“The first cyberage-religion”

A friend sent me a link to the Frequently Asked Questions page for Logologie, “the first cyberage-religion” with the simple subject heading, “it’s all you”. I kind of dug the first paragraphs of the answer to the Frequently Ask Question, “What is Logologie?”:

LOGOLOGIE is “the first cyberage-religion”.

Main topic of Logologie is the entire abandonation of brutality and of
senseless brain destruction,because with the development of technologies the
man got more and more destructive power in a way that now the single man has
become a danger for the survival of the entire human race.Though the mankind
can only further survive when the wisdom(capability to overwiew complex cy-
bernetic relations in a holistic way) of all men will reach that level of
development that the men’s cleverness(capability to apply technologies) al-
ready has reached,because otherwise the mankind will destroy itself.

Now that sounds like something a technoparanoid like myself could get behind! Not only is the author right-on about threat amplification through technology, but he’s also in favor of the entire abandonation of brutality. Which is a proposition I also favor. Moreover, the “cosmic destiny” of Logologie sounds remarkably similar, dare I say it, to the cosmic destiny of Wetmachine, at least insofar as the perfectation of man is concerned:

The cosmic destiny of the man is persuit of perfectation and not destroying
himself – though Logologie’s task is to teach this mankind in sovereignous
holistical thinking to avoid mankind’s lemmingish selfdestruction and avoid
turning this nice world into a grey,dread,dead ball drifting through the
empty space…

Why, this paragraph would find itself quite at home in my own Cheap Complex Devices:

Logologie is a religion of logics and reason,though it is against forbidding
things without any logical reasonings – it trusts more in unbiased resear-
ching and experimenting then in strictly believing dogmatically to bookish
texts written by some ancient priests or by certain ferengiish(i.e. selfish
and capitalistic) cravat wearers of “white”(i.e. officially acknowledged,but
unholistic) sciences.

Could this Logology be just what I’ve been looking for? The perfect evolutionary synthesis of Unitarian-Universalist quasi-religious humanism and computer-tinged scientistology? Follow me below the fold for stunning answer the answer!

[UPDATE: fixed a few typos and the one word “application” to “amplification”. D’oh!]

The first three paragraphs of the Logologie FAQ were fun, so I kept reading and found myself still in Wetmachine territory, kind of a blend of Harold’s Tales and Howard’s Inventing and Gary’s snarkiness:

An important subject of the Logologian pedagogics is how to deal with the
good and bad sides of the cyberage – especially how to make a sensible use
of the cyberage’s mass media to avoid to drown in the floods of infotrash
those otherwise would consume so much computing capacity from the viewers
brain that he would not be capable to notice that useful informations any-
more he was originally looking for when he attempted to inform himself.The
cyberage resembles in a very fatal way a new middleage – the only fundamen-
tal difference is that middleage’s people were not capable to overwiew the
complex relations of the world because they had to few information to inform
theirselfs,while the cyberage’s people can’t overwiew the complexity of this
world anymore because they drown in the many useless informations spread in
commercial mass media reigned by ferengiishly thinking cravat wearers.

Alas, it starts to go downhill from there, and pretty soon we realize that we’re not in the realm of CCD-style literary musing on Kackzynskyism, but actually in the realm of a person who gets visions, communicates with extra terrestrial beings intent on helping humankind on its way–a prophet, in other words.

I’m not going to make fun of the guy. His heart seems good. But if my surmise is correct that he’s not a literary fabulist like myself, and if he’s not actually in touch with higher-order beings like a Biblical prophet or Joseph Smith, then it would seem that perhaps he’s a guy with mental health issues related to activity in his temporal lobe. As I read the whole FAQ my sensation went from amusement and righteous approval to concern, bewilderment, and finally to pity.

Which, I’ve been looking for an angle from which to approach my take on the Ted Haggard story. I think I’ve found it. As Harold would say, stay tuned. . .

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  1. Dear sweet Fred in Heaven, that is fantastic.

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