Peter Bebergal, author of Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural, stops by the show to discuss the liminal zones between mysticism and technology, and the odd and wonderful things he has found there.
In this week’s episode of the podcast, I speak with author Peter Bebergal, whose new book Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural uncovers the mysterious liminal world between mysticism and technology.
- Taking a hacker and maker’s approach to mysticism, and jail-breaking technology for spiritual ends;
- His experiences with the weird world of spiritualism, table-tapping and mediumship;
- Electronic Voice Phenomena and the work of Konstantin Raudive;
- Occult technologies like Brion Gysin’s Dreammachine;
And much, much more.
Peter Bebergal writes widely on the speculative and slightly fringe. His essays and reviews have appeared in NewYorker.com, The Times Literary Supplement, Boing Boing, The Believer, and The Quietus. He is the author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll; Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, and The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic Search for the Meaning of God (with Scott Korb). Bebergal studied religion and culture at Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
And about Strange Frequencies:
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The music used in this show was created by The High Masters.