The Computer and the Incarnation of Ahriman
The Computer and the Incarnation of Ahriman

The Computer and the Incarnation of Ahriman

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The Computer and the Incarnation of Ahriman

“It took me a long time to see what relevance such a seemingly abstract and religious concept could have to the manifest realities of electronic technology. The key point in seeing the relevance is to recognize that the division we make between religion and science is a false one, and that the subject matter of both religion and science suffer because, for example, we do not know how to be rational and observant about perfectly objective phenomena which we categorize as religious. As soon as we actively investigate such a subject as the relation between a spiritual being and electronic technology, or even just attempt to penetrate to the core of the technology while leaving none of the facts out of account, it is possible to learn how to be scientific and objective about a wider range of phenomena than is generally thought open to such investigation. This research leads to such results as are described in the later sections of this book, in which I will attempt to make clear the exact nature of the relation between the computer and the being of Ahriman” -from the Introduction

The computer is transforming our society and our way of life. At first confined to the central offices of large corporations, scientific research institutions, and government agencies, computers are finding widespread application in automobiles, appliances, and small businesses.

Many people have grown concerned about the changes resulting from the spread of computers. While computers give us welcome relief from drudgery, they have other effects which we do not welcome.

The computer is special because of its relation to the spiritual being here called “Ahriman.” In the latter parts of this book, Mr. Black attempts to make clear the exact nature of the relation between the computer and the being Ahriman.

Topics Discussed:

  • Methodology
  • Defense of the Methodology
  • Material and Spiritual Logic
  • Premises of the History/Demonstration History of the Incarnation in its Macrocosmic Aspect
  • From the Beginning of Time to the End

About the Author

David B. Black started programming in high school, had written software for oil industry optimization and early ARPAnet operation by the time he graduated from Harvard in 1972, then went on to write software in multiple industries while studying the works of Rudolf Steiner and participating in Anthroposophical activities. This 1981 book is the result of his years of experiencing computers from the “inside,” along with his esoteric, historical and mathematical studies. In the 1990’s he started in venture capital and now concentrates on health care and financial technology investments.

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June 1981






Rudolf Steiner College Press


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