Jason Louv has a reputation as a chaos magician, but he’s down with materialistic science-as-we-know-it?
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I have an interview coming up in a minute with this guy, Jason Louv about his new book on John Dee
and I wanted to give you heads-up because this is, as far as I can remember, the most confrontational interview I’ve ever published on Skeptiko and I wanted to say two things about that.
First, I’m okay with that. I’m okay with some heated exchanges and some disagreements, particularly in this case because this guy has done a ton of interviews on this book and the topics we clash over most people will find surprising… particularly that he has such a strong favorable opinion about scientism, and materialistic science-as-we-know-it.
The other thing is, he’s really closed down re conspiracies. He doesn’t “believe in conspiracies,” whatever that means. I wanted to bring this up because it’s such a litmus test. If you don’t “believe in conspiracies” you are on the outside of our culture looking in because conspiracies are at the heart of culture shaping. They’re at the heart of politics, they’re at the heart of money, they’re, unfortunately, at the heart of corporate science — they’re at the heart of everything important to our culture. So, to say, “I don’t believe in conspiracies,” and at the same time to say, “I believe in magick,” is… well, I wish I could have gotten there earlier in the interview 🙂
But, I think it’s important, I think it’s important to understand that and bring that forward, especially from a guy who’s made such a splash with this book.
So, here then is my interview with Jason Louv.
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Alex Tsakiris: Let’s start with the book, your publisher was nice enough to introduce me, so we are hereby obligated to talk about this really rather remarkable new book, it’s getting a lot of attention, as well it should, it’s really pretty fantastic. What I want to focus on here, tell people about the book, they should go out and get the book, even though we’re not going to spend a lot of time in this interview talking about it, they should get it. Talk about what I’ve underlined there, the occult and this empire architecture that is John Dee and why he is relevant to anyone, whether they’re super interested in magic or not.
Jason Louv: Okay. So, the book is called John Dee and the Empire of Angels and it’s a history and a biographical take on Dr. John Dee, who was Queen Elizabeth 1 court astrologer and scientific advisor. He was a real-life magician, he was interested in magic and not just for silly things ...