Monday, March 29, 2010

Navigating the Apocalypse 1.2 - Tek-Gnostic Apocalypse

Apocalypse (Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις Apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the majority of humankind. In the holy book of the Christians, the Bible, the term apocalypse refers to a revelation believed by Christians to be of their God's will.
- Wikipedia

The concept of a “great revealing event” among the faithful is a pervasive and popular element, perhaps even a cornerstone, to many of the world’s religions. Specifically, Earth’s desert religions (ie:christianity, islam, etc.) are particularly prone to promotion of the event known as Apocalypse, as it lends itself to a warring theocratic culture. Over time, the concept has evolved from it’s original application of a revelation of hidden or occult information, to a massive reckoning event whereby the faithful are judged for worthiness (Judgment Day). Further deviation from the original intent transforms revelation into an epic battle between forces of light and darkness with salvation of the victors souls being the spoils of war (Armageddon).

Also born of and emerging from the desert is the spiritual path known as gnosticism. Like the other desert religions, gnosticism contains apocalyptic literature within it’s writings. Unlike the “orthodox” biblical materials found in post Council of Nicaea christian literature, gnostic texts such as those found among the Dead Sea Scrolls illustrate a apocalyptic vision that seems to be focused upon individual enlightenment…

The end time described by the author does not manifest itself in the normal culmination of a battle, judgment, or catastrophe, but rather as “a steady increase of light, [through which] darkness is made to disappear or in which iniquity dissolves and just as the smoke rising into the air eventually dissipates” (Piper 1958:97). In this sense, wisdom is an inevitable force that needs to be yielded to by those who choose to accept it and are capable of understanding it. There is no mention of angels, or YHWH's coming, or resurrection of the wise, or any of the typical Messianic language that we usually associate with Judeo-Christian eschatological texts. It simply argues for a change in focus from folly to wisdom, and therefore righteousness.

It is this type of autonomous universal view that had caused the (post Nicaea) church fathers to label the practicioners of gnosticism as “heretics”. Indeed, gnostics value individual experience of the divine as the only authentic communion with godhead. The gnostic does not subjugate to any doctirine that claims to mediate between the source and the individual. The gnostics did not recognise any authority above their own experience of the Logos. In addition, the gnostics claimed to have esoteric teachings designed to accomplish un-mediated communion with godhead.

Likewise the Tek-Gnostics System places prime consideration upon the relationship between an individual sentient being (in most cases we are here refering to “earthling humans”) and godhead, or more properly, that which shall remain nameless. This poses a problem in that traditional gnostic thought indicates that godhead is beyond the reach of phenominal universe and therefore unaccessable to the vast majority of sentient beings of the 3-D worlds. To put it more simply… “you can’t get there from here.”

Tek-Gnostics identifies a conduit or interface that allows for the possibility of access to that which shall remain namless. This interface we term “Matrix”. This is not some diabolical A/I interface as made popular in a recent mass-media box office production of the same name (although that analogy more closly resembles the gnostic concept of the Demiurge). The concept of “Matrix” within the Tek-Gnostics cosmology is typified as “the network of all things”, as the all pervasive energy-information-manifestation system within and sustaining universe.

A more succinct analogy of the tekgnostic matrix is found in the traditional gnostic concept of the “Holy Ghost”. The third entity in the gnostic/christian trinity, the Holy Ghost is the most mysterious aspect of the early desert religions. Originally, the Holy Ghost was feminine in nature, hence the “Ma” in Matrix. Tek-Gnostics adheres to this feminine princaple. Consider the following fragment from the Tek-Gnostics Codex

Before the creation of Universe, a presence existed.
Silent, void & unchanging... Like a wheel, going eternally round.
Though it remains nameless, it's vibration appears as...
Great Universal Womb.
Giving it a name, I recklessly call it Matrix.

The reference to reckless in the above illuminates the inherent trap in even attempting to speak of such ideas. How can one put a name on “that which shall remain namless”? The answer is that we do so recklessly… throwing all caution to the wind.

Ultimatly, we return to the essential relationship between self and that which shall remain namless. The prime tekgnostic belief in un-mediated communion. As we peak at eternity, we broaden our understanding… allowing a little more light to shine. This becomes the Tek-Gnostic Apocalypse… the lifting of the veil… the great revealing event… one small epiphany at a time.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Xenoarchaeology - Preserving sacred sites on the moon and beyond

 California historic preservationists recently registered the remains of the Apollo 11 mission in the so-called Sea of Tranquility as a "Historical Resource." The designation gave a boost to an academic discipline that has been considered science fiction until now: Space Archaeology (Xenoarchaeology).

"It's about time that we acknowledged the importance of these sites for mankind," says Beth O'Leary, an anthropologist at New Mexico State University and the co-founder of the Lunar Legacy Project. O'Leary and her colleagues have compiled a map identifying the items left at the landing site, as well as a comprehensive list of Apollo's junk. Space archaeologists are worried that future missions, or possibly moon tourists, could loot and even destroy this sacred site of earth history.

"Can you imagine someone driving a cart over Neil Armstrong’s first footprint?" warns Peter Capelotti, an anthropologist at Penn State University in Abington, Pennsylvania. The artifacts of human missions to the moon and Mars are urgently in need of official protection, says Capelotti, "Otherwise we must be prepared to someday see pieces of Apollo 11 listed for sale on eBay."

The vast expanses of the solar system already resemble an extraterrestrial museum of technology, with an inventory of thousands of tons of space junk. Mars, for example, is home to an entire fleet of the legendary Rovers. In 1995, a probe from NASA's Galileo satellite was even suspended from a parachute in Jupiter's atmosphere. However, it quickly lost its archaeological value when it shattered at 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit) and 22 bar of pressure. Even if individual splinters survived the crash, the gas planet most likely absorbed them.

To take the above concepts "one small step" further…

As humanity explores our solar system and beyond, consideration must be given to the artifacts we leave behind... both for the historical significance as it pertains to earthlings… and for the inhabitants of the systems we explore. We need to adopt the unwritten law of America's national parks: Carry out what you bring in. After all… we do not want to be known as the “litterbugs of the galaxy.” Our galactic citizenship should be established upon respect for the environs we visit and respect for the species we encounter.

Related article here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

The effort to elect Murray Hill to Congress is a political campaign unlike any other. It is rare for an election candidate to pledge to “put people second, or even third”, instead of the habitual (read: strategic, cynical, etc.) first, but then the aspiring representative for Maryland’s 8th District is not a person… but a corporation. According to its YouTube advert, Murray Hill, a public-relations firm, is taking advantage of a recent Supreme Court ruling that granted corporations full first-amendment political rights as people, to help create “the best democracy money can buy.”

Despite the Supreme Court’s controversial 5-4 ruling in the “Citizens United” case, which removed longstanding restrictions on political activism by companies, this bid for office still faces significant obstacles—not least the requirement that candidates in Maryland be at least 18 years old. Murray Hill (Inc.) is just five. And it is hard to imagine many people voting for a candidate explicitly committed to putting business first. The Supreme Court ruling takes the corporate-citizenship metaphor a step further by equating what is an artificial creation of the law with flesh-and-blood citizens, at least when it comes to the right to free speech.

According to Murray Hill, Inc. spokesman, Eric Hensal:

“We just believe that we should take the middleman out of politics. If you're going to let the ability to have unlimited money flow from corporations, you know, into campaigns, well, you'll just have greedy politicians sort of bidding up the price to do politics. We think the consumer would suffer over time, you know, paying a politics tax. So we're just advocating taking the middleman out and directly electing corporations, and we feel that just is… in some ways… probably a more honest way of doing things.”

Still, the Murray Hill candidacy does raise an important point about the future of democracy and the role of business within it. The Supreme Court decision appears certain to increase the influence of business in American politics, which is widely perceived as having grown significantly in recent years. It is assumed that the court’s decision will “open the floodgates to special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in U.S. elections.”

Sources: National Public Radio, The Economist

Thursday, March 11, 2010

UFO sighting over Lake Erie 5 nights in a row

Yet more reports of strange phenomena over the skies of America…

Our question is... Why does Fox News Network cover so many UFO stories?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tek-Gnostics Electronic Mystery School Update

It has been awhile since we have announced updates to our web presence at the Tek-Gnostics Electronic Mystery School. In that time we have added or upgraded tons of content.

First and foremost we launched Tek-Gnostics 2.0… the second generation of our website. The interface is cleaner and (hopefully) more user friendly. We have added an AI interface component to our virtual headmaster, Sensei… as well as the Tekgnostic Oracle, that taps into the collective power of the world wide web.

Included in the update is the addition of EcoTek, our thoughts on the preservation of spaceship earth. Speaking of spaceship earth, we have added a Buckminster Fuller page, which includes some great resources on the visionary futurist.

Beyond our gravity well, we have published our Extra-terrestrial cultural competency page.

We have also launched our guild-members site, Tek-Gnostics Esoterica. Members can access this site from either our guild page, or through this site in our right-hand column. Our members site acts as a repository of our downloadable materials, including a beta version of our Windows™ compatible Field Guide & Operator's Manual software, as well as other tekgnostic codices.

We hope these updates prove useful…

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Beyond Theology - The Science of Godmanship - Pt 3

Information in modern science has a very special mathematical meaning, more specific than in ordinary speech. Without going into the math of it, information is coherent order, as distinguished from noise, which is incoherent chaos. Biological evolution is the gradual emergence of information out of chaos. To the biologist, it is information in the genetic code of the cherrystone that tells it to grow into a cherry tree and not a teakettle. To the modern sociologist, information is the roads, customs, and traditions that mold random individuals into a society. If Sarfatti is right, information is also coded into the quantum foam, telling it to grow into the universe of space and time we know.

Imagine that your brain is a biological computer, as most neurologists now think. Imagine further that all subquantal events are also computers - micro-micro-microcomputers, as Sarfatti says. Imagine finally that the universe is also a computer - a mega-mega-megacomputer. What Bell's Theorem means, according to Sarfatti, is that the hardware of this interlocking system of intelligent Chinese boxes - or computers within computers within computers - is localized in space and time; but the programming - the subquantal hidden variable - is everywhere and everywhen.

This sounds suspiciously like a definition of God, because God is, according to all theologians, just such a nonlocal programmer - omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

But if this information system is a kind of God, or a scientific analog of God, it is also you and me... and the lamppost. The information, remember, is nonlocal in space and time; so the whole universe and every particle in it partakes of the information, and is thus a co-creator of the whole, but on different scales. Is this not what the pantheists have been claiming for millenniums?

Currently, Sarfatti is attempting to demonstrate this interpretation of Bell's Theorem practically by designing a faster-than-light communication system (US patent disclosure #071165, May 12, 1978). Although Dr. Carl Sagan has pontificated that this whole project seems to him "at most a playful notion," there is already a patent search afoot because of rumors that one or more other inventors are trying to patent the same device. Sarfatti also claims an unnamed intelligence agency is very interested in this, and a nuclear engineer, who has not given me permission to use his name, claims that the Russians already have such a device.

(Faster-than-light communication does not contradict Einstein, incidentally. The Theory of Relativity says only that energy cannot travel faster than light. Bell's non-local information system, as developed by Sarfatti, does not transfer energy but only information [order]. What is interesting to the layman about all this is that such a device, if built, would function precisely as the brain does in those altered states of consciousness studied by parapsychology. It would be a model of the extrasensory circuits of the brain, just as an ordinary computer is a model of the brain's logical circuits. And Sarfatti strongly suspects that, whether the Russians have this or not, advanced extraterrestrial civilizations certainly do. When Sagan says that Sarfatti's hope of contacting extraterrestrials this way is "playful," Sarfatti replies that Sagan's attempts to contact them by radio represents "electromagnetic chauvinism." So there.)

In fact, Dr. Sarfatti traces his ideas back to his early adolescence, when he received a series of mysterious phone calls from somebody (or some thing) claiming to be an extraterrestrial computer and encouraging his interest in quantum physics. The calls terminated when his modier got on the phone and told the entity (whatever it was) to stop playing jokes.

To this day, Jack Sarfatti isn't sure what to make of those phone calls. "Maybe it was an extraterrestrial," he says whimsically. "Maybe they want us to tune in to the sub-quantal, cosmic communication system. Or maybe it was just a practical joker, as my mother thought. Or maybe it was the CIA's Operation Mind Control trying to stimulate certain lines of thought among bright high-school students who were planning scientific careers...."

Sarfatti had his first jolting encounter with Jungian synchronicity when neurologist Dr. Andrija Puharich published his book, Uri, concerning his investigation of the controversial Israeli wonder-worker Uri Geller. Puharich claimed that all through his association with Geller, he had also received messages from an alleged extraterrestrial with a computer-like voice.

UFOlogist John Keel, in his books This Haunted Planet and The Mothman Prophecies, tells of hundreds of ordinary citizens who have received similar phone calls, during the past 30 years, from computerlike voices with weird extraterrestrial messages.

My favorite of Keel's cases is a housewife who got the Zen-like rebuke: Wake up, down there!

According to Sarfatti, it is premature to attribute such clusters of eerieness to actual extraterrestrials. We don't have to say that a real ghost haunted Freud's bookcase that day in 1909. And we don't have to say that the phone calls received by Sarfatti, Puharich, and Keel's subjects came from literal extraterrestrials. Rather, the subquantal consciousness, Sarfatti says, was agitated nonlocally (beyond space and time), producing these effects within space and time. But the source of the agitation was, he says, probably human emotions and beliefs.

Dr. Brian Josephson, 1973 Nobel prizewinner in physics, has taken the inevitable next step. Analyzing the puzzling differences found in certain key atomic experiments during the Sixties - in which European physicists were obtaining one set of results over and over, while American physicists were just as repeatedly obtaining opposite results - Josephson suggests that the conflicting belief systems of the experimenters were influencing the test data by unconscious PK. That is, in the most literal sense, Walker is right in claiming "our consciousness controls physical events through the laws of quantum mechanics."

"My goodness, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas at all anymore."
- L. Frank Baum

Another part of the physics/consciousness or mind/matter synthesis is emerging in Palo Alto, from the research of physicists Russell Targ and Dr. Harold Puthoff, who have been investigating "distant viewing" for several years. "Distant viewing" is Targ and Puthoff's label for one particular kind of ESP, which they have found particularly susceptible to replicable laboratory testing. It consists of seeing what is happening at a great distance from where you are located - as in The Eyes of Laura Mars.

Targ and Puthoff believe not only that their work demonstrates the reality of distant viewing, but that everybody has the talent latently. They even claim they can teach it to anybody, however skeptical, and have a standing invitation to all skeptics to come to their laboratory and have a go at it.

As Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and one of Targ/Put-hoff's experimental subjects, writes in the introduction to their book, Mind Reach, "It is too late now to burn their files; what they've found is already being duplicated and expanded in laboratories around the world. As I am coming to know more of the powers that I have, so are thousands of others, so will the readers of this book."

Puthoff and Targ explain all their results by Bell's Theorem, which they paraphrase as "parts of the universe apparently separated from each other can nonetheless act together as parts of a larger whole," which is Dr. Nick Herbert's cosmic glue all over again.

Saul-Paul Sirag, Vice-President of Jack Sarfatti's Physics/Consciousness Research Group, has his own weird tales to tell. Once, while involved in the Uri Geller investigation, Sirag took LSD to see if in that altered consciousness he could perceive the alleged extraterrestrial behind Geller. What Sirag saw was the head of a hawk, which astonished him, since Geller had never described the entity as a hawk. Six months later, this image appeared on the January 1974 cover of Sirag's favorite sci-fi magazine, Analog, illustrating a story called "The Horus Errand" (Synchronicity #1). A year later, Dr. Andrija Puharich, not knowing of Sirag's experience, claimed that Geller's extraterrestrial ally had often appeared to him as a hawk, which he nicknamed "Horus" (Synchronicity #2). Later, Sirag discovered that the face on the Analog cover was that of Ray Stanford, a Texas psychic, who also claimed mysterious experiences with Geller and a hawk (Synchronicity #3). Oddest of all, Kelly Freas, the artist who had drawn the cover, had never met Stanford and was not using his face consciously.

Like Sarfatti, Sirag does not take this (yet) as evidence of real extraterrestrial intervention. "Such synchronicities," he says, "are merely indications that Bell's nonlocal subquantal effects are occurring."

Or as Dr. Timothy Leary expresses it in conversation, "Your brain is created by the nonlocal subquantal intelligence Sarfatti and other turned-on physicists are describing. That intelligence is both centralized - inside the atoms of your braincells - and decentralized, all over spacetime."

"Oh, sure," Sarfatti agrees when this is reported to him. "By Bell's nonlocality theorem, if intelligence is anywhere in the system, it is everywhere in the system."

Everywhere... not just in you and me (which is flattering), but in the louse, the flea, the rock, and (worst of all) in the people we despise. For, as the Zen tradition has it, a monk once asked a Zen Master, "What is the Buddha?"

"The one in the hall."
"But," the monk protested, "the one in the hall is a statue - a piece of wood!"
"That is so," the Master agreed.
"Then what is the Buddha?"
"The one in the hall."

Whereupon the monk achieved illumination, and I hope the reader does too.

"The Science of the Impossible," originally appeared in OUI Magazine; Copyright © 1979 by Playboy Publications, Inc

Although written over thirty years ago, Robert Anton Wilson’s article still has profound implications as to the nature of reality. We have reproduced this article both as a tribute to the late, great Robert Anton Wilson… and as a reminder that the importance and value of such considerations lay in the questions asked... and in the one asking the questions. In that regard… we are all “the one in the hall.”