Fearing is believing (Hyperstition)

Ian Softley’s The Skeleton Key is about Hoodoo. Although in some ways similar to Voodoo, Hoodoo is Central rather than West African in origin. The American Blues is often linked with Voodoo, but it probably has more connections with Hoodoo. Hoodoo practicioners are explicitly referred to as twin entities – “two-headed doctors,” “two-head women,” and … More Fearing is believing (Hyperstition)

I met a man who wasn’t there: the ethics of Ashbless (Hyperstition)

‘Templeton sits immobile in his attic room, immersed in the deceptively erratic ticking of his old nautical clock, lost in meditation upon JC Chapman’s hermetic engraving. It now seems that this complex image, long accepted as a portrait of Kant, constitutes a disturbing monogram of his own chronological predicament. As if in mockery of stable … More I met a man who wasn’t there: the ethics of Ashbless (Hyperstition)


‘Hell is a city much like London’ – Shelley ‘Flesh is easy to shape.’ – ‘Clay Man’, Swans Step into Tate Britain at the moment and you find yourself in Anthony Caro’s Hell. The Last Judgement is part of the sculptor’s final, and surely most accomplished, phase of production. Caro’s early work was figurative – … More MONKEYS AND ORGAN GRINDERS: CARO’S HELL (Hyperstition)


‘Levi-Strauss says he was most influenced by Freud and Marx – and geology….’ – Anthony Wilden, System and Structure: Essays in Communication and Exchange While it’s not quite true that esoterism is opposed to hyperstitional practice, it remains the case that the esoteric at best awaits a hyperstitional carrier and at worst is actually inhibitive … More MEGALITHIC ASTROPUNK (Hyperstition)


Highly stimulating paper presented by John Collins tonight at Roehampton University. John was reformulating a distinction made by Chomsky between problems – which are, at least in principle, amenable to human solution – and mysteries, which are of their very nature insoluble, at least insofar as humans are concerned. As John conceded in the discussion … More PROBLEMS AND MYSTERIES (Hyperstition)


Simon’s response to the Surfascism piece is so interesting and if I may say so, so uh symptomatic that I think needs to be addressed point for point. — Isn’t fascism precisely the alliance of atavism/abjection and cold rationality? Atavism on its own might produce a pogrom, or an isolated Travis Bickle type paranoid schizo, … More BLISSBLOG, SURFASCISM AND COLD RATIONALISM (Hyperstition)

SURFASCISM (Hyperstition)

‘Sacred Sociology: A French Approach to the Religious Dimension of Fascism’, Carlo Ginzburg, Leo Baeck Institute, London December 7 2004 Carlo Ginzburg’s ‘microhistories’ of belief-contagion (and of withcraft in particular) make him an enormous resource for students of hyperstition. The subject of Ginzburg’s lecture on Tuesday, held in the vaguely sinister atmosphere of the Leo … More SURFASCISM (Hyperstition)

Existenzialism and Inhumanism (Hyperstition)

Pikul: I don’t want to be here. We’re stumbling around in the unformed world, not knowing what the rules are, or if there are any rules. We’re under attack from forces that want to destroy us but that we don’t understand.’ Watching Cronenberg’s Existenz while teaching existentialism recently, I found myself finally persuaded of the … More Existenzialism and Inhumanism (Hyperstition)