The book that launched the virtual reality debate back in 1986 is back in print - with four additional appendices.
It raises the question: Which is most fundamental - matter, energy or information? Are we living in a virtual, information-based reality? Or are we simply bound to believe that we are?
Independence, randomness and irrelevance are basic qualities expected of material reality, but costly attributes in a virtual reality where connectedness would be the expected norm – suggesting a magical universe where divination and action at a distance are to be expected. Do traditional notions of angels, gods, other dimensions and spiritual worlds, assume new significance in a virtual reality?
Ramsey Dukes takes you on a voyage of discovery and nothing will ever be the same. Everything will, however, be different
|Publisher:||The Mouse That Spins|
|Edition description:||2nd Revised ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
Educated at Clifton College, Bristol, where his interest in alchemy and science history was fired by access to the EJ Holmyard collection, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he studied the extensive works of Aleister Crowley an he took a Diploma in Education and taught at Eton College and later at The New Waldorf School, Kings Langley.
Subsequent work includes aircraft stressman, technical author and freelance ghost writer for the ICT sector.
Other associations include membership of the London Magic Circle, the Caliphate OTO, the IoT and other occult groups and in 1977 he performed the Abramelin retirement. Ramsey Dukes has a popular YouTube channel featuring short discussions on magic and related topics.
Table of Contents
Preface to the German edition iv
Preface to the first edition vii
How to read this x
The Minister for Technology and the Pope - 1 1
1 Introduction 4
The Minister for Technology and the Pope - 2 10
2 The threat of artificial intelligence 15
The Minister for Technology and the Pope - 3 26
3 In defence of artificial intelligence 36
The Minister for Technology and the Pope - 4 48
4 The purpose of the story 54
5 Johnstone’s paradox 59
6 Exploring the paradox 68
7 Johnstone’s paradox and creativity 77
8 Johnstone’s paradox and religion 88
9 Johnstone’s paradox and science 99
10Johnstone’s paradox and magic 107
11Johnstone’s paradox and society 125
12Johnstone’s paradox and us 138
13 Armageddon - a case study 147
14 Conclusion 155
Appendix A - New age re-run of Words Made Flesh 163
Appendix B - On reading “Shadows of Mind” 175
Appendix C - The Magician and the High Priest 190
Appendix D - The Real Story of the Cathars 199