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Neoreaction a Basilisk By Philip Sandifer,

  • Title: Neoreaction a Basilisk
  • Author: Philip Sandifer
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 326
  • Format: ebook
  • On the ugly fringes of the Internet lurks the future of far right jerks They are called neoreactionaries or, fancifully, the Dark Enlightenment, a term coined by Nick Land, an expatriate British exacademic philosopher cyberpunk horror writer whose unexpected turn towards far right politics electrified a bunch of people on Reddit He was inspired by the works of MOn the ugly fringes of the Internet lurks the future of far right jerks They are called neoreactionaries or, fancifully, the Dark Enlightenment, a term coined by Nick Land, an expatriate British exacademic philosopher cyberpunk horror writer whose unexpected turn towards far right politics electrified a bunch of people on Reddit He was inspired by the works of Mencius Moldbug, a pseudonymous blogger famed for calling for Steve Jobs to be made king of California and tasked with maximizing profit for the state, and also for claiming that black people make good slaves Moldbug is usually known as Curtis Yarvin, a Bay Area software engineer who got his start as a writer in the comment section of Overcoming Bias, a transhumanist blog featuring, among others, the work of Eliezer Yudkowsky, a crank AI scholar who thinks preventing his ideas for sci fi novels from becoming reality is important than preventing malaria, and who freaked out once when a computer program from the future threatened to hurt him The confluence of these facts may or may not be the doom of humanity And just wait til we work in Thomas Ligotti, Alan Turing, William Blake, Frantz Fanon, China Mi ville, and Hannibal Lecter.Neoreaction a Basilisk is a work of theoretical philosophy about the tentacled computer gods at the end of the universe It is a horror novel written in the form of a lengthy Internet comment A savage journey to the heart of the present eschaton A Dear John letter to western civilization written from the garden of madman philosophers A textual labyrinth winding towards a monster that I promise will not turn out to be ourselves all along or any crap like that.
    Neoreaction a Basilisk On the ugly fringes of the Internet lurks the future of far right jerks They are called neoreactionaries or fancifully the Dark Enlightenment a term coined by Nick Land an expatriate British exaca

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    1. Sandifer s counterblast against three alt right thinkers as curious as they are dispiriting Nick Land, Mencius Moldbug and Eliezer Yudkowsky Now, you might notice that none of those names is especially famous, and as such it s debatable whether there was really any need for a horror novel written in the form of a lengthy Internet comment taking them down Indeed, perhaps the only things crazier than refuting these nutjobs at this length are, in order 1 Being one of said nutjobs.2 Being a disciple [...]

    2. Note This is a short review, and thus is by no means exhaustive If I write a full review, I shall update this.As usual, I wanted to like this book and indeed there were parts that I found either genuinely enjoyable or brilliant but overall I found myself 347 pages later back where I started, agnostic about Moldbug, Yudkowsky, and Land MYL I will split this review into two sections content and style.ContentThe eponymous essay provided numerous interesting accounts of MYL and how they fit together [...]

    3. Review is of the Kickstarter edition from last year This version has MORE content and has been through an additional round of edits, so it s probably even better Let s start by admitting I m out of my depth here According to the Kickstarter that funded this book, Neoreaction a Basilisk is a work of theoretical philosophy about the tentacled computer gods at the end of the universe To say I am under qualified to talk about this book would be somewhat of an understatement On the other hand, the KS [...]

    4. Since the book is now available to buy in full version i.e with additional essays , I m expanding my review a bit.Note I read some of the essays in early versions.Neoreaction a Basilisk is an incisive and funny look at various strands of the alt right and some adjacent topics like TERFs , that at the same time asks questions about the strategies the left should adopt in the face of reactionary backlash and the spectre of the climate change caused crisis or possibly extinction.The main essay is a [...]

    5. An overview of the creepy and insurgent Neoreaction movement, through an analysis of, according to the author, its three largest influences British philosopher Nick Land, online essayist Mencius Moldbug and, surprisingly, technologist and ultra rationalist Eliezer Yudkowsky It is a rollicking argument that jumps from AI researchers to white supremacists to horror writers to William Blake It helps connect the dots between techno futurism and anti democracy advocacy, between Satan myths and racism [...]

    6. This was a fairly strange book, if mostly because Sandifer goes off on long explorations of how his three subjects Elizier Yudkowsky, Curtis Yarvin and Nick Land relate to the T.V show Hannibal and William Blake s epic poems, neither of which I am experienced with Other parts were funny and intriguing, and it was certainly worth my 3.34 pro rated Not recommended if you didn t recognize any of the three neo reactionaries mentioned earlier.

    7. It has several interesting and clever bits but mostly I just feel annoyed that I helped Kickstart this I feel like the best audience for this book is very small and does not include me.

    8. It says something about the state of play that the best book length treatment of the altright qua altright that I have yet found was published online and written by a man best known for blogging endlessly about the television shows Dr Who and Hannibal But here we are Sandifer, a prolific blogger who operates in the space between nerd culture, Marxism, critical theory, and the occult, dives deep and wanders far The bulk of the book is his grapple with the neoreactionaries or dark enlightenment Pe [...]

    9. Particularly, I was disappointed, not so much because the book was bad, but maybe because my expectations were higher I didn t really liked the writing style It made it difficult to read as the ideas in the sentences were often cut in the middle to make room for a myriad of examples that don t really serve to expand on the understanding of the situation, but rather makes it much harder to follow any train of though in the book I was also expecting that the book would elaborate on its title It m [...]

    10. A fascinating look at neoreactionary thought from the alt right to GamerGate and TERFs Sandifer shrewdly points out the empathy gap as the chief failing of neoreaction and darkly concludes that it s unempathic idiots all the way down.What can one expect from the opening words Let us assume that we are fucked.

    11. This is a very compelling book, though it comes across as unbalanced at times The author s writing style seems partly to blame, as this book needs a better editor, but I would also say that the abstruseness and illogicality of the ideas which he is trying to make light of have something to do with it This text is genuinely funny in some parts, but the author s joviality is not as pronounced in later chapters as it is in earlier chapters The people that he lampoons are partly responsible whether [...]

    12. A witty, readable and enjoyable polemic against the current flowering of nihilistic, reactionary thought Despite an overall arch and grim tone, Sandifer manages to be at times quite thoughtful and hopeful.

    13. Don t ask me about philosophy, I know nothing and can t analyze this book In fact, I ll give you a real subjective review straight from the margins of Sandifer s audience I enjoyed his writing and the subject matter interested me If you like delving into strange online subcultures , this may be your shit Plenty of WILD material with an entertaining tone I dug it, but the Blake wasn t relevant to my interests so much I just read to know what was up with these rationalists I see so much online I d [...]

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