When we think of technology we think of computers, we think of phones, tablets, things like that. But there are other things that are classified as technology that we might not really consider.
We ask author and researcher Ryan D. Gable to break down the title of his book, The Technological Elixir: Invoking Artificial Intelligence & Understanding the Arcana of Mysticism.
Radio Wasteland: The Technological Elixir: Invoking Artificial Intelligence & Understanding the Arcana of Mysticism, You know, I think a great way to start here is maybe to have you break down what that title means.
Ryan D Gable: There’s a lot of information in that title alone. And I tried to create one that was suitable for the material in the book. It starts out in the first couple of chapters of talking about philosophy and technology and things that relate to more spiritual elements, if you will, not taking a specific stance on a viewpoint or a belief system. And from there, looking at basically the human soul and the human spirit, what makes us and expanding on that into the proliferation of technology in general, various forms of technology. We think of computers, we think of phones, tablets, things like that. But there are other things that are classified as technology that we might not really consider. And so I try to break the black and white polarization between what we consider to be technology for those people who don’t like technology yet utilize it anyway. And for those who are staunch supporters of technology and love every piece of technology and don’t consider the ramifications of some of those negative elements of technology.
So in trying to provide a balanced approach like that, we go into various key elements of technological development, like artificial intelligence from artificial intelligence. The book starts to move into a more metaphysical realm in a more occult realm, occult meaning hidden. And we start to utilize symbolism, anthropology, theology, even sociology to a degree to analyze the entertainment industry as a whole and the promotion of technology through the entertainment industry, through popular music and things like that.
Ryan D Gable: And then the book becomes almost paranormal as it takes us from the entertainment industry into a little bit of demonology. Ufology and this stuff called black goo, which you can find all throughout movies, television, music, videos. What I would call a poss. force. Some people say black goo is a physical substance like an oil. Other people say it’s merely a metaphor for whatever it is. I’ve just documented the noticeable observations of black goo in the book as it relates to technology, almost as a called A Possessive Force. But almost as a form of living material.
I’ve talked to some people who claim that it’s like a living creature, almost this black goo substance. And when you’re thinking black goo, it’s literally like a black oil. You see this constantly in movies and TV. If you pay attention, it’s everywhere. Kid shows, you know, music videos, it’s all over the place. One of the biggest examples is probably the commercial for Lady Gaga’s perfume called fame. The entire thing is about black goo. So we look at that. And then the book concludes with a section on Ufology and the opening of portals looking into Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, JPL and some stuff like that.
So it really covers a wide range of subjects, all under that title of the technological elixir, which basically means the elixir of life and people that believe that technology could be used to extend life and death.