Thursday, June 25, 2009

Illuminati Crisis !

With all the economic catastrophe raining down on the world stage, it should come as no surprise that the illusive and rascally illuminati are in dire straights. Careful monitoring of the current global economic crisis reveals subtle signs that the “Secret Chiefs” may be in trouble. According to our sources, the Ancient Illuminated Seers of the Eschaton has initiated certain activities of a solicitous nature. “They have actually been so bold as to place membership advertisements in selected periodicals”… claims Jack Heart, our source of information and operative from the Legion of Dynamic Discord. According to Heart, the following advertisement was placed in “Geronimo”, the official newspaper for Yale University’s infamous Scull and Bones club…

Join the Illuminati today!
If your I.Q. is over 150, and you have $2300.00 (plus handling), you might be eligible for a trial membership in The Ancient Illuminated Seers of the Eschaton. If you think you qualify, put the money in a cigar box and bury it in your backyard. One of our underground agents will contact you shortly.
“This is clear evidence that the illuminati are hurtin’ for certain” continues Heart… “If they are soliciting membership from the Scull and Bones, they truly must be desperate!” “After all… If they would solicit from a club that would allow George W Bush as a member, they would take any buffoon!”

One thing is clear… desperate times call for desperate measures. If the illuminati truly are in fiscal crisis, then their lackeys at the Federal Reserve and WTO must really be in trouble! Who knows what consequences may result… Perhaps even a delay in the Immanentization of the Eschaton!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Solstice 2009

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
- George Harrison

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Aztec Temple Unearthed

Archeologists working in Mexico City are in process of excavating the first-ever Aztec royal tomb. The temple ruins are thought to belong to none other than Montezuma II, the last great Aztec ruler.

Among the many findings from the dig site is what appears to be a fearsome stone sculpture of Tlaltecuhtli, goddess of the Earth. In addition, electronic tests of the entrance, which is sealed with plaster, indicate there is an anomaly beyond it, which Dr López Luján, the discoverer of the site believes is a royal tomb, although some suggest it may be the equivalent of an ancient Greek bothro, where offerings to the underworld were placed.

More details may be unearthed here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Holographic reality and the Universal Mind

Palma Bellardoni over at Buddha Trance has posted a very succinct article linking material reality to consciousness. All of physical reality is essentially nothing but holographic interference patterns projected by consciousness. The interference is the pattern created by crossing waves, much like the rings produced by a pebble thrown in the water...

“The theory that the Universe is a giant hologram, projecting what we call reality from the stream of Universal Consciousness, which contains all the encoded information, leaves us wondering on how physical reality comes into being. The idea that reality as we perceive it to be is an illusion of the Mind, has brought some branches of modern science closer to the view of ancient eastern philosophies.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mobile Intelligence

Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society.

Here is a slideshow on possible trajectories for the future of interconnectivity/mobility. Put down yer blackberry and ponder…

Monday, June 1, 2009

Did the Evolution of Human Imagination Lead to Belief in Gods?

French-British anthropologist, Maurice Bloch, of the London School of Economics believes that humans alone practice religion because they're the only creatures to have evolved imagination. The development of imagination occurred at the time of the Upper Palaeolithic 'revolution' 40-50,000 years ago. Bloch challenges the popular notion that religion evolved and spread because it promoted social bonding, as has been argued by some anthropologists.

According to Bloch's theory, initially humans had to develop the essential brain architecture to imagine things and beings that don't exist physically, and the possibility that people somehow survive on after their death.

Once this was acquired, we had access to a form of social interaction unavailable to any other creatures on the planet. Exclusively, humans could use what Bloch calls the "transcendental social" to unite with groups, such as nations and clans, or even with imaginary groups such as the dead. He explained that the transcendental social also permits humans to follow the idealized codes of conduct linked with religion.

"What the transcendental social requires is the ability to live very largely in the imagination," New Scientist magazine quoted him, as saying. "One can be a member of a transcendental group, or a nation, even though one never comes in contact with the other members of it. Moreover, the composition of such groups, whether they are clans or nations, may equally include the living and the dead," he added.

He argues that no animals, not even our nearest relatives the chimpanzees, can do this. Instead, he says, they're restricted to the routine and Machiavellian social interactions of everyday life.

The reason for this, he says, is that they can't imagine beyond this immediate social circle, or backwards and forwards in time, in the same way that humans can. Bloch believes our ancestors evolved the essential neural architecture to imagine before or around a time called the Upper Palaeological Revolution, the final sub-division of the Stone Age.

"The transcendental network can, with no problem, include the dead, ancestors and gods, as well as living role holders and members of essentialised groups," he said. "Ancestors and gods are compatible with living elders or members of nations because all are equally mysterious invisible, in other words transcendental," he added. But Bloch argues that religion is only one expression of this exceptional ability to form bonds with non-existent or distant people or value-systems.

"Religious-like phenomena in general are an inseparable part of a key adaptation unique to modern humans, and this is the capacity to imagine other worlds, an adaptation that I argue is the very foundation of the sociality of modern human society," he said. "Once we realize this omnipresence of the imaginary in the everyday, nothing special is left to explain concerning religion," he added.
Originally posted by Casey Kazan.