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High Weirdness
A strange & wondrous journey to the heart of our Brave No÷ World


“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school.
And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool”

- Plato

Shadowboxing the Zeitgeist

We are experiencing massive cultural changes. In the opening decades of the 21st century, these changes feel as if they have been abruptly and bizarrely imposed upon us, driven by forces we do not completely understand. This is indicative of a global transformation that is greater than we yet realize. Consequently, the spirit of the times we are living in, eloquently described in the Germanic tongue as: zeitgeist, is getting stranger and stranger...

Zeitgeist or “spirit of the age or time” is defined as the dominant set of ideals and beliefs that motivate the actions of the members of a society in a particular period in time. Sitting here amidst the Brave No÷ World of global information communication technology and archaic ethnic tribalism, the spirit of the times seems to be that of what can only be described as: High Weirdness. At this juncture, the discerning reader may ask: How did we get here? How did it come to this? Good questions. Before exploring possible answers to such questions... a quick retrospective on the Pop phenomenon known as: high weirdness...

In 1988, the most reverend and/or foul prophet of the Church of the SubGenius, Ivan Stang... published a book compilation entitled: “High Weirdness By Mail - A Directory of the Fringe: Crackpots, Kooks & True Visionaries.” The book examined many non-mainstream or marginal cultural movements of the period. As the title would suggest, the compilation was dedicated to an examination of “weird culture” by actually putting the reader in touch with it/them, by mail. The book would be divided into sections, subtitled: “Weird Science, UFO Contactees, Drug Stuff,” and other such categories. Each section contained a variety of mini-articles describing organizations. Each organization article concluded with a mailing address and in some cases, phone numbers.

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It is important to remember that during this timeframe, high weirdness was as much a left-wing “liberal” mind-blowing prank, as it was right-wing “John Bircher” paranoia. Other actors of the era, such as Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea, with their illuminatus! trilogy... and Greg Hill & Kerry Wendell Thornley's Principia Discordia material, played significant roles in the transmutation of the contemporary zeitgeist. However... and arguably... High Weirdness by Mail acted as a pivot point, wherein so-called normal culture took a turn away from the conventional, toward the fringe.

Up to this point, the tomfoolery of high weirdness was received warmly and with good humor by left-wing hipsters, emerging cyberpunks, libertarians and right-wing fundamentalists alike. Then, something strange and unexpected occurred. Certain segments of the population, who shall remain nameless, began to forget that all the high weirdness shtick was a joke. They began to believe the prank. Add to this seemingly obscure and tangential mix, the erosion of the Western Middle Class during the close of the 20th century, and a clearer picture of cultural and economic attrition begins to emerge.

In the ensuing years, the giving way of the middle to the fringe, the “Widening of the Gyre” to employ Yeats’ overused metaphor, instilled a palpable angst within the shifting paradigm. Widespread, fear-driven anxiety over the supplanting of the middle, by the fringe, has led us to our current quandary… the periphery has replaced the middle. This cultural metamorphosis is fast becoming the predominant paradigm. Additionally, those whose sensibilities once occupied the middle, have re-aligned their thinking to fringe-thinking… an understandable attitude of suspicion, given what has transpired.

Conspiracy Culture Internationale
ot long ago, if a commentator spoke of a Shadow Government or the Deep State, let alone the Kennedy assassinations, fake moon landings or the Roswell incident, he or she would have been promptly labeled a fanatic, a kook, or worse… a conspiracy theorist. With the rise of 21st century politics and the unsettling evolution of what has been called the “new media” ...conspiracy theory has become legitimized… has gone mainstream. Conspiracy theory has long been associated with the political right-wing... hence the recently and widely reported rise of the Alt-right, by pop-media. This is a narrow, misleading interpretation of the rise and the impact of what the editorial staff at Tek-Gnostics call: Conspiracy Culture International.

Conspiracy Culture, for want of a more accurate descriptor, is a massive, diverse, globally intact phenomenon. Rather than being identified by genetic heritage or nationality, its ethnicity is composed of those who subscribe to the multifaceted principles of high weirdness. Conspiracy Culture International (CCI) embraces the seemingly divergent communities that monitor or adhere to not only conspiracy & Deep State theory, but alt history, ancient alien & alien abduction narratives, PSI phenomena & the paranormal, psychedelia, occult & new age philosophies, neo-religious beliefs, astrology & magick... even cyberpunk, transhumanism & technological singularity.

The true rise of conspiracy theory as a mainstream phenomenon is driven by a pervasive mistrust of government, political institutions, the commoditization of science and multi-national corporatocracy. In short: The dominator (or predator) culture. This mistrust is shared by liberals and conservatives alike… alt-right and no÷ left. It goes beyond the political, the national, to the very fabric of modern global culture. Conspiracy Culture International is a response to the quickening of cultural (and climate) change… it is a product… a response… to this acceleration. And it has a spiritual component.

The Sacred Foole
t is a mad world. There are many events in life… often tragic… that cause needless suffering. When we witness the horror of man’s inhumanity to man… the senseless atrocity… the comedy of errors that is the hallmark of modern bureaucracy… we can either laugh or cry. For at the end of the day, there is a fine line between tragedy and comedy. But it is precisely in how we react to these events that our character is truly tested. Our reaction in these moments of tribulation is also our opportunity for personal growth, both as individuals and as a species.

These tragic events, exacerbated by the nefarious deeds of the powerful few, those who the occupy movement labeled the 1% (whom we label: American Archons), are the very real instigators and perpetrators of our planetary woes. At this most critical time, we choose to make fun of these seemingly un-stoppable forces… precisely because it is either laugh or cry in times such as these. We believe that by poking fun at those responsible, we diminish their power… even in the face of the horror. By making fun of the American Archons, we counteract fear with mirth… we offset horror with humor. We “engage the enemy” with our very irreverence. We enjoin violence with vaudeville.

Let us not forget that the observation and identification of high weirdness began as a joke... a prank.

It has been said that fools rush in where the wise fear to tread. Do not underestimate the power of the fool. We believe that what this planet needs, at this most critical point in time in our spiritual and planetary evolution… are fewer fear-driven reactionaries… and more fools. This may sound crazy but it was none-other than the jester… the lowly yet sacred fool… who could ridicule the king without fear of beheading. None but the fool dare speak the truth… It has also been said that humor is a sign of intelligence. Lord knows that the evil bastards who run things do not possess a sense of humor. Pity… for a little laughter goes a long way… and in the final analysis… as we have mentioned elsewhere… if you don’t have a sense of humor… it’s just not funny anymore… BAZINGA!

- the above excerpts written by Jack Heart

Tek-Gnostics Network Hyperlinks

High Weirdness by Aggregation

Chapel Perilous  ~  Cosmic Joke  ~  Exegesis  ~  The Dark Side  ~  Discordianism

Illuminoids  ~  Memetic Engineering  ~  Mind Magick

Extra-Terrestrial Transmissions

Operation MindF#@k! 


Third Party Weirdness Resources


The Return of High Weirdness by Mail

Adam Gorightly

High Weirdness Project 2.0

Cast Iron Chaos

The Church of the SubGenius

Lucifer's Technologies

Principia Discordia

High Weirdness Podcast

The Fringes of Reason

Fringe: The Strange and Terrible History of the Far Right and High Weirdness

Weird Encyclopedia