis of a new life form following the interaction of nature and a megalithic structure. Venetian Snares – Szamar Madar from David OReilly on Vimeo.

Spiritual Rights

January 17, 2009 / 0 comments

It’s time to develop a reasoned argument for the rights of spirituality. This is free-writing in this post, a list of ideas: * Spirituality is a right. * In the mode of historical pursuits of social justice struggle a new cafeteria-style liberation theology must be written. * All states of consciousness, even those which do…

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Erik Davis at Palais de Tokyo

July 6, 2008 / 0 comments

Interview with Davis during Loris Gréaud’s Cellar Door installation.

Spiritual Robots

May 19, 2008 / 0 comments

Reading Spiritual robots: Religion and our scientific view of the natural world by Robert M. Geraci

Floris Kaayk: Metalosis Maligna

January 17, 2008 / 0 comments

Notes: The visual idea and the sacred self.

December 15, 2007 / 0 comments

Great way to phrase this, could be done without calling cuneiform chicken scratch, but… “The chicken scratch of Sumerian bureaucrats had blossomed into an oracular delivery mechanism for the Word of God, one powerful enough to trigger the speck of essence within — and to prove that humble infotech may, in time, boot up the…

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Notes: David Porush

December 15, 2007 / 0 comments

“Every time culture succeeds in revolutionizing its cybernetic technologies, in massively widening the bandwidth of its thought-tech, it invites the creation of new gods.” quoted by Erik Davis in Techgnosis, pg 37 The full paragraph: “How do we reconcile the rationalism of utopian vision with the obvious irrationalism of postmodernism generally, and of cyberpunk/cyberfiction in…

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Glimmung: Gyroscope, Teenage Girl & Ocean

September 14, 2007 / 0 comments

I had the great pleasure of reading Phil Dick’s Galactic Pot-Healer (1969) last week. I’m now about to finish The Unteleported Man (1966). Pot-Healer is an extraordinary story of a divine life form from another world (yes, it’s Dick, you probably could have assumed that much) who recruits artisans, scientists and engineers from all over…

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“superhuman” or “fancy puppets”

July 29, 2007 / 0 comments

At the Humanoid Robotics Group at M.I.T., a robot’s “humanoid” qualities can include fallibility and whininess as much as physical traits like head, arms and torso. This is where our cultural images of robots as superhumans run headlong into the reality of motors, actuators and cold computer code. the article…

Data Storage

July 28, 2007 / 0 comments

How much storage do you have on you right now?

Expanding the Uncanny Valley

July 20, 2007 / 0 comments

In 2005, Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori issued a brief article, On Uncanny Valley, which proposes an amendment to his original graph of familiarity vs. appearance (human likeness). He adds “something more attractive and amiable than human beings in the further right-hand side of the valley.” I’ve created this figure as a sketch of this expanded…

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Mapping the Temples of Cyborgism

July 5, 2007 / 0 comments

I’ve been working on completing a paper I began in Jenna Tiitsman’s Cinema and Religion course at Hunter College which explores the numinous potential of replicants in Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner. Cyborgs challenge the praxis that has traditionally divided human and machine (and companion/slave, animal/food, creator/creation, etc.). In doing so, they threaten to disrupt…

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June 16, 2007 / 0 comments