Category Archives: Weird Studies

What Face-Punching and the Star Wars Holiday Special Can Teach Us About Consciousness

I’ve been writing a lot about “cognitive liberty” without exactly saying what it is. At the end of my last post, I defined it as “the right of people to do whatever they like with their own consciousness and to resist … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Cognitive liberty, Drugs, Weird Studies

CFP: Music and the Occult

I have been writing about magic a whole lot lately, and suddenly I feel like I’m seeing a whole lot of CFPs (calls for papers/proposals) on magical themes. Maybe there’s something magical in the air? Are academics finally getting hip … Continue reading

Posted in Magic, Musicology, Research, Weird Studies

You dig? (some thoughts on participation)

In my next-to-last post, I ended up putting a certain amount of emphasis on the way blogging opens up a space for the writer to develop an individual voice — indeed, this is the reason the unique freedom of the … Continue reading

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A revival of weird thinking

  About a year ago, I started writing a series of posts I called “The Cold War Never Ended.” (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). The title was a riff on Philip K. Dick’s line, “the Empire never … Continue reading

Posted in Magic, Philosophy, Weird Studies

Gnosis

Here is yet another in an ever-lengthening sequence of posts on magic. Here are the previous installments: one, two, three, four, five, six. I’m almost done with this series, whose final post impends. Next time, I will loop this long, … Continue reading

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Xenorationality

In the last couple of months,* I have been trying to show that magic — or, as one musicological friend put it, “speculative metaphysics and prima facie bonkers-seeming ideas” —  is maybe not quite as bonkers as it might first … Continue reading

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An essay in daimonic musicology

I want to pick up my post on demons, which I wrote back in August, when we were all so young and innocent. (This is the fifth part of a series; the earlier installments are here, here, here, and here.) … Continue reading

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