Friday, September 30, 2005
But in Bergotte’s case, my preconceived idea of him from his name troubled me far less than my familiarity with his work, to which I was obliged to attach, as to the cord of a balloon, the man with the little beard, without knowing whether it would still have the strength to raise him from the ground. It seemed quite clear, however, that it really was he who had written the books that I had so greatly enjoyed, for Mme. Swann having thought it incumbent upon her to tell him of my admiration for one of these, he shewed no surprise that she should have mentioned this to him rather than to any other of the party, nor did he seem to regard her action as due to a misapprehension, but, swelling out the frock coat which he had put on in honour of all these distinguished guests with a body distended in anticipation of the coming meal, while his mind was completely occupied by other, more real and more important considerations, it was only as at some finished episode in his early life, as though one had made an illusion to a costume of the Duc de Guise which he had worn, one season, at a fancy dress ball, that he smiled as he bore his mind back to the idea of his books; which at once began to fall in my estimation (dragging down with them the whole value of Beauty, of the world, of life itself), until they seemed to have been merely the casual amusement of a man with a little beard. I told myself that he must have taken great pains over them, but that, if he had lived upon an island surrounded by beds of pearl-oysters, he would instead have devoted himself to, and would have made a fortune out of, the pearling trade. His work no longer appeared to me so inevitable. And then I asked myself whether originality did indeed prove that great writers were gods, ruling each one over a kingdom that was his alone, or whether all that was not rather make-believe, whether the differences between one man’s book and another’s were not the result of their respective labours rather than the expression of a radical and essential difference between two contrasted personalities.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Index to Creationist Claims
Things Creationists Hate
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
* From The Ancient Teachings of Sri Poopy-Poopy (approximately 2000 BC, or before) translated into Modern Funky English by Sri Dookie-Dookie (2004 AD).
I say this, for I am Sri Poopy-Poopy,
Let there be funky Music and Art that extends from the Soul in honor of all creation !
Art and Music are mediums through which one can express their Joy and deep Love of the Supreme Reality !
So, let there be funky Music and Art that extends from the Soul in honor of all creation !
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
This picture, from a 15th-century English manuscript now in Lambeth Palace collection (Library MS6, folio 43v), features the prophetic boy Ambros (a.k.a. Merlin), revealing to King Vortigern how the fighting Red and White Dragons beneath Vortigern's Collapsing Castle cause the damage each night. I love this painting because it's full of symbolisms.
Note how Ambros looks very ordinary, not in the least like a wizard or a future Merlin. To the left are an 'adviser' and a soldier, clearly marvelling at the sight of the fighting dragons. In the background, the courtiers stay at a respectful distance.
Vortigern stands out in this illumination. His long red hair and beard clearly mark him as the archetype of a Welshman (this is, after all, an English manuscript). His robe is very royal, for some reason emphesizing his kingship, which after all is by no means certain with him being cast in the role of usurper. But is he crowned? His headgear could be a crown, but also a hat, the old guy in the red robe wears a similar one. A royal robe, but not a crown?
Another strange thing is his right foot, which I for all the world cannot identify as anything but a hoof! This is clearly not a shoe or a boot (see the enlarged image), so why a hoof? Any suggestions are welcome. And while I am talking about extremities, have you noticed that all people in the painting only show one hand and hide the other...
A last remark about the faces of the people in the foreground, which are all very vague. I would venture that these are rubbed off by the readers over the centuries, but one could think of a premeditated action.
Monday, September 26, 2005
A moon in the sky
After sunrise [a rare sight];
Seen it before, but --
A squiggly fractal--
the line of Monterrey's hills--
floats above the fog
The cat licks its paws:
I watch, three floors above: it
Looks up straight at me
Gay flamingo sings:
"The sun rises and the world
Is ablaze with Dawn"
"Weep, weep!" cries a bird
Lost somewhere in fog and mist.
Sunrise with no sun.
Fire on the mountain?
No, the deer are still, tranquil:
It must be sunlight
The orange cloudbank:
One bright touch in the grey sky
Above a grey bay
Dolphins in the bay
Playing, sporting, having fun--
World without money!
The weather bureau
predicted a sunny day:
All I see is fog
After the fog lifts,
A naked beauty: blue sky
With buttermilk clouds
Bay ablaze with light--
Tin-flash; silver; clear as gin--
After weeks of fog!
Flock of gulls appears
And suddenly -- disappears
White on white: bay lost,
Mountains lost, bleached into white:
A clean-cotton mist
Pre-dawn, silence, then --:
Out of unpulsating dark
An unknown bird chirps.
Bay like blackboard grey
Monterrey lost in white fog
Shortest day draws nigh
While I slept they came:
Two unexpected flowers
Sprouting on the vine.
Grey and pastel pink --
A water-color painting --
This light before dawn.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Local Protest Warriors thought it would be a good idea to antagonize anti-war activists as they marched on Turk St. toward Jefferson Square Park. Here's video of a large crowd challenging them to join the military themselves since they are such big supporters of war.
These idiots are not very popular anywhere they go. Don't miss the must-see video of Protest Warriors getting run out of a PRO-war rally in Crawford, Texas about a month ago.
Boobs Not Bombs, Fuck Bush
The Revolution Will Be Televised
I live in San Francisco. I'm an artist, an activist, an anarchist and an archivist; this is my videoblog.
Right now, at this moment in history, TV is the most powerful medium in the world.
Its reach and influence are unparalleled. It makes or breaks products and politicians alike, paints our picture of the world, and glues our culture together. And yet, who controls it?
Now, you do.
This is our outpost in a locked-down television landscape. Here, the channel goes two ways. Here, you are viewer and producer. Welcome to Current.
Current is a new, independent cable and satellite TV network, available in 20 million homes around the United States -- and growing.
Current is about what's going on.
We follow the global pulse via Google Current, a real-time view of what the world's searching for, presented every half-hour around the clock.
We slice the rest of the schedule into short pods -- each just a few minutes long -- that range far and wide, from international dispatches to profiles of cool people to intelligence on new trends. This is not a traditional TV network; watching Current, you'll see more, on more topics, from more points of view.
And much of it comes straight from you.
We call it viewer-created content, or VC2, and it's created in the Current Studio, an online extension of our real studios in San Francisco and LA. Anybody can join in to produce VC2 (and get paid for it) or watch and vote for what goes on TV.
See those four squares in our logo? We call it the cursor, and like an old-school command prompt, it means we're awaiting input. From you.
The ANSWER Coalition reports that:
300,000 people surrounded the White House in Washington, DC today
50,000 people participated in a demonstration in Los Angeles.
50,000 people were at the San Francisco protest.
I was literraly 2 feet behind the person who filmed this. The guy in the pink shirt talking mid way through is my friend who I went to the rally/protest with.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
p. 122: Agreements
Participant: "I don't have any trouble keeping important agreements, but I'm damned if I'm going to bust my ass to keep trivial agreements."
Trainer: Oh yeah, how many times have we heard that one? .. Every tine in your whole fuckin' life you've felt like breaking an agreement, THE AGREEMENT HAS AUTOMATICALLY SEEMED AT THAT MOMENT TRIVIAL! That's hot the mind mind works! If someone owes you twenty bucks that's a fuckin' important agreement, right? But if you owe someone twenty bucks, surprise!, it's a trivial agreement.
What is reality, anyway? There's a long section on this? The conclusion is that we are responsible for what we experience, as, if I get this right, we are responsible for the interpretation of what happens. We experience people, events, etc."as something."
p. 165: Anatomy of the mind
Mind: The mind is a linear arrangement of multisensory total records of successive moments of now.
Purpose of mind: The design function of the mind is survival, the survival of the being, but also of anthing which the being considers itself to be.
Sometimes we sacrifice our physical well being to save what we consider ourselves to be.
Ego: state of affairs when the being comes to identify itself with the mind. Then the mind's purpose is the survival of the mind itself.
Because now the purpose of the mind becomes the survivial of the mind itself, the survival of the records, the tapes, of the points of view of the mind, of the decisions of the mind, of the thoughts, of the conclusions and beliefs of the mind. Now the mind has a vested interest in all these. WHat it does to try to survive is to try to keep itself intact, replay the same tapes, prove itself right. That becomes now the purpose of the mind, to survive be again and again proving itself right. ... Some of you eggheads out there have read your Nietzsche, suppposed to be a great philosopher, one of the very greatest. he wrote a lot of books about how the mind wil do anything to dominate, anything to prove itself right. He was sort of a master detective going around smelling out how people would develop religions so that poor people would feel right in their poverty, how philosophers would develop philosophies to prove right what they were doing anyway, how writers would wite books whose secret purpose was to justify themselves. Nietzsche's will to power isn't a lot of Nazi goosestepping around to build up their thigh musles, it's about how all the world's religions, all the philosophies, all the great books, all of 'em, are just the mind's way of trying to prove itself right and dominate others.
p. 189 Summary of mind:
The mind is a linear arrangement of multisensory total records of successive moments of now. Its purpose is the suvivial of the being or of anything the being identifies with its survival. Since the being in fact inevitiably identifies his being with his mind, the purpose of the mind becomes the survival of the mind: the survival of the tapes, the points of view, the decisions, the beliefs, the rightness of the mind. The mind this seeks always for agreement and to avoid disagreement, always to be right and avoid being wrong, to dominate and avoid domination, to justify itself and avoid invalidation.
The construction of the mind involves two stacks, one containing records of experiences necessary for survival, a second containing records not necessary for survivial. Those experiences in the first stack are divided into three classes. Nonber ones are experiences haivn pain, the threat to survival, and relative unconsciousness. Number twos are experiences of loss or shocking loss associated with the number ones and involving strong emotion. Number threes are experiences triggered by important elements from either number ones or number twos. ...
This goes on for a while, and the point is ...
You're machines. ... All you're dramatic upsets are just your machine mind triggering off some past threat to survival ... The whole works is just stimulus-response, stimulous response, stimulus response...
You've spend your whole life trying to find an escape from admitting you're a machine, your whole life trying to escape from admitting what is, is ...
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The philosopher-psychologist Henry James observed almost a century ago:
"The most profound discovery of my generation is that, by changing one's thinking, one can change one's life."
Increasingly, science is finding that, by engendering positive and uplifting thoughts, we can not only improve the quality of our emotional and spiritual lives, but we may be also able to influence the quality of our physical health.
In the last twenty-five years a new field has emerged called psycho-neuroimmunology. This field explores the relationship between the mind and the immune system with the nervous system serving as the mediator. Initially viewed with much skepticism, the influence of emotions on health has earned a respected niche in the medical community.
A review of past civilizations can be helpful in understanding our present evolution. Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, would often place his patients in the Chapel of Aescalapius for the night. Sick people would be placed on cots and told to recall in the morning all their dreams and memories from the previous night. This "dream psychology" told the good doctor the secret attitudes harbored by the patient, and these beliefs were often at the root of many illnesses.
In Healing, the Divine Art, Manly Hall says,
"Health was not merely the dosing of the sick. It was the cultivating of a proper relationship between the individual, the world, and the divine power which governs it. Hippocrates was one of the first to point out that all healing comes from God. The physician is merely a servant of deity."
In the second century A.D., another Greek physician, named Galen, observed a higher incidence of breast cancer among melancholic women than those who were not depressed. These ancient Mediterranean physician-philosophers perceived a unity of mind, body and spirit that was supported by all the natural forces of nature.
"Attitude" has been defined as a state of mind or feeling with regard to a person. Most of us experience states of mind that fluctuate from happiness to depression, and these emotions come and go in our lives. Emotions can generally be viewed as signposts for self-awareness rather than necessarily as feelings we need to suppress. However, strong emotional states that persist may, in fact, become destructive to the body. The strongest of these are worry, fear, anger, grief and pretense. Anger can be a powerful motivator for change in one's life, but left to stagnate, it can deplete the physical body and mind of vital reserves. Depression can slow the heart rate while excitement can increase it. Unabated, these strong feelings will adversely affect the heart.
The Chinese found that every emotion has a physical correlation. Anger affects all organs, but specifically stresses the liver. Fear affects the kidneys; grief, the lungs; worry, the spleen-pancreas; and pretense or excitement, the heart. This means that various attitudes affect organs and structures of the body according to the type of emotion stimulated. Keep in mind that these emotions are not "bad" in and of themselves; in fact, suppressing emotions creates its own stress on the body. But when sustained over a long period of time, the aforementioned states of mind can become toxic.
Manly Hall expresses it clearly when he states:
"Most ailments begin with tension, and wherever there is negative thinking or negative emotion, there will be tension. It makes no difference whether our indignation is righteous or otherwise. We pay for the pressures that we permit to develop within us."
This persistent emotional tension results in overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Such a response is similar to driving the car with one foot on the brake and one on the accelerator; we wear the car out and, likewise, the human machine.
It is, therefore, necessary to our well-being that we attend to our emotional health with as much attention as we give to our bodies. When we experience strong negative states, we must activate the reset button immediately afterwards with such tension-reducing methods as exercise, yoga, visualization, meditation or any natural relaxation method. We may also need to replenish certain vitamins and minerals lost during prolonged stress and examine the body for physical weaknesses such as hypoglycemia or adrenal exhaustion that could contribute to a negative outlook and diminished health.
The dream temple of Hippocrates is no longer available to us to investigate the long-held negative beliefs or attitudes that feed our strong emotional states, but the means can and should be found today to pursue this avenue to well-being. Hippocrates was searching for sub-conscious attitudes that were making his patients ill. Similarly, we must bring buried resentments, fears, and griefs to conscious awareness. Perhaps there was a specific time in our lives when a situation warranted fear, but circumstances do change as we mature, and we may still be reacting with fear when no such alarm is required.
This is the first step in emotional healing. Once we are aware of destructive attitudes we harbor, we have the option of replacing them with more positive, health-promoting states such as love, trust, faith and forgiveness. We are the managers of our physical and mental health.
Henry Thoreau recommended the same approach when he advised:
"Every man is a builder of a Temple called his body."
Now is the time for us to build our own temple of health within our bodies and minds with the tools we have at our disposal in this age.
The famous Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung stated:
"What we do not make conscious we experience as fate."
Let our destiny be a fuller, freer and more harmonius life.
Friday, September 23, 2005
French painter, one of the leading Symbolist artists. He was a pupil of Chassériau and was influenced by his master's exotic Romanticism, but Moreau went far beyond him in his feeling for the bizarre and developed a style that is highly distinctive in subject and technique. His preference was for mystically intense images evoking long-dead civilizations and mythologies, treated with an extraordinary sensuousness, his paint encrusted and jewel-like. Although he had some success at the Salon, he had no need to court this as he had private means, and much of his life was spent in seclusion. In 1892 he became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and proved an inspired teacher, bringing out his pupils' individual talents rather than trying to impose ideas on them. His pupils included Marquet and Matisse, but his favorite was Rouault, who became the first curator of the Moreau Museum in Paris (the artist's house), which Moreau left to the nation on his death. The bulk of his work is preserved there.
Hesiod and the Muse
Oedipus and the Sphinx
Jupiter and Semele
Thursday, September 22, 2005
"The one small garden of a free gardener was all his need and due, not a garden swollen to a realm; his own hands to use, not the hands of others to command."
-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings, Part III, p. 206.
If you go to the garden of the Heart,
You'll have beautiful perfume like a rose.
If you fly to the sky,
Your face will turn into a moon like the angels.
-Divan-i Kebir Meter Rumi
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be
swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
That is, some books are to be read only in parts;
others to be read but not curiously; and some few
to be read wholly, and with diligence and
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
This booklet is for people who are dissatisfied with their lives. If you are happy with your present existence, we have no argument with you. However, if you are tired of waiting for your life to change... Tired of waiting for authentic community, love and adventure...
Tired of waiting for the end of money and forced work...
Tired of looking for new pastimes to pass the time...
Tired of waiting for a lush, rich existence...
Tired of waiting for a situation in which you can realise all your desires...
Tired of waiting for the end of all authorities, alienations, ideologies and moralities...
...then we think you'll find what follows to be quite handy.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Telesis is the purposeful use of natural and social forces. It is planned progress. Magickal activism.
Power does not reside in church or state, but in the manipulation of words, images, and symbols. The power of reality engineering. In the past, church and state held a monopoly on this power. Today, this power is in the media. The popular media was first to show people ways of life from outside of the clenched provincialism and parochialism of their family and community. Cultural currents were able to cross-fertilize each other and media was able to confer a cosmopolitanism on even rural-living individuals. Media is the foundation of the emerging Global Village and the key to the alchemical Great Work of manifesting the Aeon. The common usage of the word "media", a plural noun, as a singular noun indicates unconscious movement toward that manifestation: an all-inclusive medium growing and progressing in all directions and dimensions simultaneously.
The animating purpose of Dada and Surrealism was to smash all accepted values and expectations; to jolt perception awake from robotic sleep and into seeing the world in a new, fresh way that is nonlinear and multidimensional. Picasso's "Man with a Violin" depicts an ordinary scene, but from all sides and angles at once. In Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending A Staircase, No.2", we see what the title describes, but from a perspective of nonlinear time. The Surrealists investigated dreams and the unconscious, automatic art and writing, the art of "primitive" peoples and the art of children and schizophrenics. They were on a quest for magickal perception, a shaman's view of the world.
When Duchamp submitted a urinal for display as an art object, he broke the trance of expectation and at the same time returned aesthetic quality to an object previously regarded as not only mundane but repulsive. With this urinal, Duchamp performed an act of alchemy, turning lead into gold. With his "ready-mades", constructed from "found" objects, the mundane blazes in an aura of previously unnoticed color, texture and form. Later, sections of neighborhoods would be roped off to be examined as works of art. This is saying that we live in art. Our lives are art. This is why the Zen monk, after his illumination, was so deeply moved by his amazing ability to chop wood and carry water. In this alchemy of Surrealism, the Stone of Philosophers is a state of consciousness that perceives Spirit and Matter, Sacred and Profane, as one. Andre Breton said that convulsive beauty shall be erotic-veiled, explosive-fixed, magickal-circumstantial, or not be.
We have in our minds a description of reality. This description defines the reality that we live in and gives us detailed instructions on how we must perceive our reality. For most people, reality is pre-programmed because their description was taught to them as children and reinforced by their role in society. Most people live in a reality that is inherited as a legacy of cultural and personal history. They (we) live in a rented house, a house that is not a home.
The mistake is believing that this is the only reality possible. The problem is that all of our perception, energy and will is focused on this reality. It captures our total attention and in turn is reinforced by our attention. Most people are unaware that they are the creators of reality. They are yoked to a pre-programmed, pre-packaged description of reality with detailed values and belief-structures, which they unconsciously sustain with their power.
In ritual, the contents of the mind are exteriorized into the environment. Objects that are symbolic of desires and abstract principles are manipulated physically, mimicking mental process. All of the props, tools, elements, and actions of ritual are means to activate, engage, and focus our attention and intent, our reality-engineering power.
Media is also an exteriorization of the contents of the mind into the environment. Mass media is an environmental exteriorization of the contents of the collective mind. Any process that would unfold through ritual or meditative manipulation of word, image and symbol can be carried out on the mass scale, through media, in the collective consciousness of humanity.
Magick should be applied to and include within itself the most powerful and efficient tools available in order to accomplish its aims. Mass media has been a vehicle for the values, belief-structures and programs of the consensus reality-complex. However, we can rise up and seize the means of perception and use media to deprogram and short-circuit cultural conditioning as well as to refocus and remake the mind to access any desired state of awareness or consciousness.
We seek to create and propagate a New Description. Or, rather, we seek to program a reality that is fluid and multidimensional; offering the individual infinite choice of description, navigating a self-determined course among the potentials of being, exploring new selves and alternative realities. Even to discard descriptions altogether and enter into the Garden of Infinity as a clear and unconditioned awareness.
In this campaign, there are basically three types of action that can be implemented with regard to the values and belief-structures of the consensus reality-complex: Destruction, Deconstruction, and Transcendence.
DESTRUCTION: sacrilege, blasphemy, iconoclasm and protest. The control virus is in the word-image-symbol programming that makes up our environment. Our first task is to use media to disrupt, disorientate and destroy these lines of control. Break up those words and images, remix them randomly and absurdly and throw them back in control's face. William Burroughs has given us the method: smash the control images, smash the control machine.
For example, in medieval Europe, the spirit of the people was held in bondage by the Roman Church. The ritual that generated the occult power of the Church was the Mass (the name itself is a clue to its nature). The so-called Black Mass was a highly sophisticated weapon of liberation. It paralleled the Mass of the Church, but every aspect was distorted in some way. The Crucifix was inverted. The Lord's Prayer was recited backwards. Women, held in contempt by the Church, offered their naked bodies for use as altars. The performance of this ritual generated a sort of computer virus within the reality-complex of the Church, making it unstable, breaking it up and releasing some of that hoarded spiritual fuel; contributing to the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the philosophical and political revolutions of that period.
New and improved Black Masses should be devised for use today. What words, images, values and traditions hold us captive today? These should be identified and isolated and we should endeavor to sin against them in thought, word and deed. Disrupt, disorientate, destabilize and destroy. Apply the discipline of Dada to the icons and dogmas of today, both obvious and subliminal. How are these control icons and dogmas implemented? We should find out and use those same methods to disarm them.
The destruction-mode is the confrontational front-line assault in the culture war. It is also the most problematic of the three because it makes you a target and a possible scapegoat. Also, there is a trap in which you allow yourself to be defined by opponent groups (if they are THAT, then I must be THIS). Be strong, be vigilant, be bold and be prepared.
DECONSTRUCTION: If Destruction is the way of the wrecking ball, Deconstruction is the way of the termite: careful observation of institutional structures and methods, in-depth analysis of the history and motivation behind and implications of cultural memes and then systematic breakdown. The investigations and explorations of the deconstruction-mode produce a wealth of information useful to both the destruction and transcendence modes.
TRANSCENDENCE: This mode is beyond inherited cultural values, belief-structures and reality-complexes altogether. They are denied any reality whatsoever. They do not exist (and they never did). Action in the Transcendence mode is based on expressing a fierce, powerful and sincere intention, integrity and love with regard to your reality and its evolution. This is the mode of CREATION.
In the course of our research and experimentation, certain target areas have emerged as important. It seems that focussing our attention and energy on these target areas and disseminating their "emanations" through various media will effect a profound cultural transformation.
CHAOS: as described in the first essay of this Manifesto. The basis of reality and ground-of-being is a fluid and dynamic "substance" that is pure potential and infinite creativity. This description can not be a dogma as it embraces all possibilities. It is a "root" which branches off into infinite choice of realities. As such, it forms a bond of unity among diversity.
GAIA: the living Earth. The emerging scientific view of the Earth as a super-organism merges with the archetype of the Mother. Earth magick is renewed: sacred sites, ley lines, feng shui, seasonal rites and festivals. An aware, active relationship with Gaia and the power of Earth magick inspire and fuel the passion behind ecological activism such as lobbying, protests, boycotts, recycling and ecotage.
However, we also understand that while nature is our HOME, it is not our MASTER. We are not against technology or progress. We are against waste and short-sightedness. We seek the implementation of appropriate technology such as wind, water and solar power, clean fuels such as hydrogen, biogas and biodiesel, and reforestation and organic farming.
EROS: The purest and most chaosmic manifestation of Eros is the Quantum Inseparability Principle, the Quantum Interconnectedness which holds all thing-events in unity. The unity of friendship, love and sex are more personal manifestations of Eros. We seek freedom for sincere, uninhibited love. We seek freedom for expression and fulfillment of such love wherever, whenever and with whomever. Free Eros manifests as an ability to immerse oneself in communion with all aspects of life, to surrender to bliss. In sexuality, it is the ability to sense and feel, to reach out to another. Free Eros is a rampaging flood of polymorphous, polyamorous, polysexual passion, the flow and force of which breaks and bursts through the barriers of social propriety, neurotic clinging and flabby sentimentality.
LIQUID: promotion of the liquid state as an ideal and seeking fluidity. All the action is in stuff that flows. Liquefy all structures. Dissolve all barriers, borders and boundaries and everything will melt together. Removing all blocks, the flow is unimpeded and the free elements form new, creative, chaotic, dynamic relationships. Make more connections, increase the flow of information and promote the holistic, interdisciplinary integration of arts, sciences, philosophies and lifestyles.
LANGUAGE: Words define and grammatical structure shapes thought. Thus, language conditions the mind, programs reality and determines experience. The first priority is to promote clear communication. We need a language discipline that clarifies murky communications between people and penetrates the meaningless but manipulative newspeak used by institutions and institutional media. This includes familiarity with semantics, memetics and critical thinking.
Next, we can weed out those words and phrases that symbolize obsolete and/or undesirable postulates, values and beliefs. This will erase them from thought. At the same time, we can create new words and phrases which represent new and desirable postulates, values and beliefs. Archaic words can be unearthed and reinterpreted to recapture "lost" ideas. These new and recycled words evoke new experiences, ideas and realities.
From there, we can go on to create new forms of language for expressing and communicating new forms of awareness and consciousness. Consider: Speedtalk from Robert A. Heinlein's novelette GULF, pictographic and visual languages, musical languages such as those used by Australian Aborigines and the Master Musicians of Joujouka, or something that incorporates all of these and involves the other senses as well.
OCCULTURE: The integration of the magickal interpretation of the world and existence with everyday life. The Historical Museum of Magick is preserved for academic purposes, as a knowledge bank and a treasure-house of images. However, the important work is spreading the good news that the Individual is the SOURCE of their reality; and developing the most powerful and efficient magickal technology for using the imagination and the will to engineer reality. For example, we have read books and heard motivational tapes on building "wealth-consciousness" that are classics of sorcery with an emphasis on finance.
It is important to reposition the image of magick in the minds of the general public. The institutional media would have them believe that magickal practitioners have nothing better to do with their time than molest children while drinking dog's blood and urine. Or, at best, they are portrayed as merely "wacky". Anything evolutionary is depicted by the institutional media as dangerous and/or foolish. Certainly there are neurotic (and even psychotic) people who cling to magick as some kind of gimmick; but when the larger picture and the personal and cultural value of magick is clearly shown, it will attract the interest of healthier, more capable minds and personalities.
SCIENCE: Complementing the promotion of Occulture is the popularization of what is being called "New Science". Of particular importance are the Quantum and Holographic views of reality and their ontological and philosophical implications. At the same time, we should be careful not to distort or exaggerate those implications.
S.M.I².L.E.: Space Migration, Intelligence Increase and Life Extension. Timothy Leary's prescription for the human condition. More space and more time to enjoy space and time.
Space Migration, Intelligence Increase and Life Extension are common raw materials for science fiction. Because they are evolutionary, they are often depicted as dangerous and/or foolish endeavors. Space is the domain of marauding aliens, where puny man doesn't stand a chance. The Supersavant is an insane megalomaniac. The Immortal yearns for death as a release from boredom.
Immortality without Space Migration and/or Intelligence Increase might well become dull. It would certainly contribute to overpopulation and the burden on Earth's resources. However, the Earth is already overpopulated and seriously depleted of resources. Space Migration is a survival imperative. Anyway, why should we stay in one small place even if we could? Because of the vast distances involved in space travel, Life Extension is necessary. All three components of the formula work together; and intelligence increase is the key to the whole scenario, as well as being a worthwhile pursuit in itself. All of humanity should be inspired to put their attention, energy, will, effort and resources into these goals. We desire enough space, creativity, and time to bring out the best that is within us.
EVOLUTION/APOTHEOSIS: Evolution is not finished. The work described in this Manifesto will create a new environment. This new environment will draw out new qualities and behaviors from its inhabitants. At the same time, the environment will inhibit obsolete qualities and behaviors. These are the environmental dynamics of evolution. The internal dynamics of evolution can be engineered by promoting the general themes of evolution, metamorphosis, transformation and apotheosis. The desire must be built up; the tension steadily increased. Although the scope of this process is grand, its magickal methodology is basically the same as that we use in our personal lives. Austin Spare referred to sigils as the means of accelerating evolution when desire is organic enough to reach the subconsciousness.
We can create homo novis out of ourselves. The Process will unfold at the level "below" the individual and collective unconscious, where mind and matter are not yet differentiated. Burning the automaton armor from us all, we will be propelled into dimensions and dynamics of experience and expression that were previously unimaginable.
Some will be in a position to facilitate the Telesis Process widely and deeply. Others will focus on their own locally intensive scale. Everyone can do something.
Here is one idea that illustrates making use of available resources. Throughout the United States, cable television companies offer public access service to their area. Individuals and groups can receive a free basic education in television production, use studio equipment free of charge to produce their program and get air time to run it. Now, say three groups or individuals in different places have the time, talent and creativity to produce high-quality programs based on the issues, ideas and aims of the Telesis Process. If twenty more groups of Individuals in different places simply go through the procedures to carry programs on their local public access, then a network can be formed for circulating the tapes. Now an underground cable television network exists that is active in 23 areas.
Similar scenarios apply to community, college and pirate radio. Xerox, fax trees, websites and e-zines...the list goes on and on.
Telesis is a total process of cultural transformation. In this essay we have focused on media, but The Process will unfold in education, engineering, architecture, cuisine, fashion and finance. We seek an initiative, efficient and empowered by will, to change our ideas about reality, ourselves and each other and to revolutionize the dynamics of life. Our greatest strategy is in living our own example; Individually, in cells or in communities of our own, as Brothers and Sisters in Abbeys of Chaos. We will to change life. We will to transform the world.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Dr. Laura Naked
In the sixth novel, The Emerald City of Oz (1910), Baum writes:
"There were no poor people in the Land of Oz, because there was no such thing as money, and all property belonged to the Ruler [the Fairy Queen Ozma]. The people were her children, and she cared for them. Each person was given freely by his neighbors whatever he required for his use, which is as much as any one may reasonably desire. Some tilled the lands and raised great crops of grain, which was divided equally among the entire population, so that all had enough. There were many tailors and dressmakers and shoemakers and the like, who made things that any who desired them might wear. Likewise, there were jewelers who made ornaments for the person, which pleased and beautified the people, and these ornaments also were free to those who asked for them. Each man and woman, no matter what he or she produced for the good of the community, was supplied by the neighbors with food and clothing and a house and furniture and ornaments and games. If by chance the supply ever ran short, more was taken from the great storehouses of the Ruler, which were afterward filled up again when there was more of an article than the people needed.
Yertle the Turtle
Saturday, September 17, 2005
every man is born a poet, lives like a thief, and dies a vampire.
†.ideas i am currently synthesizing:.cultural theory: process philosophy, semiotics, chaos linguistics, cybernetics, memetics, hermeneutics, deconstruction, neojungian psychology, transpersonal and integral psychology, information theory, neoplatonism, mythomechanics, cosmic octave theory, morphic field theory, bicameral and unicameral modes of mind, holographic models of information and reality, liminocentric geometry, modes of being, modes of space/time perception, the eternal recurrence, quantum ambient consciousness, nonlinear dimensionality, pattern nebulae, novelty manifolds.cultural practice: magic/k, alchemy, qabalah, notariqon, QACian myth engineering, shamanism, entheogens, kundalini yoga, reiki, i ching, meditation, gnosticism, synchromancy, sigil bombing, neuro-linguistic programming, qi channeling, luck†Æ‡96†.current music:guided by voices, clouddead, califone, neutral milk hotel, dangling meat syntax, sunny day real estate, interpol, xiu xiu, pinback, the brian jonestown massacre, yume bitsu, merzbow, fennesz, inverted blood friendship, junior boys, lungfish, passage, subtle, the preserving machine, ms. john soda, lali puna, erlend oye, tv on the radio, primal scream, analog demon clot, soft pink truth, scissor sisters, annie, bloc party, autolux, duo505, hymie's basement, why?, doseone, gustav, dead-void heretic, m83, secret machines, the books, broadcast, the russian futurists, iran, autechre, odd nosdam, four tet, caribou.projects:.generalizing heisenberg's uncertainty principle to information theory.constructing machines that exchange space and time via s=t*c, in analogy to e=m*c^2.liquifying history in order to [eliminate time and therefore] immanentize the eschaton.building labyrinths [places to hide during the apocalypse].automatic detection of peoples' opinions[/ideas/agendas/...] in media [masters thesis].gaining ground in the ascension war.quantifying and describing the human religious experience with post-20th century tools.stenciling cities with occult symbols with the dual purpose of promoting a shift to a less rigid tagging/bombing aesthetic and giving people the spooky realization that they are in someone else's dream.constructing my own personal synchronicity-inducing library and then testing it on other people by lending them books.developing the theory and practice of thoughtform architecture, psychic mirroring, epicognition and synchromancy (coincidence invocation using novelty waves).advancing the art of the rock poster.characterizing the perennial theophany.building the tesla-babbage synchronmaschine.constructing an alternate eschaton point [of analinear temporality] via egregore.temperament metrics:.jungian/keirsey/mbti: entp[/enfp].enneagram: 9[/7]†LVX‡NØX†
150: 23, 96, analinear eschatology, anticipating zeitgeists, archetypes as information channels, austin osman spare, autopoiesis, belief as truth, bicameral mind, book of antennae, book of lies, book of the dead, carl jung, chaos linguistics, christian mysticism, codex seraphinianus, coincidentia oppositorum, concresence, confluence, consciousness as pattern, consciousness as standing waveform, consilience, constructing paradigms, cubo-futurism, david bohm, david lynch, deconstructing paradigms, diachronicity, dictionary of the khazars, doppelgangers, enantiodromia, entheogens as psychic telescopes, epimetheus, eternity, fringe theologies, gnosis, gospel of thomas, grant morrison, gurdjieff, heraclitus, hermann hesse, holographic universe, holons, hypnerotomachia poliphili, i ching, individuation, integral psychology, isaac luria, isolated meridians, jacob boehme, jesu christo, joachim of fiore, jorges luis borges, julian jaynes, kairos time, ken wilber, kundalini yoga, labyrinths, liminocentric geometry, linguistic geometry, living scripture, logos vs. nomos, lucid dreaming, lvx=nox, meister eckhart, memetics, metaesthetics, milorad pavic, mimicry in nature, mind physics, modes of being, morphogenetic fields, mushrooms, mythic vs. linear time, neologism obsession, nicholas of cusa, nikola tesla, nlp, noosphere, novelty, occult philosophy, omega point, ontology shifts, orthogonal time, ouroborus, past lives as resonance, pattern nebulae, pattern philosophy, paul laffoley, phenomenology of revelation, philip k. dick, pink truth, plato, pleiades, plotinus, process philosophy, psychedelics, psychohistory, qabalah, qualia, quantum nonlocality, reality hacking, reiki, religious criticism, robert anton wilson, rudolf steiner, salvia divinorum, schopenhauer, semiotics, seriality, shamanism, sigilization, soul vs. spirit, stanislav grof, starseed, sufism, symbols as doorways, synaesthesia as hyperlanguage, synchromancy, synchronicity, syzygy, tachyons, tao teh ching, tattvas, teilhard de chardin, terence mckenna, the angel of history, the ascension war, the dreamtime, the eight-circuit model, the ray of creation, the religious experience, the russian futurists, the world dream, the world tree, thomas nagel, thunder perfect mind, transmissions, tree of life, urgrund, valis, voynich manuscript, whitehead, will=perception, william blake, wittgenstein, yerba mate, zaum, zebra, æ.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Nothing Is True Everything Is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin
By John Geiger. The Disinformation Company, 336 pages, $27.95 hardcover
Two decades after Brion Gysin's death, the obscure Beat buddy of William Burroughs gets the biography he has long deserved. Gysin, a fellow cosmic traveler whose oeuvre was overshadowed by the likes of Paul and Jane Bowles and Allen Ginsberg, wrote compelling poetry and two challenging novels, but to mixed reviews. He was a visionary multimedia artist, but with few shows and slow sales. He came up with the "cut-up" method of automatic writing, but others made it famous. He conceived the Dream Machine, a flickering-light device that induced altered states of consciousness, but was never able to market it. He even contributed the hash brownie recipe for Alice B. Toklas' infamous cookbook, but Toklas got the credit. Although Gysin is the Beat most people never heard of, Geiger's brisk, thorough biography more than makes the case that he was among the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century - as Geiger notes, the likes of David Bowie, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, and the late Keith Haring were all inspired in their art by Gysin's life and work.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
1975 and John began his own daily late - night show, a slot he would famously front for almost 30 years.
The following recordings are taken from a Monday night Radio 1 show aired May 1978. Each file is Mp3, 32Kbps, 15 mins long (3.5Mb).
Pt 1; Jah Lloyd, the Stones and British Lions
Pt 2; Dyaks and Dave Gilmore
Pt 3; More Dave Gilmore, The Slits & Radio Birdman
Pt 4; Meditations, Laura Logic, The Slits & Residents
(John hopes the Slits will be signed up)
Part 5 - Stranglers, Link Wray and close of show
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
A peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the transdisciplinary study of Western esotericism: Western esoteric traditions including alchemy, astrology, Gnosticism, gnosis, magic, mysticism, Rosicrucianism, and secret societies, and their ramifications in art history, history, literature, and politics.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
NOT YET A SCIENCE but a proposition: That certain problems in linguistics might be solved by viewing language as a complex dynamical system or "Chaos field."
Of all the responses to Saussure's linguistics, two have special interest here: the first, "antilinguistics," can be traced--in the modern period--from Rimbaud's departure for Abyssinia; to Nietzsche's "I fear that while we still have grammar we have not yet killed God"; to dada; to Korzybski's "the Map is not the Territory"; to Burroughs' cut-ups and "breakthrough in the Gray Room"; to Zerzan's attack on language itself as representation and mediation.
The second, Chomskyan Linguistics, with its belief in "universal grammar" and its tree diagrams, represents (I believe) an attempt to "save" language by discovering "hidden invariables," much in the same way certain scientists are trying to "save" physics from the "irrationality" of quantum mechanics. Although as an anarchist Chomsky might have been expected to side with the nihilists, in fact his beautiful theory has more in common with platonism or sufism than with anarchism. Traditional metaphysics describes language as pure light shining through the colored glass of the archetypes; Chomsky speaks of "innate" grammars. Words are leaves, branches are sentences, mother tongues are limbs, language families are trunks, and the roots are in "heaven"...or the DNA. I call this "hermetalinguistics"--hermetic and metaphysical. Nihilism (or "HeavyMetalinguistics" in honor of Burroughs) seems to me to have brought language to a dead end and threatened to render it "impossible" (a great feat, but a depressing one)- -while Chomsky holds out the promise and hope of a last- minute revelation, which I find equally difficult to accept. I too would like to "save" language, but without recourse to any "Spooks," or supposed rules about God, dice, and the Universe.
Returning to Saussure, and his posthumously published notes on anagrams in Latin poetry, we find certain hints of a process which somehow escapes the sign/signifier dynamic. Saussure was confronted with the suggestion of some sort of "meta"-linguistics which happens within language rather than being imposed as a categorical imperative from "outside." As soon as language begins to play, as in the acrostic poems he examined, it seems to resonate with self- amplifying complexity. Saussure tried to quantify the anagrams but his figures kept running away from him (as if perhaps nonlinear equations were involved). Also, he began to find the anagrams everywhere, even in Latin prose. He began to wonder if he were hallucinating--or if anagrams were a natural unconscious process of parole. He abandoned the project.
I wonder: if enough of this sort of data were crunched through a computer, would we begin to be able to model language in terms of complex dynamical systems? Grammars then would not be "innate," but would emerge from chaos as spontaneously evolving "higher orders," in Prigogine's sense of "creative evolution." Grammars could be thought of as "Strange Attractors," like the hidden pattern which "caused" the anagrams--patterns which are "real" but have "existence" only in terms of the sub-patterns they manifest. If meaning is elusive, perhaps it is because consciousness itself, and therefore language, is fractal.
I find this theory more satisfyingly anarchistic than either anti-linguistics or Chomskyanism. It suggests that language can overcome representation and mediation, not because it is innate, but because it is chaos. It would suggest that all dadaistic experimentation (Feyerabend described his school of scientific epistemology as "anarchist dada") in sound poetry, gesture, cut-up, beast languages, etc.--all this was aimed neither at discovering nor destroying meaning, but at creating it. Nihilism points out gloomily that language "arbitrarily" creates meaning. Chaos Linguistics happily agrees, but adds that language can overcome language, that language can create freedom out of semantic tyranny's confusion and decay. Next: Appendix B: Applied Hedonics
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