Monday, December 15, 2014

The Singularity of Alien Abductions and Near Death Experiences

The Anthropology of Anomalies

If the basis of human consciousness is the enfolding of images onto imagination that is organised by thought and language, are there similarities in what we classify as two entirely different events?
One could say that the basis of our knowledge is incomplete and so the matrix of mythologies may constitute a living organism whose orientation resembles our own and yet evolves over time, borrowing from our cultural environment, for which the paranormal reflects by the borrowing it's adaptations as a inverse mirror of our state of self awareness.

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

A Societal Confluence

The Near Death Experience is directed inwardly and the resulting examination as a constant is based one's choices in relation to thought as a reactive behaviorism.
The Alien Abduction is positioned outwardly, and the consistent examination of the experiencer’s body, rather than the former. One could characterize both as ritual initiations where the individual is isolated from the larger community of consensus and shown other forms of sentience manifested as humanoid who perform a set pattern repeated again and again.
Both involve radiant energy or light as formulated and expressed by a tunnel whose main function is to draw the individual from one orientation to the other. One is the physical body being lifted in defiance of gravity and the other is the same effect focused on the separation of the mind from the body. One is the aspect of our existence by immersion into a technologically driven society where individual choice is a lesser commodity as in the Alien Abduction ritual and the Near Death Experience is focused on the individual as master of their fate. Both statements could be said to be true only in the presence of the other, otherwise, our portrait of our own orientation would be incomplete.
One easily looks at oneself as the embodiment of both the tangible body as well as the intangible thought of the mind and yet these two aspects of ourselves represent a symbiosis or, another way to represent the two aspects of ourselves as organisms is to say we bridge two worlds.
One is the exterior environment and the other is the interior environment or ecology in nature. 
Yet both are dependent on one another in our specific orientation. One does not exist in our terms without the other.
One version of this tunnel of light leads to a spacecraft peopled by exploiting humanoid extraterrestrials ( "others") and the other leads to a “heaven” where this version is peopled by guiding and emphatic humanoid Angels.  
The alien abduction scenario has all the chief characteristics of physicality and the other is characterized by it’s non material nature, and yet both represent a transpersonal experience that relates to images embedded in the mind by way of stored memories provided by social scripting that are patterns of various stereotypes arising by the sharing and transference of set images that lead to conceptual modelling. One could say the dualism perceived in the individual being represented by the intangible versus the physical is mirrored by the same in the individual versus the society he or she is
within, and the confluence results in hybridised experiential anomalies that reflect this divide while being two sides of the same coin.
One could fall back onto the duality represented by the innovation of a religious theology invented by Zoroaster and also promulgated as an extension by the Egyptians. In this case of dualism you have a metaphysical basis of dualism expressed by a brotherhood of light versus a brotherhood of darkness. In the case of Zoroaster, the realms occupied by meta-realities and that of sensate reality are bridged literally by the image of the Chinvat Bridge that serves as a means of conveyance from one realm to the other, which has been replaced by the metaphor of light energy being channeled within the linearity of a tunnel, solar light being the source of living organism whether they be as intangible as thought or as physical as the body. In both cases of Alien Abduction and Near Death Experience the simulation of light unites them.

Living Metaphors

One could say in theological terms ( borrowing from Christian texts) one is a greater resurrection and the other, the lesser resurrection. One is characterized by the return of the physical body to earth as in Alien Abductions and the living from the dead and the other is separation from the living to the realm of the dead in Near Death Experiences
Both have been characterized as the myths of the eternal return. or the passage from one state to another that transverses both directions.
The alien abduction scenario is characterized by a societal emphasis where one is admonished to “do as I say” whereas the other is characterized by individual choice.
One is a closed room and the other is a open universe.
One could say this was a meta-reality that denotes a relationship between the two positions of the individual thus uniting them and yet most paranormal studies separate them into isolated categorical events while completely ignoring their context in everyday life which is why in the past I have said that the paranormal is dependent on what we have identified as normal without looking below the surfaces of their appearance.
However, before a veneer of charismatic mysticism descends on this portrait we must consider neurology as being a carrier of such experiences, either as a root cause or a carrier and in either circumstance, the relationship in the mind of processing information from the environment as simulations is inverted where the inside becomes the outside or appears to be so and as a result we fall into labeling all such experiences in a false ontology that, in turn denotes this as a example of physicality whereas much like a dream , it is both non existent in physical terms and yet is experienced.
If any of this is true to any extent, then the question is not one of analyzing the effect as isolated from the triggering mechanisms but rather what environmental and internal factors as precursors create the conditions where such extraordinary waking dreams occur.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Part Two: Meta-Realities Beyond Either \ Or

The Divisional Aspects of Appearances

Have you noticed that when you read accounts of experiential anomalies, there is a chief characteristic shared by a majority of them in that the event (s) are taken as differentiated from the one who experiences them? What I mean by this is when I first began to explore what lurks behind the scrim of consensus reality, I had to recognize and accept the interconnections all manifestations have with the observer or experiencing of them in that it is not a simple matter of A saw B, and that most writers on the paranormal sidestep or completely ignore the complexities of this relationship between the observer and the observed. One could imagine these as a microcosm of much more global issues than simply this or that isolated event taken at face value and labelled unknown or charismatic.

In previous essays I explored the concept that thought is based on an incomplete base of knowledge and it's nature as a linear process creates issues of ontology in relation to nature which is non linear and as I explored this issue in the last essay, what we consider to be various forms of sentience are not only interconnected but may constitute a singularity as yet unknown that is also expressed as individuated. In other words, either \ or need not apply inasmuch as if we consider all sentience may be individuated while being a singularity, Neither characterization is entirely true.  

We know that the visual simulations of the mind require binocular vision inherent in having two eyes to allow the perception of depth and it is not usually remarked upon that emotions in relation to rationality also form an analogous situation in relation to a binocular system that takes the calculus of thought and attenuates both inner and outer experiential realities.....While this is a receptive situation in relation to the environment that is indirect in it's nature, we directly cannot access these systems from without and while they are a transcription, we take them at face value without question, going so far as to identify them not so much as carriers of information but as the Self. This entire mirroring effect calls into question what is Self and Not Self. What is imaginary and what is material in some nexus of our considerations by comparisons?

Not to be repetitious, but as I thought about it and expressed it in a previous essay, the systemic processes of thought calculate by division when attempting to put it's arms around experiential realities that are contingent in nature that could be surmised as either\ or. Either it's imaginary or it's an objectified causation in relation to anomalies. What if it is both?
Is there another reality beyond Self/ Not Self, or taking another example as I have used in the past, Normal \Paranormal? Both are true and yet not true.
Hopefully I am expressing this concept (while difficult ) in a cogent manner.


This recognition on my part either rightly or wrongly that due to the processes of thought, we have failed to characterize what lies behind it, a proverbial unseen world. Consequently, I began to study Zen and Taoism which are metalogical systems which explore by postulates, the inherent limitations and self referential identifiers that thought creates. 
Lao Tze encapsulates this mismatch very well in a elegant series of interdependant postulates.

"The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be defined is not the unchanging name. Non-existence is called the antecedent of heaven and earth; Existence is the mother of all things. From eternal non-existence, we can see clearly the apparent distinctions. These two are the same in source and become different when manifested."

It is as if thought creates a moat or membrane around what requires a deeper discernment of it's drivers much as if this were all analogous to a computer system that relies on binaries that define in advance of perception, what reality is or is not reality. It either is or is not. This archaic system reminds me of the divisional aspects thought has placed between the body and mind lacking an intermediary, whereas these days we know that the mind informs the body and vice versa as interdependant aspects of an individuation that in of themselves are not a closed system as a calculating computer is.
Of course anyone who attempts to enter this unseen world is usually sent off on bizarre purposeless errands by consensus social scripting that is always a form of reductionist buffering, either monarchical in nature to avoid confusion that blocks discernment or has appealing tribal identifiers that are also false while being self comforting as much so as the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus.
Robert A Wilson aptly described the universe of consensus realities as naive realism. This is very true when it comes to popular material on the "paranormal"
That being said, I often think of the clever metaphor of an outer darkness wherein there is much rancorous dialog or gnashing of teeth, following a sort of social overlay of associative blockades as territorial prerogatives.

Mundus Imaginalis

Images and Imagination in terms of the anomalies that are experienced brings to mind what Ibn Arabi expressed and stressed that an image brings together two sides and unites them as one. A mirror image is both the mirror and the object that it reflects. It is neither the mirror or the object. A dream is both the observer and what is seen, yet it is neither the observer or what is seen. By nature, as a non linear manifestation images bridge are\ are not. Rationality says this is either true or false whereas a dream is simultaneously both true and false or neither true or false.
By extension one can apply this to consensus reality or further, to the nature of perception as a matter of ontology. In light of this relationship we can identify the issue of individual components of a relationship that are analogous to the material nature on the surface of sentience that is somewhat analogous in my mind to an automobile presented to someone who had never experienced one and was neglected in this transaction by not having received an owner's manual. Taking the analogy further when we observe all the forms of sentience on this planetary ecology, if we took apart this means of transport down to each and every component, and laid them out on a garage floor, each individual component is incommensurable to the assembled automobile.
This unseen world of mudus imaginalis perhaps more real than the visible, sensate material realm but consequently is less real than invisible intelligible realm of the information field and it may account for any number of experiential anomalies that are non physical yet are sensory. 
Dualism has no role in this.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Part One of Enfolded Singularities

A Zoology of Ghosts

"I was born in a cloud...
Now I am falling.
I want you to catch me.
Look up and you'll see me.
You know you can hear me.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I'll find you.
We're over a forest.
There's millions of snowflakes.
We're dancing."

"Snowflakes" -Kate Bush

No two snowflakes are alike and yet they are all snowflakes.
Where does this lead me? Could all forms of consciousness be one?
Awareness leads to perception and so this morning , on a rainy day, my mind wanders to an obscure outpost of conjectures on the possibility of what would constitute awareness without thought. One could say I am implying that thought is an effect as well as inferring that something else..lurks beyond the effect termed as thought. I suspect there is and it's domain extends beyond "individuality".

The Simulations of Self As A Ghost Phenomenon
This is an extension of previous essays expressed as the Self being a simulation or the current divisional perspective of how we classify ghosts and the fear identified with thought that if ourselves as identified as thought and  our thoughts ceased, annihilation would occur .....although space abhors a vacuum and information is never lost but is reconstituted....and in this perspective we may be one ghost out of a zoology of ghosts in a ecology of one species of ghost versus another and yet all exists in a relational nexus.

I am writing this in between chores around the house and it serves a way to make my wandering thoughts more cogent to myself as I make a batch of chili. I suppose it is my restless nature coming out of a sense of existential boredom that propels me into writing today and having read a John C Lilly interview earlier today, his remark that boredom in of itself is a chief feature of our species that compels us toward as many directions and mishaps, revelations as possible, I think my imagination fills in those resting states. It always has, for better or worse. I could be building bird houses instead.

Image and imagination and their entangled nature posed against rationality.
The linearity of thought in a non linear universe.
 Long ago I had read "Grist For The Mill" by Ram Dass and in one section of this autobiography he wrote an extended piece on consciousness without thought and it was so well written as an exposition, it left a gaping question mark indelibly printed in my mind, filed away in some remote corner of my memory.

The provinces of the mind simulate relationships within the finite mathematics of thought which up to a similarly finite limit allows us to imagine what we have not directly experienced.
One could consider both the structural calculations of thought as well as the inverse, the anti-structural mirror images in dreams to have an intercessory nexus that overlays consciousness as processing information as if it were a axial stomach whose embedded relational conceptions as simulations are self referential leading back to their context, as a set and subset of symbols, or referents.

We appear as individuated closed systems and yet this might not be an either\or situation. We may be one point of reference linked to the compounded infinity of other points of reference constituting a many dimensioned probe that has created spacial relations.

Pointillism comes to mind.

The Holography of Parallel Processing

I suspect consciousness does not require thought, and that thought may be peculiar to our species, which is certainly true due to the uniqueness of the environment we have adapted to in relation to other forms of sentience who have adapted to others.

One can easily see an example of this in Cetaceans ( dolphins) as well as other species. One wonders if consciousness is a singular field that is only differentiated by those conditions to which it adapts as a nexus of manifestation, whether it is triangulated dimensionally in a fish, a canine or a human being as processes not of themselves but as constituents of an aggregate sum.

Alan Watts suggested this is an example of parallel processing as Dr Persinger used a similar metaphor of all the permutations of awareness being similar to a network of individual computers. One thinks of a sphere composed of fractals as probes differentiated by species.

One could say this would be represented by a singular creature or sentience that could possibly be a local planetary system networked into other such computational systems located elsewhere as branches of a fractal tree expanding in the creation of spatial relations, which requires no purpose in of itself as we imagine one to be.

So, there is a stronger probability, that given we encountered another formulation of consciousness that is dissimilar to our own, we would encounter not only our own equivalent of a foreign language but the axis of this others species sentience might not be located in thought and so it could be communicated in images that are transpositions which could be mimicked into our own form of simulating that occurs in the human mind, however such an exchange would probably require the loss of transpositioning or as John C Lilly once said “ In more modern terms you have done a mathematical transformation in which your center of consciousness has ceased to be a travelling point and has become a surface or solid of consciousness... “

In other words, all the identifiers that transpose in the simulations of thought which divides, creates sidereal time by comparisons, would go by the wayside, would probably cease to exist as a lens. The boundaries between these demarcations would become non-existent as one would become the information field itself and vice versa. One could say that this concept cannot be expressed, it would be experienced without the intercession of thought. My imagination fades in it's clarity at the entrance to what might be another plane of existence.

All of the above brings to mind Vallees considerations of a physics of information expressed as energy being the equivalent of information and that the spatial nature of an individual nexus of manifestation is incommensurable to it’s total expressions which infers the concept that information, energy is material in it’s nature regardless of how it’s appended, which brings to mind Idn Al Arabi’s concept of nondelimitation as a radiating axis of all possibilities unconfined by the imposition of limits , as their basis is in relationship, separation would require them to be non existents or entirely self relational and of course this is not so which can be self verified by experience.
As always I find him challenging in relation to "thinking in other categories" and regardless of our associations wrought in the follies of theology where the rational clashes with the intuitive, his concepts remain intriguing.

“To call Real Being “one” is to speak of the unity of the Essence. In other terms, it is to say that Being—Light in itself—is nondelimited (mutlaq), that is, infinite and absolute, undefined and indefinable, indistinct and indistinguishable. In contrast, everything other than Being—every existent thing (mawjûd)—is distinct, defined, and limited. The Real is incomparable and transcendent, but it discloses itself (tajallî) in all things, so it is also similar and immanent. It possesses such utter nondelimitation that it is not delimited by nondelimitation. “God possesses Nondelimited Being, but no delimitation prevents Him from delimitation. On the contrary, He possesses all delimitations, so He is nondelimited delimitation” (Ibn ‘Arabî, al-Futûhât, 1911
edition, 3:162.23).

Intuitions of Perception
Perhaps, as the Sufi's suggest, the metaphysical heart is the unitary principle that emotes without editorial purview at foot, that I have often thought of as a carrier waves, perhaps it knows what thought cannot accept and in my many explorations of the state of that inexplicable and intangible organ of perception is awareness without thought. Childhood enfolded into the eyes of adults through those voices whispering just below the threshold of hearing. In this I am reminded of Arabi's use of the term essence and its relationship to the terminology of perfumes, wherein many ingredients ( as in an individual ) are distilled into a single admixture.

Past. Present, Future seem to roil as an undertow through lapping waves on the shore as the often mystical Kate Bush describes this sense as a fog bound harbor..perhaps it's an appropriate coda to my meanderings among as many shadows beyond counting...through this rainy afternoon in...the sensual world.

The chili is done..until the next time.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In Retrospect

For Matthew...

I am equally divided between a search for simplicity that leads into complexities. 

There is a significant portion of my personality such as it was formed, that yearns for a childhood never to be regained and the other disassembles that naivety by casting away the beliefs that lie at the core of who I once was.

I suppose in that way, we are not that much different while you are there and I am here. Another aspect of being pulled in two directions at once while trying to reconcile them is the concept of personal loss and gain as a sort of abstracted tally that is subject to change on a daily basis.

The most common aspect of being metaphorically between two worlds is the shedding of past baggage that is accompanied by regret and more accurately expressed amounts to a remorse of conscience.

I suppose my concepts of the world are very similar to my biology, I am both living and dying at the same time just as the ideas I have in my pocket seem to regenerate by their passing.

I suppose it all boils down to “what is this for?” as if there were some grander and operatic scenario behind the scenes that I am playing within but as I grow older, I see that this wistful and grandiose potential is unnecessary and whether this is gaining confidence in requiring less props to propel me forward or a acknowledgement of my finite rope, also seems to stretch between worlds.

I used to think I needed to locate a map or path to navigate this universe as if it were a finely wrought Swiss watch where all the gears and transmissions of life meshed together in a finely tuned predictability and it was my own stupidity that prevented me from seeing what all this was for, and now as I have less time in front of me as I do behind me, I find I no longer require this imagined map.

Gurdjieff used to say that the only individuals he found worthwhile to engage in any conversation with were either the very young or the very old.

It seems that we begin with an essence that becomes abstracted, pulled by spun in a centripetal diffusion of a marketplace of pretenses and by experience, we return to what could be characterized by a return to one’s essence in a second childhood where wonder and naivety may be a truer orientation than bundling up knowledge in some unwieldy backpack as we ascend to the unknown.

I think the turning point for this writer was seeing others, experiencing others without putting my own baggage in front of what I witnessed in a recognition of the sanctity of life in of itself and my own imagined needs seemed to fall way. 
Acceptance for lack of a better word, is a difficult alligator to wrestle when it comes to the transience of other lives, whether it be the loss of a horse or my son or my parents, and I ask myself where does this lead?

I don’t know but do I have to know? 

Probably not.

For me curiosity toward the fragility of life was always inevitable.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Normative Psychology and "The Paranormal"

Looking back on previous essays I’ve posted here a great deal of them involve metalogic which is the study of logical systems in relation to the study of what we term the paranormal which led me to the conclusion that thought in general is based on incomplete knowledge and yet how much of this doodling is accepted as being objective?

How are we educated as children within the developmental curve of self awareness?

The simple answer is by rote repetition that involves memorization which cannot be erased but can be altered, or variegated. Social normative behavior as a self regulating form of logic is amazingly off the mark and yet this disconnect is not even registered on the radar of what could be called “zombie intelligence” which brings to mind, the pointed critiques of Frank Zappa which he used subversively in his humor…... while the gist of his musical constructions used anti-structure with a structural basis as a sort of a philosophical skepticism toward the normative. War in peace comes to mind as an offshoot of a disconnect that is lodged permanently in a pathway, perhaps even neurologically, so sublimated as the absurd becomes logical, even enshrined.

“When persons are present to one another they can function not merely as physical instruments but also as communicative ones. This possibility, no less than the physical one, is fateful for everyone concerned and in every society appears to come under strict normative regulation, giving rise to a kind of communication traffic order…”
-Erving Goffman: Philip Manning, Erving Goffman and Modern Sociology (Stanford University Press, 1992), p. 88.

To what extent has social scripting influenced the study of anomalous experience? Has this rule making or series of pathways infiltrated the various theories on this subject from Roswell, to Demons, to Alien Abductions to nearly every categorical reference we can imagine in a overwhelming spectrum. Perhaps we can call this the psychology of the normative, which I suspect also plays a role in it’s relationship with neurology.

The normative is defined as:
1.of or pertaining to a norm, especially an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.
2.tending or attempting to establish such a norm, especially by the prescription of rules: normative grammar.
3. reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment:
a normative attitude.

I have observed in the past, many terms applied to the anomalous have no exact root in defining whatever phenomenon it describes, as if to place a term on the unknown is preferable to actually understanding it’s nature. I have called this normative behavior in the past, a pseudo-dictionary.

“With no fact as a referent, what is normative is purely a matter of preference.”
-Ravi Zacharias: The Real Face of Atheism. 2004. p. 56. ISBN 9780801065118.

The context of these pathways appear to create certain results that conform to social scripting or more specifically, imprinting. The subject is not the object described. The pathway overrides the topography, over and over again and it leads me to question the repeatability of stereotyping in language that allows communication lowers cognizance itself. Ancient Astronauts , UfO,s etc

The resemblance to the laws and pathways of theology come to mind which seems to be equally imprinted in it's 21st century equivalents as markers without a direct association to anything other than to refer to itself.

Another subject of past posts.

“ It is remarkably difficult to avoid falling under the spell of our own intellectual heritage. As we analyse and reflect on our normative concepts, it is easy to become bewitched into believing that the ways of thinking about them bequeathed to us by the mainstream of our intellectual traditions must be the ways of thinking about them. … The history of philosophy, and perhaps especially of moral, social and political philosophy, is there to prevent us from becoming too readily bewitched. The intellectual historian can help us to appreciate how far the values embodied in our present way of life, and our present ways of thinking about those values, reflect a series of choices made at different times between different possible worlds. This awareness can to liberate us from the grip of any one hegemonal account of those values and how they should be interpreted and help understood. Equipped with a broader sense of possibility, we can stand back from the intellectual commitments we have inherited and ask ourselves in a new spirit of enquiry what we should think of them.
-Quentin Skinner, Liberty Before Liberalism (1998), pp. 116-117

Are these voluntary commitments? I tend to think not which is a daunting prospect but then again if self comforting balm is the arbiter of the truth then we may as well believe any old tale, which the majority buy, hook line and sinker. 

 Naive realism may be our fate.

The Haunted Self

While chopping and cutting through the underbrush in search of a clearing in a dense forest of dead ends, misdirections and illusions, I often think that Werner Herzog’s story regarding the difficulties of filming in the jungle is an analogy and the title seems apt as “The Conquest of The Useless”.
In past essays, several were devoted to the concept wherein the observer / participant in anomalous experience is, in effect, the driver of such experiences, most notably in EVP phenomenon.
Of course those familiar with the subject know that I am swimming upstream against the current which is filled with pathological ghost hunters, psychological self prophecies and both are wrapped neatly gift wrapped in simple, easy to understand infotainments.
In this situation, I was very pleasantly surprised to find another hapless explorer on the same path albeit a parallel path.
Dr Barry Taft has some very similar concepts as this writer on the subject of the anomalous.

The Gravitational Cohesion of Imaging

Friday, November 28, 2014

666: Consecutive Numbers and Correlations

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

—Pablo Picasso

I reviewed the role of random number generators within a previous post on the study and use of these devices conducted by Princeton University regarding both the global consciousness and the former study of human and machine interactions. Of course generating numbers operates on the framework of sidereal time which is of course, it happens to be the identical framework of thought that occurs in the mind. The patterns become significant only within the context of sidereal time.

The bottom line is the supposition that human consciousness can produce an ordering of chaos by it’s entanglement in spacetime as an input. Mathematics as a means to compare relationships by quantity that is predictable versus the unpredictable nature of nature itself, and of course the larger nature where all of this takes place is largely a mystery that retains it’s charisma.

I suppose what happens in a fishbowl does not reflect on the residents of the household where the bowl is placed on a shelf or does it?

The machinery of random number generators pits consecutive numbers against their opposite and by reading the output one assumes there is a pattern or consecutive nature of it’s causation, a coherency that also underscores thought processes as consecutive, and yet if these readings derived from the study point out anything, it is the age old question of predictability in a closed system versus one that is open.

Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin.

—John von Neumann

This in turn reflects back on the one observing this process as our own lives are to some degree a variable of the predictable and the unpredictable working hand in glove.

One goes back over 2, 000 years ago in the midst of the Roman occupation of Israel and the theological basis of it’s laws which the Roman’s successfully accomplished an end run bypass. The law and belief system at that time forbid the ownership of land by a private party due to the fact that it was believed that no one could own the land possessed by a “supreme being” and the Romans in cahoots with the elders of the religion worked out real estate transactions which were the basis of a huge tumult, amongst many.

So we have a dispute over identical concepts based on ownership in contention and so it is not surprising that an unknown scribe penned what would become a Biblical “Revelation” whose numerical identifier was 666, or if you will, consecutive numbers that were superimposed on a “beast” the beast being the Romans or anyone that tried an end run around this subject of identifying ownership and whose ownership it was presumed to be. Here we have a causation of thought imposed on numbers locked into identifiers and associations within a socio-political contest. Romans versus Israelites.

A collision of conflicting laws. Then again to state the obvious, we layer atop this observation that mathematics is the calculus of laws.

Of course then again so is the nexus of anomalous experiences.

"All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer. "

—IBM Manual, 1925

Of course once again thought requires the predictability of consecutive associations and in terms of the anomalous, one interesting and obscure phenomenon is the seemingly strange pattern of consecutive numbers that can occur under certain conditions.

“I frequently undergo periods of repeatedly waking up during the night at a specific time, something I can’t attribute to external factors. It is hard to believe that there is any noise that could occur with such metronomic regularity (e.g. nobody has a milkman that arrives at precisely 4:24am for a number of consecutive nights – approximately 4:25 maybe – but exactly4:24?). As the example of 4:24 suggests, this would not appear to be from an electronic source (e.g. heating) as that wouldn’t be coming on until about an hour and a half later. Perhaps the oddest part is that though I sometimes check the time as soon as I wake up and at other times don’t look at the clock for 5–10 minutes, the time is always the same.

I can recall being struck by a passage in Colin Wilson’s book Alien Dawn where he comments that, while writing the book, he frequently woke up to find that the clock was a run of identical digits (3:33, 4:44 etc.). Eerily, as I was reading the book, I was encount­ering a run of 4:44s and, as this passage is at the back of the book, it was not until I was about to finish it that I realised that I had been encountering the patt­ern described. Wilson discounts pure coincidence or external agency and suggests that as we live in an “information universe” it is his unconscious mind telling him that we can make greater use of our faculties.

I fail to reach any firm conclus­ion. With my rational hat on I am inclined to suggest that our brains do run such a finely tuned neuro­logical clock, but perhaps only during sleep. Such a clock might have been continuously functional in early humans. As we strove to control our world, we invented devices to measure time. Such devices meant that we no longer had to rely on our internal clock and consequently the facility atrophied.

During sleep, however, there are no devices to keep us up to speed with time. Our internal clock wakes up as our body falls asleep. Nature often provides us with remarkable examples of time-keeping, such as regular migrations – so why should humans be any different? My only problem with this theory is that it fails to explain quite why I would wish to wake up repeatedly at 4:24 (or, indeed, just look at my clock at 4:24) for a number of consecutive nights.

I think it’s an indication of mainly hidden relationships between our internal worlds (conscious and subconscious) and the external world. I’m being told something – but I can’t decipher the message. “

I find this case to be typical of oddly arranged correlations between consciousness, thought and consecutive numbers ( either consecutive in pattern or by the arrangement of the numbers themselves) as I have read of and heard directly of individuals who every time they happen to look at a clock, it is a consecutive number like 111, or 222, or 333 etc.

A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems; a better mathematician is one who can see analogies between proofs and the best mathematician can notice analogies between theories. One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.

—Stefan Banach

What insight does this portend?

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Dialectic Materialism of Bendable Metal

Roswell has resurfaced in the variation of Kodachrome slides being suggested as evidence of extraterrestrial life to be revealed as soon as the various cash transactions, contracts and production arrangements are completed. History is replete with more than enough direct evidence that anytime a predisposing belief is present, those beliefs can be manipulated by others.
More than likely this will be televised as infotainment and as they say, this too shall pass.
The materialistic nature of our society as well as the technocratic context of this mythology has placed  the mysteries of nature into a sideshow, as if the bendable metal that was earlier proclaimed to be a part of this modern day myth, could explain anything other than the fallacies of pathological control systems in the mind .......being projected onto the organisations of national governance, expressed as free floating paranoia.

While certainly the alien or extraterrestrial in this case represents the alienated nature of individuals as an offshoot of existentialism, whose mythologies are literally material whether its bendable metal, a corpse, falsified documents, photo-shopped images, etc, one has to wonder about the absolute lack of insight the purveyors of products have, or have not ,in their possession.
The list of alleged and sell-able products is endless.
It would prove an irony or conversely, an abstraction of an abstraction if these slides of alien corpses prove to be a tourist snap of one of hundreds of sideshows that proliferated during that era, all of whom were usually encased in glass.
A sideshow of a sideshow is probably the result.
Gregory Bateson would probably call "Ufology" a closed system which is self referential. Rich Reynolds advised "You cannot study Ufology with Ufology" Paul Kimball has termed this phenomenon "the Roswell Cult" but this behavioral phenomenon as a quasi religious belief system may require a larger context.

One could call it the Cult of America Inc. In other words, a belief system comprised of  materialism, existentialism, a marketplace of productivity for it's own sake etc are all in the focus of the Roswell Myth as a explanatory metaphor that describes the societal forces that created it.

A corpse in a glass box captured in a 1947 Kodachrome might be a metaphor for "Ufology" itself.
One inverse projection on a reflected surface appears to capture a self portrait of where we stand at the onset of the 21st century.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Normal Versus the Paranormal: Are We Lying Through Our Teeth?

“Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.”
― William S. Burroughs

"Thought can refer to the ideas or arrangements of ideas that result from thinking, the act of producing thoughts, or the process of producing thoughts. Although thought is a fundamental human activity familiar to everyone, there is no generally accepted agreement as to what thought is or how it is created. Thoughts are the result or product of either spontaneous or willed acts of thinking."

This afternoon I am dwelling on a subject that I have tackled before which I think is hidden in our psychology. In other words, a situation that we are deaf dumb and blind to..and the subject is crucial to placing the anomalous in its proper context.

How do we divide the paranormal from the normal? What is the first association I have when I think of the word normal? Predictability. Oddly enough the pointed satires of human societies came to mind from the pen of William Burroughs. "Nova Police" then came to mind as a satire and critique of the self referential nature of the processes of thought requiring conflict as a control system in order to maintain chaos. Certainly a paradoxical proposition but then again, so is the behavior of our societies still split into tribes after the passage of the centuries.

How do we separate the predictable from the unpredictable, the normal from the paranormal? Are accidents random, or in the same vein, what about the meaning of coincidence? The last two musings on the linearity of thought in relation to anomalous events seems to represent two banks of a river.

We are on one side with a strict set of architectures when it comes to the digestion, intake and outcome that originates from the tools we have in processing experiential reality and on the other side it seems that information has the means to organize and propagate itself outside of our own boundaries.

We have our approach to thought as being a form of self identity which the metaphysical world has termed false personality, a false set of self references. There is no Bruce in actuality. It is a distinction of based on a distinction that does an end run around the recognition that the whatever of the whoever this creature represents is also embedded in the whole species and beyond.

The subject becomes an object that does not exist. Sound familiar? The difference between a descriptor and what is being described. Consciousness to a great degree seems skewed by its adaptations to what are essentially unknowns. You can drill down the solidarity of a table to microcosms of quantum flux and still have no identification of anything beyond a sort of myopic perspective that is locally based that uses thought as a means to measure what ultimately is a subjective which we critically assume is objective. We divide consciousness into waking and sleep cycles and one experiential reality is much different than the other and yet the age old question remains, are we under the thrall of autosuggestion in both modes? And this is reinforced by the observation of others on the basis of comparison that reinforces this concept of being awake when we are asleep which is the reason I delve from time to time into metaphysics which not surprisingly perhaps predicted to some extent what physics has discovered that the predictable is unpredictable except when processed through the observer. So what sort of entity is this observer?

No one seems to get around to asking the tough questions.

“Smash the control images. Smash the control machine.”
― William S. Burroughs

Our religions appear to divide by thought as if the source of the transpersonal were composed of human thought that judges makes distinctions as we do and more than that, we can bargain with or please by observing this or that in order to be rewarded or...punished. The Middle East is a good example of religion at work that utilizes the divisions of thought as literally warfare...physical combat.

One species can have variables that are reflected in the divisions of thought, or classification systems that are incomplete as a recognition ,not simply as a term and so we focus on divisors, which in turn originate in ourselves as somehow being one and the same with the processes of thought, separate and distinct whereas our species is as far from a closed system as one can imagine such a situation to be. Time is the construct of comparisons and our comparisons are based on thought which is linear, and so how do we approach the anomalous which violates our senses by not conforming to predictability and causality? We seem to be poor arbiters of what constitutes the realities that lurk behind thought, that thought is an effect, a means and not a source of origination. It seems we need to be reoriented. And of course there are countless paths by which we become or can become imprinted by and assuming we have changed by replacing one set of thinking with another, with the illusion in mind that its all one in the same methodology of thought reinforcing our identification with it as it being at the crux of what we may be, whereas there seems to be evidence that this is not so.

“Language is a virus from outer space”
― William S. Burroughs

If information is energy and energy being an expression of information where does that leave thought in terms of how we transform energy by self organisation? It is strictly channeled by divisions.

Whereas the recombinant nature of the paranormal points out that our species operates in one way and in nature in another as a division or distinction that underlines our psychology, or what Gurdjieff termed psychology which he said was actually the study of abnormal psychology.

Upside down is a good metaphor for our approaches to issues of the anomalous.

Back to the concept of accidents and coincidences that highlight our means of predicting by measurement which ultimately fails us. We are fearful of anti-structure, even go so far as to term it demonic or manipulative whereas it may be our structures are the issue and are a cause of a great deal of whats wrong with this portrait of the human world as it stands, inasmuch as we have carried on a tradition of lying to ourselves as this is what we are taught.

Of course I am not suggesting we do away with thought which would be surrealistic to say the least but rather place it in it's proper context, otherwise, how can we ever place the anomalous in it's proper context?

Perhaps as Burroughs suggested, the products of thought as they are currently constructed are an addiction....and an artifice whose chickens have come home to roost.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

UAP, Non Linear Dimensionality and Thought.

Can we deduct what UAP is not by observing the nature of the observer?
UAP is non linear. What do we mean by this? Human thought is linear, time is created by thought and its distinctions and so time is not linear as we “think” it is. we live in a bubble of thought, or so it seems. We go from location to location and cannot grasp the map so to speak. Science acknowledges this. 
We cannot acknowledge that time is not linear and has no characteristics we are unfamiliar with because we are creatures of linearity, full of divisions, comparisons, associations, etc by way of thought which is linear. We draw distinctions and create time as we have framed it, whereas the evidence seems to indicate this phenomenon draws no such distinctions as it is not a phenomenon of linear time as we have constructed it by the nature of thought. It is outside of our bubble.
Looking at the evidence I began to realize it creates no distinctions whereas we do toward it’s manifestations and what are the results..they are as varied as there are human beings so to speak. 

Also our theories based on linearity have no basis in being measurable by our own standards . What does this evidence tell us about this phenomenon?

It is not human, it does not exist in our field of time by thought nor does it “think” by division. 

We cannot imagine being without thought, as we assume we would perish...therefore we assume we need this or that as bargaining chips, religions , etc and we cannot imagine existence without it as we assume we are what we think and so we become what we think as we envision ourselves as a critical and incorrect assumption. The one who analyses is the analysis. 

We model everything on the content of thought which is incomplete, therefore  analysis is incomplete. we are afraid of this acknowledgement of incompleteness because we identify what we are... with thought…..., our assumption that thought is like an object subject to accident, destruction etc because we think we are in possession of it but it possesses us in a way we are blind to. It is a carrier, nothing more and a maladjusted one at that in orientation. UAP has had projected upon it everything but the kitchen sink. nothing sticks to it. It is a distinction not appended by thought as it is non linear. Or so it seems.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Metalogistics Of A Provocation

Jacques Vallee has suggested that UAP could be a control system of reinforcement and while this may be so, why is it anti-structural? Is it's control system a form of the opposite nature of ordering as we define it? Does it have a metalogical basis in superimposing a paradoxical metamorphosis of our markers? Is this the abstraction of what already is considered control logic in order to form a basis of comparison by establishing relationships? Is the end game a reformulation of consensus reality whose purpose is to reorient the basis of a hidden illogical equation that has become a totem? That is to say, the nature of thought in of itself?

"We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." - Werner Heisenberg

This is a fulcrum for the forensics of a possibility that Vallee has conjectured in his analysis of UAP, which is, it's manifestations are representations of a non human intelligence.

An Interstatial Between A and B
Materialization is a word fraught with difficulties. Material compared to what? Is atmosphere in of itself, not material? Is a wooden table actually a solid? According to Einstein, a wooden table is not a solid. Is thought a form of materialization? We can see it through the activity of neurons by specialized instruments. And so UAP could be considered a form of materialization.

"There is no reason why an extraphysical general principle is necessarily to be avoided, since such principles could conceivably serve as useful working hypotheses. For the history of scientific research is full of examples in which it was very fruitful indeed to assume that certain objects or elements might be real, long before any procedures were known which would permit them to be observed directly." -David Bohmn

What can we compare these UAP materialization to, as in the previous examples? The difficulties of an ontology. They appear to be solid and yet are not according to their behavior by way of our senses. Unlike quantum entanglement that seeks to predict interaction, they , as manifestations are unpredictable at this point.. Can we trust our senses to determine whether they are solids or not? Is a prediction of their manifestation possible that causes their effects on our senses?

In all of these examples that concern prediction, how do we discern between a causation and effect? Are they equals from a certain perspective as in the image seen in a mirror appearing alike but decidedly very different ? Does causation move in a linear fashion? Maybe not. All of these are interstatial issues. What is between A and B? This space between seems to be a beehive of activity that remains elusive. Some like to call it dark energy which supposedly has a greater energy that in what we are able to measure by direct detection, according to these theories. And so is UAP relevant to these issues? Is UAP a signet similar to a living codex?
I think thats very likely in terms of what is between A and B.

In a recent post I conjectured that they are an energy exchange as an example of what is between A and B. Possibly one from another dimensional space which may illustrate an exchange that is formulated by the archetypes it creates when it encounters the finite nature of thought which, is always incomplete, must have an association, a reason, a purpose . Those who go deeper and deeper into one question that leads to another, soon realises thought cannot become what it is not when faced with the incommensurable. Thought cannot reform thought to become something other than thought. Its as if this phenomenon is teaching us a lesson we have yet to grasp that is both charismatic and liminal to rationality. The alphabets of human beings has a very finite set of relationships in counting based on a calculus of references that are full of holes that are what is between A and B.
All of this concerns epistemology, which is the discernment between the justification of a belief based on knowledge from simple opinion. Yet we observe many many opinions concerning UAP, which to most of us is a given.
They occur in the atmosphere where energy is transformed from solar to atmospheric to water to earth to minerals to rocks to metals….then of course there are living creatures which also exchange energy, men exchange all of this there is no one thing, as a Buddhist said, that we can point to and say, thats it, that the nexus….everything is an extension of everything else and what is not a thing and the hopelessness of thought to encompass what cannot be compared is called crazy wisdom, a journey through every archetype of human being, the expert, the skeptic, the believer in this or that which is the journey of the Holy Fool in it’s esoteric metaphor. 

“A book is more than a verbal structure or series of verbal structures; it is the dialogue it establishes with its reader and the intonation it imposes upon his voice and the changing and durable images it leaves in his memory. A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

A riddance of the delusions of thought as rational calculations that are infallible and we look around us at that same fallibility hidden behind every cruelty, the suffering, the hunger..What have we here are totems of the sacred, which is human rationality as the tool maker. Yet, there are less than a handful of scientific skeptics toward the veracity of our knowledge base, who question the calculus of logic as it's currently formulated. Here is one;

The Sacred and The Taboo
When I first began blogging on this subject a friend suggested I was describing what he called God’s game. Which God is a totem, a subject that becomes an object of the human being as a tool maker who mimics and borrows by the observation of a nature he cannot fully understand as thought is presently constituted? 

In his book "Crazy Wisdom", the Tibetan Chögyam Trungpa describes the phenomenon as a process of spiritual or charismatic discovery where the architecture of logic becomes exposed as lacking as a coherent explanation for experiential reality:

"Instead we explore further and further and further without looking for an answer. [...] We don't make a big point or an answer out of any one thing. For example, we might think that because we have discovered one particular thing that is wrong with us, that must be it, that must be the problem, that must be the answer. No. We don't fixate on that, we go further. "Why is that the case?" We look further and further. We ask: "Why is this so?" Why is there spirituality? Why is there awakening? Why is there this moment of relief? Why is there such a thing as discovering the pleasure of spirituality? Why, why, why?" We go on deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper, until we reach the point where there is no answer. [...] At that point we tend to give up hope of an answer, or of anything whatsoever, for that matter. [...] This hopelessness is the essence of crazy wisdom. It is hopeless, utterly hopeless."

Here is another perspective within this issue of the non logical nature of what appears to be the anti-structural elements of the phenomenon.
Ibn Al Arabi one of the fundamental metaphysical influences on Sufism referred to what Jacques Vallee has termed the incommensurable nature of this exchange, in his theological examination of relationships, which could be construed from an agnostic point of view , an accurate representation of the effects these manifestations of a phenomenon portray...projections of an imaginal realm which encompasses robots, spacemen, blond Venusians, reptilian humanoids, gnomes, moths, on and on..
One could say what has been encountered is a superimpositioning of semiotics through archetypes taken out of their context, rearranged as in the quantum information seemingly randomized in a state of dreaming. For those of us with a modicum of discernment realize that if we substitute the loaded term God with a non human intelligence, and rid ourselves of these imprinted associations, Arabi's observations become a potential illustration of the transactional nature of these encounters.....His term for the fulcrum of what is observed is "Active Imagination."

"By the fact that He is the coincidentia oppositorum. Corbin's commentary: . . . the entire universe of worlds is at once He and not-He (huwa la huwa). The God manifested in forms is at once Himself and other than Himself, for since He is manifested, He is the limited which has no limit, the visible which cannot be seen. This manifestation is neither perceptible nor verifiable by the sensory faculties; discursive reason rejects it. It is perceptible only by the Active Imagination (Hadrat al-Khayal...) at times when it dominates man's sense perceptions, in dreams or better still in the waking state (in the state characteristic of the gnostic when he departs from the consciousness of sensuous things). In short, a mystic perception (dhawq) is required. To perceive all forms as epiphanic forms (mazahir), that is, to perceive through the figures which they manifest and which are the eternal hexeities, that they are other than the Creator and nevertheless that they are He, is precisely to effect the encounter, the coincidence, between God's descent toward the creature and the creature's ascent toward the Creator. The "place" of this encounter is not outside the Creator-Creature totality, but is the area within it which corresponds specifically to the Active Imagination, in the manner of a bridge joining the two banks of a river. The crossing itself is essentially a hermeneutics of symbols, a method of understanding which transmutes sensory data and rational concepts into symbols (mazahir) by making them effect this crossing."

What is taboo and what is sacred? Human rationality and its illusionary almost dreamlike quality becomes crystal clear. Thought as a totem at the behest of the logic and rationality that eludes completeness and practiced by cross purposes in the behavior of it’s sciences. What UAP may be perhaps beside the point of a game for which there are only the markers we can observe, not knowing the squares upon which our pieces are placed in a checkmate. The message may be through a mirror of our mediumship where a strange inversion takes place in thought, as if to say thought as a medium is incomplete and not surprisingly to our sciences, the very possibility that this is so is taboo. Yes, all of this is upside down, presented as illogic in a purposeful way and yet we have not even the faintest clue as to the inverse of our own maths by which we determine epistemology What does that say to us? 
What is this message lost in translation? It is a purposeful chaos that as tool makers we have yet to utilize let alone recognize as its metalogic speaks to us.

"What we mean by information — the elementary unit of information — is a difference which makes a difference, and it is able to make a difference because the neural pathways along which it travels and is continually transformed are themselves provided with energy. The pathways are ready to be triggered. We may even say that the question is already implicit in them."
-Gregory Bateson

The Game Theory of Upside Down Ordering
It may be both an effect and a causation at once that reverses the roles of dissonance and chaos. That what is seen as order is chaos and what is chaos is of another order yet to be realised and human thought requires a challenge, a provocation, a clear evidence that this game we have rigged requires some tinkering, some adjustment, some reorientation.
Do we need more evidence that this is so? Can we self verify the veracity of this relationship by observing the human environment?
Game theory is competitive yet requires cooperation and would we cooperate to compete against this challenge if not provoked by a manifestation outside of our own? I think not.
Thought is being challenged without the zero sum of either absolution or judgement. This is difficult for many to grasp. Perhaps we could best call UAP an influence that is more complex and advanced by running rings around us to demonstrate that we have a great deal to learn despite our own opinions or as they say the epistemology of our architectures as both a cause and effect that is literally killing us.
Maybe so….maybe not. I leave that up to you as always as I continue to wonder as I wander.



For Gene

I met Gene Clark a long time ago in a bar and we shared some conversation about railroads and in his case, The Kansas City Southern.. I bought the next round. Some folks you meet instill a sense and feeling as though you had always known them. Gene was one of them. 

We both came of age in the prairies...a land of grasslands, lone tree hills and creeks.
Gene by that time was playing small venues, living out of a suitcase.
Lest you get the impression that I thought or did think Gene was a lost soul. I don't.......unless I consider that we all are.
A sincere, troubled and gifted songwriter, plain spoken with that Midwesterner’s sense of being restless and grounded at the same time. Largely forgotten, underrated but in the final analysis, none of that matters to yours truly.  Whether we travel to other worlds, live in our imaginations, walk down a busy sidewalk or sit while in our own company lost in our own thoughts, we are always in transit between contingencies, moving between places we give this name or that name to.

I wrote that last post with Gene in mind as well as having left home as a teenager to see where that road ended and of course, it never did nor do I assume it will although I must be honest in saying, I just don’t know. Gene never ventured off it in search of something he nor I could probably ever define.
I settled while Gene did not live long enough to tie himself to what we could call a compromise either with himself or with this world.

Guesses, suspicions, landmarks, tipping points, stalling out or in high velocity while the same two legs and feet remain glued like yours to wherever I happen to find myself either by choice or by happenstance. So this temporary post is for Gene, wherever he may be now or if he’s nowhere at all. Again, in the end, that's not what matters. I too remember places and there is more than one kind…..