The Inversion: A Conversation with Dr. Kingsley Dennis

In this video, Dr. Kingsley Dennis discusses his book The Inversion (Aeon Books, 2023), in which he develops his critique of materialism, and contemporary social and political structures that distract us and that seek to create false artificial realities. Such artificial realities, for example the “metaverse” project of Facebook, are essentially efforts to create illusory worlds, below the actual world, that serve to distract and trap people in a false technological reality. In this stimulating conversation with Dr. Arthur Versluis, author of American Gnosis, the two discuss why neognostic concepts are becoming so widespread in the contemporary era, and begin to address why neognostic concepts turn out to lend themselves so naturally to a critique of technological dystopias.