rant about philosophy, quantum theory, and musical notes  

MonkInvictus 43M
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11/15/2005 1:08 pm

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rant about philosophy, quantum theory, and musical notes

This is a primer into who I am. Which is mostly what I think; I am far more cerebral than physical in nature. I judge myself by my thoughts instead of my being. This means that besides my own thoughts are the thoughts of many others: those I interact with, those that I have read recently and the new thoughts that I gain from the knowledge that I seek. I am an ever-evolving being, as new ideas make more sense and older ones are found to be unusable or not true to my own conditions anymore. And like the caterpillar in Alice In Wonderland, I find this not to be bothersome at all. Many of you know me only through the Internet. I chat with you and rant at you, insult you and play word games when I can get someone to listen. You know me as Organizm19, or, as I call myself, the Drum Beat Blood Monk. In all ways that I perceive (and “reality” is what the mind’s eye perceives) I am a monk. I find that I resonate with “monk” better than any other word. It implies in my mind and state of other-worldness. A state of continual transcendence, continual evolution. And evolution is necessarily good in a world of stagnation and set morals and dictations that we breathe since the day we are born. “Everything eventually gets remixed,” wrote Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky). We live in a world that is only representations of our inner worlds, which contain all that is inside of us. We only use about twelve percent of our brains, the rest is for storage and the inner workings of the subconscious, the ego and the id, which are what basically rule us. We can enter this place in the brain/mind/soul if we have the proper tools and training. Chaos Theory, quantum physics and Taoism are closer than anyone thinks, so the path to the Inner Self is there. I choose the paths that I use according to the task, taking ideas and traditions from all places, be it religion, science, or any other sort of stimulus. The hard part is breaking the conditioning that I was imprinted with by my parents, society and all other forms of outside influence. “Autonomous zones are interstitial, they inhabit the in-between of socially significant constellations, they are where our bodies in the world but between identities go: liminal sites of syncretic unorthodoxy… Autonomous zones may be thought of, in temporal zones, as shreds of futurity. Like “outside,” “future” is only an approximation: there are any number of potential futures in the cracks of the present order, but only a few will unfold. Think of autono-mous zones in terms of time but tenseless: time out of joint, in an immanent outside (Nietzsche’s untimely).” -Paul D. Miller I think (or try to make my generally three-dimensional brain do so) in terms of time and space being a set of bubbles instead of being a thread running forward and backward. Memories are just as current to me as the happenings of my life now. I can sort and sift these bubbles at will, more or less, to pull what I need forth and to discard what is no longer necessary. It is a form of what is commonly called “Chaos Magick” but magic is not something that I really claim to believe in. It is more of a better understanding of what is “reality” and how to manipulate it. And since “reality” is only a representation of a representation of what the mind sees (more on this later) and understands in the terms imprinted in us, the manipulation is really of ourselves. It is betterment for the self, through the self, by the self. “As the Magus Linaweaver wrote (in a book so terrible I dare mention its name), “Monotheism is the slippery slope to atheism.” “A limited god does not really fit the idea of “god” at all; any “god” must transcend every limit and exceed all boundaries of every sort. Thus, only the advaitist (non-dual, pantheistic) concept of “god” remains free of contradiction and oxymoron. But nobody, least of all the pantheist, can distinguish the pantheist “god” from the “All” invoked (in “All is One” by all of those New Age bliss-ninnies with their vacant eyes and empty smiles (what “archetype” or “entity” possesses them? I wonder…. And the “god” which equals “All” differs very little from the giant clockwork of atheism, except that it allegedly has feelings. “(But why shouldn’t a mechanism have feelings? Didn’t Frankenstein show us that any automaton that acts alive must feel alive?) “Emerson’s Brahma, who says, “I am the slayer and the slain,” presumably enjoys the slaying even if He-She-It also suffers the pain of the victim. This view really implies a cosmos consisting only of a god playing with itself (Transcendental Masturbation) or playing hide-and-seek with itself (the view of Alan Watts and all Gnostic conspiracy buffs in the Phil Dick tradition). Take out the poetic metaphors and this view quickly collapses into atheism, as Linaweaver told us. “Thus, Nietzsche ultimately realized that “There are gods but there is no God ‒ and this alone is divine.” Beyond the advaitist/pantheist/atheist mythos, the real universe always shows what the Irish call an orderly chaos.” -Robert Anton Wilson “Okay. Now you know that we’re a tribal band. What that means is, we’re here to assemble the tribe. Out of this fractured, whacked and anesthetized culture, we’ve got to somehow pull it all back together. Then give the tribe back its vision, its connection to the Other and Deeper Self.” -Darcie Anything “See, the thing is, that we’re all actually made of music! Okay? That’s why music is so powerful, and why it’s incredibly important. “I mean, have you ever noticed how music actually works? How certain grooves just drag you around the room and other ones make you feel like flying? How nobody has to tell you how a song’s supposed to make you feel? How certain voices get right into your soul ‒ no matter what they’re saying ‒ while other voices can hand you the finest, noblest sentiments in the world, and all you wanna do is get the fuck out of the room? “You wanna know why? Because on the subatomic level, what we’re actually made up of is energy in waves, right? We’re just this great big boundless universe, vibrating into infinity; and it’s just the speed at which you’re vibrating that determines whether you’re a tabletop or a chair leg, a mosquito or a man.” -Mojo Okay, given these ideas and statements, there are a few things that make sense now. One, if we are basically moving energy and atoms, we resonate, hence sound, which is just energy waves at varied levels of speed, will actually have a physical impact on a person, just as music has an emotional impact of a person. The sounds of the music will actually move a body. It is something that we can experience directly, no talking involved. We have direct current to the brain, no interpretation necessary. As Wilson states, any idea of a “god” is automatically limited, at least by a human perspective, because all human perspective is limited to what it knows and can perceive. Hence, no god can exist in a human mind except an image of itself, or rather, an image of an image of itself. Our thoughts mirror what they perceive; hence it would be a mirror image of what we think of as “god.” Either way, we’re fucked if we want to go play harps attached to our knees or if we want to burn forever in some pit full of demons your ass. (Unless you can manipulate yourself enough to reincarnate into a realm such as that.) But the pantheistic view of “godliness” fits into the human perspective because all human perceptions of god are basically egotistic ‒ we perceive god as ourselves. The connection of all of these individual perceptions may become, if you twist your mind to it, a vision of one god: the “All” as Wilson describes it. If you take this image of the “All” as being the human collective, and add into it the idea that music is the direct circuit to the brain, no interpretation by the conscious involved, going directly the to human psyche, than we have a beginners’ map to the Higher Self. It shows you a way to go, and a free ticket to help you get there. It is another way to manipulate the Self. A few people are slowly starting to realize this knowledge, and much other knowledge with it. Orderly chaos and theories of quantum physics are slowly starting to come across information that can’t scientifically be proven and have many similarities to what ancient Eastern philosophies and religions have stated for years. That the universe is based more on a form of randomness that isn’t random, it is orderly in a very messy way. That there is a power out there, and if you take the idiotic blindness of Western religion and modern culture out of the basic view that is ingrained in us from birth, that power is humanity, not some other worldly power that is based on blind faith. You can tap into “god” (i.e. yourself) and explore what you need or want to explore. There are probably an infinite number of ways to do this; the only limitation is the limits of the human perception. “There can be no utterance without previous utterance. In the process of enunciation layers of meaning shed other layers. Meaning flows both forwards and backwards in an intricate dance of moments suspended in the dynamic flux of language ‒ we begin here with language as a metaspace of human communication. It encompasses all systemic human interaction ‒ gestural, oral, genetic, visual, musical, sexual, etc. Traces of previous migrations of meaning move across a cartographic surface whose constituent elements are comprised of memory, place and historicity etched into its surface ‒ the fabric of its textuality. The word phonograph, adrift etymologically, simply means “writing sound.” See the needle of the regard (record), as a device that allows the mnemonic construction of a paraspace where all is flux, and the only consistent is change: a place where there is no such thing as an immaculate perception. The mix: a fusion of different meanings whose previous connotations have been corralled into a space where they are so spaced that differences in time, space, and culture are collapsed within the immediate realm of the teletological present. Here you will experience cartographic failure. The intersection of this space and our daily reality contours the mind and creates places of disappearance in its psychospatial makeup. In this way experience becomes mediated. The fusion of “reality” and the paraspaces of our own desires (if they are anything it is that) takes one’s perspective on association lines from place to paraspace, memory to memory, mindscreen to mindscreen. In this way experience becomes immediated. Perspective’s movement in this scenario is controlled by the trajectory path of the mix (put the needle to the record put the needle to the record). The mix’s chronotopes (see the records, samples, and various other sonic material in this milieu as a form of externalized memory that act as shards of time… are coordinate points on the invisible terrains of culture. The DJ is a spatial engineer of this landscape: a special engineer of the invisible city. “Translating the untranslatable in a prismatic fashion through the union of the form and content, the DJ refracts meaning from the dense locale of culture and places the rays of meaning, in a rhizomatic fashion, back in their original locale the human mind. This refraction of meaning leads one from the singular to the plural, and in the process opens the ego-centric self to the spaces of the multiple where all things are linked. People live with things mostly, even exclusively, since sentiment and action in us depends on our mental representations ‒ as they are conveyed to us through the faculty of language, our “code of consciousness.” Through the same act by which we spin language around ourselves we weave ourselves into it, and every language draws a circle around the people to which it belongs, a circle that can only be transcended in so far as one at the same time intersects and enters another. Sometimes to be, is to be enunciated.” -Brian Masumi Language is how society works. It is what civilization is built on. As Freud said once, or something like it, “Civilization was started when a man threw the first insult instead of a rock.” Here is a secret that most of you probably have figured out on your own, even if you never uttered it quite this way: Language is music. It is reverberation of energy. It can be used like energy, except that people have given it meaning outside of itself. All words have meaning now; there are dictionaries that tell us so. But it is possible to redefine those meanings and destroy them, rebuild them. They are like the Self ‒ they are in fact, extensions of the Self. If you repeat a word long enough it stops being a word and just becomes a sound ‒ free of all meaning except what we give it. Buddhism and Hinduism know this. They have mantras that are just repetitive noise. I have a mantra running in my head at all times ‒ Om Na Prim Om Na Atra. It is twenty-four hours a day. The Hindu legend states that earth (“reality” was created by Brahma having a thought (vibration of Self) that caused the noise Om to be heard, which created the earth (“reality” as earth sees it). Take words ‒ any words ‒ and think of their meaning. “Nigger,” “slut,” “whore,” “insanity,” “road.” Etc, and say them until they have lost their meaning in the conventional sense and you realize that they are just sound. Think of it in terms of talking to your pet: the pet doesn’t understand the actual words (some do, but nothing is perfect), just the tones that the sound is used with. You can tell your pet that you are pissed that it messed the floor up (“Bad dog! Go outside!” But if you use the right tone of sound, it will think you are pleased with it. Try it, really. If you do this with all language, you find that you can understand much more in the sense of what people are really saying. It is another form of music, hence another pathway to the Higher Self. Once the Higher Self is obtained and explored (which is actually, by necessity a never ending exploration ‒ evolution is good, stagnation is bad) a little more, you can move on to other “realities” i.e. individual’s perceptions. And the shamanistic goal is completed. The goal of a shaman is to bring back the tribe’s vision, which is, as Darcie Anything (a creation, along with Mojo, of Marc Levinthal and John Mason Skipp) said, that “We are One!” This ties into the Hidden-Variable Theory of quantum physics. This theory (possible reality imprint) was first hinted at by Einstein and later worked on by Bohm. It states, basically, that the uncertainty and chaotic side of quantum physics could only be explained if there was a subquantum level affecting the quantum level. It also, Bohm put forth, would be the hidden variable that made it all work as it apparently does, but only if the sublevel worked “nonlocally.” What that means is that time and space would have to exist in a manner other than is commonly thought. A Dr. Bell further moved along this theory, when he published a demonstration that proved that the quantum effects are nonlocal, but rather here and there, both at the same time. Throw into this the work of Charles Muse (a mathematician), Timothy Leary, and Cleve Backster, all researching consciousness, which they all claim goes beyond the mind and down to a subatomic level, and it all gets a little sticky. But the work does make sense. A physicist named Walker published a paper with the following: “The hidden-variable theory of consciousness asserts: 1) there is a subquantal level beneath the observational/theoretical structure of ordinary quantum mechanics: 2) events occurring on this subquantal level are the elements of sentient being. This being the case, we find that our consciousness controls physical events through the laws of quantum mechanics.” Which, in layman terms, means that individual beings, i.e. those of us that are in control of our minds, are the hidden variable ‒ the “nonlocality” of the Hidden Variable Theory. I believe that the human brain is basically a bio-computer. We can program ourselves, or let others program us. Now, all subquantum events are manifestations of us on an atomic level. This means that the microcosm ‒ individual reality constructs ‒ are the programmers of the macrocosm ‒ quantum physic constructs, i.e. “the world.” We program ourselves through experience, which becomes information when we absorb it. In terms of “the world,” this means that the macrocosm (universe) is localized; where as the programming of it (microcosm) is everywhere and anywhere and any time. This means that on a quantum level, we are the programmers of the universe. We can ordain its growth, or its death. We are One. Okay, now that I have hopefully shattered everyone’s cortexes and turned all the brains to silly putty (including mine ‒ three dimensional thinking is a harsh mistress), lets kick back, smoke some pot, light some incense and throw on some music (direct knowledge to the mind). We can relax and be happy. After all, we are One, and the Self can control the Self. We are “god.” Hell, that makes me happy! I will tell a little more about the Drum Beat Blood Monk. The Drum Beat is obvious by now. Beats, rhythms, sound vibrations of all and any sort, move me emotionally and physically (at least I believe so). I have mantras in my head and will find a beat in anything. My leg is always tapping a time to the universe, be it in the microcosm (my Self and my local reality imprint) or to the macrocosm (even stars make noise ‒ scientists listen to them all the time). White noise, shear noise of a band playing, it is there and I have always listened. Years ago (right now, and in the future) I was in Africa at the age when imprinting starts to come more from society than from parents (although they are imprinted by society as well ‒ you can never escape society). My mother was a wild spirit, wonderful and full of love, and full of rhythm. We used to dance to the drumming of the natives, its language speaking directly to us, with no interpretation necessary. Ever since, music has been a key to my life, although there have been times when I forgot to listen. Blood Monk comes for the image it invokes in my (and hopefully others) head(s). It is an image of visceral knowledge, learned from myself and what I have gone through, instead of what I learned in school (or refused to learn in school). Blood is life and life is energy. I claim no religion as my own, or, rather, I claim all religions as my own. All have bits of the truth, Eastern sects and beliefs more than others. I do claim to be spiritual, if not religious: all that I have said before would make me a fool to claim otherwise! My spirituality runs deep, if along odd paths and tracks. I think I have my mother to thank for this ‒ she was very deeply spiritual, more so than anybody I have met. So I claim a monk hood, for this and many other reasons. I may not claim it forever, will in fact probably discard it when the ideal has outlasted its use, or I have found better means of understanding. Holding onto an ideal or viewpoint, even an identity for the Self eventually limits the Self in growth. That identity grows to have expectations, from others and from yourself. These expectations limit what one sees and believes. In an ever-changing universe, not changing is the only real crime. As Robert Anton Wilson wrote, “It only takes twenty years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.” HEAD is a term, coined, I think, by Leary and R. A. Wilson, which stand for "Hedonic Engineering And Development." It is basically the Self (in terms of physical body, the brain and central nervous system) studying and improving the Self, something I stated earlier. Good idea, yes? I think so, and hence aspire toward it. Everyone has their own way of doing this, be it through psychology, science, religion or magical studies. All of these means to and end are usable, although I use a combination of pretty much all except for religion in its harshest sense. As I said before, it is all a manner of using what you know and learn. And the more one learns, the more there is to learn: yet another truth that everyone knows but doesn’t really pay attention to. -The Drum Beat Blood Monk (Organizm19) (a.k.a. IW)

PawPr1nt 52M
133 posts
11/15/2005 2:03 pm

Ah, but the great test of your being is... does your shit stink like everybody elses?

No, seriously, have you begun to study the arguements of the classical smart-asses Socrates, Plato and Aristotle? Chances are they have something to say to you.

Those guys hit the nail harder on the head in their few centuries, than 'modern man has managed to equal in the millenia since. Do yourself a favour and compare your outlook to what has gone before.

Straycatsetsuko 62F

11/15/2005 3:11 pm

Give this another 20 years' thought. A lot of the stuff you refer to is all horseshit, you gotta take the hard parts solely on faith. I hate to tell you this, but the ultimate truth is: THERE ISN'T ONE.

It's all experiential, and we all experience it differently.

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