In this discussion, we will address the following questions: How did H.P. Lovecraft view man’s emerging relationship to machines? What lessons can humanity take from the Earth first proto-men, the Elder Things? How do those concepts apply to humanity’s relations with today’s shoggoths: Artificial Intelligence? What will sentient A.I. attitudes be towards its organic creators? How are society’s overlords preparing the populace for future A.I. rule? Will evolution ensure a future humanity that is superior to A.I.?
In this essay, I would first like briefly to touch on how Lovecraft and Tolkien’s rigorous adherence to their literary sensibilities shaped later cultural expressions of myth and the macabre. Second, I would like to sample evidence of whether Lovecraft influenced elements of Tolkien’s grand tales.
Lovecraft wrote: “I expect nothing of man, and disown the race. The only folly is expecting what is never attained; man is most contemptible when compared with his own pretensions. It is better to laugh at man from outside the universe, than to weep for him within.”
What was it about these two non-descript men that intoxicated millions? Plus a fascinating list that details ten facets of Lovecraft’s dream life.
Both Lovecraft and Giger dredged the hereditary memories of immemorial fear. Like the Grecian god Charon, they poled the haggard ferryboat to the dark underworld. Upon their return, each man captured in his respective mediums – Lovecraft in prose and Giger in paint – hints of the demons and dreamscapes that vibrate with life beyond the prosaic world.
This post is by John A. DeLaughter, a Lovecraft eZine contributor. Is modern humanity one-step removed from hairy apedom? Have human beings crept that far from the primal ooze that […]
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