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author: niplav, created: 2019-04-02, modified: 2022-03-28, language: english, status: in progress, importance: 2, confidence: log

Rationalists and the neoreactionary movement have for a while conceived of certain phenomena as gods (similar to the ideas of Lovecraft). This page collects links to some of the important texts in this pantheon.

Rationalist Gods

Spelling

Spelling for these is not clear in all cases: sometimes Azathoth is spelled "Asatoth", or Gnon is capitalized as "GNON". I have tried to use the original spelling or the most widely used spelling.

Overview

we are the cutest little neopagans

— ozymandias271, “Gods of the New World”, 2014

Alternative views:

Azathoth

The Price equation shows that a change in the average amount $z$ of a trait in a population from one generation to the next ($Δz$) is determined by the covariance between the amounts $z_i$ of the trait for the subpopulation $i$ and the fitnesses $w_i$ of the subpopulations, together with the expected change in the amount of the trait value due to fitness, namely $E(w_i Δz_i)$:

$$Δz=\frac{1}{w}\text{cov}(w_i, z_i)+\frac{1}{w} E(w_i, Δz_i)$$

English Wikipedia, “Price equation”, 2021

Moloch

Moloch whose buildings are judgment! Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch the stunned governments!

Allen Ginsberg, “Howl”, 1955

Gnon

Gnon is no less than reality, whatever else is believed. Whatever is suspended now, without delay, is Gnon.

Nick Land, “The Cult of Gnon”, 2013

Ra

Cthulhu

Cthulhu may swim slowly. But he only swims left.

Mencius Moldbug, “A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations Chapter 1: The Red Pill”, 2009

Cthulhu— god of memetics. Ideas winning out not because they are true or good but because they are virulent and persuasive.

— ozymandias271, “Gods of the New World”, 2014

The Goddess of Everything Else

Nggwal

Nggwal instead is a truly impressively example of coordination—he is metaphorically and literally a collective that unites even enemy communities in displays of dominance and power. Nggwal as an entity symbolizes something of significant interest to me and a key focus of this blog: namely all the ways in which men cooperate to do extreme and destructive things to themselves and others.

William Buckner, “Notes on Nggwal”, 2019

the wages of sin is death

Romans 6:23 in The Bible