Wednesday, December 26, 2012

RAW360

Yer editor finds himself in the mountains, with a very slow connection, but you might want to explore the latest intereactive site from DJ Fly and Chu, etc - RAW360



For some details and background, check out the Wikispaces page...

Friday, November 23, 2012

They're Justified and they're Ancient... #KLF







New from The Big Hand – KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money by JMR Higgs. Out now on Kindle.




To celebrate, the artist Shardcore has built a time-limited algorhymically generated Discordian internet radio station called Radio Eris. He explains more here.


The author, meanwhile, has set up a related Tumblr called TheFuckersBurnedTheLot, and talks about the book here.

We have previously mentioned John Higgs excellent biography of Timothy Leary.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Too much of nothing

I always felt a lot of curiosity about the apparent world I lived in, but was never even offered the idea of a Creator god as a child  (although I knew from school that many people did choose to believe something that odd).

It seemed clear to me that Universe had no beginning or end that we could perceive, and I discovered the lovely word ‘infinite’ along with all the paradoxes inherent in it.

 Once you get into the self-referential, bootstrap theory, mutually arising phenomena, and all that – your attention naturally gets drawn to the field within which all this supposed activity goes on – Nothingness, the Void, the Ether, the Plenum, the Tao.

"Tao gives birth to one,

One gives birth to two,

Two gives birth to three,

Three gives birth to ten thousand beings.”


Whatever you call it can never come close, because definitions (by definition) draw a line (an outline) around something.  Attempts were made to use the negative “Neti Neti” (Not this, not this) but it didn’t help me much to imply an Absence rather than a Presence.  Nagarjuna applied recursive logic to this problem…

So when I stumbled over The Laws of Form, the book rang bells in my head, even if I don’t really understand advanced maths and symbolic logic, etc.  The second half of the book does attempt to put the formulae into natural English, clearly enough, at least, for me to get just a glimpse of what a profound attempt to describe ‘things and events’ can emerge out of nothing spontaneously (or something like that).

 G Spencer Brown starts from the first step of “Making A Distinction” on the blank field.  For argument’s sake we will use a circle, which divides the space into an inside and an outside.

 

"The theme of this book is that a universe comes into being when a space is severed or cut apart.”


 
A curiously similar phrase turns up in Zen

“If there's even a hair’s breadth of difference, heaven and earth are clearly separated. How do you understand this?"   Hsin Hsin Ming

 

 Sengcan said, "The supreme Way is without difficulty – it is only averse to discrimination."
 

If you want to play with the ideas found in G Spencer Brown's enigmatic book, the Markability site offers not only clarification, but interactive tools and exercises to really understand.

 
 
There's also a dedicated site for The Laws of Form that has links and information you may find interesting or stimulating.
 

Friday, October 19, 2012

TRIALOGUES

I find the series of Trialogues conducted between Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, and Ralph Abraham incredibly fascinating. I have listened with inflamed imagination to their discussions over and over and over again, finding them thus far inexhaustibly thought provoking.

For the most complete collection (42+ hours) of their discussions I refer you to The Psychedelic Salon's Trialogues Archive (Which includes numerous recordings of their private discussions donated by Ralph Abraham)

Though before I try to sell you on the deep cuts, let's parade out the hits:

METAMORPHOSIS: CAST OF CHARACTERS TRIALOGUES AT THE EDGE OF THE MILLENNIUM - June 6, 1998
Part 1: SHELDRAKE Part 2: MCKENNA Part 3: ABRAHAM


As perhaps the world's biggest fan of this material, I dreamed the dream of getting to actively participate in the discussion, and in my own small way, via e-mail, got to do just that.


from:     Bobby Campbell rgc777@gmail.com
to:     Ralph Abraham, Rupert Sheldrake
date:     Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 1:47 PM
subject: Hello again, Ralph & Rupert!

Dear Sirs,

In regards to Morphic Resonance, and if I'm to understand Einstein
correctly that forces result from geometry, might the force that
results from the peculiar geometry of the subatomic void/plenum
provide the impetus for form et al?

with great regard,

bob campbell


from:     Ralph Abraham
to:     Bobby Campbell
date:     Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 6:39 PM
subject: Re: Hello again, Ralph & Rupert!

that certainly seems reasonable ... however,
in the usual models for the quantum vacuum,
there is no intrinsic geometry
rather, geometry emerges from the plenum

eg, see this (if you have not already)

http://www.ralph-abraham.org/articles/MS%23119.Fuzzylumps/

thanks for writing



ralph

from:     Rupert Sheldrake
to:     Bobby Campbell
date:     Tue, Feb 5, 2008 at 7:26 PM
subject: Re: Hello again, Ralph & Rupert!

Dear Bob,

I don’t know if I understand Einstein correctly so I can’t judge if you do.  But I think if there were some simple answer like this that arose from the physics we’d probably know about it by now.

Best wishes

Rupert


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I shd like to note that Ralph's link sent me down a particularly illuminating rabbit hole, the fruits of which went straight into Agnosis!

Oh! and check out: The World Wide Web and the Millennium
A talk by Terence Mckenna & Ralph Abraham from August 1, 1998
Which somehow remains more relevant and insightful about the internet than most contemporary media theory.


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