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Thursday, June 22, 2023

John Higgs on AI, and the new edition of the KLF book

John Higgs has issued his latest newsletter, and it includes an essay discussing AI, and how to tell the difference between work that is "authentic" and work that is "genuine."

"When it comes to identifying the genuine in AI, you need to look for the original creative impulse," John suggests. 

There's also a reminder  about the new 10th anniversary edition of The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds.

About the book, I wrote back in 2012:

"It's strange to say that a book about a British pop group is one of the best short introductions to the work of Robert Anton Wilson, but it's also true. JMR Higgs' KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money discusses the group but puts it in the context of the band's biggest influence, the Illuminatus! trilogy and Robert Anton Wilson.

"So it's a pop biography that has lucid explanations of reality tunnels, model agnosticism and Discordian philosophy. I also learned about the history of Ken Campbell's stage production of Illuminatus!"

That's from my intro to my interview with John about the book. 

And about the new edition, John writes, "This will include 13,000 words of footnotes, in which I look back at the book a decade after writing it and try and make some sense of it." The book comes out July 20, following the link to the newsletter to preorder.

Above is a limited edition shirt issued in conjunction with the new edition. It's being issued in a limited edition of 100 shirts, so if you want one, act fast. 

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