Culture Hacking (rough draft)
20-07-06 Mr X
Posted by agent139
Selections of the following document have been published in part in a variety of locations, including Disinfo’s , the quarterly, Konton Magazine, TOPY broadcast #10, and the upcoming Immanion Press anthology Magick on the Edge. However I haven’t presented them together before, because they are a work in project. The present draft is mainly being ‘leaked’ for feedback, and because this project wasn’t undertaken with financial profit as a goal.
They form an in-progress, personal study of consciousness and culture, biased as all such literary explorations are by personal experience, and what is likely a myopic view of history and biology. Even with decades of study we have to specialize our research, and a truly top-down view of these expansive subjects is impossible.
All of what follows is conjecture based on an ongoing analysis of my personal experience over the course of more than a decade. However, it is not based on statistical data pulled from a considerable sample group, and so it is expressly a philosophical rather than anthropological inquiry, even if the topics dealt with often relate to culture and the human condition. In other words, your mileage may vary.
Despite this, and despite the fact that in many fundamental ways we are each unique, there are also existential truths that we all share, and which can be rooted out by any individual willing to take on the arduous and ongoing task of living in ambiguity, always questioning the conclusions we draw from our personal experience.
It is our general commonality that in my mind legitimizes this work, as useful if not true– I could be unique enough that these theories in fact only bear relevance to my personal experience, however I highly doubt it. The discoveries we make may never be universally applicable, but they nevertheless enrich the lives of those that take them in – still more those who overcome these discoveries.
All of this is true of what you’ll read in most other books, but I’ll be upfront about it. If nothing else the following is the result of many years of genuine exploration. I hope you find it useful.