Just realized I had neglected to post about these articles on my site. Whoops!
They’re a little older, but but here they are.
Witchpunk: The Sub-Genre We Need
“As put by Gibson when he wrote Burning Chrome “…the street finds its own uses for things”. So why limit this to technology? What about tech of a different kind? Not the steel and plastic technology of the everyday, but the techniques and methodologies of preternatural and mystical practices? Of high mysteries and esoteric knowledge?”
Socrates’ Daemon and Ancient Oracles
“Of particular interest is that he makes reference to a ‘daemon’ being inside of himself, and such daemons being inside of every human. Aurelius, in line with Stoic thought, believed all of humanity to be intrinsically rational — or perhaps more accurately, latently rational — yet simultaneously ignorant. He attributed this ignorance to their ‘evil’ actions and behaviors. The “faculty” that was intrinsic if latent inside of humans is called by Aurelius the ‘daemon’.”
Nightmare Fuel, A Conspiracy Crisis
“Once you’ve weaponized insanity, you kick out the legs of people’s grasp on reality. Nobody is sure anymore whether they are ill or being attacked. Genuine insanity is getting reaffirmed, actualized, even actively funded, while the most sane and sober are paralyzed by self-doubt. The implications of a world with these sorts of technologies being used are far-reaching, and the damage it will do to people’s sense of security in the world, of their perceptions, is likely to cause unintended side-effects.”