I will be attending the Gnostic Counter Cultures at Rice University, March 26-28. It is truly an honor and Red King dream to participate, and as well to meet some of my favorite Truthseeker Warriors and scholars (many that have graced Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio)—such as April DeConick, Jeff Krippal, Erik Davis, John Turner, Harold Bloom, and many more!
I am inviting you to attend with me.
As the media representative, I will be closely monitoring what will be days of liberating heresy. This will also translate into these mediums:
- Live blogging.
- Live Tweeting.
- Updates on Social Media including picture and video uploads.
- Live short interviews and future deeper interviews.
And the demiurge knows what else! You can follow the conference closely with the hashtag #gcc2015 (other social media stuffy stuff on the sidebar to the right).
So please be plugged in during that period. Certainly be prepared with questions or comments, as some of the great minds of our time explain how ancient Gnosis can be connected to a modern meaning. There will be surely a lot of Philip K. Dick, science fiction, comic books, existentialism, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Here is the description of the conference, taken from April’s blog:
The Gnostic is an elusive figure, escaping our borders, pushing our limits, reshaping us, with every act of transgression. Why does the Gnostic at once intrigue and terrify? What is it about the Gnostic that opens us up to a deviance so subversive that it reverses and redefines whatever it contacts? What is it about the Gnostic that constructs new worlds whose brilliance exposes the pallor of our existence? What is it about the Gnostic that fuels the courage to create something better than what tradition has left us? What is it about the Gnostic that pulls knowledge in, only to generate new knowledge so overwhelming in its experience that the depths of humanity are thought to be penetrated and healed?
Members of this congress will explore the Gnostic in Western culture from the ancient world to the modern New Age, tracing the emergence, persistence, and disappearance of metaphysical religious currents that are perceived to be countercultural, inverted, transgressive and/or subversive in their relationship to normative religion and their claim to knowledge.
The main purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to unlock the Gnostic from its cage in the ancient world and to challenge the prevailing academic opinion that the Gnostic is a useless category because it reifies as heretics people who were simply “alternative” devout Christians.
Join us, as we continue our epic journey through the Desert of the Real and finally into the Palm Tree Garden.