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Thomas Ligotti - The uncanny monsters are us: the self is an illusion, the body a bio-robot, consciousness a tragic aberration that has imprisoned us

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Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, Hippocampus Press, 2010. "Should the human race voluntarily put an end to its existence? Do we even know what it means to be human? And what if we are nothing like we suppose ourselves to be? In this challenging philosophical work, celebrated supernatural writer Thomas Ligotti broaches these and other issues in an unflinching and penetrating manner that brings to mind some of his own imperishable horror fiction. For Ligotti, there is no refuge from our existence as conscious beings who must suppress their awareness of what horrors life holds in store for them. Yet try as we may, our consciousness may at any time rise up against our defenses against it, whispering to us things we would rather not hear: Religion is a transparent fantasy, optimism an exercise in delusional wish-fulfillment, and even the quest for pleasure an ultimately doomed enterprise.
Drawing upon the work of such pessimistic philosophers as Arthur Schopenha…