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)

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)

Reality itself is becoming paranoiac (Hyperstition)

As an additional footnote of sorts to Ccru’s ‘Who’s Pulling YOur Strings?’, this from Zizek…(well he might be a decadent western intellectual ;-), but he has one or two things to say pertinent to hyperstition): ‘… [w]hen we are confronted with conspiracy theories, we should proceed in a strict homology to the proper reading of … More Reality itself is becoming paranoiac (Hyperstition)