Magic, science, religion / by Ira Livingston.

"Magic, Science, Religion explores surprising intersections among the three meaning-making and world-making practices named in the title. Through colorful examples, the book reveals circuitous ways that social, cultural and natural systems connect, enabling real kinds of magic to operate. Among...

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Main Author: Livingston, Ira, 1956- (Author)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Leiden : Boston : Brill ; Rodopi, [2018]
Series:Experimental practices: technoscience, literature, art, philosophy ; Volume 2
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Table of Contents:
  • Intro
  • Magic Science Religion
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • About this Book
  • 1 Introduction
  • 1 All or Nothing?
  • 2 Kindness
  • ASIDE: The Two-Million-Dollar Comma
  • ASIDE: Sufficiently Magical Technologies
  • ASIDE: Our Gods
  • 3 Cruelty
  • ASIDE: Ghostly Causality
  • ASIDE: Durable Cruelties
  • 4 Beginning, Again
  • ASIDE: Chaos Invoked
  • 5 The Freedom Not to Choose
  • ASIDE: No Atheists in Foxholes
  • ASIDE: Blake on Firm Perswasion
  • ASIDE: Metafictional Magic: The Writer's Will
  • ASIDE: Shapely Sentences
  • ASIDE: Beckett Meets Twilight Zone, Glass-Half-Full Version
  • 2 Complex Systems in a Nutshell
  • 1 Horror Movie Reboot
  • 2 Interpositivity
  • ASIDE: Interpositivity
  • 3 Becoming a System
  • 4 Creatures of Light
  • ASIDE: Transformative for Whom?
  • ASIDE: Plant Sorcery
  • 5 Tornados, Whirlpools, and Fires
  • ASIDE: iii
  • ASIDE: Co-evolution
  • 6 Leveled
  • ASIDE: On being born too early and dying too late
  • ASIDE: Up Around the Bend
  • 7 A Personifying Universe of Stretchy Things
  • 8 Dynamism
  • ASIDE: One Plus One Equals Infinity
  • 9 Magic, but No Black Boxes
  • ASIDE: The T-Shirt Version
  • 10 Wildness
  • ASIDE: Pet Resemblance via Social Theory
  • 3 Magic by Example
  • 1 Failed Magic: Modernist Heaven (and Hell)
  • 2 Placebo Magic
  • ASIDE: Pregnancy via Magic
  • ASIDE: Following the Scent
  • 3 Mirror Magic
  • 4 Biting Game
  • 5 Dog Whisperer
  • 6 Conclusion
  • 4 Future Perfect
  • 1 The Gettysburg Address as a Magical Speech Act
  • 2 Pool, Poetry, Prose, and Painting
  • ASIDE: Dr. Livingston's Magical Bank-Shot Visualizer
  • 3 Meteors, Messiahs, and Migraines
  • ASIDE: On This Rock I Build My Church
  • ASIDE: Falling Off a Log
  • 4 Magical Militarism
  • 5 Four Asides
  • ASIDE: Dr. Livingston's Time Travel 101
  • ASIDE: A Somewhat Rationalizing Account of Mystical Nonviolence.
  • ASIDE: A Somewhat Mysticizing Account of Rationalist Nonviolence
  • ASIDE: Four Scholars
  • 5 What is Religion?
  • 1 A Fuzzy Set
  • 2 Magic, Science, and Religion Coevolve
  • 3 Restoring the Chaos
  • 4 Rain Dance
  • ASIDE: From Flow
  • 5 Providence, via Vico
  • ASIDE: Systematizers Systematized
  • 6 God 3.5B (A Nearsighted Evolutionary Panorama)
  • 1 Salience to Sentience
  • 2 Primordial Systemhood Membership Narratives
  • ASIDE: Law and Order
  • 3 The Myth of the Acquisition-of-Consciousness Moment
  • 4 Use of the Terms I and We
  • 5 Cis-Systems → Trans-Systems
  • 6 First Caveat: Characters
  • 7 Plant and Animal Intelligence
  • 8 Learning and Evolution from a Systems Perspective
  • 9 Second Caveat: Plot
  • 10 Especially Informative Postinfundibular Amphioxus Hypothalamus Neuropile
  • 11 The Holy Grail
  • ASIDE: Neuro-X
  • 12 Teamlikeness
  • ASIDE: Play and Teamlikeness
  • ASIDE: Three-Ring Circuits
  • 13 Conclusion
  • 7 Blake Magic
  • 1 Famous in Heaven
  • ASIDE: No Success Like Failure
  • 2 Blake Magic
  • 3 Auguries
  • ASIDE: Prophecies
  • 4 Angel Kings
  • 5 Magic in the Current Conjuncture
  • 6 Five Asides
  • ASIDE: An Elegant Pose
  • ASIDE: Ritual Retraction
  • ASIDE: Obscurity
  • ASIDE: Butterfly Tornado
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Index.