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Storying against hope in the anthropocene: On the mechanology of hyperstitions

Mohammed, Sideeq (2023) Storying against hope in the anthropocene: On the mechanology of hyperstitions. In: Business Storytelling and Sustainability. World Scientific Publishing, New York, pp. 15-33. (doi:10.1142/13531-vol2) (KAR id:94841)


Nick Land (2012) once described hyperstitions as “semiotic productions that make themselves real” – stories that actualize themselves and produce their own realities, imagining new futures for us all. As the full effects of human industrial civilization continue to unveil themselves in the anthropocene as the beginnings of a process that will soon render the planet Earth uninhabitable, it becomes essential to track the stories that are developing and expanding their own mutant machinic systems of reproduction, in order to understand what futures will have been available to us. In this chapter we seek to become students of the mechanisms of the replicative processes of some of the hyperstitions that are at work in organizations, individual and collective, of the anthropocene. To do this we will track the imbrication of a series of stories of Thomas the fieldmouse, a meeting about something called “sustainable innovation”, and journal entries about a mall that lives forever at the end of the world, in order to understand hyperstitions and the role that they can play in the storying of the future.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1142/13531-vol2
Uncontrolled keywords: hyperstition, sustainable innovation, stories, imagination, Capital, anthropocene
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Sideeq Mohammed
Date Deposited: 01 May 2022 10:54 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2024 16:06 UTC
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