Hit’n’Miss Aotearoa # 12: Ramsey Dukes

Wow. It has been a while since any podcasting happened.

All the old ones are yet to be reuploaded after the server move, and to be honest I’m not sure I’ll get around to it. Bootlegs lost to time.

But here is a new one, which is closer to the interviews with interesting people that I originally had in mind, but still different.

What it is, is cool.

Unfairly obscure, Ramsey Dukes is one of the foremost philosophers of magic alive today. His now-classic book SSOTBME is widely regarded as one of the best introductions to magic. Dukes brings a clarity of thought and expression to a nefariously murky subject. Replete with clever examples, he explains the differences and relations between science, religion, magic and art. Over the past decades he has developed his thinking through a series of books, which are all worth tracking down if you can. He is consistently ahead of any curve you care to consider. (For instance, Words Made Flesh, his book riffing along matrix-esque universe as virtual reality lines came out in the 1980s.)

So yeah. A brilliant mind. And, it turns out, lovely and terribly English.

This audio is of a talk he gave at the NZ Pagan Fest in February, entitled Magic, Religion and the Quest For Meaning.

Ramsey Dukes – Magic Religion and the Quest for Meaning

In it he describes and updates the basic model presented in SSOTBME. There is also a fairly lengthy audience Q&A.

There is very little in the way of interviews and talks availableĀ  online from Dukes, so this is a real treat we of the dancing moose are very happy to share.

Special thanks to Ramsey Dukes for permission to post this.

2 Responses to “Hit’n’Miss Aotearoa # 12: Ramsey Dukes”

  1.   bruce
    April 8th, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    cheers for the creator authorized dl šŸ™‚

  2.   bobby
    July 21st, 2010 | 11:38 am

    nice, cheers!