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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Aug 21, 2019

In the 1970’s, Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson pioneered the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality founded in American counterculture. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality—and now journalist Erik Davis joined us to explore how their writings reflected and shaped the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America today.

With insight from his book High Weirdness, Davis examined the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. Davis explored the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America’s West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval. Sit in for a glimpse of Davis’ new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.

Erik Davis is a journalist, critic, podcaster, counter-public intellectual whose writings have run the gamut from rock criticism to cultural analysis to creative explorations of esoteric mysticism. He is the author of Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information, The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, and Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica.

Recorded live in the Forum at Town Hall Seattle on August 16, 2019.