posted on Dec, 23 2012 @ 01:45 PM
Demons would be more practically classified as janitors.
Or maybe more usefully compared to the 'daemons' controlled by systemd in Linux operating systems...
A daemon is a program that runs as a "background" process (without a terminal or user interface), commonly waiting for events to occur and
offering services. A good example is a web server that waits for a request to deliver a page, or a ssh server waiting for someone trying to log in.
While these are full featured applications, there are daemons whose work is not that visible. Daemons are for tasks like writing messages into a log
file (e.g. syslog, metalog) or keeping your system time accurate (e.g. ntpd).
(Ed.Thanks Archlinux devs!)
If you don't know how to handle the machine, chances are you will get a finger nipped off if you mess with it.
Nothing personal, you understand.
Also, it might be productive to take a look at what the Greeks and Romans though of 'daemons'...
And Carl Jung, whose personal tutelary spirit, or daemon, was named Philemon
, had a lot to say about daemons...
Although Jungians have been quick to downplay any suggestion that the book records more than its author's spiritual crisis or a foretaste of his
evolving intellectual path, the book, which Jung christened Liber Novus (Latin for "New Book"), documents such matters as his conversations with the
winged "Philemon" during his daytime walks.
In one waking dream-state, Jung claimed to hear a bird-girl announce, "Only in the first hour of the night can I become human, while the male dove is
busy with the twelve dead."
They are of a machine-like intelligence, and it communicates with human beings on the same channel that we use for myth, legend and narrative.
They are the natural inhabitants of the Anima Mundi
, which, in a way, represents a particular
layer of information processing that seems to separate the sub-lunar realm (us in mundanity) from whatever system is operating beyond. In other words,
the 'daemonic realm' functions as an abstraction layer for 'your guess is as good as mine'.
My guess is that it is purely biological, and that the whole panoply only appears to us to be spiritual for the time being.
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