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AntiUniversity: Cognitive Symbol Mechanics - Alchemy for Problem Solving

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Can alchemy be used for creative problem solving? This hands-on symbol development workshop investigates.

Alchemy is a confidence trick, parting rich patrons from their funding, hence obliquely transmuting base metals into gold. Real magic. Thus alchemy is also class war: a redistributive inversion of the expropriation of surplus value. Yet alchemy is also a process for transmuting the self and its action upon the world. Like psychoanalysis, it achieves this through the manipulation of cognitive symbol mechanics. Rather than simply interpreting dreams, however, the point is to change them.

Magic is about bringing the unconscious and imposed patterns that shape thoughts and actions into alignment with autonomous will - or as Engels put it, freedom is the recognition of necessity. Somewhere between Oblique Strategies, Tarot and Collective Self-Help, we experiment with hacking these patterns, through the manipulation of symbolic resonances.

The open question is how to develop this process as a practical tool for egalitarian social transformation.

This event is part of the Antiuniversity Now festival 9-15 June 2018 See the full programme on www.antiuniversity.org By signing up to this event you will be added to the Antiuniversity mailing list. To opt out please email antiuniversitynow@gmail.com

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