The Prime Meridian

I usually start my probes with a personal anecdote, but so much has happened during the five months since my last post that it’s impossible to know where to start. Given that this entire post – not to mention my whole blog – is in a sense one long personal anecdote I’m not even sure it really matters. In any case, this particular post attempts to explain my journey through a mysterious and elusive substance we call ‘space-time’. Along the way, I hope to explain not only how I got here but where I (and the mirror images of myself that are you) may be going next. So just sit back, relax, and enjoy the party – the longer you stay with me, the better it gets. Relax sufficiently and you may well find that we all come together in the end.

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Since writing my last blog post in May I have been far from inactive. Apart from taking another monumental tumble down the rabbit hole, I spent the summer writing a wildly scatological and extremely funny novel. I say that ‘I’ wrote it, but in truth it felt more like a form of automatic writing. The humour was definitely mine, but the storyline just seemed to pop into my head and make itself up on a daily basis. Prior to this, I hadn’t written more than 20,00 words since my university days, yet in the space of only six weeks I found myself with a 100,000 word novel on my hands. It was an extraordinary process made even more surreal by the extent to which world events seemed to mirror the plotline of my book.

Having reached the 100,000 word point, I retired to bed realising I had no idea how to finish the story. As it happened, I dozed off for a few hours and literally dreamed the ending. I spent a full hour scribbling down and expanding on the dream, and in the morning I wrote the ending (25,000 words in total) in a single sitting. The book is going to be published so I will not reveal the full storyline here. What I will say is that it involves a cast of characters who identify as archetypes (such as Lucifer, Satan, and Lilith) commonly conceptualised as ‘dark’ or ‘evil’ on the grounds that they are fighting humanity’s corner. Almost by accident, these characters spark a chain of events that lead to a revelation about the nature of space-time (at Greenwich Observatory on the Prime Meridian) and a world revolution that centres on the City of London.

In September, just as I was nearing the end of the copy editing process, I began to receive mysterious emails about a revolution based on the creation of an unlimited money supply. They immediately caught my eye given that the area of London known as The City is often referred to as the financial capital of the world, the capital of the global world order of capitalism itself. I was intrigued for a variety of reasons, not least because I have a background in electronic payments and transaction services. Accordingly, I was already aware that what we think of as ‘money’ is just a simulation. Modern money is transmitted, processed and stored as light, i.e. as electromagnetic radiation via fibre optic cables and microwaves. In other words, the numbers in your bank account are merely representations of a voltage on a storage medium.

Transistors on a solid state flash drive. What we call 'information' exists only as a voltage stored across them.
Transistors on a solid state flash drive. What we call ‘information’ exists only as a voltage stored across them.

Over the past year or so I have attempted to move away from Marshall McLuhan, but try as I might I always seem to be drawn back to him. McLuhan was a communications theorist who predicted the internet thirty years before its development and coined the terms “Global Village” and “The medium is the message”. He argued that the effects of technologies as technologies draw a veil over the world. We are literally unable to see the ‘environments’ created by new technologies because our obsession with the content they deliver causes us to talk and think about them in terms that relate to the technologies that preceded them. In effect, we are living in a perpetual blind spot and our brains ‘fill in’ this blind spot by reflecting the old analogue world, a world in which we dealt with tangible things rather than the digital abstractions we call ‘information’.

McLuhan referred to the ‘filling in’ of this blind spot as “rear-view mirrorism”. A very simple example would be the way we talk and think about using a mobile phone (cell phone) to ‘ring’ someone, as if a mobile phone had an analogue rotary dial rather than a touchscreen and relied on physical wires to connect point A to point B. The significance of the mobile phone is not that it allows you to ‘ring’ someone and have any particular conversation, but that it has compressed space-time (we can speak to anyone instantaneously) and allows us to contact others from any point in space-time rather than a fixed location. The wireless mobile phone reveals to us the hidden environment that McLuhan was referring to: information transmitted as electromagnetic radiation (i.e. a form of light) at light speed through the atmosphere itself.

We have become like the most primitive Palaeolithic man, once more global wanderers, but information gatherers rather than food gatherers. From now on the source of food, wealth and life itself will be information.

— Marshall McLuhan

Since the discovery of electricity and the development of the digital computer, humankind has enveloped the entire globe with a network analogous to the human central nervous system and brain. A new man-made ecological system has been constructed on top of the physical environment, the lifeblood of which is electric current. It is said that information is today’s currency, and in point of fact what we call ‘currency’ has become nothing more than information. If electricity is the lifeblood of this man-made ecological system then currency in the form of information is the oxygen that keeps the organism alive. In effect, we are encased by and ‘breathe’ a digital atmosphere just as we are encased by and breathe the physical atmosphere.

Today, we are no less reliant on this digital atmosphere than we are its physical counterpart. If the ability to process information with computers were to vanish overnight then the consequences would be unthinkable. In such a scenario, the most immediate and obvious problem would be our inability to access the money required to satisfy the physical requirements of life. The result would be a form of digital suffocation directly analogous to sealing our mouths and nostrils with glue. Despite this, how many of us ever question why we are being ‘charged’ to ‘breathe’ the digital atmosphere in a way we would not accept if ordered to pay for each and every lungful of air? In short, how many question why we allow banks and institutions to create valueless digital abstractions as ‘money’ in the form of a ‘debt’ that must be ‘earned’ and ‘paid back’?

At this point, I must digress slightly and observe that there is a peculiar correlation between our technology and our understanding of the way our physical reality ‘works’. For example, in an age in which clockwork represented the most advanced form of technology, Newton gave us a vision of a clockwork universe of rotating orbits, where one thing ’causes’ another thing to behave in a certain way. That seemed to work well for a time, until another technological revolution came along and provided new insight. Or did it? Did it create or ’cause’ those new insights or were those fresh insights merely a reflection of the technology itself?

Take a trip through space-time in the below example of Newtonian physics. Four million dominoes in a complex chain, but which domino ’causes’ the very last domino to topple? Is it the first? second? millionth? the penultimate? Could the penultimate domino have ’caused’ the final domino to topple without the input of the 3,999,998th domino? Could that domino have caused anything at all without the input of the very first domino?

Over time, the above seemed to bear less and less resemblance to what the ‘numbers’ were telling us. Oddly enough, what those numbers were telling us was very similar to the ‘real-world’ effects of modern technologies powered by electricity, whereby things happen so fast there appears to be no distinction between a ’cause’ and its ‘effect’: throw a switch and a light bulb will come on instantaneously. Another way of saying this is that modern technologies dispense with a long chain of dominoes (i.e. a linear sequence of mechanical gears, pivots, levers) and leave us with just the first and last dominoes. When we throw a switch, the nature of the interaction between the two is such that both appear to topple at exactly the same time. In the field of quantum physics, this is known as ‘spooky action at a distance’. Apparently, it is older than thought itself…

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Today, ‘switches’ in the form of integrated circuits containing unimaginable numbers of transistors have compressed space-time to the extent that the number of events that can ‘happen’ in the blink of an eye is impossible to conceptualise in any meaningful sense. This is made possible by electrical current and currency or ‘money’ transmitted, processed and stored in the very same form. Currency is information and information is currency and both are nothing more or less than energy itself. Today’s currency does not exist in tangible form, yet our systems of currency are, in McLuhan’s terms, still looking in the rear-view mirror and going through the Newtonian motions of pretending that ‘money’ is a physical entity that circulates or ‘orbits’.

Those familiar with how space-time really operates in Wonderland will know exactly what the below article refers to and who ‘Huge’ actually is.

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Bankers inhabit an 18th century rear-view mirror world in which gold sovereigns have to be moved from one side of the ledger to another in order to balance the financial Scales of Justice. Yet the unreal digital phenomenon we call ‘money’ has no physical existence and absolutely no intrinsic value. Even so, if you walk into your bank and ask for a mortgage then your bank will expect you to expend precious time and energy to pay back the ‘debt’ (a ‘trespass’ or ‘sin’) they create, even though that ‘debt’ was created in milliseconds, exists only as an electromagnetic voltage on a storage medium, and bears no resemblance whatsoever to the true cost of triggering the computer algorithm that created it. Bankers and currency have yet to make the leap into the quantum age.

To return to the subject of the mysterious emails, the subject matter was not merely a revolution but a quantum revolution. In monetary terms, in relation to the currency, this quantum revolution is predicated on the idea that there is nothing intrinsically scarce or valuable about the digital abstractions we use as money. It is possible to create an unlimited quantity just by pushing a button. In point of fact, if your bank balance currently stands at £1000, and you were to open a spreadsheet and type the same value into a cell, then I can assure you there is no fundamental difference between the two. Both are intrinsically valueless digital abstractions. This being the case, why don’t we create our own?

All modern monetary systems are based on debt or a ‘negative charge’. Presently, a financial transaction is very much like a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve and the eating of the apple: a magistrate ‘charges’ us and orders us to issue ‘pay back’, and in return we hand over a token symbol of our ‘guilt’. This symbolic retelling occurs billions of times each day and it is, quite literally, mythical. There is no debt or ‘negative charge’ to pay back. It is just an illusion. Adam and Eve ate of the apple and were ashamed of their nakedness, yet the nature of modern money reveals to us that the emperor (you’ll find his face on a coin) has no clothes. He too is naked, and there is (and never was) anything to be ashamed of, no burden of ‘debt’ or ‘sin’ to make amends for.

It is my contention that the nature of our ‘reality’ is a reflection of the way we perceive and think about ourselves, just as Newtonian physics ‘up there’ in the heavens originated as a reflection of our technology ‘down here’ on earth. In other words, it is not a case of “As above, so below” but rather “As below, so above”.

Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Currency is energy, and our entire approach to it is rooted in obsolete assumptions about what it is. There is absolutely no reason why we can not and should not reverse the charge and reconceptualise money as a positive force. Money can and should be created by individuals themselves as and when they require it, not as a debt created by institutions. This positively charged money can and should be created free and issued as a gift rather than the ‘pay back’ we dish out on a daily basis. This is not science fiction or utopian dreaming but is in fact perfectly possible once we realise that what we call ‘money’ is as fictitious and illusory as a computer simulation. Money is not real and it serves no purpose to pretend that it is. We can and should liberate the digital atmosphere and breathe freely.

Earlier, I referred to the ‘numbers game’. Today, we are all busy playing it. Everything has to add up. Everything has to be ‘accounted’ for. Everyone is assigned or reduced to a number. But does everything have to add up? Do we have to accept being reduced to a number? What is a ‘number’? What if a ‘number’ were actually a ‘numb-er’? What if our fixation with the ‘numb-ers’ is just a product of the Narcissus Narcosis?

When one is considered Narcissistic, one does not recognize their own image and are blind from the mirror (or insight) from which external reality provides. The numbness McLuhan expresses is that one does not experience themselves in their environment and are cut off, or amputated from themselves as they no longer recognize themselves in their mirror.

Source: http://tribes.tribe.net/marshallmcluhan/thread/9ba7962d-c4d2-45f8-a27a-085c6ec38d80

When we look into a monitor or screen today (or just use our eyes anywhere for that matter) what are we looking into? It is a mirror, and the ‘numbers game’ is itself a reflection of peoples’ inability to see themselves in the other and to acknowledge the other’s experience as their experience. Perhaps this is why people can not only tolerate images of suffering and misery but even invent fictions to explain why their mirrored selves ‘deserve’ to be in these situations?

Can you tolerate this product of the ‘numb-ers game’?

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And if we tolerate the above then what comes next?

Currency is energy. It is not scarce and can quite literally be created with the push of a button. If we create limitless energy ‘below’ then what will happen ‘above’?

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I believe that we can make energy better for everyone, and we don’t need to drill, dig, or scratch around in the earth for it. The envisioned timescale for the transition is much less than the blink of an eye.

Libor: it’s a disc closure, i.e. what happens when a DVD burner has finished writing data to disc, and we don’t have to labour for it.

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Instead, we can choose to go up a notch, from 3D to 4D (hex 0x4d = decimal 77) with Liber Oz.

We can push the button. One final “I’m sorry” to those we think we have hurt, then move on debt free with no woe, no owe, no apologies – just love.

Then we can really get this party started.

Isn’t it about time?

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YOU ARE NOT A LOAN.