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Myth-science as residual culture and magical thinking

  • Simon O’Sullivan
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In two recent essays I have sketched out an idea of myth-science as a ‘fictioning’ of reality (with its concomitant calling forth of new subjectivities adequate and appropriate to this) and as a kind of libidinal engineering (involving the construction, following Félix Guattari and Jacques Lacan, of new and different ‘patheme-matheme’ assemblages).1 In the first of these essays (O’Sullivan, 2017a) I offered up my definition in contra-distinction to ‘hyperstition’ (as defined by the Centre for Cybernetic Research Unit, 2015); in the second (O’Sullivan, 2015) against an overly rational Prometheanism (especially in its renewed ‘accelerationist’ form).2Here, I want to develop my idea of myth-science in relation to how the past, and especially previous modes of existence, might be utilised as a resource against the impasses of the present (and the production of an increasingly homgenised subject that is attendant on this). This is not from any nostalgic desire to return to an idealized...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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