Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A New Context For Unidentified Atmospheric Phenomenon

With UAP, you have the observer and what was observed in a relationship where information takes on a life of it’s own and does not follow how our normal experiential rules of a predictable context whose chief characteristic crosses the biological boundary between sleep and waking cycles.
These experiences are waking dreams, unpredictable while remaining recognizable.
Certainly neurology is one of several keys to unlock the processing of information in the brain as we are not consciously aware of as everything we are is based on the brains simulation of experience itself.
Nothing can be directly experienced although we are under the illusion that we do.
We continually hear our own voice in our head and yet there is no tongue or larynx to produce sound as well as not requiring ears to hear ourselves speak and yet we constantly accept this inner” voice“as a normal state of affairs as direct experience but it is not.
We are so embedded in this simulation we never question it’s roots.
Our normal waking state relies on predictable pathways based on established relationships in the triad of semiotics ( syntax, semantics, pragmatics)  we call cognition ( recognition) based on the brain simulating the environment. What UAP does is disturb this processing by pathways through the randomising of semiotics. For me this represents an event (relationship) that is parasitic and utilizes information from the brain simulations to signal a something beyond our territory that manipulates our normal simulations by isolating them which results in a waking dream state. This “alien” programming is prone to interpretation by the creation of red herring or straw dog images or representations which account for the wide variety of forms and how these transferences are carried. Flying chariots, spaceships of an endless variety, robots, blonde Venusians, Reptiles..the list is endless.

The living world is recombinant and enjoined in the processing of information as a singularity from every possible perspective from insects to elephants to human beings that represents a compounded and active database and while due to our own orientation as we make the critical assumption we are isolated from these parallel processing subsystems, we are embedded deeply  within it.
While the adaptation of the processing units we call living creatures are in flux they all share a common system based on solar energy as well as common constituent foods and information can be considered both a food and a binding agent.
The aggregate sum of processing that is occurring as I write this is incommensurable to any description or adjective I could attempt to tag it with. The same would apply to it’s nature as a planetary singularity. One could say information is a living system as much as any ecology that has physicality. To say the processing power of this singularity is enormous or daunting is an understatement.  One could say it is a living field of energy as energy is information. If we came into direct contact with this field, I think it is safe to assume, we would not only be unable to process it but it could be we would fall back into our own orientation and end up with what UAP essentially represents, a disturbance of our semiotics whose result would be mismatched equivalences as images and nonsensical messages...a waking dream state.


We know that our atmosphere can carry energy in the form of information as we have an endless variety of sending and receiving devices as well as various wavelengths and decryption methods to receive and send them. What of an energy of information as a field that constitutes the sum total of consciousness that perhaps the atmosphere carries as well? Would this account for a portion of what is termed PSI activity such as ESP  or other anomalies of cognition? 
One could say every device we have created borrows from nature. That is to say, the nature we know of and there is more than we do not know than we do.
That much is obvious.

This relationship between anticipation and memory is based on our own experiential and environmental realities, where linear causality has a set route where we posit “if this is so then what? based on the aforementioned principles. The results are predictable to an extent in terms of cause and effect by the use of logic. This is, if anything, a fallible premise when it comes to UAP.

As the same pathway we follow in our mentations creates psychic scenarios that are associated with UAP that mark a boundary on the other side of logic, we encounter reports of anti-structure. Every night as we sleep the mind creates internal simulations that can be astonishingly vivid that have no roots in physicality as images if you discount the material nature of neurons. One could say dreams are an offshoot of the observer effect when the external environment's connection to processing is severed. One thinks of the same effect in a waking state that was created when John C Lilly placed individuals in a isolation tank. One could say that UAP also isolates the individual from his external environment within a unique and unknown energy field that results in a comparable situation as in the aforementioned examples.

This rerouting of critical assumptions is  a contradiction by observation and interaction of own benchmarks that is very similar to how dreams are organised as quantum information lodged between actuality and very out of context organisation. The similarity of observer effects in the laboratory and what is observed with the confines of a UAP event both share effects based on anticipation, and both are projected in an interaction between the organisation of information in the environment and that which is chosen by the observer as a outcome. 

One could also say that no two individuals share the same dream scenario unless they have been exposed to an account containing identical information which then becomes part of one's memory. In terms of UAP the distribution through media may represent a similar process that accounts for a very transient repetition of certain images. These become a waveform phenomenon until the passage of time weakens their impact and then they are supplanted by other images all of which are represented by stored information in one's memory.

This exchange of information is subject to variability which is also demonstrated in the wide variety of “creatures” and craft in UAP accounts.
I would call this quantum information state one of several secondary effects, the chief feature of which is a high atmospheric energy potential that somehow  is very similar to weather systems. One could say that the result is radiant atmospheric energy which has a profound effect on information processing. The evidence of high and localized energy levels have been measured time and again whether it is in ground traces, ambient readings, burn marks, or chemical interactions with living materials.
It has a material ,energetic atmospheric basis and a psychic effect that is cyclic and yet unpredictable in terms of forecasting a wave of events much like the movement pressure fronts that create atmospheric storms.

In the mapping of gravitational anomalies which include electromagnetic disturbances that are geologically based, that are further qualified by their distance from ambient sources of electrical and communication systems, you have the same effects in other “paranormal” categories of anomalies.  This probability factor of an event occurring versus none have in common  less ambient background signal noise caused by electrical and communications systems whether it is in a remote forest, desert, or at night when less electrical activity in the atmosphere created by these sources.
This similarity of preconditions has been overlooked that is shared between experiential anomalies in terms of psychic effects. One classification of “ghost like” apparitions versus another where in chief characteristics, they share many similarities.

There is a unknown relationship similar to a dipole between atmospheric energy and these geological locations that when conditions are ripe, and strange things happen as a result and these are subject to flux and repetition just like a weather system. They cause transient disturbances or influences on how we normally process information.

We organise information by matching according to location. That is to say when the mind becomes disoriented and cannot find an exact match to account for a high level of disorientation, we create associative anticipations of strangeness that mix the familiar with the unfamiliar by location where we anticipate them to match their environmental context, such as  in a house, we see ghosts of what we would anticipate..that is the human beings who may dwell there. Outside we see craft and their associated creatures to account for dissociation to fill in the blanks and this is subject to variability by the observer effect. The information stored in memory of what symbols represent strangeness are projected upon and as a reaction formulate themselves in reaction to dissociation in both cases.

In effect, the study of this effect and within the popular media that attempt to infiltrate the causes of these effects, the study has been trying to derive a rational explanation for psychic projections and they are taken as evidence like straw dogs or red herrings that have a reality of their own and in the end contradict themselves when compared to one another in the aggregate sum
Supernatural is a oddly contradictory word. The connotation to supernatural is that certain events occur outside of nature. A more accurate way of looking at the meaning of this word would be to say some events occur due to an unknown aspect of nature rather than being outside of it.

John Keel came close to accurately describing the nature of this beast but fell into the supernatural trap of assigning demons, and other assorted creatures whose sole aim was to bedevil us.

Jacques Vallee also considered the possibility of a non human intelligence behind these events via his control system theory and while I am open to the subtle influence these events create, I see nothing that has fundamentally changed from this controlling theory outside of the outgrowth of 21st Century superstitions which then circles back to Keel’s world view.

If this represents a combination of unknown natural forces, one can only hope that they are never discovered and harnessed. The effect would be a daunting non lethal weapon system .

If an outside (presumably extraterrestrial) is wielding these same forces the only purpose I could think of was to soften up the defensive barriers of human fears in advance of “the real thing”.

The continual off and on pattern of these events as Vallee sees it, is a reinforcement technique so one could say that their benign effect , while startling, demonstrates we have nothing to fear if that is what is being reinforced.

On the other hand, if you plant a hundred red herrings or straw dogs around as false targets, how can your subject determine which are real and which are not?
On the probability scale these alternatives seem unlikely although we like to think we have some unique and significant quality that would motivate this, while when one considers the vastness of the universe and the enormous diversity it contains, this seems unlikely.

One could say there is a sublimated reason for resisting this concept that several interactions occur in a certain combination that affect the mind as it is disquieting that we are prone to waking dreams. It is much easier to project the same on mysterious agents flying spacecraft that are real.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sketches of Other Worlds


Dreams, Visions and Experiential Anomalies;
Escher, Carroll and Yours Truly

Imaging and imagination entangled in the loom of dreams where rigid architectures are the loose puzzle pieces of other possibilities...or as one wag put it…”to think in other categories” is an alternatively open window to other worlds that exist in coinciding parallels.

Recombinant by a deconstructive point of view, this state of flux seemingly re-engineers our mental drive trains and transmissions, differential gears of spacetime by repositioning the markers we have set down between A and B.

To synthesize while everything ...................we are involved with is a simulation of yet something else.




“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


What of those creatures in other worlds, whether it is the dead dreaming of life, the extraterrestrial who navigates realities knowing they are dreams, or a dolphin who communicates with images based on sound alone?

Alan Watts toward the end of his own tether though that the physicality of reality was based on a multitude of simulation programs entangled in one another, much like Gurdjieff’s concept of self awareness which is counted by the number of programs running.

Instinct, intellect, somatic functioning, emotions, imaging etc all simulations continually attenuating feedback in relation to ( if Watts was correct) the simulations of parallel programming...... as a multi-phased operating system, and yet we suspect there’s more to this than simply computation, or simply zombie like reactive knee jerks,........... and it may be that sleep and the isthmus of dreaming is a counterpunctual counterweight and what is in the middle is something that has no name that is in the process of becoming more self aware in the sense of orientation...... that goes beyond tagging a name on a child or defining ourselves by how we process this or that.

“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The simulating programming of a worm, coinciding motion with instinct, or a canine with an emotional program added toward a development of intellect..all very convenient and observable shells of a larger processing, wherein the goal is everything that has physicality becomes self aware, as the whole that encompasses all forms grows in it’s aggregate sum in this entanglement of cross talking simulations probing one another’s programming simulations….to become what is unimaginable as the proverbial bees gather the nectar of information back to a hive that has no specific outcome in mind and is the furthest imaginable destination beyond the parochial frames of a monarchy within the multiverses we can summon in our minds eye.



“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I suppose that Lewis Carroll as a mathematician created his Grimm's fairy tale in meta-language as part of a computational simulation of questions that questioned any answer as to open a window of these other worlds as a subterfuge buried in a chocolate box much like the sweets of knowledge as conceived in a revelation as imagined by John who likened the experience of knowledge as a sweet confection leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Yet, to disdain by a reactive knee jerk what cannot be bought in the marketplace by accruing a debt that must be paid in full before exiting..seems premature in an ironic twist that we lack enough information to create a sort of baggage we have to lug around. Yet some buy this or that. Some are collectors, some are hoarders, some are building castles in the air, some are busy building moats, some are creating arks

We duck into an alley and have walked off of the known edges of our world onto others...to redefine ourselves by comparison by the examples set for us. Indeed we create sketches of other worlds..to what end? Is the point to connect all the dots? Is the pretense of knowledge more valuable than an open window by which we sketch other possibilities, or do we learn to walk and chew gum at the same time, all the time knowing none of this is an end onto itself?

It might be that the anti-structural may prove to be our saving grace in the end, or as the Sufi would say....to believe in unseen worlds. Or to be in the world and not be of it.



Jonah just won't learn that the known world does not operate by his rules and in his evangelical fever to make things predictable for himself within a world that is stubbornly refusing to conform to his control, he sets out with an impetus that he despises everything about his fellow creatures..really dislikes them.

He manages to go off from land among those who fish for the unknowable with the aim in mind to convert them into his way of thinking and they are the perfect captive audience. He begins to harangue them constantly whilst they are diligently working to catch what can be consumed from the natural world, and catching fish is unpredictable and so Jonah continually rubs them the wrong way.

In the midst of a particularly difficult day Jonah's hectoring reaches a zenith and the crew has had enough and throws him into this proverbial sea, where he becomes a fish that is swallowed by the largest imaginable fish and he is given what could be called an enforced meditation....by an unanticipated outcome created by his own rigidly held crusade that is also a pathology...as we view the historical world in this context of cyclic determinism as a form of fads that vanish only to reappear as mirages.

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

And so the tape reaches a blunt edge and whirls around the spindle and we walk away none the wiser but for our knowing less by knowing more has a silence surrounding it that lets in the sound of the aviary the songs of praise sung by a choir, from up in the branches of a tree..as the light from a distant star folds colors into a painting without the benefit of hands...which perhaps is a sketch in of itself.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Suggestibility and Realities



"Suggestibility varies as the amount of disaggregation, and inversely as the unification of consciousness."
- Boris Sidis: The Psychology of Suggestion: 

It begins with a compendium of Grimm's fairy tales as a metaphor lodged into rationality wherein we just may exist in an enchanted forest full of creatures that span the divide between the demonstrable and the theoretical.

One could say we live in a maze of choice which has it's parallel in the image of a house of mirrored desires and fears that blend into a profound state of suggestions that lack any coherency whatsoever yet it is important for our species, while losing the popcorn trail of finding our way back to it's origins, we constantly computerate unverifiable information as a navigational aid in our attempts to orient ourselves. Perhaps it is as Karl Shapiro suggested, that "We are deranged, walking among the cops Who sweep glass and are large and composed."

All of this is based on a consensus that resembles more of a weather system that a guidebook. This seems to be a taboo subject as if to admit this, all would be lost, and yet, to do so, can be a grounding influence that steers us into recognizing the buried skeletons in the closet rather than following what remains a comfort zone solely on the basis of their rote repetition or popularity defining reality from without.

The King is dead, long live the King in the critical assumption that follows the that we exist in a monarchical universe as the basis of "civilization" that remains steadfastly and indelibly followed for thousands of years, or conversely, as Hawkwind suggested an announcement is required to the effect of , "This is your captain speaking, your captain is dead."

Whenever I consider the findings of quantum physics in relation to a monarchical universe, I well consider myself then to be the surveyor of Kafka's Castle that has blurred the distinction between fact and fiction as if these findings simply confirm what already exists which requires a further explanation.

A.R Orage, asks "Are We Awake?"
http://www.gurdjieff.org/orage3.htm

The last post regarding social and cultural scripts related to the play being staged for Islamic version of the mythological “last battle” was preceded by William S Burrough’s humorously caustic advice to young people regarding the same when it is applied to similar controlling systems..which I tagged as living mythologies that create predictable results, whether it is technology improving our lives while destroying our the environment it (as well as ourselves) depend on, all the while the aggregate sum of humanity remains in the thrall of suggestion, which makes one consider how much we experience directly versus that which defines reality is suggested to us.

“The imaginary is what tends to become real.”
― AndrĂ© Breton
A consensus of a suggested reality that is prone to competition.

I was reading John Keel’s analysis of this in regard to the ‘UFO” phenomenon where he divided the leading proponents of various theories into a social and political spectrum of left wing and right wing factions, the conservative faction versus the liberal and I was struck once again to the similarities between the “normal” and the “paranormal”
One could consider the absence of the word “climate change” in the media as a means of suggesting by plausible and passive absence of recognition or discussion of it’s present and future effects as a means of reinforcing the products of capitalism on which it depends upon.

There should be no surprise when we encounter this. Again, we have a social script of a living mythology being staged and played as a sort of self comforting buffer, to avoid the clashing of apparent cross purposes being compounded daily with interest.

In this blog I have suggested that how we define prosaic reality is not a very reliable means to ascertain what constitutes the paranormal as normal is non existent as an objective math to calculate not only our own orientation but that which exists outside of our purview,
Consider how much information can we self verify? Our reach is relatively small, and yet with the proliferation of advanced communications technology we have to consider the vast amount of information both of a paranormal nature and “normal” nature that is accepted unquestionably due to it’s being simply communicated.
On another post I entitled “An Empirical Failure To Launch”, the same theme was played in terms of the debate over what constitutes evidence as well as the denial all around us that has existed for centuries in equal suggested layers of denial when it comes to actions and their results as an equally measurable equation that we seem to have a strange capability to repeat the same errors of behaviorisms in a cyclic manner….all due to the prevalent suggestions at the time which permeate the environment that nullify any learning curve.
One could call this situation the materialization of The Emperor's New Clothes, a fashion statement that cloaks itself in a ever changing wardrobe.

The balancing of what we do know and that which we do not know is an entire ontology in of itself as another theme I have posited here is the recognition of what we do not know is more important than that which we do...where mythology meets rationality in terms of the supernatural, which I have always considered to be an error of language inasmuch as what exactly is supernatural? If all belongs to a natural but largely unknown nature?

On another venue, the subject of original sin was posited as the loss of recognising and encountering productively that which appears to be magical as we have lost the innocence to be aware of the liminal. My comment was as follows:

“As in everything, our species has written it’s own social script based on our own behaviorisms and attempting to rationalize them as being dictated by random choices that in turn are based on the vagaries of self awareness that are unique to our species. The anti-structural ( supernatural ) is domesticated into rational terms and you end up with a mess. God by it’s nature, is incommensurable yet defining the incommensurable remains a human activity.

Any extraterrestrial would find this a tragicomedy as evidence of a profound innocence.

Sin as the root of original sin is a judgement placed against the dualism of either praiseworthy or blameworthy behavior that is contrasted against divine ( sacred ) law or rules as a form of rationalism as defined as it was written by our forebears which then was divided into good and evil by Zoroaster who added reward and punishment by the crossing of the Chinvat Bridge.

In essence, his was a social control psychology that predates Moses. Some have suggested that demonizing of the Romans in occupied Israel led to the invention of Satan that built on Zoroaster's innovation which in turn influenced Egypt in the creation of the Sons of Light versus the Sons of Darkness from which Christianity was innovated from.

However, in it’s earliest form,the blameworthy original sin was divine itself in Sumeria,Then there was the People of The Garden, known as the Yezidis believe that Tawsi Melek , the Rainbow Peacock or The Angel of Earth ( the planet itself as a divine creature ) was amoral, and manipulated humankind for it’s own purposes which then led to the other authors much later creating the Demiurge as a supernatural agency of Tawsi Melek. 

This led to what remains today that the Yezdi’s are devil worshippers.

The formulation of the Demiurge ( supernatural forces of a planetary nature) as a organised influence to promote ignorance by knowledge that harness animal appetites to foment chaos in the guise of knowledge. Some authors early on ascribed this tactic to the development of writing as a divine or supernatural edict leading to a loss of memory, where the means ( rationality ) becomes a self referential illusion of knowledge that underpins humankind as innocent victims who have been duped thinking they are conscious.In Babylon, there was a school of thought ( Sarmoun Darq) that migrated to Afghanistan that being born was an effect of original sin, that we exist in a living purgatory of physicality as a result. The Garden was elsewhere….”

One impetus for originating this blog was the absolute absence of any philosophic consideration of the issues that the paranormal raises and this continues to be the case as far as I know.

“A constant human error: to believe in an end to one's fantasies. Our daydreams are the measure of our unreachable truth. The secret of all things lies in the emptiness of the formula that guard them.”
― Floriano Martins
And so I continue to wonder as I wander...

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Strange Tale From the Middle East.

'"The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.”
-Hegel





One aspect of current events that I find odd among many others are events in the Middle East, home to what are described as the desert religions... which are at the heart of a long term conflict that has managed to become a quasi-global dispute over what are essentially belief systems becoming rule books for the architecture of behavior is a matter of prophecy. Is there any precognitive value in what I have found in my past decade long exploration of the relationship of Islam to Christianity? Just as in Christianity, there are many “specialist” interests in Islam which could take up an entire post in order to clarify their differences,

One aspect of the various sects within the variables of belief systems in tracing the roots of religion in general is just how specific the Nasqbandi school of Islam is in their beliefs in terms of what Christians would define as their tipping point of world civilisation that is to say, a series of them...The Christian version is largely focused on ecological events and economic results whose benchmark is often termed an “Anti-Christ” figure, meaning that as one Sufi put it, “religion turned strange”..where it’s behavior is in direct opposition to it’s intent.

In the version that struck me in it’s specifics was geographical specitivity..meaning that events were given specific locations. In this case the border between Iraq and Syria…which, of course this specific location in the midst of a civil war in Syria within the lack of governance by anyone is the nexus of the formation of ISIS which consequently entered into Iraq which had never jelled as a viable state since the ousting of Sadam Hussein.

This is where their particular “Anti-Christ” makes his first appearance. Bear in mind I read this well over a decade ago but it always stuck in my head as being oddly specific in terms of how these prophecies generally unwind themselves into a chain of causal events.

This character was described as performing “miracles” of deception, much like the Christian variant of this same character wherein he created a scenario where the dead were seen to be in heaven, when in reality they were in hell. Of course, hell being an ill defined alternative reality.

Think Isis….as a religion turned strange.

Coincidence?

The next event is a military conflict as a result of this figurative leader of death and destruction in the name of religion which of course you could name many other past examples in both Islam and Christianity ...and in this case, it becomes more specific in that like in the present tense it was foreseen there is no uniting opposing figure on the other side among the desert tribes , so to speak.
However due to this conflict a uniting Arab leader gets his cue to enter this play and thus begins a more focused delineation of opposing forces appears unlike the current situation which implies an allied Mideast military force will coalesce under a leadership figure. Personally, looking at the current cast of characters, none come to mind at the moment.

This next event is the appearance of one such political personage and a major regional war larger than any historically takes place in the Mideast. One already knows the Christian version that fundamentalists manipulate in their own manner as the battle to end all battles and of course this was the general consensus after WW1.

Nonetheless, while this regional battle ensues, this version says a third event occurs specifically in Turkey, and more specifically in Constantinople. More specifically than that, the location in Constantinople is named.




Who should reappear? Yes, it is no less than Jesus who plays in this account more of a cheerleading role up until the last moment...However, he is not very happy with how he has been characterised, to say the least and goes on to essentially dismantle all of the mythologies and manipulations that have been personally tagged onto him. This aspect I found interesting..especially, the comment that his reappearance will cause more reactive counter opposition to what is another form of deception, that is to say, his intents were mischaracterized intentionally and that his entry into the scene will cause either back peddling and  the destruction of institutionalized Christian religion.

I can find no comparable prediction with this plot twist. Christians have inserted the reaffirmation of what they have taught as intercessors while this version foretells the opposite as a benchmark. Then again, there are editorial prerogatives in that as Islam claims to be the extension of Christianity,  would not the same effect be seen in Islam?

All of this seemed highly improbable ten years ago and still does in terms of this Jesus figure reappearing, yet the similarities to the events that are in advance of his entrance in a specific city in Turkey are striking.

Without getting into a spoiler of how this allegedly ends..What does this say about a certain metaphysical stagecraft wherein all of this might be manipulated as it is a predictable outcome of past behavior? A strange tale to be sure.

More to follow.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

William S Burroughs On Technological Political Science, Control Systems and Young People



In our society, you have to negotiate with what the Sufi would call “ a perfumed scorpion” in terms of the architecture behind the control systems of technological science that Burrough's nicknamed the Nova Police that also represent what Sturock called AI... as a metaphor for our societal wherewithal, the replication of  a “zombie intelligence” which in my list of preferences I would call the woeful mastermind behind the flat screen, a “cellular intelligence”. 







William S Burroughs never said what he said directly under the thrall of metaphors, and his advice to young people addresses experts, authorities, social masquerades of beneficence, role playing as designed by a wardrobe assistant and any other sort of politic such as the religion of our time underpinned by a philosophy of militaristic mafia actions, selling protection rackets, pay offs, that wheeling and dealing with homicidal amorality albeit much improved in it's subtle complexities since the time of the Hittites...struck me as both humorous and starkly blunt, a script addressed to a tragicomedy...all of this is perfumed with the patina of altruism, in reality, making things better by making them worse as their most important product, the murder of our living world in trade for a handful of plastic trinkets. He begins slowly as if playing the straight man dealing with prosaic homilies and then as they say, "gets on a roll.."




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Empirical Failure To Launch



“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
― Salvador DalĂ­



Skepticism leads to general rules as truth and the other to the devil and in these days, I think there is a certain cynicism about our institutionalized belief systems based on empirical thinking, for which, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest it’s warranted.
There is no skepticism in myself in thinking we exist in an isthmus between what we cannot sense and the simulations that have a physicality to them, and in parallel we exist there between external histories and internal orientation that share pretense as a operating system.
None of this exists as a value system, rather it's a matter of involuntary immersion as the formless adapts to it's environment just as a fish cannot stroll down Main Street, and hence adaptation becomes an imprint of rote repetition unless what we have adapted within changes from without. Yet if this is a mutable evolution from without, it can also be so from within by consideration of certain distinctions we critically assume we have, which is choice apart from other species.
Fifty percent of all other living species have vanished in 40 years due to human activities and by 2050, Anchorage Alaska will be balmy while the West and East will be subject to mass migrations to the Upper Midwest.
Yet, as far as skepticism is concerned, the mass media, and our voyeurism toward events creates denial, a belief that all this will go away or more importantly none of it exists Where is the skepticism based on empirical data toward our own behaviors?



Technological science has blurred its own distinctions by becoming a philosophy.
As a result, cross purposes seem to be our most important product.
I could take the layers upon layers as if I were unearthing geological time as an excavation of abandoned cities as being internal frameworks or benchmarks of habitation no longer being perched upon the surface, no longer having a utility as a matter of convenience. We have internal convenience and external conveniences that are prone to exposure.
In looking over a listing of weaponry against unfounded beliefs pointed at students, I cannot help but think I could write a long list of “facts “ that I was taught ( indoctrinated in ) as a kid that were found to be absolute bullshit. Where were the skeptics, or even mild agnostics?
Empirical frameworks result in belief systems that are not set in stone, and are always changing as far as what exists between A and B. These days what was set in stone seems to be back firing at an ever increasing velocity in terms of the verifiable results this list of critical assumptions has feet of clay.
Escapism in it’s many forms has paved over reasonable conjecture.
This grey area promotes what could be called a psycho-social malady as a parallel to a shared psychosis of fantasy over riding realities, the search for an escape hatch. How many shows are promoting the fantasy of escaping from the current juggernaut of fate by seeking opting out by moving to Alaska? Then again to me this parallels the majority of the paranormal community seeking the same fantasies of alternatives, also mirrored by conspiracy theories. I think all of this is based on the weaknesses in human psychology, the desire for alternative story lines and no amount of hard data can override this desire to maintain pretense at all costs, regardless if it’s fact or fantasy driven. The distinction between conjecture and belief is missing which only affirms my sense that the paranormal can become normal in prosaic terms, and the bar for lowered expectations is reaching an epic sort of entropy.
Gurdjieff once noted that there is no hope for humanity but there is for the individual. Not by escaping far from the maddening crowd. One could say we imagine what we are by taking on critical assumptions based on what we would prefer rather than what we are, and taking myself as an example, the gap is enormous. Call this disparity grist for the mill, the erasure of previous assumptions a self exposure of the props and foibles of my orientations regardless of the outcome...and in this, I fall back only to startle myself back again into a waking state purely by happenstance. I come back to my context within a larger organism and that of the species I belong to, and I ask... Do we suffer intentionally in seeking a result or do we suffer involuntarily by the results of an outcome by avoiding difficult truths about ourselves?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Quantum Afterlife?

Of Stuart Hameroff, Solaris, Microtubules, Mirrors and The Tao of Realism



Sleep and dreams as the mirrored representation of Death?
Some metaphysical texts call this relationship a Janus face of a lesser and greater resurrection within a cyclic reconstruction of continual innovation, or perhaps simply...an experiment within an unimaginable scale.
If Stuart Hameroff isn't brilliant, I don't know who is. If you follow his exegesis from beginning to end, you might come away with the same impression that occurred to me. As a metaphor we seem to be evolving beyond the electro-mechanical functioning of the mind \ brain relationship to an electronic one ..but then again, as he observes, the mind\ brain is more than computational. A fascinating journey on the mind refracting upon the mind as if ( once again ) as the point of his experimenting is " to see what happens" within the same process occurring to him from without as he speaks.
Strange geometries to be sure.
This interview brought to mind that in every fiction, there is truth and in every truth there is fiction  as a representation of a Tao within consideration. As a extension of this thought is in relation to the film Solaris wherein a simulated sentience has the capability to realize it's nature as artifice and yet has an inherent reality within many realities. Food for thought.




If this is so, the implications of both Solaris as a work of fiction as well as Hameroff's quest to unravel appearances, the implications of either one as grist for the mill makes our current conceptual models largely the byproduct of another form of dream, the imagination as a quantum utility of rationality...On each side of the mirror one wonders what the other is in relation to a chicken or the egg zen koan.


 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Part Two: To See What Happens



Between Two Sides of A Mirror

If you have been reading this blog long enough you might guess that I assume that both the nature we are enmeshed in as well as the frameworks from which we view our position are entirely experimental when comparing what we know to what we don’t know and what we do not know will have a profound effect on our critical assumptions.
Both personally and globally there are the successes and failures in this experiment and the word success has a certain self vested edge to it that can cut both ways.
Where this begins and ends is anyone’s guess whether it is a linearity attached to an omega point as a folded circle that then mutates into an unknown parallelism or the darkness of sleep, there exists no map and if this experiment has a purpose, or several, one of which seems obvious and that is our exploration of our nature in relation to an unknown much larger than ourselves, to say the least of this situation.
Throughout our lives and beginning at an early age on the verge of self awareness, we are given rules, structures as well as rewards and punishments with the emphasis on performance that continues into the humdrum or a fascination with adult employment.
Yet there is always in the background a terrible beauty surrounding this, which is nearly always sublimated until there is what Gurdjieff called a shock occurs and then the constituent components of givens and druthers ( as they say here in the South) begins to softly collapse onto itself, leaving us staring in a state of disassociation over the edge of a proverbial roof at the opening maw of an infinite sea...A series of if so, then what strings are unfurled  to hold to the ground a equal series of kites that drift and careen on a merry go round wherein rational logic meets the barricade that sits before the well that exists at the end of the world.We drop stones to hear them echo in abeyance while the shutters fixed to our abode slam and shudder in the midst of a squall.
We cannot synthesize magic as it denies naivety although one could ask in this materially driven marketplace of empiricism whether or not anomalous experiential realities have been blurred where the prosaic is as anomalous as the unanticipated and then we could also ask whether it is the observer or what is observed that is driving our little oxcart along this bumpy road. I suggest to you it is neither and it is both as two sides of mirror that interrogate each other as to determine what is real and what is not in this experiment.
It is our choice and it is not within the confines of a certain animism wherein one is connected to the other and at times, one side of this mirror can push open the door “like a thief in the night” and announce itself by its nature even to the most hardened shell of a indelibly defensive skeptic.
Mutation and adaptation was at the core of part one and by surveying the institutionalised realm of science, religion and the paranormal communities that cling to the mountainside as proverbial villages, we pass them as a bystander on the way to elsewhere, wherever we find ourselves tomorrow as a continuation of today, whose boundaries are dreams….in a quantum vocabulary performed as a shadow play.
The Janus face of the anomalous experience is private as well as intended for public consumption and so in our thinking on this we have failed to recognise the two are joined at the hip, and so they are separated strictly by what they appear to be and not what they are.
The conjunction of imagination and rationality are also a Janus faced phenomenon that acts as the dipole of a motor as in the symbol of Taoism that turns our speck in the face of a light that moves our planetary axis by spiralling diffusion.
History is as cyclic as human behavior but then lurking there as a watchman is a certain presence that refuses to obey our anticipations, neither affirming or denying them, leaving us holding a bag with a hole in it.
An experimenter by nature of a certain stimulus and response that lacks any reward as much as it lacks any punishment other than to see what happens and what if…
You can run but you cannot hide.

Musical Interlude

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To See What Happens



An Experiment of Realities
When I wrote "The Surrealism of Realism" I intentionally left out the premise behind it which is how an outsider coming into this world would view how we imagine the world to be while not knowing what it is. By putting it in the first person singular, it seemed more compelling to me. In this I suggested that the paranormal community, religious communities and the scientific community practice what Charles Fort called "witchcraft". 
I wrote;

"In the battle between the empirical science community and the paranormal community can one be be a conscientious objector? Each side claims victory lacking a conclusive argument while neither side realizes that in this game, one hand is washing the other in a cooperative movement in competition to pin the tail on the donkey while the donkey is missing in action.

Both the scientific community and the paranormal community seemingly exist in a world dictated by their own terminology in what Robert Anton Wilson categorized as variants of "naive realism" in that with science, by repetition, blurs the line between theory and fact as does the paranormal community strictly on the basis of contingencies that become pseudo guidelines of consensus subject to a deeper scrutiny. "

http://tarnsitsandstations.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-subjectivity-of-paranormal.html

Perhaps this is evidence for the absence of humility in the face of the enigma of life, or the descent into making square pegs fir into round holes. And yet the game remains afoot, regardless of how we imagine it's fixed nature whereas it seemingly has none...or does it?

"Witchcraft always has a hard time, until it becomes established and changes its name. We hear much of the conflict between science and religion, but our conflict is with both of these*. Science and religion always have agreed in opposing and suppressing the various witchcrafts. Now that religion is inglorious, one of the most fantastic of transferences of worships is that of glorifying science, as a beneficent being. It is the attributing of all that is of development, or of possible betterment to science. But no scientist has ever upheld a new idea, without bringing upon himself abuse from other scientists. Science has done its utmost to prevent whatever science has done." -Charles Fort( Lo!)

* As mentioned, I would add the paranormal community at large to this list.




Last night before I awoke I found myself in an enormous building full of stainless steel piping, banks of instrumentation, huge conduits of bundled wiring going here and there and there sitting around a prosaic picnic table were several scientists \ technicians in white lab coats. I asked them a question. “How would you explain to a layman in the simplest possible terms, what you do?”
For quite some time they seemed flummoxed, silent…and so I walked away going further into this cavernous building. As I wandered, snow began to fall all around me. I felt someone was watching me and sure enough, a figure darted behind some equipment and I awoke.
I lay in bed with my eyes opened in a twilight awareness of my surroundings and thought to myself their lack of an answer was striking and then I remembered that bothersome previous post and how an outsider would view our imagining of what this life is all about in relation to not knowing.
Well, Bruce..how would you answer the question? I thought about those technician \ scientists and their profession which is….experimentation. Why is a experiment conducted? To see what happens. How? You take something out of context place it in a new environment and subject it to forces it would not normally encounter, or you try different combinations of what already exists and recombine them and of course prior to this you imagine these experiments prior to acting upon them in any physical way. So I saw in my minds eye, several things,  a super collider, Ben Franklin lofting a kite up into an electrical storm..chemists synthesizing plastics. The result was something never seen before in a physical form.
Where else could this simple concept be applied? At once I thought of Nature being an experiment. A tree, a dinosaur, a centipede, a human being….all being the result of the same processes, and for lack of a better term in this case,,, mutations..caused by the environment creating something never seen before.
The previous form is buried in the genome of living things remains as it’s original constitution as a invisible thread strung between various expressions of physicality. What every form that is present is actually a legion of physical forms, all of which are transient according to what was seen to happen as a result of experimentation just like synthetics, or the harnessing of electricity.
To see what happens.
My thoughts turned the other way and I saw Thomas Edison in his laboratory ..working with hundred os combinations of materials to create one filament that would work for his imagined electrical light. Or, the thousands of plant samples used to create synthetic rubber. In other words, the scope of the samples..the variety of possible combinations.
The going in the opposite direction, I thought that as I lay in bed, there are seven billion possible combinations of our species roaming the surface of this sphere. To see what happens...as applied to this. As one of seven billion, I wondered how many of them are questioning this reality of imagining what the world is while not knowing. You have a variety of results.
Then it came to the question behind the question, what sort of experiment is this? What is conducting this experiment?  What is the point of experimentation and is there an imagined result? If so, what would it be? If I followed my own reductionist premise it would be to create something never seen before that would incorporate a greater utility in it’s environment.
I thought to myself, all of this has to do with variables of two kinds. One is pre-existing and the other is introduced as the aim of the experiment to see what happens. So..if this is so ( I thought) then all of the variability of the human being is fairly preset so to speak, perhaps more so now than in the past. So if this is true all phenomenon is fair game to consider in this context of the human being. And so...is paranormal experiential reality an experiment? 

"Would we if we could, educate and sophisticate pigs, geese, cattle? Would it be wise to establish diplomatic relations with the hen that now functions, satisfied with mere sense of achievement by way of compensation? I think we're property" -Charles Fort ( The Book of The Damned )
    I thought back to the last time I made an approach to any possible quintessence to this question. I circled the field without finding the conditions for a landing..the information field in particular in relation to a experiment.

    http://tarnsitsandstations.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-alchemy-of-unidentified-atmospheric.html

    Part Two to follow….and several of my correspondents have noticed a trend no matter where one wanders on the internet and this appears to have been more striking with the passing of Mac Tonnies. That is to say, whether one reads the popular websites that are compendiums of paranormal news or blogs, they all appear to be collections of disconnected events as reported without any philosophical consideration as to their connections to one another which was Mac's forte, so to speak. There seems to be a lack of introspection or even rumination on their import....and so we soldier on to wonder as we wander with more questions than answers.


    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Shifting Assumptions In Science

    The critical assumptions of science are questioned in this symposium posted on The University of Cambridge website and one of my favored physicists, Brian Josephson participates. His area of research as covered here in the past concerns the relationship between mind and matter. This fascinating discussion bears a relationship to my last post on the failure of both science and the paranormal community to address what is basic to the entire subject area of liminal phenomenon other than to reinforce their own vested stereotypes that ultimately remain stubbornly incoherent.

    http://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/687386