Spirituality and the Net
The March 1997 issue of CMC
Magazine will explore the meaning of man's technological
quest, to map the relationships between technology and
spirituality, the implications of cyberspace for humankind's spiritual
quest, the eventual spiritual nature of the medium, and the expressions
of spiritual movements that can be found online.
The guest editor will be Michel Bauwens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Articles are invited on the following subjects and should be send no
later than January 25 to the guest editor:
what is the meaning of humankind's technological quest in terms of
long term views on history; positive or negative assessments of the
emergence of cyberspace (i.e. the Electric Gaia vs. Deus Ex Machina
themes); points of view of spiritual and philosophical thinkers a la
Teilhard de Chardin, Ken Wilber, Hegel.
what is the spiritual nature of the medium, do 'soul' or 'spirit'
dwell in the medium? (i.e. the 'does prana travel the wires'
what are the psychological implications of the medium; can
cyberspace function as a 'soul-to-soul' medium, or does it
fundamentally inhibit such communication?
can cyberspace be a tool for broader awareness and spiritual growth?
Can there be such a thing as 'TechGnosis'? Or are the new
internetworking technologies impediments to spiritual growth.
new technologically-oriented cyberspace religions; secular
technological religions; extroprianism and the Technological
Unconscious of the West; Techno-Paganism
activities of old and new religious movements on the internet: what
do spiritual movements think about cyberspace and what are they doing
the sacred and the profane in cyberspace; efforts to sacralise and
'consecrate' cyberspace; religious rituals in cyberspace and their
value; sacred technology.
cyberspace as an immaterial medium: how does it compare to the
immaterial realms that have always been the domain of religious and
spiritual traditions; the magical nature of the medium; can we use
magical interfaces as navigation tools; articles on the multiples
convergences between technology and spirituality
the relationship between cyberspace and 'real life'; the possible
obsoleteness of body and mind; transhumanism, post-biological
evolution; technological immortality