Thursday, April 9, 2015

End mass surveillance under the Patriot Act!

A key provision of the Patriot Act is set to expire in a matter of weeks. That means that if Congress does nothing, which they are apparently very good at, the unconstitutional surveillance of everyone’s phone records will end.

Sounds great... But some NSA apologists want to see this program extended. That’s why we all need to tell Congress not to reauthorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

The NSA surveillance program collects hundreds of millions of phone records daily. One federal judge criticized the program as “beyond Orwellian” and “likely unconstitutional.” And even the government-appointed Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has said this program doesn’t make us any safer, stating that they couldn’t find a single example of a threat to the United States where this program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation.

Dial 215-600-2215 to call Congress or visit to speak out.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brain-Wave Entrainment Artifact.

Tek-Gnostics’ Intelligence Engineering Department has been deeply focused, of late, in the development of auditory brain-wave entrainment and entertainment technologies. This super-secret project went by the codename: Operation BrainStorm. The Deep Development phase of this project has been completed and we have commenced releasing specific artifacts for beta-testing purposes (see below) and for sale on our Main Website’s commerce H.E.A.D. shop.

The active mechanisms being utilized are sound and light. Pulsed sound in the form of musical rhythms has been entraining people for thousands of years. Sound and light, used in the proper setting, has been shown to facilitate brain entrainment, through what is known as the frequency-following effect. This effect is more profound with pulsed, binaural beats. A binaural beat is the result of one ear hearing a pure tone of a slightly differing pitch than the other ear. The brain then actually synthesizes the difference between the two, syncing with the result.

Binaural beats synchronize the activity of the left and right hemispheres of your brain. This synchronization can increase the flow of information between the two hemispheres, thereby accelerating learning and increasing creativity.

The Tek-Gnostics BrainStorm™ series harnesses the power of the binaural frequency following effect, within our "consciousness hacking" technology. Each artifact in our series, targets a specific brainwave frequency, such as Alpha, Beta, Theta & Delta. Each brain-state enhances specific functions such as creativity, relaxation, meditation, etc.

As indicated earlier, we have begun releasing audio entrainment tracks, available for downloading at our commerce site: Heretical Engineering and Development (H.E.A.D.). We charge modest price for each download.

The following experimental entrainment piece is entitled "Earth Djinn". It utilizes a frequency known as the Schumann Resonance, which is a global electromagnetic standing wave, naturally generated between Earth's surface and the ionosphere. This resonance frequency typically measures 7.83 Hz. The Schumann resonance is considered to be Earth’s Vibe (frequency). It is a wonderful way to get in tune with our home world.

Stereophonic HEADphones or earbuds are required, in order to experience the maximum entrainment properties of this artifact.

So sit back...  Relax!

Learn to program your own HEAD space. Be the first Heretical Engineer on your block!
And, have fun with your new...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Universe=Consciousness... post-materialist science.

At the end of the nineteenth century, physicists discovered empirical phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics. This led to the development, during the 1920s and early 1930s, of a revolutionary new branch of physics called quantum mechanics (QM). QM has questioned the material foundations of the world by showing that atoms and subatomic particles are not really solid objects… they do not exist with certainty at definite spatial locations and definite times. Most importantly, QM explicitly introduced the mind into its basic conceptual structure, since it was found that particles being observed and the observer (ie: the physicist and the method used for observation) are linked. According to one interpretation of QM, this phenomenon implies that the consciousness of the observer is vital to the existence of the physical events being observed, and that mental events can affect the physical world. The results of recent experiments support this interpretation. These results suggest that the physical world is no longer the primary or sole component of reality, and that it cannot be fully understood without making reference to the mind.

- Item 7 from the Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science 

Within the study of social science, post-materialism is defined as the transformation of individual values, away from materialist, physical and economic… to a new paradigm of individual values emphasizing autonomy and self-expression. The philosophical definition of traditional materialism concerns the argument that matter is the only existing reality… the only real reality. Recent mainstream science operates under this assumption. Today, this notion is known as “scientific materialism.” However, this view is disappearing at an exponential rate, given the fact that quantum physics has shown us that what we perceive as our physical material world, is not really physical at all.

Post-materialist science postulates that human consciousness is an integral component, even a generative, co-creative component… of reality.

In a recent article entitled: “Is Consciousness A Product Of the Brain… Or Is the Brain the Receiver of Consciousness?” …columnist Arjun Walia stated that…

Consciousness is the way we perceive and observe our world, the way we think, our intentions, feelings, emotions and, (as it turns out) more. One of the biggest questions regarding human consciousness today is whether it is simply a product of our brain, or if the brain is a receiver of consciousness. If consciousness is not a product of the brain it would mean that the human physicality is not required for the continuation of consciousness, or consciousness itself.

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” 
– Niels Bohr

Below is a great video from Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona discussing whether consciousness is the product of the brain or a receiver of it. It is a little overview of a subject that is full of peer reviewed scientific research that not many people have the time to go through. It would actually be almost be impossible to go through all of it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Transpolitica - anticipating tomorrow's politics.

Manifesto (Preamble)

Transpolitica holds that human society should embrace, wisely, thoughtfully, and compassionately, the radical transformational potential of technology.

The speed and direction of technological adoption can be strongly influenced by social and psychological factors, by legislation, by subsidies, and by the provision or restriction of public funding. Political action can impact all these factors, either for better or for worse.

Transpolitica wishes to engage with politicians of all parties to increase the likelihood of an attractive, equitable, sustainable, progressive future. The policies we recommend are designed:

  • To elevate the thinking of politicians and other leaders, away from being dominated by the raucous issues of the present, to addressing the larger possibilities of the near future
  • To draw attention to technological opportunities, map out attractive roads ahead, and address the obstacles which are preventing us from fulfilling our cosmic potential.

Transpolitica calls upon politicians of all parties to define and support:

  • Regenerative projects to take full advantage of accelerating technology.
More specifically, we call for:

  • Economic and personal liberation via the longevity dividend
  • An inclusive new social contract in the light of technological disruption
  • A proactionary regulatory system to fast-track innovative breakthroughs
  • Reform of democratic processes with new digital tools
  • Education transformed in readiness for a radically different future
  • A progressive transhumanist rights agenda
  • An affirmative new perspective on existential risks.

(Note: you can read Transpolitica's entire manifesto on their website - see link below)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Global Terrorism - a counter narrative.

It is impossible to discuss global terrorism without referencing 9 eleven. Right or wrong, regardless of the identity of the masterminds behind the perpetrators… the attack on the World Trade Center is that "once in a generation" event that defines the era. Just as December 7th, 1941 defined the WWII generation, so does September 11th, 2001 define our info/digital generation. Nine Eleven is that crucial tipping point of reference that marks our entry into the (seemingly endless) "War on Terror" as proclaimed by then-US president Geo. W Bush.

Virtually overnight our planet's socio-political and economic landscape had been re-arranged into a nightmarish mix of archaic tribalism and multi-nationalism. Terrorism and covert operations suddenly replaced diplomacy as a political first option. Even as "terrorist cells" got their footing around the world, traditional global economic mechanisms began to break apart. 

This desperate situation had been driven by a post WWII “Crusade” of western petrochemical interests that had increasingly infested the Arabian Peninsula. In reponse, a "Jihad" or holy war has been declared against capitalism in general and the U.S. in particular. Ultra-conservative
fundamentalism, feverishly boiling in the brains of Neo-con and Imam alike, within the "Big Three Desert Religions" held disproportionate sway over the affairs of humanity.

According to these ultra-conservatives, global conflict has devolved into a hard-line ideological clash of cultures.  However, the fact that the current turmoil in the world is driven by a minority of ultra conservative extremists within Christian, Islamic and Judaic religious institutions is increasingly self evident. The narrative surrounding recent horrors in Nigeria, Paris, Syria and Iraq speak in terms of Global Terrorism and what is being defined as “Radical Islam.”

Currently in the US and elsewhere, an ideological debate is raging over “the naming” of global terrorism as distinctly Islamic. Some believe that it is important to “call a spade, a spade” in what is being represented as radical “Islamic” or “Jihadist” Terrorism, by popular media. They contend that, in order to fight Islamic terrorism, we must name it as such. This view supports a Crusades-like mentality that the powers of Christianity and Islam are in a global struggle for ideological supremacy.

Others contend that to name this perceived conflict, as it is made most damningly manifest by atrocities of the so-called ISIS caliphate… as Islamic, is an extreme disservice to the over 1.5 billion Muslims living peacefully on this planet today. The approximate 30,000 or so individuals within the ranks of ISIS are merely ruthless terrorists… and should be labeled as such. This is the apparent position taken by President Obama, in his Feb. 18th 2015 speech, when he declared:  "We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

Although less headline grabbing… cooler heads have called for a counter-narrative to such Islamaphobic rhetoric.

The infamous Psychologist/trickster, Dr Timothy Leary once said: “If you want to discuss politics, you have to get down on all fours.” This eloquent passage reflects the true horror of politics, here on the “planet of the apes.” Regular readers of this blog know that our position is that: organized religion equates to politics… no difference. Both are successful examples of the many being manipulated by the few. Both leverage the perception of insecurity and scarcity, to greedy ends.

For purposes of a counter narrative to the Western-Christian/Near Eastern-Islamic paradigm, we at Tek-Gnostics offer a non-denominational yet not entirely secular proposition.

 We believe the true paradigm of duality that is unfolding in the 21st century, is one between Love and Fear. We would further postulate, at great risk of being perceived as spiritual, that this dualistic interplay could also be categorized as a struggle between Light vs Darkness. This is, of course, the age-old principle known as Yin/Yang, the foundational principle of Taoism, Buddhism and other such systems of the Occident, as well as the Yoni/Linga principle of the Hindi sub-continent of India. We perceive love as a unifying principle and fear as a divisive one.

Those whose lives orbit around the principle of Love share characteristics of inclusiveness, generosity, joy, tolerance and compassion. Love is profoundly associated with creativity. The language of love is best articulated through music, dance and other expressive arts. Love brings with it all of the ecstasies of humanity… pleasure, happiness, delight… as well as the heartbreak of sorrow, grief and regret. However, love transcends the emotional spectrum and is, as such akin to evolution, as a positive agent of change. For in the words of Tennyson: "It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."

Those whose lives are governed by Fear are visited by exclusiveness, alienation, suspicion, covetousness and hatred. It could be argued that hate is the opposite of love, however we contend that hatred is a product of fear. Fear is associated with destructiveness. Unlike love, fear only produces isolating results. It breeds separation, distrust and misgiving. Although fear is certainly transformative, it is not transcending. Fear only and ultimately leads to aloneness… a sat situation indeed.

We would argue that to be born of this world requires us to experience a reality that is material in nature. To occupy a sentient body in 3-dimensional space-time necessitates participation in a dualistic universe: Light/Dark, Yin/Yang, Observer/Observed, etc.  It would not be possible to bask in the warmth of light without the contrast of the shadow of darkness.

We would further argue that the fundamental nature of our dualistic material world assumes a role of contention that is characterized by a struggle between light and darkness, as identified above. We therefore postulate a counter-narrative that suggests that humanity, moving into the 21st century, ultimately must contend with a universal struggle between Love and Fear, Light and Dark. The friend or foe of the Western World or that of the East, are those who serve either the light or darkness. Our enemy is not religious or even political. The true struggle moving forward is between those who are consumed by fear, manifesting violence and hate... and those who are permeated with love, manifesting tolerance and peace.

This may seem naive of overly simplistic, the idea that the battle of our age is between those who Love verses those who Fear... the powers of light vs the powers of darkness. But when it comes down to you and me… it is simple… it should be simple. When all of the troubles of the world are seen through the eyes of the individual… each of us must decide what we are going to do about it. Remember… this isn’t business, where some bureaucrat says: nothing personal… this situation is very personal. This is each of us making a conscious choice.

The question we all must ask ourselves is: which do we choose to serve? Do we align with Love or Fear? This leads us to that other tricky premise of free will. Do we even get to choose? We contend yes. However, we don’t presume to know the subtleties of light and dark. We cannot fathom that which ultimately serves the light. We cannot determine the outcome of our actions or the end result. We do not know what ultimate purpose is served by the waging of war. In the words of JRR Tolkien’s famous character: “Many that live deserve death… and some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of judgment. For even the wise cannot see all ends.”

And so this is how it stands today. Each of us stands before the gates of chapel perilous. Indeed, our planet faces a global dark night of the soul. To this desperate situation, we would add one more premise… We contend that unlike Fear, Love is a force of nature that transcends the woes of humankind. Like gravity, Love is a universal force. Like gravity, Love attracts beings to its orbit. It is with this understanding that, at the end of the day, love will prevail. And as Gandalf said: ...That is an encouraging thought.