Librarian of Alexandria


In the mode, perhaps, of Stewart Brand stating that we are as gods and might as well get good at it, we are building our own spirit world, summoning the mysterium tremendum as the condition we want to live in. The spirit world as big and scary thing, the inhuman continuum in which we operate. Lots of people view the spectre of non-biological intelligence as the Devil. Everyone from Elon Musk to Stephen Hawking is trembling at its prospect. But the Devil is a story. A fiction. No more than a made-up name for a thing that is inside us, just as the "angels" Aleister Crowley conversed with bore his secret true name for elements of his own subconscious. No more than code.

—Warren Ellis