To grok or not to grok, that is the question; as I grok it. Conceptual Integration Networks is a challenging yet surprisingly readable investigation into, well, CIN.
Jonah Goldberg of the National Review fills us in on the importance of The Simpsons.
|"In blending, structure from input mental spaces is projected to a separate, "blended" mental space. The projection is selective."|
Robert Adrian takes a trans-sub-meme trip to see what's been simmering in the cultural soup, and questions the memeing of Media Culture.
|"Wait, that's it! I know now what I can offer you
that no one else can . . . Complete and utter dependence!"|
An Inside Guide: Anecdotes of Industrial Espionage is very modestly titled, as Michael Wilson has covered vast territory; and while a walk in the forest is invigorating, there's lions and tigers and bears, oh no!
|"In the old pre-postmodern days "life-style" was often confused with "ideology"
but in the memetic paradigm ideology is taboo."|
|"If, as Locke suggests, property is
the act of plucking something from Nature and making it your own (through the act of acquisition, or
through the addition of value), then 'property is theft' reaches a pinnacle with information."|
Yet Another Web Log began my Saturday Night Blop with a hint of what Nobel Laureates do in their spare(?) time. Gerard 't Hooft had me falling off my chair with his Rotipious vacuator. blogit got my blood blumping with a sign of compassion among Maine's constabulary, and then sent a lump of adipose tissue directly through my aorta by informing me that A Bush presidency promises a
stacking of the courts in favor of the
radical religious Right
On Being Watched is a photographer's view of those who would watch us, and the methods and technologies used to invade and pervade. Also available is a 'ready to print' PDF file (1.8Mb)
"A Luddites view of
Richard Rudgley analyzes the somatic evidence for clues to the nature of Soma.
Fitz Hugh Ludlow, author of The Hasheesh Eater and contemporary of Mark Twain, is given brownies in this introduction to his life and work.
|"The excavators believe that, given the
considerable size of the fortress, the shrine may well
have been dispensing the entheogenic drink to
worshippers from all over Margiana in the first half of
the second millennium BC."|
I think the use of psychogenic plants originated with our earliest primate ancestors, and perhaps was an essential agent in the development of imagination and higher consciousness. In historical times Eleusis is often a focus of attention, and Introduction to an Eleusinian Revival, by Donald P. Dulchinos, takes a journey from there.
|"The Hasheesh Eater was published in the
1850's, the decade of Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Walden, and Leaves of Grass, "one of the most revitalizing periods of genius in American literature." "|
Spider Robinson, whose picture in negative below looks remarkably like me, but positively nothing like me, puts into perfect focus why I read science fiction. Poetry and science meld in a moral universe.
|"Theoretically we're standing between the poets
and the engineers and making it possible for them to speak to each other."|
The Center For Applied Microtechnology at the University of Washington has a superb weblog, whose Brian-ness serendipitously discovered my site, and thus me his CAM News. ...specifically aimed at those with an interest in nanotechnology, bioengineering, MEMS, bioinformatics, semiconductor manufacturing, philosophy of science, and so much more that every generalist will drool.
Joni's transpersonal poetic vision is prosaically but nonetheless awe-inspiringly elucidated in New Scientist's Stardust.
|"Frustra laborant quotquot se calculationibus
fatigant pro inventione quadraturae circuli ~Michael
Spider Robinson, whose Time Pressure I'm relishing embarking on at bedtime, provides a petit punismatology as a pre-catechismic promise. Through Time and Space With
Cosmic Conciousness for Tough Minds is a review of David Chalmers' book The Conscious Mind and is very well done by reviewer Dave (hmm), but nowhere can I find similar treatment of Boiled Brains.
In Search Of The Big Bang takes a look at one NCA which induces a secular parody of Heaven (and) commonly leads the user into a biological counterpart of Hell.
|"The proscription of experiment by the power-elite has ensured that we mostly mistake parochial and unrepresentative slivers of consciousness for the whole phenomenon
I can think of a far better method of gaining pleasure than Intra-Cranial Self-Stimulation, and not by wiring that head either! Wirehead Hedonism, The future of mankind? How about Paradise Engineering?
|"As a rule of thumb, it is profoundly unwise to take crack-cocaine."|
We all have it within us to join the 5-hydroxytryptamine Club, which affords a glimpse of Serotonin: From the Molecule to the Clinic.
|"Either way, once suffering becomes biologically optional, then only sustained
and systematic malice towards others could allow us to perpetuate it for
ever. And although today we may sometimes be spiteful, there is simply
no evidence that institutionalised malevolence will prevail."|
Now that our set is biochemically balanced and our setting splanchnicly replete, we are ready to expand the boundaries of investigation with Consciousness and Metacognition.
|"Research into metacognition is likely
to shed light on the nature of consciousness because a
mental state's being conscious involves in one's being
conscious of that state in a suitable way. This
hypothesis about consciousness I call the transitivity
Jane's Information Group asks Cyberwarfare: fact or fiction? Perhaps in the final analysis this too will be an unusable offensive strategy, as to cyber-disable an enemy may render the instigator blind as well.
Metaphor and Beyond takes us into the semiotic netherworld, where we have to answer to seven levels of significant reorienting reversals before even thinking metaphorically.
|"Cyberwarfare involves a different set of training
requirements that is also more readily available. Thus, training in computer
science is now widely prevalent among terrorist groups."|
We'll let the dogged determination of Major Jay Lee Hatton, USMC, lead us to the Bos taurus-land where metaphor, and everything else, gets sucked into the black hole of military cognitive projection; or as he puts it -
We Deceive Ourselves: The Role of Preconception in Operational Deception.
end we have therefore arrived at a conceptual stage of cross-fertilization in which formerly
dichotomous terms are blended into one flexible, elastic, and adaptable methodology, a
methodology that is able to accommodate within one conceptual framework all kinds of
images, transfers, contiguities, creative schemata, mappings, and, among others, metaphors, similarity, and comparison."|
Enough of this crap, just gas me and I won't talk....or will I?
Anesthesia, Consciousness and Hydrophobic Pockets - A Unitary Quantum Hypothesis of Anesthetic Action, by James Hameroff.
|"The typical military commander shows little interest in deception, and is often wary of its use. The only way to change this attitude is to teach about the successful use of deception by using detailed historical case studies as the starting point."|
|"Quantum effects mediated by endogenous London forces in hydrophobic pockets of select neural proteins may be necessary for consciousness."|
Alamut, Present Attention raises the bar for webloggers everywhere, proving that personal commentary and connections to extraordinary content can be done with style, bite and a hint of psycho-'blog-analysis. CBC Radio (shall we send them enlightening mail?) briefly reviewed weblogs and concluded that while charming, 'blogs are a complete waste of time. I don't know where their researchers went, as the only name mentioned was Blogger, but most of us try to add value to the experience of those visiting, adding our current to the flow of insight.
What happens when a bunch of smaller cities are amalgamated into a megalopolis, and a fascist is elected as mayor? Toronto the Good becomes Battleground Toronto. Flying directly in the face of scientific, ethical and common sense, the Burgomaster and His Constabulary vow to wage war on youth culture.
marijuananews.com makes a good point...(slightly paraphrased)"Uh Oh, Canada!
What is happening in Canada is very important.
Canada presents DEAland prohibitionists with an
We are too cool to invade and too close to ignore.
Ecstasy is a state of mind, creating deep furrows in the brow of those who equate civilization with control. In fact, civilization is a society in an advanced state of development. Legislators who create uncommon laws, and those who enforce them, not only impede development but hinder the abilty to enjoy our advanced state(s).
MDMA, MDE and MDA are neurochemicals of a far more benign nature than many. As in the case of most self-administered neurochemical adjusters, education into proper use is the key. The information is out there. Teach your children well.
DanceSafe asks the question Is Ecstasy Neurotoxic? There is no short answer.
E is for Ecstasy is a book by Nicholas Saunders in which he details his own experiences, and a vision for sane dialogue. He also notes that prohibition has a bad effect on quality.
prozac a few hours after your ecstasy may well afford some protection against
|"'Ecstasy' often consists of various other drugs such as mixtures of LSD and
amphetamine or caffeine. In America, the last figures published by
Pharmchem show a similar picture - only half the samples were pure
MDMA, with nearly half the remainder being MDA or MDEA while the rest was
either another drug altogether or fakes."|
If you're looking for the Reefer Madness of the nineties, Grandpa's Marijuana Handbook is what has become of it. In all but the minds of the legislators our lovely reefer is truly mainstream, though this video may be worth a rental just for the feline frolics.
Something that should be obvious, especially to those who claim to be scholars in the field, is that Jesus used Marijuana. Cannabis and the Christ is Part 4 of "When Smoke Gets in my I" a series on the history of cannabis and human consciousness.
Hempton Manor, an altered stately home, is the set and setting of a conversation between Lord Hempton and Professor Janesh; that the merry gardener records as Charting the Final Frontiers of Inner Space.
|"Indeed, it was through the dawning of the Spirit, provided by the entheogenic and
healing anointing oil, that the early followers of Jesus came to consider themselves
Christians, or Anointed-Ones!"|
10 Reasons to legalise all drugs
|"Well, my next breakthrough was to realise that consciousness, or at least human consciousness, must be a fundamental and irreducible aspect of the Universe. It is the very ground of our being. All our art, our science, our philosophy, our metaphysics, our logic, all our models of reality and so on, all this is mediated through consciousness."|
Blopping about for other blogger's tokes on the pot issue, BoyLOG concurs that Marijuana is Good for You, while End The War On Freedom did the right thing and went to MMM2000; got the story, and pictures too! Doctor's Notes prescribes caution, and points to Marijuana Facts for Teens, but then in a refreshing burst of candor admits that "the government is even less trustworthy than parents ..."
|"For too long policy makers have used prohibition as a smoke screen to avoid addressing the social
and economic factors that lead people to use drugs. Most illegal and legal drug use is recreational.
Poverty and despair are at the root of most problematic drug use and it is only by addressing these
underlying causes that we can hope to significantly decrease the number of problematic users."|
Ron Alcalay wrote
Morphing Out of Identity Politics: Black or White and Terminator 2 a mere five years ago, yet now morphing programs are in most computer's toolkit. This great essay comes from Bad Subjects, which also extrudes Smells Like False Consciousness:
Fragments of a Conversation on Woodstock
'99 from this month's issue.
The Interface Hall of Shame
|"I want to make a movie that uses morphing technology. It's short, avant-garde,
and very expensive -- just the sort of film I can write about and will probably
never make. It takes place on a typical downtown street. Because of someone's
lunchtime whim, everyone morphs into the person they most fear or despise."|
Returning to (trans)sensible subject matter, Geons, Black Holes & Quantum Foam is John Archibald Wheeler's autobiography (with Kenneth Ford); Jack Sarfatti, Nick Herbert, and thought experiments that inspire awe, wonder and strange conceptual states. Don't Bogart that NCA, eh?
|"We are constantly searching for examples of design practices that are worthy of
We are on a voyage of indescribable complexity and sublime beauty at any level we choose to grok. Jennifer Pincott picks Technoscience, Self, and Society in DeLillo's Underworld, and brings us to hope.
|"This "two-way" spontaneously sentient self-organizing Level 3 loop between Levels 1 and 2 restores Einstein's principle of relativity that there are no "absolute ethers" at any level of physical reality."|
|"There is no space or time out here, or in here, or wherever she is.
There are only connections. Everything is connected. All human
knowledge is gathered and linked, hyper-linked, this site leading to
that, this fact referenced to that, a keystroke, a mouse-click, a
password-- world without end, amen."|
Michael O'Callaghan holds up the mirror to our perceptual projections and illuminates myour inner Apocalypse. When The Dream Becomes Real
Beginning Well and Ending Badly is a review of T.J. Clark's Farewell To An Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism; by the Not Bored Bodhis of The Surveillance Camera Players.
|"This text attempts to show why, if it is our serious intention to develop a sustainable form of civilisation before it is to late, we shall need to restore the visionary experience to its proper - indeed sacred - place in our private and public life."|
Rudi Engbrecht, leacher extrordinaire, goes on a breakaway In Search of Perception, and scores with an essay through the five-hole.
|"But, no, the Puritan Professor successfully resisted temptation -- at the cost of completely impoverishing his analysis of modern capitalist society. All through Farewell To An Idea, Professor Clark attempts to do without the situationist concept of the spectacle, even when it is obviously called for, and put something else (bad political writing of one kind or another) in its place, and the results are, not surprisingly, uniformly disastrous. He might well have tried to re-invent the bloody wheel!"|
Hacking the Brainstem: Postmodern Metaphysics and Stephenson's Snow Crash
|"The Guilguds, Smiths and Gretzkys seem to interpret situations imaginatively, instinctively and spontaneously. Gretsky suggests it comes only after much learning and Gzowski suggests its a whole different way of perceiving."|
Bloppin' the 'blogs led to a hit at hit-or-miss.org, where the esteemed webber has prepared Weblogs: an Annotated Bibliography for your grokking pleasure. Directing myself to Haddock, I am offered A Day with 'Professor Cyborg', which leads me to ponder rectal radio; don't ask...
|"In short, to achieve cyberspace we must invent an irrational technology, a technology unlike anything we have today, a technology of the non-computable that goes beyond Boolean algebra of "either-or" and "if-then," and therefore beyond the limitations of any Turing Machine like the computer."|
Hold on to your bejeebers and kiss your willikers goodbye because 'The High Priests of
Globalisation' are casting spells in your head; by Will Hutton. (readertainment purposes only)
Robert Romanyshyn On Technology as Symptom & Dream leads to a renewed excitement, or to a deep despair; perhaps expairment.
|"There is deliberate confusion about the real influence of the elite which makes it easier for the skeptic to dismiss them. But once one starts uncovering hard facts a consistent and more solid picture emerges. The potential abuse of power by these groups is almost too nightmarish to contemplate, so we might be forgiven for not wishing to delve further."|
A Unified Theory of Spirituality and Science, by Dr. Nitin Trasi, comes from the view of Krishnamurti rather than Jung, and so inspires recognition of enlightenment as a present experience rather than a process.
|"The mind, for a phenomenologist is flesh, and flesh is the embodied mind in the world."|
Acknowledging the siren call of process, The Self as Alien: Anima as Heroine takes us through Jung's 'image as psyche' all the way forward-back to 'images are souls'. I never did like having my picture "taken"!
|"It is not a fact that one's consciousness is totally separate from that of everybody else -
that separateness is an illusion. One is the whole of mankind - not an individual
consciousness. One's consciousness is the consciousness of mankind."|
|"James Hillman asserts that "images are the fundamentals which make the movements of psychodynamics possible""|
Salon has amassed quite a collection of articles, essays and investigative reports (a rose by any other name...) on the war on ourSelves. The common theme coursing through it all, though not always recognized by the authors, is that if one removes the legal sanctions the problem largely evaporates. Now, if we could put that remarkable energy into helping each other live most fully, and put the vast misdirected wealth instead to ending poverty.
Jack Safarti acts as catalyst to bring sense to 2-Vector Quantum Mechanics of
Mind, which rejects the applicabilty of classical physics to understanding consciousness.
Urging us to keep an open mind on the nature of consciousness (um, erk?), Aaron Sloman replies to the idea of a Mind-Matter Synthesis.
|"Warning this is difficult reading in places. It requires math which I have put in the footnotes. But try anyway since I have tried to keep the non-math parts on a popular level."|
A reconciliation of sorts is elucidated by Celeste-Marie Weber Moore in her thesis Human Essence: Existential Concerns and Zubiri's Theory of Open Essence.
|"I don't believe there's ANY mathematical structure in ANY current
physical theory that has anything remotely to do with any of these
experiences, let alone being "in full accord" with their "actual
structure", as Henry claims."|
|"Zubiri, in constructing the concept of an open essence has also laid the foundation for a theory of knowledge. In understanding man as a sentient intellect, he shows the
importance of man as a physical being, possessing a body."|
Blopping in for quick cup of blogee, Ed's weblog suggested I have a CroIssAnt; baked by the National Intelligence Council.
The Ceptual Institute brings us The Conscious Continuum: Replacing the Turing Test.
From the archives of the venerable BBC comes Psychedelic Science which includes comments by many leaders in diverse cognitive fields.
|"Can a system be constantly open to
information input and adjust its
own behaviors and activities to
conform with changing conditions
... internal and external to itself?"|
Edward Teller, whose very mention sends an odd chill into me, writes an essay on Science and Morality.(!) He makes his case very well, but it is still deeply disturbing.
|"We are accepting that
we're biological, we're accepting that our minds are produced by our brains.
The fact that our sense of self can be dramatically altered by a drug is not
quite as frightening as it was twenty years ago."|
|"I am still asked on occasion whether I am not sorry for having invented such a terrible thing as the
hydrogen bomb. The answer is, I am not."
Clarity by refutation is state of the art in this
Reply to Sci Am By Y. Bar-Yam.
|"Is life on earth
probable or improbable? This question can only be
answered by knowing not what is but what the
In one of the cleanest, most precice essays of it's kind, Albert E. Smith asks the Einstein Question: Does God Play At Dice? Actually Albert did not ask, but rather baldly stated:
I think most of us create our own soundscape, or endure that imposed by kids, dogs, neighbors and other such cyberdetractors, while we are occupied on the internet. Erik Davis looks at Acoustic Cyberspace.
|"Der Herr Gott würfelt nicht." |
W. Gordon Lawrence supports the working hypothesis stated below, and concludes that this transegofication is an essential next step.
Centring of the Sphinx for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations
|"Acoustic space is capable of simultaneity, superimposition, and nonlinearity, but above
all, it resonates."|
Contained within alt.drugs Clandestine Chemistry Primer & FAQ are reviews of a vast array of texts relating to creating and designing neurochemical adjusters.
|"We are living in a time when our experiencing minds are eroding
the limits between what we have known as the finite and what we
construe to be the infinite, not only in terms of public knowledge
but also in terms of personal insight and thinking. And this
process will continue if we make ourselves available for the
necessary transformations invoked."|
|"Give me an underground laboratory,
half a dozen atom-smashers, and a
beautiful girl in a diaphanous veil
waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee,
and I care not who writes the nation's
Kevin B. Zeese is an advocate for common sense in drug policy. In
Research Findings on Medicinal Properties of Marijuana, he provides a comprehensive compilation demonstrating that...
The above article is gleaned from a vast storehouse of cannabinoidic material called Some Excellent Articles About Cannabis and Drug Policy, hosted by Portland NORML.
|"There is strong scientific evidence that marijuana is a safe and effective medicine."|
Stanislav Grof, M.D. keeps turning up in my web travails with amazing essays and papers. Here he ponders The Future of Psychiatry: Conceptual Challenges to Psychiatry, Psychology, and Psychotherapy.
Here is the fascinating story of how the Electronic Frontier Foundation raised the level of honesty in crypto politics, and gave us all cause to pause.
|"Some of these new findings seriously challenge the most basic philosophical tenets
of Western science concerning the relationship between matter, life, and
consciousness. This paper summarizes the most important major revisions that
would have to be made in our understanding of consciousness and of the human
psyche in health and disease to accomodate these conceptual challenges."|
|"From the floor of the RSA Data Security Conference & Expo, a major data security and cryptography conference being held in San Jose, Calif., EFF's DES Cracker and the Distributed.Net computers were testing 245 billion keys per second when the key was found."|
In today's blopping foray, in a follow-up to the vaginal issue,
wetlog comes through with testicular aplomb; and today's specially crunchy satisfaction proving the byline 'messing with the medium'. Over to Backup Brain, where I am (re)assured by The Worst-Case
Scenario Survival Handbook; which I don't imagine is intended to deal with wetlog's phallus. Thence to ghost rocket, where I am led to ponder the cascade effect of everyone that uses marijuana medically asking their dear Doc for a prescription.
Peter Wayne is a writer at large, who has largely been driven by his obsessions. In A Crooked Life he shows his talents undiminished regardless of his falls from grace.
The sounds of the spheres seem to be inherant. That we cannot decipher our genetic relative's music with any kind of accuracy does not bode well for our first contact with something truly alien. Music without Borders asks: when a white-breasted wood wren trills Beethoven, is it music?
|"The last we heard, Peter was back in familiar territory--trying to book into a hotel in Soho, saying that his publishers would pick up the tab."|
The Conophobia Journals
|"In all the theorizing over the nature of music, Baptista urges listeners to
remember the plight of the musicians. A quail species that Beethoven,
Schubert, and Haydn all echoed in their compositions has disappeared in
parts of Europe, he laments. The Soccorro mockingbirds, which sing in
counterpoint, are losing habitat to sheep."|
|"Remember the children, and strive to make this
country a better place, where men and women can walk the
streets without fear of obstruction by Cones, and where we
can drive wherever we like quickly and safely, and above
all, without having to Keep Left."|