Consciousness

Random Data Dump

Here are several things that I have been watching and reading recently that I found to be quite interesting, provocative, and yet erudite.

These first two are some selections from Gnostic Media by Jan (pronounced Yan) Irvin, an incisive researcher who gets some of the most remarkable interviews on the web, hands down.

Here he interviews Albert Stubblebine. Stubblebine was the commanding general of Army Intelligence. He doesn’t do interviews.  He attempted to for a brief time, but his words were twisted.  He is who the book The Men Who Stare at Goats was parodied after.

Here is an interview with Eric Penn, the son and nephew to serial killers, a former prisoner, who has become a researcher and author. This second interview touches on so many things that have significant importance to perspectives that are developing in my own life, among which would be personal volition, self education, a critical view of prison culture—specifically the extension of slavery by other means, but also a capacity for special interests to exploit vulnerable populations—and also a growing skepticism towards psychiatric care.

Here is an article I found on Gnostic Media, but it came from Against Austerity so I am linking to the original.  The Title is “Pure Imagination”, and I think its conclusion is highly relevant to our world even if you disagree with the author’s analysis.  My summary of the conclusion would be that the youth of the populace are detaching from reality through multiple channels, and that powers-that-be are happy to allow and promote that for their own gain, as well as for the purpose of the consolidation of their power. I think idea “Pure Imagination” is more clearly rendered as “pure fantasy”, although that would have interrupted with the continuity of the aesthetic of the essay.  I was also impressed with the premise that modern youth is entirely unfamiliar with what a functioning industrial economy looks like, so we are attracted to neo-feudalism (through a variety of iterations) as a solution to modern woes.

This is a brief video by Aaron Dykes from Truthstream Media about geoengineering.  If you are not familiar with the term you should become so because it is a technology impacting the entire globe.  Warning: chemtrails will be discussed.  If you think it’s a bunch of bull, i hear ya, but this short video provides links to all the data provided.  Geoengineering is a factual, existent concept that is in its experimental phase.  Much of the practice involves putting aerosols into the upper atmosphere for the purpose of cloud seeding or reflectivity.

Here is a cool article by Jon Rappoport. I always find him inspiring. He has a great skill to move his reader beyond the mundane, and shake him out of “the matrix”.  Something I take from his work is that there is a being beyond systematic thought where our real power resides.

Here is a podcast from School Sucks.   Very interesting analysis of freedom and slavery in American history. It looks at interaction between formal culture and counter culture, specifically in the context of white and black culture.

This article from Natural News is uplifting. It’s about a community growing its own food in order to make it a more self-sufficient place. I know I’ve had this idea in my mind for a long time, and I’m sure many other people have imagined the same landscapes, but these people in England are actually doing it. Hopefully other places will follow suit.

The Rainbow of Consciousness

The title I chose sounds a bit like childish fantasy, doesn’t it?  That’s why I couldn’t help but include the song from the muppets, a memory from my childhood. Yet isn’t this how our modern sensibilities would have us approach the idea of consciousness, as a fantasy, as something from our childhood; after all, are rainbows not merely an illusion?

Certain varieties of Buddhism, predominantly in the Tibetan schools, describe the achievement of total realization as the attainment of the rainbow body (also see here, here, and here).  Yet the sceptic could rightfully point out this is in no way proof that consciousness exists, and could in truth turn out to be little more than the mirage of religious dogma.

along with illusion, I’ve heard consciousness described as an accident of evolution, as well as bundles of neurons performing parallel-like operations, but this does little to elucidate the experience of the phenomena.  One definition I particularly appreciated, expressed by Mark Passio in a recent seminar, defined consciousness as: the ability to recognize patterns; I would add to that, the ability to in-form or create patterns, for, whether this is true, it certainly pertains to our experience of the phenomena of being conscious; and also, the experience of choice or volition is a fundamental part of the phenomena.

It would seem that it is often here, the context of volition, that dispute has arisen.  The idea of free will is largely perceived in these “modern” times, if it is perceived at all, as an anachronistic fable designed to torture Christians in-so-much as you can either be obedient to the will of god, or not.

In recent history, social engineers such as Frederick Taylor Gates, Frederick W. Taylor (no relation?), George Estabrooks, Jose Delgado, or William H. Gates (no relation?) have had little use for the concept.  These utopians who saw and see the population as “meat machines”, a phrase not uncommon at the turn of the twentieth century, have reproached the idea of a “ghost in the machine”  as a malfunction.

But for thousands of years really, predominant narratives have come and gone that in many ways serve to diminish consciousness, and there-in assert justification to dictate existence.  These narratives reveal their character in metaphors chosen to delineate the nature of being: there is the Judeo-Christian metaphor that the people are sheep and the priest the guiding shepherd, or the “fisher of men” metaphor of the Nazarene, or Hobbes’ Leviathan where the people are the body of the state organism, or the Newtonian clockwork universe, billiard ball determinism of the causa prima, Locke’s blank slate, Weishaupt’s illuminations, the human resources of the industrial revolution evolving into the scientifically managed grand machine of society imagined going into the twentieth century, now yielding to the newest metaphor, input-output programmed computers, or the current burgeoning metaphor of a human internet. (It should be noted that in each generation respectively, these were not viewed as metaphors, but as reality)

Yet in spite of colossal resources and efforts the illusion of consciousness has persisted, and the social engineers have found their attempts to control and maneuver “the masses” has proven surprisingly elusive (often with hellacious costs).

This raises a question in my mind.  Could it be that the opposite is the mirage? The more we are devoted to the concept that there is no consciousness the farther away it moves, like a rainbow.