Saturday, May 22, 2021

Truthiness - a post-truth paradigm

 


Fox Mulder: “So that’s what this has all been about, the spread of on-line disinformation?”

The nefarious Dr They: “Maybe…”

Dr They: “You know, our current (45) president once said something truly profound… he said: “Nobody knows for sure.”

Mulder: “What was he referring to?”

Dr They: “What does it matter?”

- the X Files, season 11, episode 4

So this is the world we are living in. It’s a wondrous place… it’s also a crazy place… and getting crazier. The times we are living in, continues to quicken… to morph and transform, at an ever-increasing rate of change. This quickening is being driven by, among other things, communications technology. As a result, our ever-pervasive communications technologies have mediated our understanding of… well… everything.

One of the casualties of our ever-changing paradigm, is a quaint little idea known as “objective truth.” In the good old days, circa 2000 CE, it was the idea of objective truth that was pervasive… even comforting. We could all rest assured that there was a bedrock of truth from which to compare all falsehoods. We believed that, in the end, the truth would prevail.

But stranger things were brewing in our pre 9-11 world. With total domination within their grasp, the globalists were about to be dealt a near-death blow… That great equalizer of information access, the internet, was about to show it’s darker side… The conspiracy underground was about to become mainstream… Out on the frontier of the fringe, strange alternate realities that has simmered for a decade or two, were about to boil over.

Consequently, in the ensuing two decades we have seen an increased splintering of consensus reality, in favor of multiple, often competing realities. As our timeline accelerates, it diverges along innumerably novel paths. At times these paths overlap, so as to give the impression of a consensus reality. But the paths cross and re-cross… plummeting down back-alley dead-ends and careening up and over speculative summits like the most bad-ass roller coaster at the most surreal funhouse… imaginable.
 
Naturally these multiple, alternate realities propagate multiple, alternative facts (to borrow a phrase) and/or truths, to go along for the ride. So the (relatively) singular, objective truth of the last century has virally mutated into competing, convenient truths. In looking back, was there an omega point where truth became truths? Was there a “patient zero” truth, from whence all our competing, viral truths mutated?
 
On October 17, 2005… the great political satirist and commentarian, Stephen Colbert coined the term Truthiness,  as the subject of one of his most beloved segments: "The Wørd" during his late-night show, the Colbert Report. By using this as part of his routine, Colbert satirized the weaponization of rhetorical persuasion and the manipulation of public opinion in contemporary socio-political discourse. In recognition of this public service, Truthiness was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster.

Truthiness is defined as the stated belief or assertion that a given concept is true, based on opinion, intuition or perception, in keeping with a given individual’s acquired reality tunnel… regardless of evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or… most importantly… facts. Colbert was to articulate this linguistic revelation, just four years after the reality splintering and cosmic triggering event of 9-11. But even stranger things were to come.

Factions within certain politico-religious parties had declared a Culture War on their supposed adversaries. They had spent the last decade of the twentieth century transforming political discourse, into a moral litmus test. With not only morality, but one’s eternal soul on the line, these political evangelists required that you pick a side.

The new millennium turbo-charged this divisiveness, aided and abetted by none other than the newfangled communications technologies. As we all now know, social media platforms have a way of insulating or “siloing” the content of an individual’s newsfeed, based upon past “searches” and “likes.” The really insidious feature of these platforms is the way their algorithms increasingly point to more extreme positions on whatever topic the user has pursued. It is as if the devilish algorithm is saying: “if you think that last article was extreme, wait until you see this next one!”…BAM!

Not only are you only getting one side of the story… the story you are told, becomes continually more lop-sided and biased. This “feature” of social media platforms only serves to isolate, separate, and drive us all into ever-extreme ends of the socio-political spectrum. And so algorithms of the information age drive us into ever-more radical corners of opinion.
 
Over time, these extreme views become so insulated, as to be perceived as a separate reality. So insulated, our view of “the other guy’s” reality tunnel becomes one of disbelief. What once was a different opinion becomes a different reality… one that to us is obviously a lie.

 

“The term ‘post-truth’ caught fire in the period around the 2016 United States presidential election and the Brexit referendum. It was named Word of the Year in 2016 by the Oxford Dictionary where it is defined as ‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’

The connotations embedded in ‘post-truth era’ commentary are normally as follows: ‘post-truth’ is the product of populism; it is the bastard child of common-touch charlatans and a rabble ripe for arousal… it is often in blatant disregard of the actualité.

Under the terms of this outlook, all claims on truth are relative to the particular person making them; there is no position outside our own particulars from which to establish universal truth. This was one of the key tenets of postmodernism, a concept which first caught on in the 1980s after publication of Jean-Francois Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition: A Report On Knowledge in 1979.”

- Andrew Calcutt

So it was that the condition of truthiness led inevitably to a post-truth-era, where the Trumpian, networked, open sourced, political insurgency of 2016 dismantled the traditional two-party political system. A reactive, outraged form of political social networking rose up from the ashes of the collapsed two-party political system, known in 2016 as The Resistance. Social networking has changed politics forever, pushing “we the people” to the extreme corners of opinion. As such, opinion turns to dogma as various camps entrench… hardening their defenses for the inevitable culture wars to come.

One good thing did emerge from the ashes of the Trumpian insurgency, though. The façade of predator/dominator culture that both political parties partook in, propped up, and profited from, was ripped away. In an imperfect analogy, “we the people” began to see that EMPIRE WEARS NO CLOTHES. We all came to realize that the corporate raiders of late-stage capitalism has systematically dismantled an economy that allowed for any upward mobility from the lower (read: slave) classes.

Cunningly disguised as “trickle-down” economics, the corporate elite and their lackeys the evangelical politicians, rigged the game to ensure that no undesirables could ever reach the heights of modest prosperity. 

But the jig us up...
 
Recognizing the grift that has been underway for the last fifty years, perpetuated by bad actors on both the Right and the Left… perhaps we can now begin to reintegrate the multiple truths into a holistic truth. Perhaps we can transform the deceptive truthiness back into a Zen-like Truth. Then again... perhaps there is no return to the old ways... perhaps Thomas Wolfe was right, "You can't go home again." Time will tell...

Be that as it may... Based upon these revelations, so equipped with a slightly broader perspective, we move forward, regardless of competing reality tunnels. Universe is big... perhaps there is room for Alt Realities... perhaps there is room enough for truthiness and Truth... in our Brave Noö World. With such quandaries so considered, we now return you to your regularly scheduled program of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


“There are trivial truths and there are great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.”

― Niels Bohr


Friday, May 14, 2021

Dwellers of the Three Realms

 


In book two of the “Heresies” Trilogy: "Applied Tek-Gnostics – A Field Guide for the Collective Conscious" …I describe specific mind-states in terms of topography, by analogy. Within this mind-map/model, different states of consciousness are likened to separate, overlapping, psychonautic realms. Using the map verses terrain metaphor, bear in mind that “the map ain’t the territory.” From the intro of section one, chapter three… 

“We have thus far proffered a creation mythology, worthy of a chuckle, if not sober consideration. We have considered a cosmology that is somewhat in keeping with scientific rigor and that approximates many (yet, not all) philosophic constructs of Old Earth. We have examined the theories of the anthropologists and their drunken faculty mates, the archaeologists. We have used their insights on social theories to examine the High Weirdness of Contemporary Culture Internationale.   

Before delving into to the more practical, hands-on particulars of Applied Tek-Gnostics, let us take a moment to get the lay of the land, so to speak. Let us familiarize ourselves with the topography of the realms of reality we intend to explore. It is by now clear, dear intrepid reader, that our interpretation of “realm” will cover some very obscure and esoteric territory.”


The chapter outlines the three, psychonautic realms… the three “separate realities” of true-human consciousness. Consciousness is defined as the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined variously in terms of sentience, awareness, qualia, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood. For our purposes, it may be considered the executive control system of the mind. The following is from the “rough draft” notes that I utilized while writing this chapter…

Wakefulness

The realm of wakefulness is our normal, waking, ordinary reality. Wakefulness is a daily recurring brain state and state of consciousness in which an individual is conscious and engages in coherent cognitive and behavioral responses to the external world such as communication, ambulation, eating, and sex. Being awake is the opposite of the state of being asleep in which most external inputs to the brain are excluded from neural processing.

Dreamtime

Dreaming is a phenomenon that occurs during humanity’s nightly state of suspended animation. It manifests as a series of images, emotions and sensations during certain stages of sleep. "Dreamtime" has acquired its own currency in popular culture, based on idealised or fictionalised conceptions of Australian mythology. Since the 1970s, "Dreaming" and "Dream time" have also returned from academic usage via popular culture and tourism and are now ubiquitous in the English vocabulary of indigenous Australians in a kind of "self-fulfilling academic prophecy."

The foundational dualism of these two states of consciousness can be additionally described as: the outer world of action and the inner world of intention… the outer world of the material and the inner world of ethereal. This is in keeping with the underlying understanding of a manifest, dualistically experiential, “observer & observed” Universe. Thus, the inner and outer experiential worlds of perception can therefore be described as two distinct realms. As a cosmic instrument of perception… possessing self-reflection… humans accordingly bear witness and report back to Universe, upon what is essentially a partnership of perceived existence, commonly referred to as: Reality.

The following is an extended excerpt from Applied Tek-Gnostics, section one, chapter three...


The Third Realm

“Applied Tek-Gnostics, in synchrony with Old Earth’s great trinities, such as the Hindi Trimurti, incorporates within our mythology a third realm... a transcendental realm… a realm of power. As definitive as wakefulness and as ephemeral as dreamtime, this realm acts as a gateway and amplifier of the sacred. Once accessed, this sacred, third realm is experienced as a reality enhancer and extra-sensory overlay. It complements and heightens mundane materiality, while transforming it into… something new…

Operating in conjunction with the waking and dreamtime realms, the third realm elucidates facets of higher consciousness within each. It intensifies ordinary perceptions to the point of excruciatingly sublime clarity. This third realm, the realm of shamanic reality, is known within our system as the Psychedelic Realm. 

Simply put, the tekgnostic third realm occupies psychedelic space… the space of “mind made manifest” …the space where aetheric visions of dreamtime, comingle with the observations of the waking realm. This is the realm of non-ordinary reality, sought or induced by yogic and/or entheogenic practices. The psychedelic realm can also be accessed via trauma and severe stress, or brought on by extreme environmental factors, such as (prolonged) exposure to the elements. 


Modern science defines the experience of the psychedelic realm as: “a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by severe perceptual distortion and hallucinations and by extreme feelings of either euphoria or despair” …angels and demons. The most common scientific definition of the psychedelic state, is associated with entheogenic use, be it naturally occurring substances such as the ayahuasca brew, or chemically engineered substances, such as LSD. As we shall see, a broader, tekgnostic definition includes experience derived from such technologies as meditative practice. 

A secondary, informal definition of the psychedelic state, known as psychedelia, addresses cultural expression or art-form… such as music and especially visual art such as painting, fabric design, etc. This artistic usage is characterized as having the vivid colors and complex patterns popularly associated with the visual effects of psychedelic states. So-called psychedelic art is a clear example of the need for humanity to express and share these rarified experiences. Examples include 60’s psychedelic art used on rock posters of the era, and more recently the popularity of “ayahuasca art” being created by talented ayahuasqueros.

Within our system, the third realm, the psychedelic realm… functions as a naturally occurring (albeit induced) “hyper-reality” …a heightened overlay and bridge between the waking and dreamtime realms. It brings together the deeply symbolic nature of dreamtime and the articulated nature of wakefulness. Symbols, the language of dreams, replace words as the primary articulation.

 Travelers of the psychedelic realm experience hyper-acuity, in peripheral influence of the waking realm. That is, normal experiences of the waking realm, take on more revelatory, archetypical meaning, while on expedition within the psychedelic realm.  

 In accessing the psychedelic hyper-reality, the astute intelligence engineer comes to the (transitory) realization that we live… simultaneously… in three distinct, yet very different worlds or realms. Similar to waking or dreamtime, the third realm operates in compliment to the other realms. However, the psychedelic realm overlays intuitive insight and meaning upon the intelligence engineer’s perceptions. As mentioned above, this psychedelic reality overlay is especially and most phenomenally evident in the waking realm.

Once aware of, and navigating with knowledge of the three-realm interplay, perceptual operating procedures are as follows…

The specific realm one finds oneself occupying is the functioning primary reality, with the other two realms filling peripheral, secondary and/or advisory roles. They are still present and available for reference, however the state one is in, be it dreamtime or otherwise, is the governing reality. Moreover, each realm has its own unique, drastically different laws of physics to govern it. Again, each realm appears to populate the same Earth, with identical inhabitants and identical locals… although environs and especially recognized personalities or entities encountered, can mysteriously morph from one realm to the next.


The psychedelic realm is integrative, in that it allows the access and processing of dream symbolism, while in the waking state. Although the psychedelic experience is most profoundly apparent during the waking state, dreamtime has its examples. Lucid dreaming falls within the psychedelic realm, as the conscious mind, in its attempt to wake up within the dream, is met with wildly morphing dream realities. The intrepid psychedelic traveler will discover that the most profound aspects of realms one and two are both more intellectually accessible and intuitively digestible, while visiting the psychedelic realm.”


The Chapter goes on to explore the Psychedelic Diaspora that is currently underway, transforming our deranged, predator/dominator culture into a new, partnership paradigm. The successful transition to a partnership paradigm is reliant on the recognition of the feminine as a source of receptive energy that is not subservient to, but equal to active, masculine energy. As I have said before, it is vitally important to remember that Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Sophia, Gaia… is our greatest ally in our struggle against EMPIRE and it’s predator/dominator paradigm.

It has also been said that there is nothing new under the sun. In this light, the Noö, psychedelic paradigm can be described as a return to the Neolithic culture that gave rise to the rites of Demeter and 2,000 years of the Eleusinian Mysteries. The archaeological record suggests that humanity existed within a flourishing partnership paradigm for thousands of years, prior to the rise of ancient Greece. For more on these intriguing topics, see my “Heresies Trilogy.”  




Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Noö Trajectories


Just came across this swell, 77 page digital Zine, powered by the negative entropy energy of Maybe Logic! "New Trajectories" appears to be a psychedelic, graphically embellished E-zine, created in the spirit of Robert Anton Wilson's 1990's newsletter: "Trajectories." All of the Discordian irreverence you have come to expect from a RAW inspired mind-virus, is splattered across the pages of this almanac of the absurd!

Created by those who realized the true genius of dear uncle Bob... American author, philosopher, futurist, reality tunnel excavator, Discordian Pope (but who isn't?), and world renown mystic-agnostic. Follow the link below to retrieve a PDF of  this profound, guerrilla ontological artifact...


Coming soon... the addition of Maybe Day to the Tek-Gnostics list of High Holy Daze! Stay tuned... and... Keep the Lasagna Flying!!! Fnord