The Webinar Never Ended: The Mysteries of Folder 53

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In this evolutionary iteration of the transpersonal collective intelligence summoned by The Exegesis itself, let us gather to observe the eternal character of our collective quest for cosmic self understanding. Join mobius and the crew of the Starship Zebrapedia as we behold no beginning, no end, but plenty of Exegesis, with a focus on the outstanding mysteries of Folder 53. The mysteries of Folder 53 are within you!  


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A Webinar Course on Philip K. Dick

Hosted by Richard Doyle



Presented by SynchCast and Penn State University

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Few writers or artists have captured the uncanny feeling and flavor of 21st century life than Philip K. Dick.  In scores of novels, hundreds of short stories and thousands of pages of The Exegesis, PKD danced and stumbled, comically and tragically, with the slippery nature of reality and life in a world increasingly saturated with the technologies and metaphors of information. While the sciences of information theory (Shannon), molecular biology (Watson and Crick), and physics (Bohm, Wheeler,Burks) all began to scientifically model reality as composed of information rather than matter, Dick found himself living in a reality he characterized as “nailed by information.” With the help of live, video webinar technology, we'll explore Dick's novels, essays and The Exegesis for fifteen hours over six weeks. Together we’ll begin to map and experiment with Dick’s informatic cosmos where changes in the logos effect changes in material reality through the feedback loops of consciousness and information.





After a sufficient dosage of PKD's work, webinar participants are likely to experience an "involution" - a re-orientation of consciousness away from matter and toward the apparently internal domain suffused by consciousness. Dick sometimes named this experience "VALIS."

About our Host

Professor Richard Doyle, aka "mobius", has taught courses on Philip K. Dick since 1994. Since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age 12, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture. After completing a PhD at UC Berkeley and a post doctoral fellowship at MIT, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and written a trilogy of scholarly books on the effects of information technologies on human evolution and the effects of language on consciousness.  His latest, Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants & The Evolution of the Noösphere, focuses on the co-evolution of humans with psychedelic plants such as psilocybin, cannabis and ayahuasca. Rich is co-host of our SynchCast monthly WebShow "Exploring the Soul of Nature" with Joanna Harcourt-Smith.

Philip K. Dick, The Exegesis
Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
Philip K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Philip K. Dick, Ubik
Philip K. Dick, Valis
Philip K. Dick, The Digital Exegesis, aka Zebrapedia ( Requires Agreeing to Non Disclosure Docs)


Audio From 2012 Classes (Thanks, Toolbox!)

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Online Course Technical Details and Requirements:

Each session is 90 minutes long, with one hour of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A in which participants had the chance to ask your questions directly to Rich.

Participants who have a webcam and microphone were able to ask questions via live video. If they didn't have a webcam or a microphone you were still able to participate and ask questions via the chat.

All participants have access to a recording of the course that they can download and watch whenever and as often as they would like.

Requirements:  iPhones and iPads NOT supported as of this time for recording playback.