Philip K. Dick
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“Philip K. Dick, in one of his last novels, _Valis_ discusses the long hibernation of the Logos. A creature of pure information, it was buried int he ground at Nag Hammadi, along with the burying of the Chenoboskion Library circa 370 A.D. As static information, it existed there until 1947, when the texts were translated and read. As soon as people had the information in their minds, the symbiote came alive, for, like the mushroom consciousness, Dick imagined it to be a thing of pure information. The mushroom consciousness is the consciousness of the Other in hyperspace, which means in dream and in the psilocybin trance, at the quantum foundation of being, in the human future, and after death. All of these places that were thought to be discrete and seperate are seen to be part of a single continuum. History is the dash over ten to fifteen thousand years from nomadism to flying saucer, hopefully without ripping the envelope of the planet so badly that the birth is aborted and fails, and we remain brutish prisoners of matter.”
– Terence McKenna – _Archaic Revival_
Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment. Philip K. Dick (1928-82), U.S. science fiction writer. A Scanner Darkly, “Author’s Note” (1977).
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. Philip K. Dick (1928-82), U.S. science fiction writer. I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon, Introduction, “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later” (1986).
Within the armor is the butterfly and within the butterfly is the signal from another star. – Philip K. Dick
…the noosphere…no longer served as a mere passive repository of human information (the “Seas of Knowledge” which ancient Sumer believed in) but, due to the incredible surge of charge from our electronic signals and information-rich material therein, we have given it power to cross a vast threshold; we have, so to speak, resurrected what Philo and other ancients called the Logos. Information has, then, become alive…”
– Philip K. Dick – _Man, Android & Machine_
Like Thomas Pynchon, Dick was obsessed with the second law of thermodynamics, and he coined words like kipple and gubble to denotes the corrosive power of entropy and its ability to render form into formlessness. Along with Norbert Wiener, Dick viewed entropy metaphysically, casting it in some tales as evil incarnate or as the sign of some cosmic Fall. In contrast to this, Dick later came to laud the positive and “negentropic” (or anti-entropic) power of VALIS’s restorative information. This makes good human sense: as finite, far-from-equilibrium organisms, we are whirlpools of order and information whipped together for a time against the steady downstream drift of entropy.
– Erik Davis – _Philp K. Dick’s Divine Interference_
“..He saw outside him the pattern, the print, of his own brain; he was within a world made up of his brain, with living information carried here and there like little rivers of shining red that were alive. He could reach out, therefore, and touch his own thoughts in their original nature, before they became thoughts. The room was filled with their fire, and immense spaces streched out, the volume of his own brain external to him…That which was below, his own brain, the micrososm, had become the macrocosm, and inside him as microcosm now, he contained the macrocosm, which is to say, what is above. I now occupy the entire universe, Emmanuel realized; I am now everywhere equally.”
— Philip K Dick : From _The Divine Invasion_
PKD had a twin sister, Jane, that died a few weeks after birth. This event affected him greatly for the rest of his life.
Born in Chicago, 1928.
(b. 1928; d. 1982) The spiritual godfather of cyberpunk science fiction,Philip K. Dick wrote more
than 40 novels and dozens of short stories that envisioned alternateworlds.
Dick’s ’60s work involved increasingly fantastic scenarios of looped time, nested hallucinations, unreliable memory, and paranoid despair. In 1974 the burned-out author experienced a revelatory “divine invasion” sent courtesy of a Vast Active Living Intelligence System, or _VALIS_. Dick’s novels _The Divine Invasions_(1981), _VALIS_ (1981), and _The Transmigration of Timothy Archer_ (1982) represent his subsequent attempts to reconcile radical ontological doubt with ethics based on human empathy.
Nicole Panter met another friend, famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, when she photographed him for a _Slash_ interview. “My friendship with Phil was based on our shared neuroses and fascination with pharmaceuticals… and depression. It was a good friendship. A lot of people, guys especially, would just go down there and hang on his every word. I was _special_ by virtue of the fact that I hadn’t read his stuff.. After he died, I knew him so well by that time that I couldn’t bear to read it because it would have broken my heart.”
Nicole Panter can be seen in the film _The Decline Of Western Civilization_ (vhs/ntsc)(1980) directed by Penelope Spheeris. She is the manager of The Germs. Her father was the inventor of the Philadelphia Cheesesteak.
The artist, Aristotle says, imitates Nature. The trickster, practical joker and counterfeiter also imitate Nature, if you think about it. Certain insects imitate Nature so successfully that they become invisible, except to those who look at all things with suspicious eyes; and Philip K. Dick has memorably suggested that we may share space-time with “Zebra,” a hypothetical gaian intelligence that we can’t see because it disguises itself as the whole environment.
- _A Scanner Darkly_
- track _A Scanner Darkly_ MP3 (256k) by Primal Scream off of _Evil Heat_ (2002)
- _Flow My Tears The Policeman Said_
- _Ganymede Takeover_
- _Minority Report_
- film _Minority Report_ directed by Steve Spielberg
- track _Crimes Of The Future_ MP3 (vK) by William Orbit off of _Strangecargohinterland_ CD on N-Gram Recordings (1995)
- _A Maze Of Death_
- _Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?_ /(txt 352kb) – the story that spawned the film _Blade Runner_
- film _Total Recall_ (vhs/ntsc) was based on the short story _We Can Remember It For You Wholesale_