The Conspiracy Against the Human Race has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Are you one of those hardcore True Detective fans held in thrall by. In Thomas Ligotti’s first nonfiction outing, an examination of the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life through an insightful, unsparing argument. “There is a signature motif discernible in both works of philosophical pessimism and supernatural horror. It may be stated thus: Behind the.

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I disagree with none of the ideas, but fail to see how they constitute a refutation of the Buddhist understanding of and path towards emptiness. Definately worth the read but this book may be a bit too much for the most fonspiracy.

Nietzsche maintains, Ligotti writes, his “popularity with atheistic amoralists in his materialist mysticism, a sleight of hand that makes the world’s meaninglessness into something meaningful. But here the useless, and indeed the negative, have an absolutely finality that have nothing to do with anti-intellectualism. Which finally leads the book to horror, which is the perfect expression of the pessimistic view that life is malignantly meaningless.

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Ligotti’s calm, but often bloodcurdling turns of phrase, evoke the dreadfulness of the human condition. Sep 26, Kathy rated it it was amazing. Animals begin where we may end up if we’re lucky.

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti

If not so much how we interact with it, which remains more or less ligotgi and psychological, logic playing much less of a role in that engagement. He shows us the basis of horror, rooted not in the supernatural beyond, but ligofti closer to home. He repeatedly makes the point that the suffering at the end of one’s life is one of the major reasons why being alive is not alright, but that’s just the Peak End Rulewhere he’s judging the entirety of someone’s life by what happens at the end rather than a reasoned examination of the totality of their existence.


This foray into non-fiction is little more than an opinionated, often repeti A disappointment but ligptti not an unexpected one. If you think that a perfectly rational human is the end goal, that is pretty depressing news, but it’s not something The Conspiracy Against the Human Race touches on.

The Conspiracy Against The Human Race

In the end, for all it’s wonders The Conspiracy Against the Human Race is the product of one who happens to be a True Believer in those things: This is ontological uselessness, the nightmare of being.

The 80 Best Books of It may be stated thus: To pessimists such as Ligotti, however, these magnificently grim and sober naysayers produced the only type of food for thought that provides the necessary nourishment; and the author takes us upon tours of the output of these profound pessimists who have filled him with the emptiness of their ontological negation. Only by having faith in the things we can’t know, even in blatant fictions, can we take any action.

I can only counter that hypothetical argument of his by saying nobody knows anything but what they’ve experienced, even if it’s all in their heads–whether it was read in a book or an original product of precise ratiocination or something perceived as an external phenomenon, like a rock, but perhaps not something explicable by a devotee of Science and Reason.

Dec 01, Jakk Makk rated it it was amazing Shelves: He also shows that there’s nothing ‘natural’ about human beings, claiming that the very thing that makes us humans is in fact seriously questionable quality making the world burn: He politically identifies as socialist. Alone in nature do we have the capacity to reflect upon the past and contemplate the future—and, thus, we are aware of the futility and ephemerality of our hopes and desires, in both what has and what will crumble to dust.

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With that said, this is a book whose contents I appreciate taking inside, with all of the enlightening, engaging, discomfiting, and enjoyable directness that comprised it; and I must say, that to reap such positive benefits from a work of unequivocal negation makes for a surprising but pleasant experience. I enjoyed the hell out of it, and got a lot of good book recs out of it. I dread the interminability of my remaining days upon this earth, with the bleakscape shuttered away I thrill with each dawn at the possibilities inherent within that particular day.


In The Conspiracy Against the Human Racewe have a horror writer of immense skill, bringing all his gifts to bear in exploring the idea that the self we imagine, the person we believe looks out at the world through our eyes, amounts to nothing more than a series of flickering impressions of a biomechanism radically exposed to a world of suffering.

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This does not mean we conspiraacy embrace Ligotti’s cosmic anti-humanism, but this book shows the seriousness of that vision which is often wrapped in Lovecraftian cults and alien gods. Those purely interested in The Conspiracy Against The Human Race may as well stop here, but I believe this claim demands a little context and backtracking. Also among his avowed influences are Algernon BlackwoodM.

Happiness itself, though, is ephemeral.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I hope that lkgotti of again arguing their materialistic perspective by denouncing religion, they might actually get to the heart of the matter of what that denouncement means.