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.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Subjectivity of Defining The Paranormal

The Surrealism of Realism By Way of A Competition or
Whats Wrong With This Picture?

Pretense and Theory
Some firmly believe as an act of religious faith that the paranormal does not exist. The setting of rules for the possible as a bulwark that is constituted by a defensive psychology more so than a demonstrable reality is one of the ironic hallmarks of uncertainty. Gregory Bateson once opined that how our species thinks and how nature operates are two entirely different affairs. Depending on which physicist's calculations you prefer, we live in strings bubbles or a hologram whose source is unknown. Perhaps I should call this series of posts, "Back To Basics"
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.
You can choose these pseudo terms of science that are theoretical and compare them to the equally lofty use of expressions such as "vortex " or "demon" or "UFO" which completely lack specitivity in their architecture... a sort of free floating dictionary. A verb describing an unknown noun. A majority of Ufologists have defined the study of their subject to be extraterrestrial, again, as a matter based upon what they appear to be and that is where the matter rests despite no verifiable evidence to support this faith. Skeptics rightfully point this out that in essence discards other unknowns in the dualisms built into a theology that revolves around a straw dog. One theology versus another that has the worn garnishment and patina of religious orthodoxies that revolve around uncertainty which both have managed to banish other options with an evangelistic fever. One could easily observe this to be a dead heat on a merry go round. A certain Biblical metaphor seems apt in terms of a architectural critique.

No Middle Ground
One could say both affirmed para-normalists and skeptics largely make up stuff as they go along within the long view of history whose attics are filled to capacity with straw dogs and red herrings. Looking back while ruminating on where the journey takes us is a relationship that defies rationality as well as probability in terms of our intents, motivations and more importantly, any outcome swayed by these factors, as subject to change as the weather. Perhaps I should re-title this post as the memoirs of an agnostic. Can one be skeptical of the scientific community in the same breath as applying this to the paranormal community?
One could say how we define reality is a matter of taste. One could also say the same applies to para-normality. To define accurately what is paranormal as a matter of comparison and contrast we need a solid footing to push up against in trying to create a accurate architecture. One could say our confidence by consensus as to what constitutes a solid footing is subject to unpredictability and change as they say, being a constant. Change more accurately outlined within the confinement of the probable as we define it. Some things about human nature are so obvious as to elude any cognizance of their presence. One could go so far as to say this is a chief characteristic of our species.
There are some who have attempted to measure the processing velocity and capability of the human mind, and if the latest measurements are correct, it’s enough to make one’s jaw drop in astonishment not only in terms of what our evolution has created in us as a species, but the degree to which we are unaware of those same processes that are alleged to create our generically named self awareness.
We ourselves have defined self awareness without knowing what it is.
"Wait a minute..that's not supposed to happen" is the result. Circle the wagons.

That Nasty Unpredictability
Again some things are obvious while others are not. Most chose to look away in order to dream themselves into a comfortable platform of observation free from contradiction which seems to be another hallmark of our species.
Some have said that if these parameters were matched by computation alone and placed into a synthetic rather than organic set of hardware and software, you have artificial intelligence as a autonomous device. However, I cannot imagine that all of this computational power would only result in a zombie that could parrot sentience. That is to say, giving the surface appearance by algorithms while not being linked by nature to the quantum realities we are entangled in especially the mind itself as it is nearly impossible to imagine that we have some strange immunity from that which permeates all of matter as it is constituted. Of course science focuses on the repeatable in measurement on a strictly set basis of parameters that in of themselves are subject to change or being altogether discarded in the flux of what we discover is probable as opposed to what we once thought of possible within an architecture somewhat like the machinery of a fine tuned watch or the set choreography of a ballet, only to find ultimately that the universe is stubbornly unpredictable.

A Matter of Taste
Of course Zombies as a literary and theatrical metaphor are extremely in vogue as I write this as a parable of our species devouring itself  differentiated by zombie intelligence versus sentience and then there is Ouspensky in the background making the statement man is a machine of a much more global process. Some suggest we are energetic food, a cuisine for the appetite of planetary evolution created as a self harvesting crop. The crop in particular being rotated in geological history.
A more stoic approach is to say we don't know if we are zombies or sentient or both. An admixture in play against future generations, replications and mutations.
We are awash in prosaic paranormality inasmuch as no one has defined the origin let alone the nature of what we assume is our consciousness which is one of the fulcrums of this blog as a matter of exploration which to my way of thinking bears on the nature of what we do call openly
the exceptions to our self created rule book of consensus terms as paranormal whereas I would love someone to describe exactly what normal is. In reading the synopsis of Terry Gilliam’s latest film, he appears to think our version of reality as practiced is akin to surrealism.
How do we define imagination, let alone it’s purpose? Opinions vary. Some suggest it is a means to becloud our realization of our position and orientation by our imagining in our self image to be what we are not. Some would suggest it’s a process of nature itself within creation and that it is a signet of evolution within the parallel realities akin to a spectrum of visible and invisible light as the universe is imagining what it, itself may be.
What exactly is now? Rick Phillips and myself think there is no “now”. Never has and never will be.

All of this has a influence on how we manipulate the term “paranormal.” which is more of a cultural artifact than it is a reality meaning that it is ( in my view) a subjective term.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rethinking Ufology

Is there a correlation and underlying unifying principle between various aspects of anomalous phenomenon as representations of a spectrum of observed behaviors that are somehow linked?  The spectrum of PSI, UFO behavior and ghost phenomenon have been separated in locality by the surface of appearances.
Is this an accurate assessment? Are both of these phenomenon that have been separated by locality, the  language of semiotic terminology and appearance a computational expression of quantum information lacking sentience? In other words much like the operation of a computer which can mimic human behavior while lacking consciousness? Is it a zombie phenomenon prone to both randomization that is organised by the observer as well as a unknown form of transient energy field ? Neither time travelers, extraterrestrials nor the Gods?
If this supposition is correct, then ITC and the more common and less sophisticated methodology of EVP phenomenon are not direct messages from the dead, but rather a reflecting principle of consciousness that exists in a zombie state within a feedback loop under certain conditional environments.

Yours truly at another venue offered this slice of life:

"I think you pointed out what is at the nexus of the current nadir of what is called Ufology, which has shrunk into the purview of historical archivists debating creakingly old accounts simply due to the fact that Ufology has not evolved in tandem with the discoveries of science.
It is lodged in a tiny net that has proved to be irrelevant to the larger picture. It cannot see the forest for the trees.
It is a reactive and post editorial debate over effects rather than causes confined to the physicality of the environment.So it exists in a sort of zombie state of self awareness unable to see the box it has placed itself in by the surface of appearances.
It is unable to examine itself so it hammers minutia to bits to no effect.
Right now its in it's afterlife, having no purpose other than to perpetuate it's own stereotypes."

Have our descriptors as referential language created a closed universe of considerations that are stuck in a chicken or the egg hermetically sealed universe confined to the interior of a box, rather than looking at the box from without? Taking a survey of the material free floating in the popular masses, one can easily see the market place has taken to enigmas as a commodity, marketed with the emphasis on promoting ambiguity as a page turner , roiling the wide eyed minds in a merry-go round of relativistic factoids as infotainment.
I can shovel sand into the tide with the best of them and at a certain point, one considers the point of the exercise that remains both self aggrandizing and transcendent.
 What ties all of the above to a nexus is human consciousness, which, in this case as we term it, is self awareness but the rejoinder is self awareness  as entangled in it's environment is a distinct relationship with the added proviso that awareness between the two as a transaction has processes creates a linkage that as "self aware" creatures we have no sensory awareness of.
In other words, we are both "crib blind" and confined to what our mind in conjunction with nature within the mind has synthesized as directly observable.

It is relatively easy to determine that Ufology has failed to evolve in tandem with the discoveries of science in that the vast majority of so called investigators are, in effect either archivists debating decades old cases of a historical nature or are content to use each other's material to define what has yet to be defined in a dualistic and polarizing competition to repeat the same denial or affirmation of whether the phenomenon even exists.
This dead end has existed for over a half century.
This one upsmanship has led to a dead heat of diminished return to the point of it's being focused on historical details that are drilled into minutia while losing the big picture. In effect, not being able to see the forest for the trees.

I suggested a variation of ITC technology as a means to pro-actively probe non local sentience as opposed to reactive and after the fact gathering of environmental effects that are local, exterior domains within physicality versus the exchange between the observer and the observed. which is not directly observable from without.

While we stereotype ITC with the exclusive domain of non local sentience as applied to the afterlife as a vested defining characteristic, I think there is ample evidence that UFO characteristics share the same realm as what is termed "ghost phenomenon. Notice the connection between item(s) 1-6-7-12-15. These seem to be information in a quantum state which is a direct correlate to a dream state. Item(s) 2-3-8-9-10 indicate to me the presence of a energetic field required to produce a quantum state in the information field variegated by the individuation of the observers memory in terms of associative processes. yes, I understand that these theoretical connections are another expression of reductionism in that whatever is occurring on a transient basis is much more complex. However, on a very simple basis, we can say simply that both occur within the state of the energetic and gaseous atmosphere. Further there seems to be either an extra-solar or recombinant trigger that works within parallel states to create an effect, much like the precursors to states of weather. It cannot occur of it's own volition but is dependent on pre-existing conditions yet to be determined.
The shared chief features are:
1. Caricatures painted in the sky as impossible flying craft or at ground level, the dead portrayed as being alive.
2. Electromagnetic effects
3. Physical evidence via a strange psychokinesis of physicality
4. Extreme transience
5. Semi-solid materiality
6. Nonsensical behaviorism
7. Mimicry
8. Creates burns, scars, illnesses
9. Ability to transit solid materials at will
10. Manifests in wave forms of probability
11. Prefers manifesting in remote or isolated localities
12. Can synthesize vocalizations
13. The presence of magnesium and \ or sulfurous residue
14. Physiological and somatic effects, the sensation of freezing and \ or burning
15. The accompaniment of vivid dreams

What exactly is ghost phenomenon? I think it is safe to say we are hemmed in as far as looking into all possible relationships between these categorical terms by how we stereotype them using language to supplant an actual working definition of anything directly correlated to them.

While we can identify common chief characteristics between various forms of ghost phenomenon that are shared in a unknown mechanism of symbiosis such as I have identified in previous posts, the larger community of investigation has artificially separated them by only one divisor, which is their appearances.
However if we use the same methodology to the rest of the world, ask yourself , what is the result?

Obviously any classification of either a closed or open system of the natural world we choose to use this method of discernment would result in a inaccurate assessment of relationships and yet this is the methodology that is accepted as a standard practice and all the classifications of UFO phenomenon have failed to develop a coherent strategy in either theory or practice to determine the nature of the phenomenon.

We not only use a very small net of classification but we have been using several small nets to capture a much larger context than our terms can accept.
We require a larger net.

The most notable shared characteristic of UFO's and other ghost phenomenon is PSI activity as well as electromagnetic anomalies. Combine this further with their short transience of manifestation as well as the observer effect of transactional responses and observations whether it is EVP phenomenon or the chimera like appearances of UFO inhabitants and their craft that have another shared characteristic that has been completely ignored the now well known observer effect, wherein the participant\ witness in effect, creates the organisation and outcome of what is observed without being directly aware of these consequences as a result of the observers causing them ,which makes them coherent and yet has an enormous range of individuation due to no two observers are alike.

From the outside looking in, we stereotype these outcomes as being independent of the witness simply based on the fact that no one has examined the linkage between the two and so our conclusion is based upon they are independent agents whereas the evidence suggests they are parasitic to the nature of human consciousness and are entangled.
This has created a two-fold set of effects in that our desires and anticipation of how our language and semiotics define reality in effect, create realities as well as establishing a faux set of classifications that have no unifying principle.
Everything that exists can be determined to bear a relationship to everything else to put this simply..nothing exists in a vacuum in of itself with the exception of how we define the UFO.

You could reasonably state that the current nadir of Ufology is due to self referential reductionism.
The terms that define the methodology of investigation is based on stereotypes that naturally but unfortunately utilize anthropomorphism as a stereotype whether it is extraterrestrials of human ghosts inhabiting an undefined afterlife and yet the two by their chief characteristics are linked in a unknown manner but our prejudices edit out other possibilities.  


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A History of ITC

An fascinating that becomes more compelling as it moves along. Although it's a rough cut that has yet to be completed, it's of a higher quality than the infotainment that passes for paranormal programming that fills in the spaces between actors trying to sell you something you don't need.
BTW..I sent my short essay on ITC  and UAP to The Anomalist and it was silently rejected without comment which has become a pattern but then again, in the big picture ( whatever that is) I thought it was worth sharing which has nothing to do with it being turned down for wider distribution or my own interest in the subject.  Cest La Vie.

The Art of The Impractical

Aside from exploring the prosaic and unusual anomalies which infest everyday living, since my retirement some years ago from the project management universe, I have enjoyed the art of largely doing nothing creatively without any practical purpose in mind beyond what is necessary. 

Playing need not stop with adulthood as a counter-balance to the humdrum associated with the slings and arrows of pragmatic absurdities which seem more absurd in their complexity as I age.  

 I seem to have found a kindred spirit in Dale Angell whose Toy Man Television on Youtube is a weekly diary best described in the third person:

"Newly retired Toy Man Dale Angell travels America looking for people who are perfecting the art of screwing while screwing around in the process. Race cars, hot rods, model railroads, weird houses, rockets, model cars, collections, air craft, expensive toys, cheep toys and just plain strange people." 

Also, its about pushing envelopes...on a personal level...not for fame or glory but simply to test what one can do with the time one has. Dale's commentary at the end of this example personify s a Sufi saying that for some time is counted ( valued). For others, time is meaningless.

A worthy rival to James May whose bizarre projects on Toy Story are a personal favorite. 

Dale travels on the road as a roving correspondent for those of us rapidly children of the 60's who have yet to lose either their creativity, curiosity and sense of adventure when it comes to doing something rather than nothing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

ITC As Applied To Ufology

Could instrumental transcommunication be applied to the field of information theory in relation to unidentified atmospheric phenomenon to explore the possibility of either cellular or sentient intelligence being operative in this phenomenon?

Jacques Vallee as well as to a lesser extent, the late John Keel have explored this phenomenon outside of the box where it has been hermetically sealed simply based on appearances alone.

One of the most hindering factors in researching this phenomenon has been the reactive and post-event nature of the investigations which solely focus on effects and observations after the fact, while no one has attempted a protocol for engaging the subject matter by probing the unexplored aspects that strongly resemble other categorical interactions that are manifested in other "ghost phenomenon" to use a generic term.

As of this writing, I am planning to conduct experiments in this regard specifically keyed on verifiable results in terms of specificity of predictive patterns of response. Some time ago I wrote an essay published In New Dawn Magazine entitled "Open Systems and Cyclical Anomalies" that explored the difficulties of investigating wave phenomenon that is attached by the hip to UAP.

Can a connection be made? If a non local intelligence is operative behind the seemingly "staged" nature of this chimera which, in turn, is based on the anticipation of the observer as a parasitic methodology of manifestation, there seems to be a likely linkage between the mind, individuation and the result, whether it is macroscopic due to a tipping point in the global consciousnesses field and /or what seems to be the carrier wave, which is the nature of the state of shared emotional responses to the deconstruction of what could be named as societal anxiety based on a lack of predictability that has been sublimated on a large scale.

The call and response nature of this phenomenon is interesting on several levels, wherein there seems to be a non local steering mechanism that incorporates or is embedded within our local consciousness field as it were the Janus face of this phenomenon.

The bottom line is my strong suspicion that this is a interactive phenomenon and not of the extraterrestrial variety. While this might be so, there are markers as Jacques Vallee has suggested and by gong further in this concept he suggested we move the markers.

Yet no one has attempted this and so this is my justification for doing so simply because no one has tried to "put two and two together" to make four in terms of verifiable results.

I have certain protocols in mind as well as the possibility of utilizing the VLF bandwidth and so if anyone who reads this has some knowledge of ITC and wishes to collaborate on this project drop me a line via -mail.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Hologram Between The Observer and The Observed

What is the connection between the observer and the observed, the universe and ourselves? Does one require the other? Are both a means rather than having a purpose onto themselves?
If the universe and ourselves is the division of a mirror as a means of exploration and are connected by their relationship, is a game afoot?  Not whom but what is being played to determine the nature of one bifurcation by means of the other? Neither has defining characteristics other than by comparison and yet each are in play perhaps to determine a common observational platform  leading to the answer, what am I ?
I am but what is what I am?
I was reading this article and found it striking on the subject of a holographic universe in relation to the defining of interstatial space between A and B as two sides of a mirror. What particularly struck me was the insertion of the term “unknowable” in relation to a process ongoing that seeks definition, yet to be defined. The process as a means rather than a defining characteristic onto itself as if we are asking the wrong questions by supposition and in return we receive the equivalent of a Zen koan in return.  
"If we find a noise we can't get rid of, we might be detecting something fundamental about nature--a noise that is intrinsic to space-time," Dr. Aaron Chou, the experiment's lead scientist and project manager for the Holometer, said in the statement. "It's an exciting moment for physics. A positive result will open a whole new avenue of questioning about how space works."
The prospect of making a discovery that would not only defy common sense but also overturn centuries of scientific thinking has Chou thinking in philosophical, almost mystical terms.
"I have always believed that if indeed there is a creator, then the mechanism by which the world was created is not necessarily unknowable, and if we delve deeply enough we might reach some very interesting and inescapable conclusions," Chou told The Huffington Post in an email. "This topic brings up all sorts of interesting philosophical and theological questions which are perhaps better discussed over a beer or a nice cup of tea. In the meantime, we scientists have a job to do."

I couldn't help but wonder about our architectural construction of posits, repeatable stereotypes in signs and symbols in language and math that codify as a means rather than having any identity in of themselves except in a comparative relationship to randomness as an impetus to determine a conclusive argument against uncertainty, but what if uncertainty is the impetus to establish a relationship where one side observes the other in order to create defining characteristics that are yet to be determined?
That might be the point of the exercise and any conclusive argument on either side of the mirror of manifestation may be a misdirection of attention in relation to what is in play within a purposeful entanglement of observer and the observed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Unseen Indelible Provocations of A Paranormalist

The Approach Of A Transit Between Stations

"Reality in a dynamic universe is non-objective. Consciousness is the only reality" -M.R Franks

Do you ever question why you sift the abstractions of the realities you inhabit as if you were sifting clues, echoes and reflections of what remains to be asked, let alone, questioned? This is my own retrocausal journey of sign posts that remain indecipherable. A mirror turned back upon itself. The metalogic that deconstructs the threads of a opaque architecture. Questioning what is an answer from within them. The surrealism of ourselves as adherents to the unknown is equally strange as our circumstances.

How do we hear our thoughts? What created their voice that is our voice? Every aspect of the mirror we call self awareness during our waking hours incorporates an inherent blindness that is unquestioned. Our abode in the matrixed web of neurons within the faceted functioning of the physical brain remains elusive and unquestioned. A leased physicality within the metaphor of a house that Poe placed on paper as his own thoughts turned to the rooms that we dare not enter while the structure itself inexorably fails as we peer from within on a perfect summer day.

What has condensed our curiosity to become both impracticable and compelling in our motivation to question what is presented as apparent? How do we express this situation? Perhaps an attempt is a balm for restive spirits in search of their own form. An autobiography of indelible and unseen provocations.

A play of shadow and light restlessly turning in a spectrum of painted irradiation's creating illusions, the illusion of a rainbow of colors. Someone I respect suggested this was provided for and yet on the other end of this equation, there is nothing that we possess outside of a tenuous expression that our manifestation is representative of the unapprehended. He looked away with a sigh of resignation and muttered..”this guessing game…”

What writes these words and what translates them back into a voice that can only be heard without a physical ear to capture a strange presence, unnameable yet persistent? What are we the reflection of, a variant of and..what are we not? Questions of a biologically based provincialism, a profound naivety, a eternal innocence of location.

Under the sway of suggestion by sign and by symbol they pass on the street dreaming by a default of circumstance listening, speaking in a codex arranged as a musical composition multiplied by the million yet isolated as fractals of an unimaginable orchestra..One wonders whom or what is listening, watching perched upon a shore as a connoisseur of this art?

Neither cat calls nor applause results other than the wind as it touches the tall grass across the prairie waving in abeyance to yet another aspect of itself, seemingly divorced from it’s effect, unseen but felt. The waves of the felt that inform thought as a chimera animated from without, perhaps as an illusion of motion from what is more applicable to this..the spaces between what seems to be animated..the interstatial strings of some strange loom weaving, threading the apprehended.

Can we frame a question that transcends our location in an oceanic as a drop? Can we measure what has not been asked? Can we do so while we appear to be in transit gliding over the rails, seated in a metaphysical chair unattached to any logic that is applicable to the whole?

We have only the contingencies of the apparent from station to station. Some board this conveyance as others depart as the pot is stirred by these images of what cannot be represented.

The pretense of pretending is the locus of thought based upon a solid foundation of mystery that compels us to think on these things we have packed in our satchel. Carry on luggage

Station to station, one being contingent upon the other within the squaring of a circle without a cartography that lacks any memory of a beginning or end, we glance at the passing shadows in a seeming pantomime of the indecipherable, secure in our ignorance, upheld by circumstances that dance before us, opaque and clarified, dense and yet without form.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Scientific Theories of The Mind \ Brain Relationship..and UAP?

This essay reflects a very close similarity to the edge of the known that unidentified atmospheric phenomenon presents, among a host of other experiential anomalies as the theories are as diverse as those found littering the base of a strange landscape.  As I perennially suspect a connection between the two, perhaps others do as well. This is a subject that classical so called "ufology" has patently ignored which has been the subject of this blog for many a year.
Note their use of language to attempt a description which reminds me of the pseudo-language of popular  "paranormal" media. As always, the descriptors are not what is described.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Review of Authors of The Impossible

This compendium of theoretical considerations involving anomalous experiential strangeness is one of the few books I would consider to be a “must read” for those who are seeking a thorough survey of the subject. The chapter on Jacques Vallee’s  evolution of conceptual models that attempted to come to grips with unidentified atmospheric phenomenon is worth the price of admission alone.
The chapter on Charles Fort captures both the playful dry humor of it’s subject as well as his influence on the field by bringing to light events that defied scientific categorization.
In addition to these highlights, the historical context of every imaginable perspective on high strangeness is given a thorough review whether it is metaphysical, philosophic or scientific.
Jeffrey  Kripal has accomplished a notable feat in avoiding all of the nonsense and trivialisation of simple minded provocations that arise in the popular press. In doing so, he reveals the pressing issues that have been buried under the refuse heap of Infotainment that place under the microscope, every critical assumption that has been rendered by reductionism or basic pragmatism aimed at high weirdness.
The shared interest in Rosicrucian metaphysics between Vallee, Hynek and who could easily be considered one of the fathers of Ufology as it was once constituted, Aimee Michel ( whose major contributions have been forgotten) was a pointed revelation.
While having read Mr Michel’s works many a decade ago, yours truly had forgotten their import.
It’s a hefty tome worth the somewhat higher cost of a softbound book.
I could easily devote many a post just based on the issues raised by this book, many of which brought to light in such a unique manner it broadened my categorisations of the many manifestations of the paranormal. That alone, in my book is worthy of personal praise for this effort. To say there is food for thought contained in the pages of “Authors of The Impossible” would be a ridiculous understatement.
I say this with a great deal of confidence that I will not regret my praise once you have digested the contents, What more could I say?
Buy the book.

A brief glimpse...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Phantasms Of The Living

For your reading explorations is a ground breaking study dating from 1886..that aptly demonstrates that the subject matter of this blog and others follows in the footsteps of those foolhardy enough to venture into the interstatial wilderness.

Whether we term the subject matter a psychic blood stain or as Vallee once suggested, a psychic technology..any forensic analysis of our pet phantasms leaves us with more questions than answers whether it is undertaken in 1886 or 2014.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Review of UFO Danger Zone

This book details the results of a thorough field investigation by the late Bob Pratt of disturbing encounters with unidentified atmospheric phenomenon in the remote regions of Brazil. As outlined by Jacques Vallee in his introductory comments, this work is notable in that it truly is a result of field work unlike most so called research that simply is a self referential study of the literature already in place.The levitation of individuals, the simultaneous sensations of burning and freezing experienced by them, the detailed and consistent descriptions of a net like matrix within the light source is food for thought, let alone, the resulting illnesses and premature deaths that are perhaps related to this phenomenon.
What drew me to this book was the uncontaminated nature of the witnesses, freed from the contamination of mass media or the prospect of gain through notoriety.
A striking aspect of the witness’s common reaction to their being pulled upward from the ground in these beams was one of intentional abduction although no abduction took place.
It appears that it was an effect of proximity.
A close examination of the photographs of these witnesses underscores the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Pratt offers no conclusive argument or theory as to the why and wherefore of what occurred.
This, in of itself is laudable
I highly recommend this book for those who have managed to retain a modicum of open mindedness toward unidentified atmospheric phenomenon.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Confessions of A Wayfaring Amnesiac

In Ibn Al Arabi's cosmology of phenomenon everything as a nexus of manifestation is based on relationships that are contingent upon locality. While in these interrelationships we can detect similarities as having a common origin, the whole is incommensurable to the similarities which is a discernment that I can appreciate by observing my local environment. One could almost say that the aim is to recognize a form of synthesis that is self disclosing.
At times it occurs to me that I may be formulated by this process of adaptation to locality not as a nexus of origin but as a visitor passing through some backwater provincial outpost, an amnesiac trying to recall what has been obliterated in the combustion of my arrival here.
Our local customs, our local environment suggest this or that as critical assumptions through the contingent lens of biology created by local conditions that suggest this, infer that and yet we bury not only the bone but the dog in a quest to assure ourselves of our orientation as if to deny this not knowing how we even arrived here. Perhaps it is akin to waking up alongside some remote highway in strange clothes in a drunken stupor and when confronted by the locals we deny this by making up all sorts of fantastical stories and myths about ourselves as a contingent survival instinct to not rock the boat, don't upset the locals.

On my best day I cannot imagine anything odder than this situation and yet all around me I see nearly all of the locals acting as though being upon a ball whirling away under the tutelage of a solar  orbit in a vacuum, no less, to be perfectly natural. No questions need be asked.
The local villagers seem compulsively obsessed with imprinting an form of inoculation against confusion by way of imprinting fantasies as facts, references as material objects, metaphors as linear causality as soon as we get off the boat. This plausible deniability of not knowing anything is inculcated in a profound act of hypnosis to insure a safety net of moats, walls and membranes of imaginative mythologies.
Everything is expressed in a upside down manner.
I could write a letter back home if I had an address, detailing the length and breath of my utter astonishment in the face of what is the patent lunacy of cross purposes, contradictions and self comforting thumb sucking that is institutionalized, memorialized as sacred as everyone seems to operate on the premise of an escape hatch, a get out of jail free be handed as a peremptory exchange in some kind of abstracted reward of perpetuating all this in some kind of eternal carbon copy that is self explanatory, that erases patent contradictions. Then in this place, this is no surprise as being expressed as a form of reward for lying through one's teeth at every opportunity.

This is a very strange town in an even stranger countryside where every creature has to eat and or destroy one another to subsist to create more creatures. What kind of demented cross purpose is this? I have to laugh to keep from hiding under someone's house like a deranged hermit. This is one heck of a dangerous place and the villagers are always on the verge of being upset.  Its as if for most of them you have to whisper in front of the infantile less you be run out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered if you challenge the illogical assumptions of their lunatic traditions....And so, there seems to be a small group of similar refugees engaged in guerrilla warfare here, sort of placing purposeful time bombs in the path of a institutionalized one way street frozen in it's evolution like a can of string beans. Of course they are confidently dismissed as lunatics, day dreamers and scofflaws and are hung out as they say here, to dry or worse. A sort of fraying around the edges is always shored up.
If I ever figure out how I arrived here maybe I can compare notes with those who regained their memory..maybe not... but as they here in this weird village, its the only game in town.
Others have left notes behind and if I am just lucky enough I may have a few stories of my own to compare with theirs if we gather together in some ill defined aftermath.
Misery when it calls loves company or so they say and the world seems pretty miserable right now..from where I sit for better or worse.

A reunion with old companions I have never met might  be a reward in of itself

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Alchemy of Unidentified Atmospheric Anomalies And Ritual Initiation

Expanded and Revised August 2 2014

"I think the anthropocentric take of making the deconstructive essence at the core of this phenomenon an object of rational inquiry focused on ourselves is a commentary in of itself.
The scrutiny of our fellow beings as witnesses, the outrageous claims of cultists, the conspiracy angle of the military etc strikes me as navel gazing. Whereas if the point is the creation of semiotic illogic, the utilization of logic to “decipher” a would be codex is like using a hammer to paint a wall. 

If this centuries old exercise to churn the unanswered question regarding our place in relation to where we are situated is a means rather than the subject of the object, we are asking the wrong questions in my view. It is not as direct as everyday phenomenon. I noticed in the comments a lot of self referencing our own cultural material which is only a small portion of the overall rubric.

This has more to do with the traditional roots of language characterized in the term charisma associated with magical, the miraculous, the liminal as attached to our earliest forms of curiosity regarding the natural world..I would suggest our modern myths are no more sophisticated than those of many centuries ago, and what we call civilization is a misnomer..nothing has essentially changed. We want the immaterial made material in our terms as thats all we know. 

I think Jorges Borges said it best..
“......we have dreamt the world. We have dreamt it resistant, mysterious, visible, ubiquitous in space and firm in time; but we have left in its architecture tenuous and eternal interstices of unreason, so that we know it is false.”

-A comment by yours truly at Richard Reynolds always provocative "UFO Iconoclasts"

The alchemical gaseous state as compared to the liquid state in the cosmological models of consciousness has always been an interesting facet of metaphorical analysis when it comes to experiential anomalies. 
In other words UAP seems to fit into the triad of alchemy of three, which is allegedly required for any nexus of any manifestation as in this specific case, it can be a solid, a liquid or a gas as states seen in our atmosphere in terms of locality..It is seen as ghost like ( atmospheric), ice ( a solid physical "craft") and liquid ( seen as ever changing) 

All of this bears some relation to what the father of Cybernetics, Gregory Bateson observed in that the way the universe works and the way human thought works are two entirely different processes. 

Bateson used the term "metalogic" to describe these processes and I began to see a series of parallels between how the potential operating system of this phenomenon manifests itself as a opposing mirror of consensus terms that create our current conceptual models of reality.

Logic concerns the truths that may be derived using a logical system. In contrast, metalogic concerns the truths that may be derived about the languages and systems that are used to express truths in order to examine their origins. 

In other words revealing the self referential basis of logic is the aim of metalogic.

Interesting also is that semiotics uses the same formulation of a triadic relationship which appears to be a staged fulcrum used by this phenomenon to rearrange possibilities by placing the familiar in a unfamiliar context. An upending of logical relationships by metalogic.

Particularly striking is the lack of a message as we understand learning strategies inasmuch as it dissolves the ancient and still prevalent concept of a monarchical ordering  of the universe from the top down. This process suggests it is ordered from the bottom up.

Or it may represent the cosmology that represents a reciprocal evolution between the observer and the observer, both utilize the other to determine a orientation by disclosure through the comparison of relationships between two states or two universes of awareness.

 For lack of a better word, a relationship evolving by the creating of identities by the comparison process that is analogous to a mirror.

 We are used to explore the living universe so that it may observe itself and we explore the universe to determine our nature by comparison, both of which are proactive in play by synthesis. 

If this is so, we have another example of the triad in that between the two observers, we have created a third reconciling principle or force analogous to the example of electricity in terms of polarization creating a unifying principle.

The abstractions of quantum physics seem to indicate a similar and analogous effect in the transitioning of energy being steered by an observer effect. Is there more than one observer?  What exactly is observing us?

Another striking and odd correlation was the resemblance of all of the above to Demming Principles which were the result of his engineering and mathematical background which he used to implement continuous  process improvement in manufacturing processes, for which I was trained in my own former role as a project manager prior to my retirement. 
The four facets of this process were: 

1. An appreciation of a system,
2, Understanding of variation,
3. Psychology
Epistemology, or a theory of knowledge.

What the process is and what is being manufactured is of keen interest in terms of this phenomenon. If one takes away the outmoded conceptual model of everything succeeds or fails from a monarchical top down process, and observe the success or failure of processing improvement is judged by the results, I would respond that the ball is in our court and we dropped the ball.

One could say this is a litmus test.

Again recall that energy and information are  Janus faces to one another.

What is noteworthy is Jacques Vallee's characterization of this phenomenon in using the term "incommensurable" compared to similarities which do exist in this phenomenon as a unifying principle and this is an exact match to the hermetic term used by the technical language of Ibn Al-Arabi, a 12th Century mystic to describe the aggregate sum of what deconstructs present day logical analysis of the same phenomenon we characterize as charismatic  or magical.

This is the triad of human semiotics from which we derive relationships that seems to be the nexus of manifestation this phenomenon steers to differentiate.

The tripling of polarities arising from a single manifestation in the natural world inasmuch as all we have to do is plug in a lamp to see one example work. A positive line feeds to a negative line and either side of an electrical circuit that creates a third reconciling neutral circuity. So there are three extrapolations of a triangulation..semiotics, states of water, air and ice as well as electricity which would fall under the alchemical analogy of fire. Of course there are more examples but it's easy to go off into the ether of parallelisms in this aspect of the subject.

Fire as the symbol for energy and then there is energy as information and then we add the states of the mind and it's internal combustion engine of storage transmission and transformation could say all of this falls into the alchemistry of transmutation that bridges physicality to the invisible..all within the purview of the observer's points of reference. Some have an expansive range of references as observers, some few..some are exceptional.

Our frames of reference make possible the extensions of what is yet inconceivable and using Tesla as an example, the transition in alchemy from the imaginal realm to the empirical in this stratagem of  reconstructing frameworks by deconstructing them appears pragmatic.

Opening an interstatial gap that allows other possibilities to be formulated by innovation through the synthesis of comparisons.

Perhaps this exercise in alchemy is to expand and differentiate the range of references, and of course we know that time as a linear causation has been replaced by space and spacetime is sensed by the comparison of observable references. One thinks of the "lost time" observations of some witnesses..a seeming commonality across a variegated field of references.

What is also interesting if we superimpose this alchemy onto UAP, it appears to be reflexive in a feedback loop that monitors cultural developments and the associated critical assumptions that lead to it's effects. It seems to steer us to thinking in other categories rather than channeling
by way of our current knowledge by way of the critical assumptions knowledge utilizes to build it's architecture of logic. 

Paul Kimball made a pithy observation in noting that this phenomenon crosses the boundaries between art, perception, the deconstructive mediums of surrealism and when articulating any of this in a empirical or logical direct concept, it's terms are anti-structural and yet have a definitive creative impetus and aim.

It seems to be only editorial in the sense of calling into question where we place our selves in a larger context in relation to evolutionary development..a sort of crib blindness, a self referential dictionary of terms.....

  In alchemy, if we superimpose the next number up which is four, we have the four traditional elements ( earth, air, fire and water ) found in it as a context for where it seems to be localized and by way of this same reflexive stratagem, we ask has it's locality shifted as a transitional expansion of it's territorial boundaries? From air to earth, from UAP to sightings of another deconstructive form of semiotics with similar characteristics? 
In other words from impossible flying craft in the air to equally impossible earth bound creatures called by a variety of monikers from Bigfoot to Sasquatch? Again this seems to be a parody of our own value judgments in regard to technology versus consciousness  

As HG Welles said We were making the future, and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making.”

Of course all of this is not the subject of the object within itself. 
UAP seems to say, don't focus on what is in my hand bur rather what I am pointing to.

The old adage that water takes on the color of it’s container seems apt when it comes to the conceptual modeling that is applied to UAP. 
All of this is particularly interesting in terms of “ground up” deconstructive semiotics using the fulcrum of appearances to unravel an individuals programming by bringing them into the threshold of liminality without further explanation in terms of “telling them what to think” . 

In other words it's stratagem may be ritual initiation based on individuation from within by posing semiotic contradictions to our concepts of linear causation, rational and empirical logic as well as the core of our orientation by way of current conceptual modeling related to the physicality and nature of perception.

 In other words, it is a contest between developmental learning curves in contrast. 
Self disclosure versus disclosure from without in the traditional formulation of rote repetition.

The prod to self analysis and ritual initiation by curiosity of course has a trickster element to it inasmuch as the strategy is indirect versus a series of empirical statements, or degrees..a tactic utilised by this rote repetition and imprinting we have all experienced from childhood onward. 

This has the musical notation of interval associated with it inasmuch as it represents the deconstruction of the present prior to the arrival of it’s replacement in an evolutionary sense.

One could call this a churning process that has occurred over the centuries using an expression of deconstructive semiotics by way of charisma.The more I pondered the chief characteristics of UAP the more it resembled Jacques Vallees conceptual model of a steering system in that it had no integral message in of itself but rather the message directed individually to promote "learning how to learn".

I suppose one could say that the anti-structural elements of this process are as important as the application of a binary code. The off segment of a string could easily be construed as zero which is equivalent to the spaces between A and B, or more cogently the physical spaces between the alphabetic characters you are translating. Otherwise they would be indecipherable without the interval of anti-structure. The one in this code seems to correspond more to a liquid than to a gaseous state in alchemical conceptual modeling..there is no fixative outside of imprinting which the prescriptive antidote for which seems to be a playing with semiotics by which taking them out of their imprinted context opens up space or zero or whatever descriptive noun would do.

In classical alchemy there was the trickster element as a stratagem to avoid the probing of the Inquisition using chemical compounding to turn base metals into gold as a misdirection of attention and then of course in light of the container coloring what is observed, it is as if the formulation took this account so that it’s actual purpose toward the evolution of consciousness was hidden. All of this being based on it’s self directed participation in the alchemical process versus the imprinting of intercessors in the form of the church as a controlling pathology with the aim of a steerable commodity inculcated in the populace. 

A form of guerrilla warfare in it’s time on psychic terms. What is operating this systemic infusion of variability for our purposes in the context of UAP...What is conducting this?

Is coincidence simply a post it note we paste on this on which we write.."Must return to later?"

Then again these passing ruminations of yours truly began with the injection or superimposition of alchemy into UAP.

And these visions occur in the gaseous atmosphere that surrounds us that we breath and in a sense of the word... provide combustion as fuel for thought in a literal sense, another alchemical correspondence

Is there a correspondence? I leave that to you as always.

Of course then theres the combustion inherent in energy whose parallelism is within the alchemical representation of fire...perhaps theres more than ( as they say) meets the eye.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Red Telephone

Jorge Louis Borges and I Stroll Through Gaza

“......we have dreamt the world. We have dreamt it resistant, mysterious, visible, ubiquitous in space and firm in time; but we have left in its architecture tenuous and eternal interstices of unreason, so that we know it is false.”- Borges

"So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, "Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, its bitter....but 'in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey."
- Revelations

Borges and I walked through the still life of a gossamer fabric undone, a psychic tear within an indelible and pervasive wound folding up like a cheap umbrella in the chaotic hoard of asteroids unleashed from pixels burning the atmosphere in a metallic ringing sound , a concussive rent that lingers..a tearing.

We walked through the pulverized ruins of dust that floated in the dry heat through Gaza, The dust pulled water into an acidic bitterness that sucked the humidity from our lungs. Borges had managed the removal of time from within the infinity of metaphors to erase any trace of our passage and whatever we passed was if in a gallery of images we had memorized from childhood, this is that, there is over here as it’s corruption had ceased in it’s nexus to become what it is not. Corpses as criticism within a rhetoric so black it illuminated what may be.

Do not look away. There is a desperation in words that have been stilled here, look at this child interrupted...eyes skyward, How many of the living are ghosts ? he asked.
Gaza at the well of a spring pouring back onto itself, receding into a blurring of any distinctions we could triangulate as arising from ourselves.
The sun dispensed a grey or was it a sepia tone to this retrocausal scrapbook of primary images devouring themselves into a sour smelling series of pools congealing at the head of this child, evaporating as it was pulled into the dust as a mortar, a clay of eternal return waiting for a spark, a flash of lightning that would organize these images back from whence they came ..premature, stillborn, thrashing yet as lifeless as a plastic that rolled down a hill beyond our sight.

This world is a book that I have imagined I have read, Borges said. He spoke as he pulled a length of iron bar from a shattered block. All this has a cursed innocence about it he mumbled drawing a circle around where he stood. It is impossible to know what is between the movement from A to B. A gallery of images from childhood,,this is that,,there is over here. is not and so we mourn by rote and passage from a book we cannot read. He pointed to a man frozen in the arm had been dislodged from it’s socket..his face an image of ecstatic and primal apoplexy undone, deconstructed becoming what is not versus the detonation of an explosive whose trajectory and source led back to a beam of light shone onto the brackish waters of some primeval swamp and in it’s cylinder skeletons metamorphosed to fit what was between and betwixt the intention and what was a suspension with a medium of an amnesiacs attempt to recall a name that had yet to be invented.

This is Gaza, he said. This indicates what is between A and B.
Borges pointed to a soldier also frozen into statuary in our invisible passage through this conflagration of becoming what is not. Can you decipher this?, he asked. No, I mumbled trying to avoid what I saw. Borges sighed. He is enthralled with a terrible beauty he is drawing from compulsion to be a character not quite here or there, immune from becoming but what has he become? A something between A and B , an unknown metaphor for a book he imagined he has read. A bridge too far? I asked.

Everything is a bridge, a diatom. Perhaps a rare flower that is blooming atop a precipice that this adventure seeks in order to fathom itself. He signs again. It could never make up it’s mind..always comparing, always undoing to do what is unfamiliar to seek an image of itself and we serve as a reflecting principle of what is not to become something unimaginable..I suppose that could be an aim..but then we play with a bad deck of cards in time. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle to become more than being. Gaza is an endgame for cooperation in keeping the rituals at the threshold of liminality intact as it’s like a web a spider has lain across the path of ghosts.A purgatorial snare whose gates invite what we imagine could be as much as what brought us here has imagined deconstruction as a path for remorse that holds no glory, no sanctification that we seek as it slips away.

Or should I say as we slip way undone to be yet again rethought as between another A and B, another universe stacked atop one another in a frenzy of calculated randomness, as it were a lottery of recombinant potential in search of a plausible story line. This is the danger of giving up your comfortable chair. This is Gaza.I must return to a beginning Borges said, back to the library back into page seven. I leave you to return to becoming whatever it is you have imagined has become and we will both search to be recognized by what is incommensurable.