Erik Davis' Figments

[1] Israel Regardie, a Garden of Pomegranates, (Llewellyn, StPaul, 1985) p.141.

2Grammatical Man: Information, Entropy, Language and Life, (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1982).

[3]The science of probabilty developed out of studies of games of chance--throwing coins and playing cards. It is intriguing that some of the most obvious sources of spiritual information--divination systems, particularly the I Ching--are thoroughly bound up with the science of probability.

[4] There are two of Serres' works in English: Hermes: Literature, Science, Philosophy, ed. Josué V. Harari and David F. Bell, (Johns Hopkins, 1982); and The Parasite, trans. Lawrence R. Schehr, (Johns Hopkins, 1982).

[5] Other theories of evolution emphasize randomness less and stress the synthetic, even teleological dimension of development--which in our analogy only underscores the complexity of the living language in the first place.

[6] The Parasite, p.36.

[7] Hermes, p.82

[8] Ibid, p.83

[9] From Kabbalah and its Symbolism, (Schocken Books, New York, 1965), p.43.

[10] Kabbalah and its Symbolism, p.74.

[11] Quoted in the Gnostic Relgion, Hans Jonas (Beacon, 1963). p.45

[12]Jonas, p.77

[13] From Willis Barnstone's somewhat loose translation in The Other Bible, pg. 309-313.

[14] Jonas, p.74.

[15] Jonas, p. 195

[16] The Parasite, p. 46.

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