Sept 12 2012

Marfan syndrome; Lincoln impersonators; hyperdimensional nature of Kennedy assassination; Star Trek three-dimensional chess; the artistry of suicide; suicide hoax as proximate cause for marriage; human improvement in a variety of spheres; unreported stories of human evolution

Personal or individual power obscured by propaganda; human folly as favored meme; news reporting without context, without beginning or end, and perpetual confusion; disoriented populations easier to control; news societies vs. non-news societies; the war against Halloween; distrust thy neighbor; ineptitude and the Congressional model as obstacle to conspiracy thinking

Halloween in Harlem: throwing box-cutters off rooftops; re-uniting with Mom on the street; grandparents raising twenty grandchildren: the new generation gap

Rome falling everywhere, always; Olympic stats improving steadily over time; porn evolving according to mathematical laws, geometrical considerations; Pompeii brothels; Furries; tentacle porn vs. cannibal porn; maps of human fetishes; the furniture fetish; automobile auto-erotics; the question of fetishes and natural selection

Indo-European linguistic mapping from infectious disease patterns as a model for mapping sexual practices; rules of transformation; gang bangs and Number; human sexuality and the symbolic order; Houston 620 vs. mass bukkake; the usefulness of formal methods in accounting for adult babies

Wanting to be a balloon: fellatio as akin to the balloon-blowing process; the relevance of topology; finding the moment of genesis of the new deviant idea; hamsters; human ingenuity’s dirty secret

Tolkien fans and private languages; solipsistic hobbies; dissipation of human creativity into obscure endeavors; life and thermodynamics; Easter Bunny and girls in heels

Hating ‘fans’ and the death of geek culture; the disappearance of intelligence from geek culture; intelligence as safe harbor, compensatory trait; entertainment sub-cultures as exercises in anthropology

‘Geek’ as cultural idea reclaimed by mass culture; hipsters and hackers; the ‘Anonymous’ group and its politics; Occupy Wall Street, ‘Anonymous’, and the desire for lack of structure; tactical reasons to avoid structure; co-opting the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street; political activism understood as proof of lunacy; Assange and vicissitudes of movement leadership

The mainstream media and its aporias; broad agreement among Occupy Wall Street participants: influence of money in politics, pathology of corporations, capitalism vs. democracy; news media ‘occupying’ site of national discourse; 9/11 truth; Ingsoc and its tactics; intentional and unintentional distortion in the media creation of reality; self-organization and self-selection; conscious distortion in coverage of Syria, the ‘pre-atrocity’ coverage; the failure of progressive politics in the West as a fait accompli: any fundamental change as threat to social order *as such*; historical reasons; propaganda, explicit, implicit, and excluded

Depth of public’s political understanding: catchwords, free associations; disintegrated individual personalities; instincts vs. associations; Two Minutes Hate; nuance in deep views without capacity for reflection, further development

Distancing from Marx; unity based on identifying problems, not solutions; the disappearance of the political Left; state-sponsored assassinations of the ’60s; left-leaning views in public imagination recast as cause of turbulence of the ’60s itself caused by assassinations of leftist leaders; the emptiness of today’s Left and its gestures; PBS left supporting rather than opposing mainstream by occupying one side of dichotomy; revisionism and JFK vs. straw man of romanticism; latte Left as symptom of total defeat

The ‘conspiratorial’ and the Right; overlap between conspiracy mindset and the political Right in suspicion of the State; the defeat of the Right in the disintegration of the Republican Party; the Republican Party and its membership; Right vs. Left in differing types of failure

The victory of the political Right as shown by policies of Obama; right-wing corporatist, statist, imperialist policies rule federal government; implications for the left; Obama apologists

Government as foreign entity vs. government as the people itself; government as other; identification vs. thinking; the lures of servitude; consumer culture and the illusion of freedom; major political parties as factions of the Business Party; the inevitability of uprising in Marx’s world; Orwell and Huxley as complementary lenses to view contemporary world

The ruler as Thing; material viewed as key to mystery in understanding (other modes of) being; King as divine representative; being imprinted by kind of life shaped by material; the fascination of the slave; equality; unconscious effect of materialism: tasting of the royal modes of being; difference not equaling improvement in quality of life; homes as high-tech hovels; all design in interests of expediency; work as slave experience, life outside work as royal fantasy

Relative cost and risk of political agitation; safety of political activism in the West; apathy and defeat of political will; intimidation of individuals: thought crimes and donating to Palestinians

Recorded Sept 12 2012

Sept 6 2012 – Whitley Strieber series

Possibly the best recorded conversation on the work of Whitley Strieber available to date.

Strieber and “The Open Doors” copyright 2003 vs. 1997; “Revelations” anthology; “The Secret School” and superposition passage duplicates and precedes “The Key” – not in audiobook version; themes and motifs common to “The Open Doors” and “The Key”: subjective experience of being gassed: ‘tinkling fall of the crystals’ vs. ‘soft clatter of the crystals’, Mankind as a tapestry on God’s wall vs. Mankind weaving a ‘tapestry of memory’, souls being destroyed, especially at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ‘fourth level of mind’, superposition and quantum indeterminacy, souls running out of time, harvesting souls, heavy souls, Mankind as vast engine vs. tremendous engine, the allegory of the pig; Kephas and Single White Female; Strieber’s response – ‘Nothing I have done is without intention’; its inadequacy; denial and repression

Unusualness of the Master of the Key encounter: semi-astral interaction, more dialogue than is possible in the purported forty minutes; “The Key” in the context of Strieber’s education by the visitors; hyperdimensional, extralinguistic behavior of the visitors; “The Key” encounter a condensation of Strieber’s long education; the question of originality in “The Key”; meta-referencing Strieber’s work from within “The Key”; no response from Strieber by email about “The Secret School” prefiguring “The Key”; obfuscation or embarrassment

Credibility of Strieber vs. credibility of “The Key”; mundane explanations for 2003 copyright of “The Open Doors”; Strieber’s emotional reaction when confronted with discrepancies between versions of “The Key”; ‘censorship’ in blue pages vs. ‘censorship’ in PageMaker file; Strieber’s disproportionate reaction to small differences between editions

Strieber’s failure to do ‘due diligence’ in clearing up questions; Strieber genuinely believing he has been victimized; other explanations Strieber could have given for discrepancies; hysterical reactions to Strieber; Strieber’s desperate desire to be believed; emotional meltdowns; normal anecdote inconsistency vs. basic factual inconsistency; Strieber acting from ‘intention’

Main theme of Strieber’s work – Strieber as conduit for visitors; dual role in Strieber’s self-conception: objective intermediary between his experiences and the public AND his narrative being co-created by visitors; skeptic vs. collaborator; Strieber as Connor in “The Grays”

Strieber’s inability to accept his dual role; reaction to any question as to the integrity of his mind; authenticity vs. inauthenticity in discourse: overabundance and permitting other interpretations; “The Open Doors”: Strieber identifying with von Neumann – Catholicism, intellectual superiority; literary modernism; Strieber gives more than his own (self-)interpretation requires

“The Open Doors” audiobook: confusion produced by 2003 copyright date; Strieber and von Neumann: Strieber vividly gets into role in audiobook; von Neumann’s inner turmoil really Strieber’s own; Strieber’s sin and “Communion” as Strieber’s sin; ‘the romance of the alien’; “The Key” as a way to redeem himself and summarize knowledge acquired from contact; “The Key” as dialectical exercise

Strieber and sin vs. Strieber and repression/denial; knowledge vs. belief; the observer; Strieber’s spiritual catastrophe because of contact: ‘Heaven itself is invaded’; Strieber’s solution/strategy: repression; the failure of repression as a strategy in everyday circumstances

von Neumann and wave-function collapse – as caused by consciousness – central to “The Key”; Strieber identifying with von Neumann because of von Neumann’s interpretation and its centrality to Strieber’s personal metaphysics; Strieber’s Journal on his encounter – July 20, 1998 – Second Part and reference to “The Open Doors”; belief and the destruction of the ego; repression as ontological stance

The double bind: Strieber and multiple conflicting pressures; schizophrenia and fragmentation; the catch-22 of knowledge and belief; fragmentation in everyday experience; the ego as unifying narrative; relative degrees of inconsistency; authentic and full vs. inauthentic and empty; the Unconscious as site of overabundance and ‘full’ speech; the ‘other’ scene; Strieber stages the confrontation with repression as such in “The Open Doors”: the symbol of the cancer; first confrontation with priest, two more with wife; Strieber represses the fact of repression; a better answer given by Strieber himself than the von Neumann strategy; ‘horrible sexuality’ and the notion of the persistence of life, its forward movement, as answer to Strieber’s terrified paralysis

Strieber in person: an ordinary person who seems to project ordinariness, amiability; three-star pattern as distraction covering up visitors on the ground; experience seeing a dark triangle with apparent stars as three points in Long Island; a Gray behind the picket fence; Strieber and his wealth of knowledge from experience; reasons for believing in Strieber’s authenticity; Strieber’s genuine interest in other’s stories; experiences in Brooklyn Heights; tarot cards arranged in triads; doing work for work’s sake; the light side approaching respectfully, the dark abruptly; the indifference of the visitor experience/visitors’ reality to centers of consciousness whether in wakefulness or dream

Strieber and his double-bind stresses: objective relayer of his experience vs. prophet of the visitors, visitors as angels vs. demons, need to fight secrecy vs. being circumspect to avoid creating realities; turning accident into fate; surrender vs. self-aggrandizement coming inevitably from sense of world-historical role; Strieber and surrender vs. panic and emotional breakdown; surrender as way of turning enemies into friends; surrender vs. self-referencing as challenge for all trying to merge with oneness, the fragmented remainder

Recorded Sept 6 2012

Aug 31 2012

Online UFO culture vs. MUFON and other civic groups; commercial and non-commercial podcasts, de-institutionalization of human attempt to grapple with phenomenon

Possible intrinsic problem using institutions to grapple with the phenomenon; pervasiveness of problems associated with online UFO culture; authority-seeking and other problems

Tribalism, UFOlogy under moral indictment; cultural irrelevance of old civic UFO groups; official interference and phenomenon change and the end of classic UFOlogy; online culture as last remaining site of discovery; conspiracy subcultures and the same problems

Advantages of individual vs. group contact; madness in groups, sanity in individuals; ‘alien’ complicity in secrecy; human institutions and the other perspective; fundamental incompatibility between alien consciousness and human (institutional) civilization; accurate vs. incomplete knowledge of how human institutions work; institutions as sublated warfare; inherent madness to institutions

Veneer of institutions and brutality beneath; the continuum between tribalism and institutional civilization; as above so below with expectation of ‘alien’ contact via our leaders

Shift in the site of the encounter to individual contact; lack of overall pattern in encounter accounts; making too much of ‘strangeness’; evolution of phenomenon; ETH as non-hypothesis but restricted explanation; online culture’s reaction against civic group-UFOlogy culture; illiteracy in ETH straw man; ‘extra-terrestrial’ vs. ‘from other nearby planets’; ‘interdimensional’; false debate arising from circumstance; discontinuity in contact accounts; Vallee set up as counter-authority; wildest explanation taken as de facto true; analysis of encounters driven by cultural, political concerns; progress in understand occurs by accident

Heterogeneity of ‘metaphysical counter-culture’: New Agers, psychedelic enthusiasts, pagans, astrologers, hermeticists, shamanic revivalists; consensus reality escaped by degrees; sociology of paradigm emancipation; absence of philosophical training and critical thinking in sub-culture; rebellion as basic cultural fact; underdetermination in UFO data: unimaginable alien civilizations, totally impenetrable secret agencies

Murder Thy Father and the UFO counter-reformation; individual pathologies; imitation of academic culture; pathology of the truth-giver; identification and the herd mentality; UFO culture thwarting identification from a different perspective, whether it is intentional; UFOlogy as perfect microcosm for human society, a laboratory for the encounter

“The desire to lead is a symptom”; sins of human institutional experience incompatible with contact; experiments with consciousness and random number generators; dependence of phenomena on consciousness; belief producing physical results; von Neumann and the idea that believing makes it real; ghettoization as accidental victory for intelligence entities; National Enquirer as intelligence operation; UFO topic cultural pariah; pop culture structured to reject reality of UFOs; public opinion figures on UFO belief and the expectation of ridicule

Evidence of victory being non-accidental; resistance of intelligence agencies or mini-civilization guaranteed failure; fantasy of disclosure; mastery in these others; secrecy as a lever against the secret; controlling the controllers

Disclosure possible from actions undertaken by visitors themselves or through public groundswell; hubris in secret organizations reflecting hubris and arrogance in other sectors: military, government, corporations; profit as imagined protection against ecological collapse; insanity coming from highest places of power

Intelligence-types substituting their own experience of the encounter for the global human experience; the encounter becomes a sub-cultural phenomenon limited to the merits of the sub-culture

Vallee vs. Mack, patterns in the encounter; three recurring motifs in abduction accounts; critical thresholds in human emancipation; Vallee and absurdity in contactee accounts; apparent inconsistency vs. real inconsistency; Vallee’s exasperation and the deception thesis

Contactee accounts as conscious/unconscious falsifications; objects-in-bodies as way to limit data sets; corroboration in contactee accounts; possible intentional deception by ‘aliens’ producing absurd contactee accounts; explaining difference between contactee and abductee eras; the counter-intelligence variable; the paranoiac thesis, conventional, metaphysical, and Strieber

Recorded Aug 31 2012

Aug 29 2012

Putting systems into disequilibrium; Facebook and drunkenness; therapeutic vs. productive; anonymity, shame; Afghan beheadings; Iraqi emo genocide; dance police, Rick James; the silent Judge; beheadings as therapeutic, murderers filling in the gap left by God; Islam, Islamic men as stand-ins and proxies for Allah

Human history as outlined by Book of Genesis, aspiring to the place of God; acting as God vs. surrender to God; God as a website; God as a starting gesture, then imitated; imitation as basis for culture; Religion as sub-culture, as closed universe of discourse; closed systems of discourse vs. God as the All; rules and structure as precondition for freedom; boundaries providing basis for ambivalence, for multiple meanings, variety of experience

Jung and alchemy; moral systems as alchemical catalysts; structure as inevitable; The Key: the tragedy of creation taking place in space and time, meaning structure; totality, as concept, product of boundary-thinking; alchemy as blurring of boundaries; science vs. alchemy; science as magic; scientific capture

The Key: there is no supernatural, yet menagerie of supernatural entities fill its pages; the category of the ‘physical’; materialism; physical vs. spatio-temporal; religious explanations; energy as non-physical, science’s comfort with it; historical era of materialism closing; reductive materialism as assumption or ideology, not developed doctrine; knowledge as virtuality; materialism’s basic inability to explain knowledge, consciousness; knowledge relational, foundationless; math and language both as formalisms; formalisms always representational, partial, rooted in context

Platonic tradition still alive today; inability of the knowledge tradition to state essence; spectre of extra-temporal essence; doctrines of essence fail: rationalism and empiricism end in the incompleteness theorem, uncertainty principle; The Key and fact vs. question; orienting ‘question’ in personal experience; nominalism and essence, boundary logic

Essence as taste; Buddhism on essence as root of all illusion, all suffering; self vs. environment mistake produces error of intrinsic boundaries, intrinsic essence; ignorance, greed, hatred responsible; essence vs. existence; illusion vs. falsehood; problem of ‘illusion’ as translated term; illusion in mystical Hinduism; Western mind conflating Eastern concepts; popularizers of Eastern thought also to blame

Buddhism and non-essence; thing as relational nexus; illusion vs. hologram; ‘illusion’ carrying sense of deception, Creation devalued; ‘illusion’ as term as obstacle to full encounter with Buddhism; still in early stages of Western/Eastern dialogue; key terms still translated differently; dependent origination, interdependence, relativity; interdependence and emptiness two terms referring to same fact; emptiness as ‘beyond’ of interrelationality; the problem of boundaries with Creation as such, emptiness as ‘beyond’ of Creation; emptiness as lack of foundation and basis; emptiness as absence of specific property; emptiness is not Nothing; emptiness is the discovery of lack of essence; the non-implicative negative; relation vs. property; empty vs. virtually empty; analogues in the physical world; application of ‘emptiness’ to physical world, literalism; sub-atomic particles as mathematical functions; matter as mostly empty space; holograms and dependent origination (causes and conditions, parts, and thought)

Reconciling essence in Buddhism with essence as taste in The Key; The Key and moral/ethical systems: amorality of the natural world; radical contingency (souls being destroyed); punishment vs. consequence; spiritual engagement with the world; Nietzschean critique of morality; the meaning of surrender in The Key; interiorizing a moral sense through practice; ethical systems as pragmatic aids

Recorded Aug 29 2012