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World War Reality II – Hypnotic Illusion

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World War Real – Part I

And from Misinformation onto Illusion…

Think on this – Illusion

Ultimately, much of what we understand to be “information,” may, in fact, be misinformation.  Information creates our own personal illusions about reality.  These illusions may be personal or social.  And, naturally, personal understanding affects an individual’s social understanding. Much like the North versus South conflict previously discussed, the conflict itself acts as a misinformation indicator.  The most heated conflicts in human interaction have political and/or religious roots.

First, let’s explore events of mass illusion.  The year was 1979, and Joe Newman presented free energy to the world with his latest “energy machine” design.  Scientists scoffed while he quickly gained popularity and reached stardom.  Despite all of the sophisticated reason scientists threw at it, people cheered Newman on.  People simply wanted to believe – and, well, they did.  Joe represented a symbol of hope.  He came from a humble background, and was a high school dropout.  Newman was the people’s hero during his moment in the spotlight – a scientific revolutionary!

With the country inspired by the free energy fire, Joseph Newman spoke of godly visions and waved Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity around.  Newman claimed that God appointed him as “steward for his gift,”  and explained that energy is sustainable at the speed of light.  Through using Einstein’s equation and visions, Newman appealed to disassociated authorities.  This obscured any authority’s identity through the devices of a largely scientifically uneducated society, and an unknowable god.  In effect, Newman created and continued to fuel this mass illusion of hype, hope, and an American dream.

Unfortunately, hope cannot defy the laws of thermodynamics.  Law one, or Conservation, overturned any probable notion of the perpetual motion device ever creating energy.  Law two, or Entropy, shut Newman’s case down completely – As, it states that when energy is expended, there will always be a loss.  Joe always boasted of what miracles the machine could never do, nor, would he ever be able to demonstrate.  The scientific community sharply debunked Newman’s claims with what is now taught in an introductory Physics course.

Street magicians such as David Blaine and Criss Angel would later rush in once again to steal our hearts, leaving us filled with mystery and awe believing that these gurus somehow gained insight into the metaphysical realm(s).  Angel walked on water, floated from building to building, while Blaine could throw a poker card at a moving bus window and make it appear on the other side.  Blaine wrote his book “Mysterious Stranger,” only to cast more shadows over his act.  He revealed some simple “magic” tricks, but offered spiritual advice, as well – never fully uncloaking himself.  Angel landed a TV show.  Both magicians pulsed through the internet on Youtube videos.  Angel caught my eye when he walked on water.  People were swimming underneath his feet while he was crossing over a hotel pool to illustrate that there was no solid platform underneath him.

Acts like those of Blaine and Angel swept the nation because they preformed with no pre-rigged stage to assist them.  Some people were convinced that they were performing real magic because the no “smoke and mirrors” environment made their acts seem impossible.  However, their fame was short-lived, and simply exposed by critical thinkers.  Both magicians used similar methods in their performances.  They utilized the entire shroud of the internet to distract the audience.  They would perform basic tricks in front of real enthusiasts and tape their reactions.  Then, they would later return to the area and use machines, props, and other tools of their trade that would have been easily spotted by the gawking crowd, earlier.  For example, Blaine would stage a partner inside the bus to stick an identical poker card to the one he would throw at the bus on the inside of the window.  Chris angel used cranes to “levitate” from building to building.  Angel also used clear, hollow (this explains people swimming under his feet), plastic boxes to walk across the water on.

Another interesting feat is “cold reading,” and the general science of hypnosis. Both, “cold reading” and mass hypnosis exploit subconscious suggestion.  In “cold reading,” a person claiming to be a “psychic” will say a basic, and very common name aloud – asking the crowd if anyone knows a “Bob” or “Michael,” or “Susan”…etc.  An even simpler tactic just uses a letter for the read.  Naturally, a member in the crowd will excitedly jump out of their seat and give up a name that it may be.  Then the “psychic” plays off of the information given, and may “cold read” for further information.  Mass hypnosis is can be simply powered in the same manner – by an idea.

Weapons alone, do not kill people, but beliefs doHitler commanded and army with an idea. Saturated with Hitler’s propaganda, the German Third Reich society became convinced that the Jewish people killed their Lord and savior. Ready and willing, the army took up the sword of vengeance and moved on their perceived enemy. Aldolf Hitler’s tactics are sickening, but he was not the first war commander to use this method.  Not by any measure.  Information is the very fulcrum, upon which social leverage functions.  Information is the axis upon which the social world spins.  Information becomes an idea when believed in, and a force of nature when fueled by emotion.  In Hitler’s case, the emotion of love and other honorable and ethical notions were channeled into a system of ideas grounded in a pre-existing framework of the nation.  Hitler simply stoked the embers Martin Luther left behind – igniting a white hot fire, religious in nature. Did Hitler invent this form of social control? Not by any means. The ancient Mayans were convinced that the gods would not let the sun shine until a sufficient amount of human blood was offered.  The ancient Egyptians are said to have believed that their rulers were gods, themselves.  This belief fueled war and slavery alike. In his book, “The Art of War,” war master and descendant from a rich bloodline of war advisors, Sun Tzu (500 BCE), named religious faith as the “first constant.” in successful warfare:

The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.

History is rich with other examples, as well.  In conclusion – massive cultural alignment, or paradigm, is catalyzed by a very religious type of faith. In ancient tribal traditions, the spiritual advisor, or, Shaman of the tribe, was/is placed beside the King, or tribal leader.  In terms of cultural alignment, the Shaman’s advice wields the highest appeal to authority – even placed beyond the influence of the tribe’s Alpha male.  Also, another mysterious example of illusion is the Tibetan Tulpa Effect (must read – very interesting) .  All these examples denote instances, if not constants, of mass illusion – from Hitler to the tribal Shaman.

However, mass hypnosis is not so complex in models illustrating its effects on smaller group dynamics. A religious faith emotionally charges ideas, but is not the only game on the block.  Social dynamics allow for a variety of “controls.”  Peer pressure, non-religious ethically charged forms of leadership (aka – political ideologies), societal values, social deviance, in group/out group dynamism, sub-cultural facets, and other pockets of social/group motives may all be culprits of mass illusions. Yet, inducing hypnosis is as simple as planting an idea through a sleight of hand delivery – or, tapping another’s subconscious.

Current U.S. president, Barack Obama, not only monopolized on the minority vote simply by being a minority himself, but flawlessly executed other key tactics of mass hypnotism by sparking positive associations with his campaigns.  Obama demonstrated textbook propaganda techniques in wording “hope,” “change,” and his platinum hit “Yes we can!” in his speeches.  These simple techniques touched on deeper levels within the democratic identity of American policy.  Obama hit the very mark to ignite cultural alignment – And, with both tact and precision.  His win was a easy prediction to call from my perspective. Now, if only we could bet on it, haha. I could make quick and lofty financial gains every four years.  But, with all his hope preaching, the national economy still plummeted as projected, and he finished where his predecessor, George W. Bush left off.  Since then, we’ve seen criminal corporate bailouts, the passing of more laws, the unnecessary expansion of government, and…I’ll just stop there.  I do have a larger point here.

There are several options to choose from when a U.S. voter registers, but since the presidency in America was established, two primary groups have been the only players in the presidential circuit.  In the beginning, there were Federalists and Anti-Federalists.  The two groups changed their game uniforms up, and are now the Republican versus Democrat false dichotomy.  It’s amazing what linguistics can achieve.  Unfortunately, this is where class division begins.  And, by class-division, I mean social inequality.

To restate the thesis of this writing series – Misinformation instills a mass illusion creating social inequality, and thus establishes ranks of enslavement.  

Social Inequality will be thoroughly discussed in the next piece of this series.  Stay tuned! Sources will be cited eventually!

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Make It Small

Do you ever want to change the world?  If so, your broken dreams are, and have been, crushed underfoot while you had been looking to the sky.  You change the world with every atom sent into the atmosphere through exhale.  Today I realized how one small act of kindness can prevent a universal upheaval.

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Earlier today, I suggested in a political forum that spreading good acts is an alternative to counter the negativity we see around us in the world.  Sure – these small acts of humanism may seem small.  It may feel that these small candles  lit by us may only flicker against disillusioned hope.

Naturally, that is a perception perpetuated by how small the individual may feel when contrasted against the vast backdrop of an Earth populated by 7 billion people. The problems that the world faces may seem mountainous in scope.  Size is relative.

If it all seems too big – make it small.

How is this done?

While watching the evening news tonight, I discovered the perfect illustration to demonstrate the “make it small” philosophy…     I turned the channel to CNN, and the cast was discussing the clip below.  This was a “road rage” induced conflict.

Now – imagine how different this scenario could have turned out if the teenagers slowed down and kindly waved the man ahead of them…  No, don’t shrug this off.  If the victim brandishing the handgun would have been pushed further into his fear, into his confusion, into hate…etc…this may have ended in people unnecessarily dying over something that could have been prevented by a person with a different perspective. Beyond picking our fights, the most important fights may be the ones we evade.

The things we say, or don’t say to our boss – our clientele – our brother – our friend – our mate…

The things I say to you – or to me. What we say – what we do. Raw power rolls from our fingertips. Reason unites choice with action. Action unites the individual with raw reality. On the platform of this reality, the self is realized.  Here, you strum the harp of gods.

The things we do on a daily basis pioneer the future. Daily interactions. Inaction in action, and action in inaction. The things we do while operating on autopilot could change everything you thought you knew about reality. Here, we are either rumbled by the world’s reach, or the world shrinks in your shadow…

 

“Make It Small”

5 yr. old Clark Kent : “The world’s too big, mom.”

Martha Kent“Then make it small”

People are powerful beyond measure, but I’m afraid that mine is a voice in the wilderness.  When power becomes immeasurable, it gravitates into the boundary of responsibility…

If there were one, and only one, piece of all my rambling and rhetoric I could pass onto the people that have ever enjoyed my work – it would be this one.  This is a point I have made time and time again, through various method and means.  Take all this combined media and make it yours.  “Make it Small” is actually cut from Nietzsche’s philosophy.  I have only dissected the finest point.   “Size is Relative” – well, that’s Einstein.  All else tumbles through the fine tones and enhanced vision of my perception.

….and only we stand in our way.

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The Relative Variable II – Experimental Understanding

“The words of truth are always paradoxical.”

– Lao Tzu

 

Part I: The Relative Variable

 

 

What is truth?

You may know something to be truth; however, that is not a governing truth.  Rather, it is a truth.  Your ability to understand rests on your own shoulders.  The ability to explain it in simple terms, rests on mine.  This is a path we will have to walk down together.

Truth is God.  The god I believe in, however.  I feel that if truth could be known – so could all that is – or, god.  I cannot give you all truth…anyone who says they can does so in dishonesty.  I can give you an understanding of what I understand to be a rational approach to conceiving a truth.  Through this, you may contemplate the whole.  Or, perhaps nothing will be achieved here.  The understanding is purely experimental.

Think on this – First, know truth to be evolving.  In all reality, it may not change at all, but it is relative to your understanding of it.  Therefore, what a human can know as a truth can only ever be relative to his/her knowledge of it.

How does this work?  For explanation, I draw upon three basic logic modalities.

1) Absolutism

2) Relativism

3) Realism

Absolutism states that truth is absolute and can be fully known.  Relativism states that the truth is only ever relative.  Realism holds that the truth cannot be known.

Traditionally, these have been seen as contradicting schemes – aside from dualism, which combines absolutism and relativism.  If you ask me – this is simply a classic example of a conceptual stone made so heavy that it cannot be lifted.  These models have always been pieces to the same puzzle.  The problem lies within the misunderstanding that these concepts need to function separately.   These conceptual identities have never been applied so that each provide a solution and sustain explanatory properties without exception.

A common misconception about logic modalities is the idea that one model, and one alone, must be chosen and adhered to.  Though, in vulnerable moments of honesty, we will apply all three at different times – for different uses – and, all regardless of former preference.

First – let me redefine these modalities as “components of mental technology.”  Each are equally useful – which, is why they have survived antiquity.

Using the three models, build a complete schematic for truth.  They must all be applied equally and simultaneously – as if to form a large model with dynamic function.

Picture an atom:

Absolute Reality is dualistic in function.  It serves as the unknown absolute – incorporating both realism and absolutism dynamics.  The outer circle represents truth in its entirety.  The inner circles represent the extents of various categories of human knowledge.  The variable set points represent the contact between human knowledge within its own categories and AR – Absolute Reality.

EHK – Estimated human knowledge is for the very brink of scientific discovery.  This would apply to concepts (I.e. mathematical) that are grounded in an undefined dimension.  Subatomic particles and quantum mechanics belong in this region.  EHK borders the edges of the known and simulates abstractions from AR.  It is the cutting edge of science.

The idea simplifies to the point of explaining that human knowledge is absolute, but only in respect to variable dynamics in relation to the outer dimension.  In Absolute Reality, human quantification is limited to a degree that may be infinitely altered, thus obscuring any identity within – as defined by human knowledge.

Simply stated – A truth can only ever be relative to the unknown.  Though, the model can be expanded further displaying inter-dynamics.  The model is a map – a conceptual map.  Human knowledge can be both relative to its other categories and the realism dynamic.

Also, Human Knowledge can be absolute to the extent of established variable set points.

Stating that a ball is round is an absolutist statement within the dimension of human knowledge.  This statement only maintains value within human knowledge dynamics.

How does this apply to your life?  It may take some time, but through comprehension, reflection, and meditation an unparalleled awareness may dawn.  This was how I reached these conclusions, however.  I suggest you take them to meditation.  When approached with sincerity these realizations can humble the greatest scientist and the most devout preacher.  New findings using the scientific method can be plotted according to their certainty.  Most importantly, this is a reminder that we are always toying with infinite possibility, potentiality, and probability.  This opens the imagination and yet specifies boundaries.

Exercises in thought:

Answer each question, by referring to the model schematic and explanation above:

Consider – If reality is merely based on agreed upon conclusions, then, imagine, if you will, that the conditions are subject to change.

i) What certainty is possible then?

ii) Is every certainty possible?

iii) If so, what factors serve as contributive to sculpting out the finality?

iv) How is, then, said finality narrowed down to its actual conclusion?

 

Epistemological application:  How can you know a thing to be true?

 

The actual test will be explaining realizations (if any) to a friend.  Your ability to communicate it will demonstrate your comprehension – as this writing is a test for me.

Defining truth with a tone of both humility and honesty should be a reality now.  Why is that important?  This question is solely your quest.  Meditate on this.  Use the model schematic.  The task is to reach a deeper level of awareness concerning the nature of both knowledge and reality.

 

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Shaman

A Native American shaman trots in tradition around a smoldering fire pit.  His eyes glint, and the wrinkles in his weathered face deepen as if guarding the very secrets of time.  The man chants formulas passed on to him from ancient tongues.  His hand reaches up and pulls at the sky.  His arm then rapidly whips down to the fire-less pit.  His hand delivers lightning from the sky and a fire rages up upon his touch.  This above is based on the character of a famous medicine man my parents knew.  According to them, and many others, such accounts are factual.  More powerful than lightning, a shaman can control belief.

In every culture there are representations of shamanic ritual, tradition, and practice.  In every culture there are representations of shamanic leadership.  In more primitive cultures, these figures are often spoken of as witch doctors, healers, among other titles shrouded in mystery.  Currently, there is a vast ocean of role models to choose from.  Typically, shamanic positions represent tangible connection with deeply intangible lines of logic.  It was a person granted with a shamanic role that once ascribed gods to natural phenomena.  Shamanic practice is the mother of ritual and superstition, yet has traditionally provided cohesion within communities through carrying hope and belief with it.

Naturally, the various roles of the shaman, along with mankind, have evolved.  Some shamans wear animal relics, others, a simple, understated, shirt and tie.  Some draw symbols in the sand, others draw from allegorical metaphor.  The role of the shaman, has always stood, as if in marriage, along the leadership dynamic in a group or society – if not the primary component of it.  This is the finding of trans cultural analysis.  Despite the apparent confusion of the idea, people, not need, but should have, great ideals and the mysticism of the unknown driving and furthering their intention.  Yet, mysterious inspirations should never be held as truths themselves – else, they be as ever changing as the particles beneath the fine structure of matter itself.  The authority of the shaman commands, and speaks for, belief.  This kind of prowess could cage or free a people.  That is the power it possesses.  Belief can wield the destruction of human kind.  However, inspiration, is born of the same branch.  Reason has not always rescued us, but it gains promise.

Inspiring ideas fill our intellect.  Reasoning filters it.  This is our compass – and, the only one we’ve ever known.  This compass does not point to true North, but truth itself.  Bruce Lee’s studies in philosophy are barely known, but highly useful here.  More than a chiseled martial arts master, he, as all masters of discipline, was a philosopher.  Lee spoke of two ends of a person – one, he called the “mechanical man,” the other he coined “the unscientific man.”  On one end, man is not much more than a series of conditioning, or, rote memorization.  His individuality, nonexistent.  In conflict, “the unscientific man” is the apparatus of imagining.  When creativity is taken to the extreme, any information it derives can become independent of empirical identity.  Yet, when these social behaviors are tuned in balance, each builds and connects the other.  The result is a symphony of a very evolutionary nature.  Science needs imagination to expand its empire – and imagination is meaningless without the structural identities of science.

The two human constructs gallop in tandem.  Each create the other’s design.  In realms of dreams, the shaman has served society on many levels.  Yet, the role, or – the archetypal schema, must always be represented by symbols, beings, or ideas.  In modern culture, ancient shamanic masks evaporate as society’s awareness of other cultural ideologies grows.  Like the species of its origin, the shamanic roles evolves with time.  Today, it seems, these cultural icons appear before us as magicians, scientists, rebels, charismatic, ominous, or, the most common role played – sacred.  In modern civilization, communities have been replaced by mobs.  The role of the caring shaman has been abandoned amidst the chaos.  So, who will save us from our very human insanity now that the shamans are fading mirages in the distance?  We ultimately write our own truths.  I write mine with the golden realizations those before me have found and left behind.  In poetry, art, music, film, philosophy, writing, etc… I feel that I can gauge truth for myself.  When the sparks of enlightenment are spoken by another, they are only ever recognized by one’s own measure.  The catalyzing charge released by the very seeds of our ideas is, and always has been, the magic of the shaman.  With this push from our cumulative genius, human consciousness expands into the unknown as the universe itself.

Trudge on…

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The Measure of All Things

Socrates is one of the most common and celebrated names in philosophy circles, and his material is often covered in any philosophy 101 course.  What made his ideas so special?

The height of Socratic wisdom is something many may argue was not wisdom at all – devoid of philosophical value.  Despite all of Socrates’ reason and original thinking, his contention that the only certainty he could obtain is that he could not be certain of anything challenged the value of his philosophy.  How is this useful thinking?  Some may contest that the idea finds no application in our world today.  They may suggest that this apparent lack of knowledge is no wisdom at all.

The Greek roots of the word “philosophy” summarize it in its entirety.   The Greek translation is “love of wisdom.”  This leads us to explore the wisdom itself.  Wisdom might be summarized as the optimization of knowledge itself.  If Socrates was so wise, so aware, then why resort to such humility?

Life should be a very humbling journey.  Just as wisdom, it is not a destination.  Socrates dedicated his life to the vigorous pursuit of obtaining a deeper realization in relation to the world around him and his self.  He developed many ideas and synthesized bytes of information into industrious tunes of understanding.  Yet, he remained humble in his findings.  Certainty, or, truth, is the holy grail of the philosopher.  I would compare absolute certainty to knowing the mind and form of what we commonly refer to as “god.”

This humbling conclusion is the very reason people continue to seek answers, knowledge, and truth today.  Everything is not known, and this fact compromises everything that can be known.  Philosophers that arrived on the scene after Socrates demise have been expanding on Socratic wisdom by drawing up schematics for human understanding.  Immanuel Kant, pioneered metaphysics by attempting to define what he termed “noumenal” reality.   Though Kant’s hopes were misguided, they still caused him to drive out new and fascinating conceptual identities that continue to broaden the contemplation of the modern thinker.

Noumena” defines phenomena in the sense that it is the root of perception as it exists, and is extended from, within the individual.  Kant went so far as to argue that noumena creates phenomena.  In this sense, the observer (or, subject) would be the measure of all things.  You may ask yourself at this point – if reality is purely subjective, would it be important to think about it?  I would argue, yes in all cases.  I  would also argue that Socrates and Kant make a powerful duo when they are both considered right.  Subjectively, we are the measure of all things, but wisdom lights the path upon realizing the limits of our measure.

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Advanced Mind Bending

In modal logic, tools for understanding epistemology have been traditionally known as conceptual models for reality – or – conceptual reality models.  This is a form of sub-structural, or, modal, logic.

Here are three pieces to one puzzle –

1) Absolutism

2) Relativism

3) Realism

Absolutism states that truth is absolute and can be fully known.

Relativism states that the truth is relative.

Realism holds that the truth cannot be known.

Traditionally, these have always been seen as contradicting ideas – aside from dualism, which combines absolutism and relativism.  If you ask me – this is simply a classic example of man making a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it.  These models have always been pieces to the same puzzle.

The challenge is :

Can you figure out how they all fit together?

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