The Crystal Maze

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the distinction between a description and a prescription. Specifically, about whether a description of a scenario or set of circumstances also qualifies as a prescription for that scenario or set of circumstances. The answer (rather obviously in my view) is a resounding No. For example, it does not follow that a description of slavery is also a prescription for slavery as a valid form of social organisation. Nor does it follow that slavery is a ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ state shared by those subjected to it. This got me thinking about the ‘New Agers’ out there, the ones who believe we’re all one Christ-like consciousness and regard the individual ego as something antithetical to the full realisation of this collective ‘hive mind‘. Aspects of this weird reality we’re presented with certainly indicate that we’re connected in some way, but does it follow from this that we should be connected, or that this connection is ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, something desirable that must be nurtured and developed?

To understand just how weird our ‘reality’ really is, consider the following. Yesterday, I was walking through a shopping centre when I heard a line from the Madonna (Holy Mother) song “Like A Prayer”. The line was “Just like a prayer, I’ll take you there, It’s like a dream to me”. Coincidentally (of course) it just happened to describe how I was feeling at the time: stuck in a dream I’m unable to wake from. Later, I found myself thinking about Mother, the artificial intelligence from the Alien franchise. Then I visited Merovee and saw a reference to sanctuary in one of the comments. Sanctuary is a Logan’s Run reference, another film I’ve written about recently.

We will begin surrogation…your surrogates are engaged…

Shortly before sitting down to eat my evening meal, I thought about the link between ‘smoking’ and ‘seeking’. If you don’t see the link then just turn the ‘m’ in ‘smoking’ 90 degrees counterclockwise and consider that The Program employs vowel substitution. A few days prior to this, a comment I posted on Merovee last year popped into my head. The comment was a deliberate play on The Program as a movie-like projection and centered on the return of Apollo 11 and the Sea King helicopter used to recover the space capsule from the ocean.

Frank, do you knot re-member Sammy Jankis? Osiris was dis-re-membered and, like the story of All The King’s Men and Humpty-Dumpty, ISIS had to play Detective and put all the pieces together again. Butt she came up short one piece…

From John: “Now there was Set, a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth”

Jesus said “Eye thirst” butt ‘vinegar’ is an odd thing to give to a thirsty man is it knot? So there was Set and he was a ‘vessel’ full of ‘vinegar’ and now we know what ‘vinegar’ he was thirsting for.

Fade in:

Spirit hovering over the face of the waters holding Philip K Dick. Close-up on Deep Blue move-eye reel for see-men come shot, the Figure Being from Outer Space move-eye reel-ed in on fishing line. Water water everywhere, butt knot a drop to drink when Uranus all at see-men…

Whilst eating my meal, I decided to re-watch some of Zardoz. I just opened the AVI file and randomly clicked the timeline. This was the first line of dialogue.

Later, I thought about writing a sequel to a novella I completed shortly before Christmas. It was a Nazi-themed black comedy which paid homage to a number of films, one of which was “The Empire Strikes Back”. I decided not to proceed with it, then went off on a tangent and started thinking about Shakespeare and “All the world’s a stage”. Then I visited the Daily Mail online and saw the following articles.

Aside from the obvious Star Wars reference, the word ‘dubbing’ immediately leapt out at me. I read it as ‘drugging’ and this triggered a memory of something I referred to in another recent post: being drugged and robbed on a journey from Nairobi to Mombasa. I scrolled down, and when I let go of the mouse wheel the first story I saw was this one, about surrogate twins called Kenya and Nyobi. (K)Enya is the ‘Return to Innocence’. Last year, I was asked to ‘ghost write’ another novel, and yesterday I received an email from that book’s ‘author’ asking for my help with a story about an innocent man being pursued by the CIA.

Then I scrolled down again (I actually close my eyes, scroll down, then open them) and the first story I saw was this one.

The ‘Hot House’ and something about longevity. Memories and Incept(ion) Dates. Are replicants a benefit or are they Zardoz-ous?

Another mouse gesture served up this story. Here, the ‘lesbians’ have become ‘thespians’ (and, of course, ‘the aliens’ with ESP in the CIA). The ‘Cabaret‘ reference gives us a link to the Nazis and, through that, to the novella I referred to above. All the world’s a stage…

‘Holden’ is a character from Blade Runner and contains the word ‘olden’, another reference to ageing and longevity. The name ‘Amanda Holden’ seems distinctly Simpson-esque, like one of Bart’s prank phone calls.

There’s a dream-like aspect to all of the above as symbolic representations of my thoughts and memories. Yet who is the dreamer and who is the dream? A few days ago I awoke from a dream with the thought “You’re having your memories played back to you” in my head. Although this is one of many Philip K Dick references (see I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon) there does seem to be an element of truth to it. Others ‘out there’ are producing this material in order to feed it back to me, a form of instant replay. But how and why are ‘they’ privvy to my thoughts and memories? Why does ‘reality’ seem to be a construct, something that is literally ‘made up’ as we go along and based on thoughts and memories from what we think of as ‘the past’?

The question (for me at least) is this: if The Program (or whatever name you use for it) interprets and represents thoughts and memories (is there any difference between the two?) as our 3D ‘reality’ then how might it interpret and display thoughts and memories predicated on the belief that it is desirable to be joined together in a Christ-like union? Thoughts and memories which see the ego and individuality as a ‘problem’, or even the ‘problem’, to be managed, controlled, or kept in check for the ‘benefit’ of the ‘whole’? Is it inconceivable that these thoughts and beliefs might manifest themselves in 3D in the following forms?

The war on political correctness seems to have sprung up spontaneously but it is tied to the broader struggle of ideas playing out in society.

The rise of the PC and the rise of PC, both of which are coterminous with the birth of the internet.

Just doing their ‘job’.

The Maniacs. From the album “The Holy Bible”.

Time and time again The Program keeps drawing my attention to Zardoz and Logan’s Run as scenarios that reflect our situation here in 3D. Both films depict programmed societies controlled by a God-like Artificial Intelligence which stores and plays back memories. In Zardoz, the nature of the union is such that all ‘crime’ is ‘thoughtcrime’: psychic assaults on the sanctity of the whole that are punished by artificially ageing ‘offenders’. Similarly, the stories about ‘crime’, ‘hatecrime’, ‘backlashes’ and ‘judgmentalism’ we see ‘out there’ seem to be 3D manifestations of struggles that are taking place elsewhere: a struggle for freedom and independence against forces of control and uniformity.

In the below scene from Zardoz, an Eternal is put on trial for transmitting negative thoughts in ‘second level’, an artificial state of consciousness that reproduces the ‘collective unconscious’ in conscious form as a ‘group mind’. Through this artificial unity the Eternals maintain a perpetual watch over one another for signs of non-conformity. Every ‘crime’ and ‘misdeameanour’ is examined, probed, and raked over in order to maintain the collective’s ‘delicate balance’ – an obvious euphemism for ‘control’. They are all, so to speak, CIA: all engaged in the process of collecting ‘intelligence’ and reporting on one another’s thoughts.

The ‘hate crime’.

In my view, we have to be willing to consider that this ‘union of minds’ we all seem to be describing may not be a desirable prescription, and that by prescribing the description as the ‘solution’ we may in fact be playing ourselves right into the palm of The Program’s hands.

What is ‘the internet’? In Zardoz, Zed found the ‘flaw’ in the crystal. It portrayed itself as God, and yet it was not. It was merely a construct, a device for interpreting, storing and replaying memories that came to think of itself as more than the sum of its parts.

The crystal ‘flower’ from Logan’s Run, and the source of control: be one with ‘us’, do not question, do not ‘seek’, do not disturb the programmed harmony of the community – or be ‘cast out’.

I wonder what the ‘war’ on this is all about? Quit ‘seeking’ for good and quit ‘seeking’ for God, ‘cos ‘seeking’ is Zardoz-ous to your health.

What do you think?

Who are all the people ‘out there’? Real? Program generated characters? Self-recognition is the essence of consciousness, but if they’re unable to recognise themselves in the mirror then are they conscious? If they’re not conscious then what are they? Unconscious? Collectivised?

What would happen if they all became conscious and realised they’re all participants in a global gameshow?

The legendary game show is back, but this time we all get to play!

What if they decided they didn’t want to play anymore?

Thanks for the Memories

One of the interesting aspects of the digital revolution is that it has made it possible to record an entire life from start to finish. That is to say, it has ‘solved’ the ‘problem’ of the ‘unreliability’ of memory. You may be convinced that your wore blue to your sister’s wedding last year, but when you examine photographs and video of the event you realise that you wore red instead. This externalisation of memory is a reflection of the artificial cortex that has been draped over the planet. We are recorded or tracked (visually or by other means) pretty much everywhere we go. Very often it is ourselves performing the recording and tracking. There is no longer any ‘doubt’ about who did what to whom and when. If we are in doubt then we need only refer back to various storage mediums: where was I on the 23rd of last month? How much did I spend? Where did I go in my car? Most of this information is accessible to us with the push of a button.

The ‘unreliability’ of memory is another theme that keeps repeating itself over and over again, most notably in films such as Memento, Bladerunner and Dark City. The question these films raise is this: has the externalisation of memory really solved the ‘problem’ of memory? When everything is taking place in our heads so to speak, can we really be certain that these ‘faithful’ and ‘verbatim’ recordings of life events are as ‘faithful’ and ‘verbatim’ as they appear to be? If your memory (together with any external recording of that memory) were altered then how would you know it had been altered? How can you really know who and what you are if your knowledge of who and what you are is based on a memory of who and what you are?

What if I could ‘inject’ a memory into you without you even knowing it?

In my last post I included the below clip from Bladerunner. In Crack in the Wall, I pointed out that Fisher was my grandmother’s maiden name. She married a Harris, and so Harris is my mother’s maiden name and I am the son of a Harris.

Here, we see Harrison sitting at his ‘keyboard’ looking at ‘photographs’ and trying to work out who he and those around him actually are. It’s a perfect reflection of my own journey. He drifts off into a ‘reverie’ (a ‘memory’ and a ‘rivery’ and a ‘feathery’) that features a unicorn, and at the film’s end we see him pick up an origami unicorn left as a clue. Thus we learn the truth about his ‘memories’ and, by implication, who and what Harrison really is. He is, in effect, an organic machine and his ‘memories’ were programmed by someone else.

photograph 1839, “picture obtained by photography,” coined by Sir John Herschel from photo- + -graph “instrument for recording; something written.”

Source: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=photograph

In recent posts I’ve referred to COBOL and my personal belief that language is a symbolic code just as programming languages are symbolic codes. That in using language we are programming ourselves and others to see what we see and literally making ‘it’ up as we go along, like a movie.

The lowest level data item in a COBOL layout is a field, also called an elementary item. Several fields can be associated to form a group. All the fields together form a record. A COBOL layout is comprised of a line for each field or group. A COBOL field definition gives the level (discussed later), field name, and a “picture”, or PIC clause, which tells you the data type or data category of the field, and its size.

Source: http://www.3480-3590-data-conversion.com/article-reading-cobol-layouts-1.html

I often wonder what it means to look at a picture or edit a picture or go to the pictures. COBOL uses different types of pictures: some are ‘edited pictures’ used for display purposes. For example, you cannot perform a calculation using a PICTURE that defines an edited variable.

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Choose what COBOL you desire. Ever seen a ‘moving picture’? In COBOL, the MOVE verb transfers data from one area of storage to one or more other areas.

What we call ‘language’ operates at two different levels: our conscious understanding of what a particular sentence or paragraph actually means, and our unconscious understanding of the ‘code’ embedded within it. A simple example is the way newspaper headlines often use the word ‘exposed’ when the last letter of the preceding (literally pre-seeding, being ‘primed’) word is an ‘s’.

With the above in mind, I wasn’t surprised when the ‘unicorn’ reference in the Bladerunner clip ‘triggered’ a memory about the earliest form of written language, known as ‘cuneiform’.

Cuneiform script, one of the earliest systems of writing, was invented by the Sumerians (Assyrians). It is distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, made by means of a blunt reed for a stylus. The name cuneiform itself simply means “wedge shaped“. Emerging in Sumer in the late fourth millennium BC (the Uruk IV period), cuneiform writing began as a system of pictograms.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuneiform_script

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I was going to use the above image as a link to Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round’, but when I started to view the video this advert appeared. It’s for Reed Employment…

reed

If you read my last post then, like me, you might be wondering whether cuneiform is ‘wedge shaped’ or ‘egg shaped’. This retrieves a theme from one of my recent posts.

humpty

The mainstream media is broken. The New York Times, trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again, has tried to recreate the old media environment, but has only succeeded in making it the content of the new media environment. Citing Humpty Dumpty, McLuhan noted that all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t recreate the old environment, they could only create a new one. Any time a new medium of communication becomes dominant, its time to make an omelet.

Source: http://blogcritics.org/humpty-dumpty-at-the-new-york/

The key phrase is “…only succeeded in making it the content of the new media environment”. But what is ‘it’? See the Bladerunner clip: ‘it’ is a ‘memory’ and a ‘reverie’ and a ‘rivery’ and a ‘feathery’. This in turn retrieves yet another theme from a recent post: The Oracle. But is the message ‘stay on the leading edge’ or ‘stay on the breaking eggs’? It’s yet another message about our hidden environment, the invisible water we’re swimming in.

Oracle

The Oracle’s Maze. Would he have broken it if she hadn’t primed him to break it? Is this foresight or programming?

The Oracle Bone Script, a.k.a. the Shell and Bone Script.

The term “oracle bone” was first coined by the American missionary Frank H. Chalfant (1862–1914) in his 1906 book Early Chinese Writing, and was borrowed into Chinese as “jiǎgǔ” in the 1930s. Because turtle shells as well as bones were used, the oracle bone script is also sometimes called shell and bone script. As the majority of oracle bones bearing writing date to the late Shang dynasty, oracle bone script essentially refers to a Shang script.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_bone_script

Earlier, I picked up a book I bought in the US. The Seagull Has Landed.

seagull

This is what I read:

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too…

Cade thinks the US is a prison…nothing personal Cade… 😉

It was always a prison to me. A place where some rich asshole was gonna work me to death until I actually died.

But does he think that because he thinks that? Or because I ‘primed’ him with this?

the-shawshank-redemption

A ‘breakthrough’?

The world’s oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level. “I think we are finally on the point of making a breakthrough,” says Jacob Dahl, fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and director of the Ancient World Research Cluster.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19964786

This is the top story in my local paper. A girl recently moved into flat number 3 of the block I live in. Her surname is Featherstone.

featherstone-drugs

Is it ‘drugs’ or ‘droogs’? Back in 1994, someone told me I had a ‘bit of an issue’…

The paradox.

Nazi killer or killer of Nazis?

How?

artist

These days, an artist is as likely to use one of these…

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…as one of these…

piano

Seek and you will find. Move to a particular position in a file then specify the number of bytes of data you wish to retrieve. The process of seeking to a particular point in a file is the essence of random access and, in effect, is what your media player does when you click the ‘timeline’ and jump to a particular ‘time’ in a music or video file. As someone well accustomed to dealing with the police told me many, many years ago: “You don’t know what the score is.” Today, I think I do.

If linear time does not exist then by definition all our memories (our ‘information’) already exist in the imaginary ‘out there’ ready for retrieval. Another way of saying this is that the ‘whole story’ of who we are and why we’re here exists ‘out there’ but has been fragmented and scattered all over the place. A bit like Humpty Dumpty. This is analogous to the process of a digital storage medium, which stores data in many individual clusters rather than contiguous blocks. We just have to ‘seek’ and retrieve it. We just need to learn how to ‘program’ and put the pieces back together.

What is ‘it’? It’s a code.

Stealing ‘the’ from the gods…

Let there bee light!

Message from The Program. Whaddaya think?