Feb 15 2018

Parmenides, Heraclitus, choosing sides; the achievements of antiquity, the question of Time; Kantian antinomies; the possibility of multiple ontologies, empirical verification; Hegel and truth in stages

Whether past, present, future exist; Time as decompleted present, dissipating; past not existing, future never arriving; skepticism and fundamental ontologies; the ‘there is’; iterative skepticism (systematic doubt) vs. skepticisms of antiquity; American pragmatism, the recourse to other criteria (utility, meaningfulness, etc.); sidestepping questions; the spectrum of the pre-socratics, classical skeptics, pragmatism; philosophy as pursuit of questions even to the point of impasse, horror

Ancient Greece as alien world; appropriating pre-Socratics, classical thinkers as natural philosophers; contemporary place of philosophy, neurotic disdain for philosophy; taking outmoded philosophical positions

Philosophy re-emerging due to UFO disclosure/contact, parapsychology research, the simulation argument: simulation vs. Copernican principle; the Unknown; fantasies in the present about what is known in the past; a body of knowledge as human constant; the cultural psychological function of a body of knowledge; removing fundamental anxiety about the Unknown; the Unknown as unbearable; faith in the rational and the joy in discovery; detective stories; the expectation that every mystery has a solution; ‘The Colorado Kid’ by Stephen King

Bodies of knowledge creating artificial closure; world geography and elimination of the unknown; knowledge in every direction; holes in our knowledge: dark matter, quantum theory, consciousness; knowledge being infinite in principle; the relational nature of knowledge

Death as the central unknown; contemporary culture and death; oldest evidence of culture centering around death; death at the origins of philosophy; Camus: suicide as philosophical problem a dodge; modern philosophy as dodge; human developmental model as analogy; personal mastery over environment, mastery through knowledge; origins of Western philosophy: Number and Logos

Candles in the dark; the infinite non-qualitative expanse; LSD in the forest; arbitrariness of the senses; nearness of the expanse; Heidegger’s clearing in the woods; the arbitrariness, contingency of limit-experiences; whether one ‘escapes’ reality; the royal road to Truth, groping in the dark

Pragmatism and theories of knowledge; Pragmatism and science, rejecting the Unknown by silencing questions; Western metaphysics as indirect willingness to confront the Unknown

Fundamental philosophical questions: justification of existence, something or nothing, why vs. what of being; treatment of these questions in antiquity; doing a history of the concept of consciousness; consciousness as catch-all term; life without a concept of consciousness; Alan Watts: reality isn’t physical, reality isn’t spiritual, a struck gong; Platonic forms; the assumption of continuity in the history of philosophy; the separateness of philosophers

The complexity of human beings; human beings as artificial intelligences; the complexity of communication; the cathedral vs. the anthill; a mystery confronting a mystery; pursuing the mystery without certain outcome; intrinsic falsehood of meta-solutions; drawing boundaries around the complexity; invisible aspects to human civilization; Wittgenstein and the ‘that the world is’; physicalist mysticism, evolution, modern scientific findings; chance and determinism coinciding; classical antiquity; the endless novelty of the world preceding any conceptuality; adopting radical new orientations to a given body of knowledge

Recorded February 15, 2018


Jun 09 2017 – Whitley Strieber series: Reaction to “Problems with Strieber and The Key”

Whitley Strieber, Jeremy Vaeni, bad faith; criticizing Strieber equaling anti-Semitic neo-Nazism; daring to question the Great Man; bad experiences with Strieber; Strieber’s Journal “Attacks on The Key”; Strieber’s self-parodizing; Strieber as omnisicient; Robert M. Price, Bible Geek’s take on “The Key”

The Master of the Key’s delivery; speaking at the speed of thought; the ‘true encounter’ as a mental event, as imagination; Strieber’s Blue Book; Strieber, Vaeni bellyaching and hypocrisy at UFO world existing as ghetto; investment in Strieber as authority; Strieber and Vaeni discouraging followers from reading paper; soft religion at Unknowncountry.com

Strieber’s narcissism; self-creation of Strieber as unique figure in world history; invention of personal mythos; Strieber’s self-serving ‘tells’ in writing; passing over self-serving statements in silence

Strieber profoundly unaware of his own work; Strieber as author as separate persona; dubious background of “The Path”; imagination as distinct cognitive mode; imagination marked by multiple orientations to ‘events’; Strieber taking from Ouspensky; Strieber’s Joseph Stein story; Strieber’s capacity for dissembling, mental flexibility; Strieber’s multiple versions of the ‘true encounter’

Reading for entertainment vs. reading critically; Vaeni and unknowncountry.com as enablers; ad hominems, arguments to authority; simultaneously claiming a hyperdimensional encounter and a word-for-word transcription; Strieber backpedaling, saying never made truth-claims about the encounter

Jeremy Vaeni, UFO jihadi: hypnosis, Budd Hopkins, David Jacobs; scorched earth on other frauds, refusal to see Strieber as confabulator; censorship of “The Key” saga as nonsense; Vaeni, absence of integrity; unknowncountry.com as ghetto within the UFO ghetto; victimhood cult in UFOlogy, unknowncountry.com; taking the time to untangle Strieber’s confusions

The quiet blessing of Strieber’s marginalization; Strieber in a disclosure scenario; separating UFO issue from one person’s BS; taking Strieber’s texts as texts; lack of critical academic work on Strieber; Kripal taking themes from Strieber

Strieber’s disingenuous defense; tying criticisms of Strieber to holocaust denial; Jeff Rense; the hypocrisy of the outcasts; cumulative argument in “Problems with Strieber and The Key”; Strieber rooting the text in an actual event, denying it later; Strieber having it both ways, advocating multiple positions as caveats to avoid criticism

Underlying contempt for his readership; the fantasy of being righteous crusaders, victims in a cause; Strieber’s paranoia; Strieber’s fantasies of Nazi diplomats; the question of Strieber’s real experiences; “The Conversation” as a text; the lack of natural reaction of the “Whitley” character in “The Conversation”

Strieber nearing the end of his career; now an authority on the afterlife; channeling Anne Strieber using his own words, concepts; neither belief nor debunking but pointing out human BS

Recorded Jun 09 2017


Strieber’s absurd defense with comments by his fans: (Comments by paper’s author all subsequently removed by Strieber or webmaster)


Nov 27 2015

Impending doom and personal despair; the freak show and the missing ideal; dropping IQs in France; failure of collective response to political problems; omnipresence of stupidity; WW3 and Syria; propaganda on all sides; Notes from a Dying Planet video diary; ISIS as exciting invitation for genocide; ISIS conquering the world, wild ambition to be saluted; climate change

Climate science and its motivation; population reduction, eating insects, bunkbeds; why climate change is even discussed; ‘The Key’ and rapid climate change, global reset mechanism; computer models and assumptions; ‘climate denial’; past warnings: Manhattan underwater by 2010, global cooling; climate mania vs. Jim Sparks’ slow destruction of climate; abductee literature and repeated warnings

Another Key-like scenario: Atlantis being real; being followed by government forces; NYC underwater; the relationship of the ‘visitors’ to Time; possibilities experienced as realities; a greater domain of the Now; an abductee told to be ready who died; visions given by visitors that do not occur; outright deception as possibility

The absence of any absolute Now-point; brain function, relativity; the Now as point vs. overlapping future and past time-cones; disaster scenarios sparking knowledge of mortality, triggering evolutionary change; the burdens of expecting the world to end; disaster scenarios pleasing to everybody

Living a peaceful life vs. spiritual development; aging, energy, and creativity; organs starting to fail at thirty; physical change driving creativity; the writing of 20 year olds vs 50 year olds; Casanova and the wisdom of old women

Patterns of enlightenment, artistic production; youth and old derivative material; Gurdjieff work, the subjective sense of Time; the amount of newness to experience; the benefits of travel; hard drugs vs. deadening of experience

Putting yourself in disastrous situations to gain stimulation; daily life vs. artificial organized spiritual practice; customer service jobs and MLK, Jr.; releasing patterns in certain enlightenment traditions

The future: cubicle slave or zombie apocalypse

Recorded Nov 27 2015


Aug 03 2015

Skype issues, lousy wine, Buddhist podcasts; Daniel Ingram, arhat; rediscovering the tradition; practical and actual Buddhism; how the West has absorbed Buddhism: religious and ritual-oriented vs. convert counter-cultural Buddhism; the new mainstream: meditation for stress reduction, increasing productivity; Science and its one-sided relation to Buddhist tradition; cultural mixing as clusterfuck

Contrasting Buddhism’s spread with Christianity’s spread; Buddhism meeting the New Age culture, laboratory science; submitting Science and Buddhism to scrutiny; thinking is not mainstream; academic philosophy, modern art, jazz music; the question of the audience; when a tradition becomes self-reflexive

Early Buddhism and relative degrees of corruption; philosophical developments in later tradition; increases in obscurity over time; comparisons to Western tradition

Buddhism of Bhutan, Drupka Kunley; the ‘thunderbolt of flaming wisdom’; crazy wisdom; the 84 Mahasiddhas; Shambhala Buddhism, Chögyam Trungpa

Buddhism as template for Christianity; Buddhist missionaries, colony in Alexandria, Egypt; Michael Roach, Thomas Merton; Buddhist parallels to Sermon on the Mount; asceticism as social development; early Greek philosophers meeting gymnosophists; Indian milieu of early Buddhism; problems with historical Buddha, Jesus; separate origination vs. cultural diffusion; the need to keep academic disciplines separate; belief in historical Jesus sustained by academics formerly or presently Christian; Bart Ehrman and the limits of paradigm

Buddhism’s pragmatic experimentalism; Buddhism as science; Buddhism’s non-theism; members of other religions encountering Buddhist/meditative practice; avoiding distortion

Recorded Aug 03 2015


Aug 01 2015

Meditation, truth pursuits, and loneliness; rejoining the Gurdjieff group; compartmentalization in everyday life; experience as shared experience; the dangers of isolation in meditation as lifestyle; lessons learned in their own time; human life social by definition; loneliness outside of everyday experience; experiences formed and thoughts conceived always in relation to some Other; suffering in silence; toxicity and poison, hatred and malice; nightmares, when suffering has nowhere to go

The Fix Magazine; reasons for addiction, experiments with rats; lack of stimulation compensated for; the war on drugs and decriminalization; the meaning of terror: the last bottle empty; tension and lack of sympathy

War as basic mode of human relating; thoughts and feeling calculated by cost in social games; lack of fellow feeling as basis; confusing being emotional with being emotionally connected with others; ‘Don’t bite my finger, look where I’m pointing’

An explanation for Strieber: failure to produce unambiguous evidence earlier in his career meant only apparent honesty and earnestness grounds to accept his information; this itself being an inducement/encouragement to evolve in the direction of more efficient group communication

The nature of human populations, whether they lie and hallucinate to such an extent that no testimony can be accepted; violence done to abductees; the internet skepticism movement, its violence; disdain for ordinary people, the satisfaction of perceived superiority The intensification of fight-and-fuck as human beings near the end; the strep throat anecdote: feelings not possible in given social combinatorial matrix, loneliness, dukkha

The early history of Buddhism, the question of original meaning; educated instincts; Greco-Buddhism and the Greek toga vs. Buddhist robe; Western civilization vs. Indo-European civilization; ancient Greeks in Egypt and Buddhist interest in ancient Egypt; Buddhist missionaries, monks in Egypt; Christianity’s debt to Buddhism; assumptions about the historical Jesus, Buddha; problems with translations vs. adherence to tradition

‘Jayarava’s Raves’ blog, ‘Form is emptiness’ as corruption; French post-structuralist attentiveness to language; language reflective of a living mind; the error of History; Paul Veyne and belief in antiquity; the transformation of religion by writing ca. 100 BC; the creation of holy texts, believed as they are created; the midrash form of exegesis

Disruptive potential of true history revealed; abductees given different mythologies; lesbians with strap-ons and professional ‘searchers’; observance of Buddhist teaching among self-described Buddhists; secular skeptical Buddhists; British intellectual chauvinism against the French, French against the Americans; cartoonish Anglo-American reaction to French philosophy

Personal resistance to other traditions; violence against the Other; affinities between Buddhism and post-structuralism: dependence on ‘causes and conditions’ and lack of inherent existence parallel to post-structuralism: structure as differential system with spatial and temporal dimensions, no ‘outside to the text’

The ISAAC/CARET material: how the CARET material could work as language; the signifier and the (cognitive) signified

Recorded Aug 01 2015


Jun 27b 2015

Customer service success stories: raccoons, hostages, sores, Keanu Reeves; putting homosexuals on the moon; defecation on a dare; the nature of people and of the world; obese albinos, Abe Lincoln in drag; midgets in wheelchairs stealing food; pregnant women wandering barefoot and bewildered; the Monkees and the Gays; hot dog phobias; sex advice to kids; chronicles of such events

Cascading craziness, writing books; the American question; innovating depravity; Lord Niripo and the Vietnam War, Monkubot; hypnotherapists wearing oven mitts; Russian nephews; the aliens show up; fleeing the country, the bucket being full, writing

The Crowley book, the marketplace; literary violence; ‘Failures of God’: orangutans trained as prostitutes; the Internet, disinfo.com, academic literature; academic conferences; tactical repositionings; bad academics and social practice: insider/outsider, mimicry and mirroring; the professionalization of philosophy, the economics thereof; the problem of institutions; social change and the analogy of erosion; the desire to lead as symptom

The number of angry people; waiting for collapse; minimal energy expenditure; History and the new; protests allowed precisely because they are not threat; what catalyzes social uprisings; people dying in snowstorms; collective delusion and the truth amid the general falsehood; concision as enemy of truth; alienation vs. abandonment and the lumpenproletariat; political quietism; the swayable; protecting against revolution a tacit acknowledgment of its possibility

Recorded Jun 27 2015



Jun 27a 2015

Topless sunbathing culture and American imperialism; breasts oppressed in the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy; police functions and toplessness

Philosophy’s rejection of mysticism; the central place of demonstration; metaphysics as the mythology of the mathematical; the colonization of wisdom traditions by formalism; the dominance of logic: reason as formalism; logic in the Stoic period; 20th century philosophy as academic social practice

Cultural logic and meditation; demonstration vs. transmission; traditions and counter-traditions; philosophy bounded by political and cultural limits; the role of Christianity, stamping out ‘heresies’ and assumption of Empire; equating the mystical with the demonic; the construction of the Satan figure; Ha-Satan as adversary, functionary-like prosecutor vs. Zoroastrian ‘demonic’ Satan

Malachi Martin and exorcism; transcendent good and evil and personal fear; social organization around the objet petit a; denying the very thing wanted when it becomes actual; when something becomes real it is disruptive: sci-fi buffs’ hatred of UFOs and stage magicians’ hatred of psychic phenomena; scientists vs. UFOs; the scientific method as practice

Strieber’s colonization/disempowerment analogy; the theater in the sky, an explanation; the Japanese example; permanent disenfranchisement; colonized peoples and alien institutions; Greece and the EU; the Inuit in Greenland: suicide, drug use; the Irish; the poverty of the Greer ‘disclosure’ scenario and galactic space brothers; self-contempt and alienation; an orgy of violence; possible biological responses to closure of destiny, a species in its death throes; the global Judenrat

How the US manages the global cover-up; the divine right of kings, the divinity of kings; the mystical basis of political power; the US benefits from its overlap with the UFO phenomenon, gains another basis for its own political power

Direct control of political figures; Marla Frees and a ‘structure’ in the Middle East to precede worldwide collapse; McKenna, passivity toward History, the a prioris of political activism; the true meaning of skepticism; the fantasy of activism and the world as ghetto

The powerlessness of the US presidency; Carter and atonement; Obama the sadist; discovering that the presidency has no power and compensating for the fact; the myth of the powerful presidency and its function; how the president is controlled; how the presidency organizes itself, the need for a core group of loyalists; the American ‘civil service’, its infiltration by clandestine agencies; power meaning total paranoia

Recorded Jun 27 2015


Jun 25 2015

Discussing the experience from Jun 20 2015: Trio; drunk conversation; the analyst not listening and watching conversations; the question of the Tarot cards; simplicity, the ego; not integrating experiences; whether UFOs are hallucinations of a species in its death throes; avoiding simplicity, academic discourse as warfare; the State as reflection of agriculture, a ‘simple’ perspective

Gurdjieff work, acquiring observations about oneself, self-remembering and the ‘chief feature’; whores; the visitor’s possible dilemma: how to relate to the dying

The invisible effects of contact; we are hidden from ourselves; the disproportion between effort and effect in visitor contact; information downloads into abductees, direct vs indirect effects; Stan Romanek’s equations

Truth and spontaneity; most scientific, academic product bullshit; news vs. events; knowledge as social practice; visitors trying to wake us from the dream; gurus

Discourse on drinking; attacked at the pub; bedbugs in ambulances; reasons to stay at home; meditation

Recorded Jun 25 2015


Jun 20c 2015: Trio

E-mailing Linda Moulton Howe, receiving a message from the Other: the monolith; assholes, the ‘inside’ of the conspiracy, and not forgetting the psychological; the fallacy of the notion of the all-powerful and religious thinking

Interactions with beings in Long Island: three-feet-tall people on the roof, running around in the backyard; telepathic viral marketing: don’t look up; fucking with people; the ‘Trickster’ and ordinary pathologies; law enforcement, feelings of power; secrecy continuing by virtue of participants being meatheads, pathological urges consistent with institutional tendencies

Origin stories of the secrecy, inner vs. outside culture, traditions and doctrines of an elect, symbols; accidental compassion, norm vs. exception; extraterrestrials and deep state; the intimacy of violence and the technically true; the demands of the aliens; religiosity on the inside of the conspiracy; fascinating experiences producing fascinating people vs. the civilization from which they are drawn; the sadism of the conspiracy and pouring more gin

Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson: functionaries and media figures; science as ideology and illiteracy in the intellectual vanguard; philosophy discounted, the absence of polymaths; the burning of souls; late capitalism demanding specialization; Carl Sagan’s ‘Contact’ and the rationales for secrecy; American tribal politics, the post-literate age; whether genius is governing on any level

Confronting the Other and the effect(s) on the ego; whether those on the inside are humbled; reports of advanced alien intelligence; how challenges to the ego are reacted to; Suzuki and spiritual liberation in killing Japan’s enemies; practice and view; imagining the inside from outside; encountering vastly greater intelligence shaking or defeating one’s confidence

How the ‘visitors’ regard economics, political science: incomprehension, bewilderingly complex; unnecessary and ‘escaping the simplicity of the situation’; visitor experiences and how colored they are by Strieber’s; cultural mediation of experience in the broadest sense; experiences out-of-sync with Strieber’s

The Tarot card experience; two 3-card lays, one single-card lay; minor arcana used, Marseilles deck not used; goading one into outdoor meditation, not wanting to go; closing one’s eyes to sleep and seeing only their faces; a year of contact, the suburbs; footsteps of small beings in the attic

Compassion for trapped beings in underground facilities, outpouring of emotion, feedback loops; what was gained; experiences of precognition meaning the mind is not the brain, the idea of surrender, the sense of mystery, concern for the earth — an open question

Recorded Jun 20 2015


Jun 20b 2015

Gurdjieff: essence vs. personality; Trickster as secular superstition; Jungian archetypes as watered-down Platonism; the State as artifact of agriculture, management of wealth; Jane Goodall ‘negotiating’ with gorillas; public discourse as sublated warfare, the ego as treasured object; the ego as appendix or defect

Strieber’s overlooked contribution to overall picture of aliens: predation – erotics of death – the feral; Strieber’s pissing alien; the pleasant fantasy of the inherent worth of the individual; the nightmare of losing one’s identity; Gurdjieff’s view that not everyone is conscious; consciousness as transconsciousness; the uniformity of collective action in the aliens, highly ordered division of labor

Breaking down the ego: the Marines, cults, religions; the ego as opposed to certain organizational structures; Strieber vs. Greer; spiritual traditions and the relation to otherworldly visitors; tragedy, destruction, and suffering – and spiritual growth; ‘we are individuals’; ego as obstacle, ego as mechanism; Strieber’s short story ‘Pain’; the intersection between life and death, death perceived from the viewpoint of life, the erotic; the limit-experience

Odd Australian bookstores, The Zelator by D. Ovason; commitment to consciousness meaning all karmic bills come due; decision-making from outside of life or early in life to endure hardship; attacks at bars and persecutions; human race burning in the crucible of total suffering; collective memory; shared consciousness, love; avoiding the social as it is currently constituted

World-historical outcomes, global demographic change; O tempora O mores; the moment of maximum suffering; the fruits of meditation; life looking after itself; love and its problems; the crazy uncle and the thousand crazy uncles of the mind; Albert Speer’s battle with truth; the agonies of need vs. want

Recorded Jun 20 2015