Erik Davis is an award-winning writer, teacher, and lecturer based in San Francisco. He is the author, most recently, of
- The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape (Chronicle), with photographs by Michael Rauner.
- Led Zeppelin IV, a contribution to Continuum’s 33 1/3 series.
- TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information (Harmony), a cult classic of visionary media studies that has been translated into five languages.
His essays on music, media, technoculture, and spirituality have appeared in over a dozen books, including
- AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning ?an (University of New Mexico Press)
- Zig Zag Zen (Chronicle), The Disinformation Book of Lies (Disinfo)
- 010101: Art in Technological Times (SFMOMA)
- Prefiguring Cyberculture (MIT Press)
Davis has contributed to scores of publications, including Bookforum, ArtForum, Wired, Salon, Strange Attractor, Blender, Yeti, the LA Weekly, and the Village Voice. He has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Esalen. He regularly posts to www.techgnosis.com, where many of his articles and essays can be found.
For those who appreciate ahead of the curve entertainment…
This weekly hour-long radio show hosted by author and San Francisco native Erik Davis explores the many dimensions of mind and consciousness. From meditation to parapsychology, from the effects of art and technology on our souls to the abiding mysteries of religion and spirituality, the show’s discussions are designed to expand our understanding and experience of ourselves while casting a critical and often humorous eye on the twists and turns that consciousness takes as it tries to make sense of itself and the world. Each episode will begin with a sparkling stream-of-consciousness riff by Davis, followed by a back-and-forth with his charming co-host Maja D’Aoust – a hip and sassy esoteric teacher based in Los Angeles. These will be followed with an interview with a scholar, writer, or practitioner, a “spirit song” of the day (a selection from Davis’ vast collection of religious and spiritual music), and finally a no-doubt lively back-and-forth with callers.