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Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.



Showing posts with label Informatics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Informatics. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Politics, Ideology, and the Technosphere 3: Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution


Image Source: Aleteia.

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly:

Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution

The post continues my discussion on the new Internet politics. It explains how banal information transforms politics and society, as I put it:
"There is something strangely revolutionary and Kafkaesque about being able to topple governments by telling the emperor what you ate for breakfast."


See my related posts at The Dragonfly.

Read my posts on Materialism and Anti-Materialism in relation to politics.

See all my posts on Politics and the Technosphere.



Saturday, February 1, 2020

Coronavirus: The Bird Flu, HIV, Nanotech, and 5G Connections


Image Source: Twitter.

Most of the latest reports on the coronavirus deal with the genome researchsymptoms, spread, and recovery and death rates of the virus. A scary, non-peer-reviewed article (here), based on clinical data coming out of China, places the Ro at 4.08!

There is a growing emotional toll in the quarantined zones. Some complaints by Chinese locals are reaching social media, as with this man, who leaked footage from Wuhan hospitals and was arrested - or this woman, who lost one or more family members. The translation and commentary on her video are here. Popular dissatisfaction with the Chinese Communist Party is brewing, even as the Wuhan coronavirus hospitals are nearing completion.

Unconfirmed: Wuhan Hubei China Coronavirus Latest | What's Going On? | Video Footage Dump/Archive Part 5 武汉冠状病毒 (1 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube. More leaked videos here and here.

Translation: "RFA said (in a translated tweet): '[Latest Situation of Wuhan Fifth Hospital] Some Wuhan citizens entered Wuhan Fifth Hospital on February 1st and found many patients who died of pneumonia. The corpses were packed directly to the crematorium. Paramedics are busy rescuing the dying patient.'"










Bird Flu in Hunan Province

At the same time, in Hunan province, south of Wuhan's Hubei province, there has been an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu; over 17,000 chickens were slaughtered at one farm to stop the spread of the virus.


Bat Flu: HIV and Henipah (Hendra-Nipah) Virus Connections


An Indian team has linked this version of the bat-sourced and snake-sourced coronavirus to HIV; the non-peer-reviewed paper is here. The results have not yet been reproduced elsewhere. Researchers have generally focused on bats in this field because they can carry several deadly viruses without dying: Ebola, SARS, Nipah, and the coronavirus.

Incidentally, there is a small Nipah virus outbreak in India and Bangladesh now, due to local consumption of raw fruit juices contaminated with infected bat urine.

Other quarters have linked this novel coronavirus to SARS and Ebola. This may explain why HIV and Ebola therapies are being used on infected patients who have the coronavirus. A failed Ebola drug (Remdesivir) may be implemented to treat the coronavirus.

The Henipah virus was shipped with Ebola from the Canadian Winnipeg National Microbiology Laboratory to Beijing on 31 March 2019. Protocols were ignored (CBC later claimed protocols were followed) in the virus transfer and promoted an RCMP investigation. Note that the Chinese researcher, Xiangguo Qiu, at the centre of this controversy was dismissed in Winnipeg, but not charged. She helped develop ZMapp, the Ebola vaccine.

This rumour arises amid crackdowns on social media "misinformation." On 27 January 2020, the CBC published a weird story denying any wrong-doing on the part of this scientist, despite an earlier article stating she was under investigation. The CBC's larger concern seems to be that the Winnipeg story will lead to public distrust of authority and Sinophobic racism. They interviewed Fuyuki Kurasawa, director of the Global Digital Citizenship Lab at York University:
"The broader damage is that there grows a mistrust toward both government authorities, public health officials, the media, authoritative sources of media, and there there becomes a social media environment where speculation, rumour and conspiracy theories take over and wash out the factual information that is being promoted online."
This hand-wringing over misinformation and racism on social media simply muddies the waters. It pushes authoritative discourse management and identity politics without really getting to the bottom of what happened last year between the Winnipeg lab and Chinese labs.

Nor does the MSM crackdown on the alt-media rule out a bioengineered virus, which passed through the wet market of Wuhan, but did not originate there. There is something very strange going on and it is obvious that the public are not being told the whole truth.

Unconfirmed: Wuhan Coronavirus Pneumonia - Chaos at a hospital in Wuhan (1 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

If the virus is a bioweapon, medical staff and researchers must be informed. If it is a bioweapon and they are not informed, then we can only conclude that the deaths which ensue are deliberately caused.

Only one conspiracy theory site I have seen connects the coronavirus to the Nipah virus. The same site stated that the Chinese Hongmen (洪門), also known as the 'Heaven and Earth' secret society, have vowed to hunt down and kill any engineers of the coronavirus, if it was indeed engineered. You can see videos depicting the Hongmen, here, and immediately below.

Chinese Secret Society [Heaven and Earth Society] | Real Stories | THE SHIFT (21 March 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Espionage and Nanotech

What is less discussed, or outright denied, is the potential of bio-espionage. Buzzfeed is one of the American online outlets currently condemning Zero Hedge for doxxing of one of the scientists at the Wuhan lab over this possibility. The Guardian also absolutely denied that the virus is a bioweapon, based on a Washington Post survey of "expert" opinions.


Nevertheless, bioweapons and bio-espionage do exist and it is fair to ask if they are a factor in this epidemic. It is easy to deny the possibility based on lack of evidence. Obviously, intelligence agencies operate secretly by definition. They are not going to provide evidence to the press and public.

In 2017, CNN reported that a bioweapons danger came from China's ally, North Korea. In response, the Trump administration formulated a National Biodefense Strategy in 2018, to be administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. You can read the 2018 strategy statement, here.

Press Briefing with Members of the President's Coronavirus Task Force (31 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The coronavirus epidemic unfolds against a backdrop of Chinese spies running amok globally. Harvard Professor Charles Lieber was just arrested in relation to his activities in Wuhan (and will be freed on USD $1 million bail). The Chinese paid Lieber USD $50,000 per month plus USD $1.5 million to set up a lab in Wuhan. Lieber is also an expert on nanotechnology.

The Lieber arrest prompted the social media conspiracist Joseph P. Farrell to ask grimly if there was a connection between nanotech development and bioweapons.

Even China's Thousand Talents Plan, which funds and recruits foreign scientists, does not prove that the coronavirus has anything to do with bioweapons or bio-espionage. Neither does a recent arrest over attempted Chinese smuggling of biological materials at Boston University. However, the links below confirm a general situation in which many individuals, countries and corporations are fending off, or falling under the sway of, Chinese intelligence.


5G, Drones, Surveillance


Drones are flying over Chinese communities, checking that people are wearing their masks. There is an online rumour that 5G was rolled out in Wuhan first as a test city, and that 5G causes virus-like symptoms and depresses immune systems. The MSM have denied this possibility as misinformation.

Venture Beat and RCR Wireless News were much more optimistic, claiming that 5G-powered gear lets doctors remotely diagnose the virus. In fact, the coronavirus epidemic is a terrific opportunity to test 5G capabilities in the implementation of remote medical treatment:
"Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, 5G’s potential for remote medical services was largely theoretical, as carriers and practitioners spoke of the future prospect of performing remote surgeries or offering diagnoses to patients in far-flung areas. The use of 5G communications to enhance practitioner safety in circumstances such as this, where a virus’ transmission characteristics and other vectors remain unclear, is fairly new but represents a highly practical test of the high-bandwidth wireless technology.

China’s adoption of 5G has outpaced many other countries thanks to a combination of government subsidies and top-down coordination, as well as significant availability of locally produced 5G networking hardware. While domestic companies such as ZTE and Huawei have been restricted or prevented from supplying 5G gear in some countries — a ban that nearly led to ZTE’s collapse in 2018 — their hardware has since enabled Chinese carriers to launch 5G services in somewhere between 30 and 50 cities — no easy feat given the country’s size and population. The country expects to have 5G in every prefecture-level city by the end of this year."
In other words, this disaster is aiding the rapid entrenchment of the new 5G networks, while the notion that that 5G entrenchment might exacerbate health problems associated with the disaster is dismissed as highly speculative.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Nuclear Leaks 39: Pickering, Ontario, Canada


Image Source: Ontario Emergency Alerts via imgur. Click to enlarge.

In the middle of an ice storm, the above message greeted Canadian smartphone users in the province of Ontario at 7:24 a.m. on 12 January 2020. The Pickering nuclear plant is adjacent to the city of Toronto. There is a Reddit discussion on the alert here. You can see my previous post on the Pickering plant, here. It is due to be decommissioned in 2024. A Weather Network app message - but no further government alert - subsequently informed the public that the emergency had been addressed. The Pickering Fire Chief John Hagg informed CP24 News that the alert had been "sent out by mistake" and the province is working on a retraction statement. Twitter gossip reveals that the alert was sent out due to a power outage in the storm.

Another Twitter user remarked that a greater danger comes from the decommissioned Chalk River site in Ontario, not far from the capital city, Ottawa. You can see my post on Chalk River, here.





Image Source: Twitter.


ADDENDUM (12 January 2020):

Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan reacts to nuclear plant alert (12 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

See all my posts on Nuclear topics.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Some Deepfakes Shine, And Some Don't


Jim Carrey DeepFake [VFX Comparison] (3 September 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Above, see a video crafted by the Youtuber Ctrl Shift Face, who uses facial image data from films to replace one actor's face with another. In this case, data from Jim Carrey's many films were used to cast him as a Jack Nicholson Doppelgänger in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). The title of this post is, of course, taken from Mr. Hallorann's dialogue in the film.

When one considers how many cameras (including our own virtual assistants, computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and other gadgets) follow us all day long, one can see that our facial data are being collected for future applications. Digital facial recognition and tracking are already entrenched in China as tools of state control.

This extraordinarily dangerous technology shows how deepfakes could be used to manipulate politics and elections, falsify the news, blackmail people, destroy reputations, and essentially control anyone and everyone, anywhere. I will discuss this tech further in future posts. Below, see all the videos related to the deepfake Shining. If the playlist does not play automatically, you can watch it here.

The Shining starring Jim Carrey : Episode 1 - Concentration [DeepFake] (8 July 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Intermission


Image Source: Harald Hund.

It is time for an intermission. I have called the 2010s a 'decade of disillusionment,' when many of us lost our faith in authoritative realities, due to revelations of corruption, violence, mass manipulation, and exploitation. It is hard to know what to believe as we leave those years behind.

Supposedly normal. Image Source: Oprah Winfrey Instagram via reddit and 4chan.

I miss the days before that decade, when I believed in official reality. I miss the days when I thought that Kevin Spacey was just a great actor and Tom Hanks played a nice Boomer Everyman. Now we live in an alternate reality where Spacey kills people with kindness. And Hanks publishes creepy photos of lost gloves and baby shoes, whether they are on streets, parks, or abandoned in the desert. We do not have to look very far before we encounter photos like the one above - freely posted by the celebrities themselves! This is no whistle-blower's work. This is symbolism, rubbed in the faces of the uninitiated mob. But it is so blatant that even the uninitiated know there is something twisted, ugly, and wrong about it.

It's time for a breather from the theatrics in which the mass media, political media, and social media are weaponized against audience populations. It is time to collect ourselves and get our bearings. It is time for an intermission.

Intermission (elevator music) (5 June 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Our Father, Who Art in Silicon: Censorship of Social Media and the War over the Virtual World


A livecam (here) constantly broadcasts footage of the Centennial Light, a light bulb which has been burning since 1901. The bulb, located in a fire station in Livermore, California, USA, is taken as a proof of planned obsolescence in industry. Image Source: mnn.

Do you know who you are? One can define oneself in terms of the past, present, or future. Tech companies are currently censoring social media to produce a toxic, Orwellian 'now,' in which past content is being erased on the grounds that it is not authoritative. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the main character, Winston Smith, is a 'historian' in that nightmare world. Or rather, he is what historians will become: a censor. Winston Smith erases history and creates new versions of it, from one hundred years ago, right down to yesterday.

In anticipation of the American 2020 election, among other agendas, tech corporations are becoming Orwellian censors. In the past month on Youtube, Google has begun weirdly removing date stamps from videos. Today, Youtube will begin erasing past content of which they disapprove.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Donald Trump's Day Pass in Camelot


The late JFK Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette. Image Source: Esquire.

I have published a new post at Vocal Media about myth-making in politics:


The article concerns the rumours spread by Donald Trump's contact and adviser, Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress on 15 November 2019 about connections between WikiLeaks' 2016 US Democratic Party email release, Julian Assange and Donald Trump.

Stone's response to the Mueller investigation was considered glib and inappropriate. This was because Stone regards everything in mainstream politics as a puppet show staged by the so-called Deep State. The Deep State narrative allows Stone and other pro-Trump activists to conflate Donald Trump's presidency with that of John F. Kennedy.

Image Source: Amazon.

Image Source: Amazon.

Image Source: Daily Mail.

Friday, November 15, 2019

New Post at The Dragonfly: The Long Gameplay


Image Source: imdb.

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly:


This post on video gamers' skills peripherally considers a topic I have been discussing on this blog, namely, that the way we interact with technology is intimate, disturbing, and involves a global meditation on our species' long term survival.

The human-tech interface concerns how we use tools to augment our five senses. I suspect that two camps will emerge from this process. One group, the anti-materialists, will use technology to enhance our organic capabilities. The other group, the materialists, will evolve into cyborgs and will cultivate artificial versions of those organic capabilities.

Image Source: imdb.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Materialist Rhetoric: The Cosmic Indifference of Alien AI Gods


From Alan Moore's Lovecraftian comic, Providence. Image Source: Xataka.

This week, I am selecting vocabulary used by materialists to reveal their long game. Materialism here refers loosely to those who subscribe to secular and scientific values, that is, those who explore the world in the strictly physical sense.

I deconstruct some materialist values here, not to write an anti-scientific or technophobic screed, but to consider alternative approaches toward science and technology. I mean to show here that what we think of as 'rationalism,' 'secularism,' 'materialism,' 'science,' and 'technology' are social constructions, grounded in obsolete, 19th and 20th century modernist concepts of order and madness. I will discuss this historical background in future posts.

Can we build AI without losing control over it? | Sam Harris (19 October 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

In recent years, several tech leaders have come forward to predict the rise of artificial intelligence. The prediction rests on a definition of intelligence as 'information processing' and 'interactivity,' about which I have blogged here. Developers consider AI 'goal-setting' to be the same thing as human dreaming. The AI vocabulary projects machine processes onto human cognition, and removes the extra-sensory, the anti-materialistic, or any magical thinking that is otherwise undefined in physical terms.

If one adheres to this set of ideas, one removes emotional, moral and ethical concerns from intelligence. One ignores non-linear, lateral, interstitial, and other undefinable elements that are part of the purely human, non-mechanical experience. (Thanks to -D.)

Materialist Proposition 1: Progress is Worship, Expressed through Physical Augmentation of Natural Ability

Quantum Computers - An Altar To An 'Alien god'! Doorway To Other Dimensions And Image Of The Beast! (2 February 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

Tech leaders like Geordie Rose, father of marketed quantum computers, adhere to a 19th century vision of 'progress.' They believe that history is an upward story of human and scientific expansion. We must develop bodies, societies and systems which transcend the limits of biology.

ideacity 2019 - Geordie Rose - Synthetic Minds, Cooperation and the Future of Humanity (21 June 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

In this view, the brain is a machine, which we will decode, mechanize and develop with the help of artificial intelligence. Because of its independent functions and the symbiotic assistance it will provide during our brain upgrades, the AI will appear to us like an alien god. Technologists admit this god will destroy our humanity, but that is acceptable, because the god will help one nation get ahead of another in the geopolitical balance of power. That, or the god will cure cancer.

Despite their supposed adherence to logical explanations, these technologists justify themselves through glib asides. They never ask if there is an alternative to 19th century scientific progress. They do not reflect on whether their political biases pose problems for their planning. They never consider whether the nation-state is a dated idea. They never refer to the evolutionary purpose which cancer may serve, about which I have blogged, here and here. They certainly never ask (at least publicly) if there are extra-physical aspects of human cognition, which cannot be simulated. It does not matter if the consequences of technologists' blind spots will result in species-wide slavery. In fact, that is the expected result.

The real question, then, concerns the developers' ambitions. A very small number of humans aim to control the machines that will control the bulk of humankind. XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis remarked:
"Today, a group of 20 individuals empowered by the exponential growing technologies of AI and robotics and computers and networks and eventually nanotechnology can do what only nation states could have done before."
These humans will act, based on their limited intelligence and values. If the story of the AI as alien god is really a story about the ambitions of a tiny group of tech moguls and billionaires, we should identify the real beliefs of this group.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Quantum Computing Rhetoric: In a Word, Supremacy


Demonstrating Quantum Supremacy (23 October 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

In an attempt to understand where advanced technology is headed in cultural terms, I will begin simply by presenting examples of rhetoric used at Silicon Valley Corporations and by other tech developers. Each word provides the vocabulary of a new priestly class. Today's word comes from Google: supremacy.


See all posts in the What's Left Over? series on materialism and anti-materialism in technological advancement.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

What's Left Over? The Materialist Algorithm for Cognition


Image Source: Morten Tolboll.

This post continues my investigation of materialism and anti-materialism as competing responses to technology. My central argument is that right-wing and left-wing descriptions of politics and the economy are misleading and obsolete. Politics and economics are evolving to mirror tech-oriented materialism and anti-materialism. The worst of the former is leading to tyrannical political oppression. The worst of the latter is leading to an alienation from the mainstream consensus about reality.

Thus far in this blog series, I have focussed on materialism as a way of seeing the world, which is grounded in empiricism, scientific exploration, rationalism, secularism, and the associated economic mode of capitalist consumption. All of these aspects concentrate on humankind's five senses and how they can measure and experience the physical realm.

More radical forms of materialism reveal where this is stance is headed. In 2013, Stephen J. Cowley and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau edited a collected volume of scholarly essays entitled, Cognition beyond the Brain: Computation, Interactivity and Human Artifice. The editors explain that the notion that we are free to think inside our heads is a fairy tale. They argue that the thoughts we have inside our own heads as private expressions of personal existence, and as ego-controlled responses to the outside world, constitute a bedtime story we tell ourselves about our independence as individual beings.

'Thinking,' for these academics, is not an internalized activity expressing the cognitive power and freedom of a single, rational creature. Rather, as I suggested in my post, Who Writes Your Reality?, 'thinking' is a culturally-modulated experience. It is even possibly constructed from the outside in. That is, your brain from this materialist standpoint is like a Tabula rasa, upon which the outside world may write its programs as it wishes. The editors of Cognition beyond the Brain call old-fashioned notions of subjective 'thinking' a 'folk concept,' a culturally-shaped story we tell ourselves about what we are doing:
"Like all folk concepts, ‘thinking’ is a second-order construct used to ‘explain’ observations or, specifically, how action is—and should be—integrated with perception."
This is a radical departure from the earlier Postmodern deification of the subjective mind, wherein social objectivities were demolished and everyone's personal truth was considered sacrosanct.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

What's Left Over? Eating, Sex and Death


From The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, directed by Peter Greenway. This is the scene in which the cook explains why some ingredients on the menu are more expensive than others. Black Foods (18 February 2014). Video Source: Youtube. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) © Palace Pictures / Miramax. Scene reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use.

Eating and sex. Sex and eating. Sex and death. Eating and death. If these primal experiences encompass our beginnings and our ends, then surely they are related, and how they are related forms the bases of whole civilizations.

Troubled Van Helsings

Eating, sex and death have been married to technology to encourage adoption of invasive interfaces such as hand chips and brain implants. If we want to retain our cognitive liberty, we need to understand the age-old archetypes onto which technology is being piggy-backed. We must learn how these archetypes really work in our societies, beyond the blindness imposed by social conditioning, politics, hoaxes and taboos.

There are a couple of challenges here. Firstly, the notion that truth-telling and whistle-blowing will free us draws us deeper into the technosphere, which is already programmed along the lines of eating (constant consumption), sex, and death. As alt-researchers post Youtube exposé after podcast revelation, they are socially conditioned to accept the idea that technology can liberate us from social conditioning. The very act of developing counter-narratives to destroy the illusion draws us deeper into said illusion. We become addicted to the expectation that technology will lead us to a higher truth, rather than deeper into lies. There's a line in the 1999 film 8mm: "When you dance with the Devil, the Devil don't change. The Devil changes you."

The second problem is that even the most red-pilled individuals have trouble accepting the reality they see on the other side of illusions meant to corral and control us. One Youtuber, who catalogues a sub-genre of horrible revelations which I won't describe here, rambles, "I don't think I'm gonna make it. I've got thousands more photos to get through. I don't want to exist in the same reality as these beings." To accept what these alt-researchers uncover would require an overturn of the current order. It would require a revolution.

I don't think the Internet's Van Helsings are up to slaying the world's vampires. And given the first problem, who is to say these truth-seekers have not become more deeply deluded in the course of their investigations? Perhaps their rabbit holes have led them from an old school psyop into a new school psyop.

London Epstein-Style Pedo Rings Protected By Police: Ex-Cop Jon Wedger | True Crime Podcast 43 (10 September 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

What the online Van Helsings have a uncovered is a vampiristic order based on the consumption of others, mainly through draining the energy of the population in the mainstream workforce and in an underworld of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and pedophilia. You can see typical chatter of this kind in the interview with a Scotland Yard whistle-blower, Jon Wedger, above. Wedger maintains that child rape is endemic in the upper echelons of British society. He claims that decades' worth of cases have been covered up by the police. The malaise exists because there are symbolic and occult connotations around the consumption of youthful life and energy. The problem persists because the respectable middle classes refuse to consider, openly acknowledge, or act on the problem. They have too much invested in maintaining the established order as it currently exists, no matter how twisted it is.

But if people like Wedger are divulging the truth, why would the problem of pedophilia exist in the first place? Wedger alluded vaguely to the spread of paganism and Satanism, but more broadly to a general culture of exploitation of vulnerable people. This does somewhat confirm the redefinition of sex alongside the introduction of popular technology. The materialist order denies the viability of sex as a mode of reproductive renewal. Reproduction must be safely transported into the controlled confines of the lab. Sex is a non-creative act of self-pleasuring and energy consumption in the material world. The suspicion that we are all consumable or recyclable and are trapped inside a larger power structure was sparked by the 1999 film, The Matrix. In that fiction, the materialist overlords were machines who had entrapped humankind in a huge illusion.

You are only a battery to them - MATRIX (1999). Reproduced under Fair Use. Video Source: Youtube.

Materialist Transcendence: Eating and Consumption

Even the most blue-pilled individual understands that we live in an order dominated by materialism. The primary challenge in such an order is overcoming boredom when one is denied access, internally and externally, to celestial mysteries.

The materialist order is nominally rationalist, secularist and scientifically-driven. Covertly, it seeks ways to achieve transcendence through the physical realm. Conspicuous consumption. Out-of-control spending. Kinky sex. Constructed lifestyles. But you can only buy, visit, theorize about, or sexualize so many objects before you confront a void. You can only exploit and bend the natural order of things so much before you confront gaps and failure. You can only murder to dissect so many times before you begin to wonder if there is anything more to do.

Pushing on through the darkness, the materialist resorts to finesse. He or she revisits a basic action like consumption, and wonders if it can be enhanced when paired with politics and propaganda in order to revolutionize society.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

What's Left Over? The Rationalist-Materialists


A quotation from the 2014 collection The Blooming of Madness 51, by Florida poet Christopher Poindexter. Image Source: pinterest.

A simple way to understand the philosophical crisis raised by technology is to ask yourself the question: 'What's left over?' This is a shorthand I devised, and partly borrowed from the sci-fi writer, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982).

Dick predicted the impact of simulated realities on our consciousness. Aware that simulations would soon be indistinguishable from organic beings and authentic objects, he kept trying to hit bedrock and finally concluded in his 1980 short story, I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon: "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." This can be a maxim for testing your own views and those of others regarding the mind and its relationship to reality, especially when it comes to the meaning of creation (whether one sees God as Creator or humans as creators) and created objects like technology.

My previous post introduced the hypothesis that how people view technology may be grounded in rationalist-materialism, materialism, or in anti-materialism. Today, I will start with the rationalist-materialists; two subsequent posts will discuss the materialists and the anti-materialists.

To define what I mean by those systems of thought, I asked 'What's left over?' after one removes complex narratives and beliefs about reality in each case. That is, what core attitudes are we talking about when everything else is stripped away? My answers vastly oversimplify different philosophies about the mind and matter, and avoid formal academic definitions; nevertheless, I hope they will clarify our current conundrum as technological simulacra become harder to control.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: The CERN Tarot Deck and The Cybernetic Seance


The Knight of Swords in the CERN tarot deck connects early computers and the founding of IBM (originally established in Poland) to the Holocaust. Image Source: Hexen 2.0. Click to enlarge all images.

Even if you only follow the mainstream, you don't have to go very far before you come across horrors which are worse than anything found in the ancient stories. Not even Salome could ask for what passes for statecraft these days.

There are misattributed photos now circulating online of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 and came out in chopped-up pieces. The photos, posted on disreputable sites, include a skinned head, with the face spread on the floor in front of the meaty skull. Warning: the linked material is gory and linking does not imply my endorsement of values expressed in linked material.

These scenes immediately reminded me of Clive Barker's Hellraiser; Barker's horror fiction describes demons walking the earth and entering it by way of certain portals. His  famous Books of Blood from the mid-1980s opened as follows:
"The dead have highways.

They run, unerring lines of ghost-trains, of dream-carriages, across the wasteland behind our lives, bearing an endless traffic of departed souls. Their thrum and throb can be heard in the broken places in the world, through cracks made by acts of cruelty, violence and depravity. Their freight, the wandering dead, can be glimpsed when the heart is close to bursting, and sights that should be hidden come plainly into view.

They have sign-posts, these highways, and bridges and lay-bys. They have turnpikes and intersections.

It is at these intersections, where the crowds of dead mingle and cross, that this forbidden highway is most likely to spill through into our world. The traffic is heavy at the cross-roads, and the voices of the dead are at their most shrill. Here the barriers that separate one reality from the next are worn thin with the passage of innumerable feet." ("The Book of Blood" in Clive Barker's Books of Blood, vol. 1 (London: Sphere Books, 1985), p. 1.)
It is almost as though the Khashoggi case created one of those broken places in the world, a rent in the fabric of reality between the worlds of the living and the dead, created by an act of cruelty. France 24 denied the authenticity of the Khashoggi photos; its reporters found that the photos hailed from Mexico and Egypt in 2017:
"The two photos that show the arms and the legs date back to August 2017, and were taken in Giza, Egypt. These body parts belonged to a man described as 'elderly' in the Egyptian press, who report that his body parts were found scattered between two different parts of town.

The photo showing the skull, the scalped face, the pair of eyes and the penis had already been published online back in July 2017. According to a blog specialised in Mexican drug trafficking-related crime, these body parts belonged to a police commander in Tecoman, Mexico, who was killed by a cartel."
Nevertheless, the photos are real, even if they are not part of the Khashoggi story, and the latter is bad enough without misattributed photo evidence. All of it confirms that something has gone wrong behind the façade of normal authority and current affairs.










More clues of the state of affairs come from CERN, the autonomous quantum physics research organization. It turns out that CERN has an artist's residency. This year, the artist in residence, Suzanne Treister, created a CERN tarot deck. Out of all the things Treister could have developed to describe CERN's attempt to crack the building blocks of matter, she chose magic (Hat tip: Dark Journalist; see his dedicated video on this tarot deck, here). All tarot images are © S. Treister and found here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: Magic and the Technological Revolution


Donald Trump's uncle, John G. Trump, developed ultra-powerful X-rays. This is the historical first X-ray image, taken by Wilhelm Röntgen of his wife's left hand on 22 December 1895. Image Source: National Library of Medicine / The Scientist.

The new Tech Revolution is human. The top designers in Silicon Valley plainly understand a secret which they do not share with their customers. Technology is not a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop. It's not a mechanical thing. It's not a smartwatch or a game console. It's not a Virtual Reality headset. It's not a robot, an android, or an AI entity like the HAL9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Don't look at technology as something that helps you order your Starbucks coffee. Look at it as an advanced behavioural modifier.

Technology is the human being who is transformed through interaction with a machine. The revolutionary technology is you, as your behaviour, values, beliefs - as your brain and soul - have changed while you punched keys; listened to the radio, then podcasts; stared at the TV, then videos; took selfies; talked through texts, or on the telephone, or through video calls. Technology is you as you entered the social media reality, indulged in the Internet's arcane, entertaining hivemind, and became a different person. The changed person is a type of technology. The Technological Revolution refers to an irrevocable transformation of, and assault upon, the human condition.

From my previous post on Julian Assange and his possible relationship to the Trump family: in this cinematic depiction of MK-Ultra mind control, the controllers cryptically refer to the brainwashed person, not the brainwashing itself, as a technology. The Manchurian Candidate (7/7) Movie CLIP - Decisions (2004) HD (22 November 2011) © Paramount Pictures. Reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use. Video Source: Youtube.

While body modifications, identity politics, and behavioural changes will be the most obvious outward signs that this process is running its course, the main assault will be waged internally, on human consciousness. In other words, technology is a state of transformed mind. The Technological Revolution implies an absolute, no-going-back overhaul and control of the human brain and the larger capabilities of the human soul.

If that doesn't terrify you, it should. Everyone must recognize and guard the weirder gray areas where technology overlaps with human mentalities, or they will relinquish sovereign control over the space inside their craniums, and they will never see it coming.

Competing factions appear to be vying for the right to dominate this process. They have different visions of what they want to achieve in terms of the revolutionized human being. This is partly why politics is becoming so urgent and divisive, and why the economy is on the verge of collapse. Both were geared toward an earlier, more human age and both are transforming to encase the new transhuman state.

Traditions of Organic Betterment

For thousands of years, there have been attempts to improve, control and alter the human being. One difference in the 21st century is the speed at which the augmentations are taking place. The other Millennial distinction is the use of gadgets as prostheses, which deceives the user into thinking that the process is in the user's control, and outside the user's existential state of being.

Greatest Martial Artists in History • Brief Martial Arts (18 December 2015). Video Source: Youtube.

The 2011 documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi chronicled the extreme discipline necessary to become the top sushi chef in the world. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - Trailer (24 July 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

Unlocking Human Capability - Dr. Devi Shetty with Sadhguru (16 February 2015). Video Source: Youtube.

The traditional ways people have augmented their awareness are organic. Even if they use tools, the physical and mental states are the main concerns: a karate master who smashes a stack of boards is not obsessed with the boards as his or her source of strength. These practitioners balance mind and body through well-honed methods. Disciplined study results in rational improvement of brain functions; regular physical training brings the body to peak performance; meditation and spiritual explorations challenge and awaken the soul. Each form of augmentation has resorted to techniques and aids, developed over centuries or longer.

The highest level of this augmentation builds human consciousness to a legendary moment when biochemical, magnetic and electrical brain functions become metaphysical. For a long time, the tools used to create the altered human were mystical or magical; these are ways of dealing with rare information such that those exposed to it have earned the right to engage with it and produce seemingly inexplicable, paranormal, or superhuman results of their actions. This level of activity involves a highly sophisticated interaction through the mind, body, spirit and soul with symbolic abstractions of time, matter and energy. In our era, technological gadgets are usurping the old, supra-organic, magical role of the symbol.

Are Psychic Powers and Telepathy Real? Dr. Devi Shetty with Sadhguru (30 November 2014). Video Source: Youtube.

Transhumanism: Weaponized Consciousness?

Brain-to-Brain Interface: The Next Gen Social Network (7 October 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

Much of the Internet believes that the CIA Project MK-Ultra was developed out of Nazi research and that the second half of the 20th century developed the technological means for psychological manipulation and spiritual instrumentalization. That research has supposedly continued to the point where its torturous, hypnotic techniques have been widely disseminated via the Internet and the Internet of Things, with the whole collective's reactions continuously monitored. This approach marks a sinister appropriation and abandonment of the old school attempts at human self-betterment, as through western magic, eastern mystics and Asian martial arts. This new path weaponizes human consciousness through propaganda, education, marketing, and insidious, invasive mental bombardments. By any standards, the potential application of MK-Ultra techniques via mass technology signifies a catastrophic turn down a dark, misguided path.

Patreon-supported alt-documentary on the history of MK-Ultra: The Minds of Men | Official Trailer | Documentary by Aaron & Melissa Dykes (16 July 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

Technological gadgets are being invented to mimic or replace capabilities which have traditionally belonged to 'magic,' the human psychic realm, or if you prefer, a conscious mastery of one's unconscious to the point where it affects one's outer material existence.

There is a terrible warning here, for to use a crutch to attain a faux superlative human condition is, by definition, psychopathic. For an example of this progression, consider that some gurus believe that paranormal abilities such as telepathy exist and can be cultivated through intense and profound training. By contrast, a report from October 2018 (the 23 September 2018 scholarly publication is here) confirms that mechanical prostheses are now being built to create 'BrainNet,' a synthetic, mechanized telepathy, transmitted over the Internet. We are at a point where brain-to-tech interfaces are being used by the US military, soon to follow on social media. It's not woo. It's not a ghost story. It's real, and soon it will be at your Apple Store with a price tag on it.


Magical Technology

All of this implies that the top leaders of the Technological Revolution were and are well-versed in older techniques of achieving the superlative human, the disciplines necessary to fine-tune behaviour. In addition, they know about the mind control research and propaganda and education campaigns of the mid-to-late 20th century. And they are diverting all this knowledge into their own, hideous transhuman experiment.

In short, that means that there's some magic misapplied in the development of high technology. Officially, high tech gadgets, apps and networks are so addictive because people like the founders of Facebook embedded psychological games and tricks in their platforms. Unofficially, it is theorized the Technological Revolution was founded in dark occult mysteries and practices.

Even if you don't believe in this type of thing, others do. If Silicon Valley was founded by magicians, and its products imbued with spells, wouldn't you want to know who did this, how, and with what incantations and intentions?