Mashable: Spiritual hustlers are all over social media. Don’t let them scam you.

Mashable: Spiritual hustlers are all over social media. Don’t let them scam you.. “Social media accounts peddling Native-esque wisdom are saturated with imagery such as feathers, sage bundles, abalone shells, dreamcatchers, flutes, and hand drums. Links in those accounts’ bios invite you to participate in sweat lodges, soul healing sessions, medium readings, shamanic circles, and quantum healing. Posts advertise workshops for hundreds of dollars that give you exclusive access to privileged information meant to help on your life’s journey. Hashtags like #medicineman and #medicinewoman offer glimpses of this at play.”

McMaster University: Rare texts on magic and the occult unearthed for Archives Alive event

McMaster University: Rare texts on magic and the occult unearthed for Archives Alive event. “Leather-bound books with ancient alphabets, pentagrams outlined in red paint on a floor, and hooded figures chanting incantations by candlelight; these are among the depictions commonly conjured in popular culture around magic and the occult. But where do these concepts come from? This month’s must-see Archives Alive event will take audiences back in time to explore rare texts at McMaster University rooted in the very real tradition of magic and philosophy in western Europe.”

Core 77: A Unique Tarot Deck Makes the Process of Learning About New Emerging Technologies More Inclusive

Core 77: A Unique Tarot Deck Makes the Process of Learning About New Emerging Technologies More Inclusive . “Our Lady of Technology Tarot Cards [is] a Tarot-inspired deck of cards that makes for an engaging and empowering approach to brainstorming. Its 22 cards cover a wide range of today’s most influential technologies, from tactile mediums like 3D printing and robotics to digital innovations like blockchain and augmented reality. These cards are inspired by the Major Arcana, a 22-card outline of classic storytelling archetypes, including naïve heroes, wise princesses, and mercurial magicians. With the help of these archetypes, a curious Tarot practitioner can make sense of a given situation and how to best approach it.”

Ars Technica: Creepypasta and the search for the ghost in the machine

Ars Technica: Creepypasta and the search for the ghost in the machine. “It was the music, they said, that drove the children to madness. The eerie, detuned soundtrack to Pokémon Red’s Lavender Town contained harmful sonic irregularities played at such high frequencies that only the youngest players could hear them. In extreme cases, these could alter brain chemistry and trigger psychosis—after playing the game, hundreds of Japanese children put down their Game Boys, climbed on to the roof, and jumped to their deaths. None of this is true, of course.”

University of Manitoba: Unveiling of the Psychic News digital archive

University of Manitoba: Unveiling of the Psychic News digital archive. “Spooky season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than the release of the full Psychic News digital archives from 1932-2010. The 1932-1967 issues were released last Halloween, but this year prepare yourself for an international source of Spiritualism and psychical research published from 1968-2010 available on Saturday October 31, 2020 on UM Digital Collections.”

CNET: TikTok witches are fighting for the online future of witchcraft

CNET: TikTok witches are fighting for the online future of witchcraft. “More and more ‘baby witches’ are spending hours exchanging tips, tricks and ideas with like-minded witches in virtual family-like groups, known as covens, on platforms like TikTok and YouTube. It’s this influx of witches using social media and technology that has brought increased attention to the witchcraft community — but with a significant amount of double, double, toil and trouble. Social media has created a schism between the tech-friendly young witches and the older witches who remain worried it might set the community back centuries of progress.”

IEEE Spectrum: Natural Language Processing Dates Back to Kabbalist Mystics

IEEE Spectrum: Natural Language Processing Dates Back to Kabbalist Mystics. “While specific technologies have changed over time, the basic idea of treating language as a material that can be artificially manipulated by rule-based systems has been pursued by many people in many cultures and for many different reasons. These historical experiments reveal the promise and perils of attempting to simulate human language in non-human ways—and they hold lessons for today’s practitioners of cutting-edge NLP techniques. The story begins in medieval Spain.”

Bury Us Beneath Occult Books: The Ritman Library Digitized (Haute Macabre)

Haute Macabre (what a great name): Bury Us Beneath Occult Books: The Ritman Library Digitized. “Located in Amsterdam, The Ritman Library, aka the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, is a private library housing the world’s largest collection of occult books and manuscripts. This still-growing collection is comprised of 25,000 texts, including 4,500 pre-1800 books and manuscripts, on the subjects of Hermetics, Rosicrucians, Theosophy, alchemy, mysticism, Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Anthroposophy, Catharism, Freemasonry, Manichaeism, Judaica, the Grail, Esotericism, and comparative religion…. Now, thanks to the Hermetically Open Project, the core collection of these texts has been scanned and made available to pore over at your leisure.”

PhilPapers: Moving toward PhilPeople

PhilPapers: Moving toward PhilPeople. “In the coming months, we will launch PhilPeople, a new service from the PhilPapers Foundation developed with the support of the APA. PhilPeople will be a searchable database of philosophers. It will have an associated search engine that enables searches on a number of dimensions (e.g. by areas of specialization, location, and demographic features). PhilPeople will also provide a profile page to any philosopher who wants one, with links to their publications on PhilPapers. It will include social networking features. It will also include an associated database of academic departments of philosophy, with searchable information about each of these departments.”