Mar 23 2018 – Whitley Strieber series

Gary Lachman’s ‘In Search of P.D. Ouspensky’: Gurdjieff manipulating different sides of Ouspensky; Ouspensky giving up on the ‘work’, saying ‘there is no system’; Gurdjieff reworking Ouspensky’s ideas, parallels in Strieber; Strieber’s concept of viewing human life ‘outside of time’, time having a shape, taken directly from Ouspensky; Strieber as reader of Ouspensky; time as a dimension of space vs. time as change within spatial dimension; Ouspensky’s unique concept transformed into Strieber’s ‘tapestry of memory’; Strieber appropriating, presenting other’s ideas wholesale; Strieber basing his biblical interpretations on Maurice Nicoll’s ‘The Mark’ and ‘The New Man’

Ouspensky’s ‘Tertium Organum’, the status of Ouspensky’s oeuvre; Ouspensky’s interest in Tarot of Marseilles taken on by Strieber; the Tarot as ‘philosophical machine’; Ouspensky’s dimensions holding to one another in strict analogy; tendency of auto-didacts to steal ideas

Questions about Strieber’s latest Journal: Unknown Country and Politics:

Strieber’s claims about his ‘implant’; new mythology built around the implant; Strieber’s ever-vaster claims: blog page:

No previous mention in Strieber’s work of ‘plan of contact; developed between spouses to contact one another after death; no evidence that Strieber only came to ‘believe’ in afterlife in the 1990s; Strieber’s ongoing fabrication of his own mythology; Anne Strieber and her ‘bubbling’ presence: same word (‘bubbling’) used to describe Master of the Key

Strieber singling out Jeremy Vaeni for special praise, a limited place in Strieber’s mythology; Strieber’s dependence on Vaeni for website material and as defender; Vaeni’s desire to be taken as credible authority and to get close to the Great Man; Vaeni’s feuds in UFOlogy disguised as crusades for justice; ‘The Paracast’, David Jacobs, Budd Hopkins; Vaeni’s desire to be an opinion maker; Vaeni leading the charge against “Problems with Strieber and The Key”

The absence of Strieber’s son, Andrew Strieber; statements of support for Strieber and his ‘sincerity’; the negative review on ‘The Afterlife Revolution’ on Amazon; Raven Dana, Marla Frees, Ed Conroy, Jeff Kripal; none can defend Strieber against clear evidence of confabulation, only providing character witness; bankrupt defenses only intended to keep Strieber followers in line; Unknown Country as dying enterprise; death of the forum; movement to Facebook and Twitter to promote content

Dysfunction in spiritual groups, false motives; reciprocal abuse; basic organizational problems; Strieber’s unique role as deceiver: lip service to keeping question open, opposing fantasies and self-deception while engaging in convoluted self-deceptive fantasy; gut reaction to Strieber and his work: BS positioning itself as anti-BS; identifying specific forms of BS while advancing more subtle, self-serving BS; Strieber’s literary talent and intelligence providing no protection

The public harm of Unknown Country; “Problems with Strieber and The Key” and its reception; identifying Strieber’s confabulations, inferring a psychological picture; Ed Conroy’s recurring chapter titles; the disappearance of Strieber’s work; life’s cumulative disappointments; heroes who are self-refuting; learning from disappointments; the basic unreliability of people; Wikipedia on Ouspensky; philosophy as creative speculation or fiction raised to the level of art

Lacan and Lacanian psychoanalysis: infinitely unsatisfactory answers that appear to be correct; Nietzsche as preferred thinker: his voice, his originality, his insights, and the aesthetic of the heroic; all thinkers products of time and place, all become dated; Nietzsche vs. Lacan; philosophy vs. psychoanalysis; Lacan as virtuoso thinker providing appalling insights; impossible object-cause of desire; when innermost private thoughts are biggest BS; when destiny is nothing but accident; traversing the fantasy and ending up precisely nowhere; maturity of outlook

The challenge of parapsychology to psychoanalysis; Dean Radin’s experiments: consciousness vs. randomness; God, aliens, synchronicity; drawing the boundaries between consciousness and physical world; chance doesn’t exist vs. chance is all that exists

Recorded March 23, 2018

Sept 26b 2012 – Whitley Strieber series

The porcelain idol; Man’s detachment from the natural order reflected in the disappearance of shit; the life cycle perturbed; decay and death under fatwa; the parable of the young Buddha; no negative, no positive; science as insulating factor; consumerism and the law; incinerating dead relatives; hanging out at the crematorium

Strieber and “The Key”: the encounter as revelation; discrepancies between 2001 and 2011 editions; Strieber’s failure to account for differences; Strieber’s censorship assertion: where censorship occurred in the process never clear; most of the changes editorial

Early Strieber Journal entries and the hyperdimensional aspects of the ‘true encounter’; mind-to-mind communication; the problem of the ‘fragmentary inclusions’; getting from grunts and growls to statements of literary perfection; changing physical description of Master of the Key; the ‘forty-five minute’ encounter

Striking phrases and ideas in earlier Strieber works including “Transformation” and “Breakthrough”; destroying souls in “Breakthrough”; imprinting essence with experience; the ‘tapestry’ of memory; “The Secret School”: the electrons surrounding the body in superposition responsible for psychic ability; denigrating the ‘paranormal’ in favor of an expanded ‘natural’ world

The problem of the encounter as a revelation; intellectual sophistication putting it in a place unto itself; its originality as measure of truth; the apparent discontinuity between “The Key” and Strieber’s earlier work; “The Key” smarter than Strieber’s other work; complex ideas in “The Key” that are raised and not even explored

Too many specific similarities between “The Key” and earlier works; the Master of the Key using specific striking phrases that appear earlier in Strieber; reconciling the sophistication of “The Key” with newly discovered evidence of prefiguration

“The Key” as masterpiece; Strieber’s general credibility; Socrates vs. Plato; Strieber ‘seeded’ with experiences and concepts to prepare way for production of “The Key”

Strieber failing to address problems; lack of proper audience attention; monologue vs. dialogue and claims to a ‘true encounter’; gist of conversation vs. photographic reconstruction; Strieber’s insistence on the objective reality of ‘true encounter’ including words spoken; separating so-called concepts from words; concept qua provocative phrase, situated in subtle linguistic context; rescuing Strieber through similarity approach means losing access to the ‘original’ truth via linguistic text

Strieber’s lifelong experiences and the power of the visitors; the Master of the Key crystallizing Strieber’s nascent understanding; our attempt to theorize in order to salvage the truth of the encounter regardless of its truth; imputing an all-powerful agency to the visitors; Strieber’s interpretations post-experience as themselves internal to visitor experiences, i.e. intended or prepared; Strieber and the synchronistic discovery by Strieber of apparent scientific advances

Visitors as possessing ‘omnipotence-lite’; reconciling the two editions entailing a metaphysical rescue; the problem of the discrepancies requiring/involving a negative critical moment; the importance of not short-changing that moment

The extra-linguistic in other experiences in earlier Strieber; visitor experiences as extra-linguistic but not superbly ‘translated’ as in “The Key”; the entire truth and truth-value of “The Key” rooted in linguistic character of the book; Strieber falling short of certain ideas represented in “The Key”

Strieber’s politics differing from the Master of the Key’s politics; Cold War ‘patriot’-oriented nationalism vs. Master of the Key; Strieber and political inside baseball; Master of the Key as anti-colonialist, anti-consumerist; Occupy Wall Street and confining the wealth

Occam’s razor and “The Key”; questions neither borne nor answered; “The Secret School” and the visitors’ experience of time; the ‘true encounter’ as truly adrift in Time vs. the ‘true encounter’ as construct via memory; the delayed choice experiment and the literal creation of the past; Strieber as Master of the Key

Leaping to an answer vs. ‘living in the question’; the education of Strieber: ‘Mars was murdered’, ‘dead forever’ requiring orchestration down to unnaturally small level of detail; accounts of visitors’ didactic approach elsewhere involving theatrical stagings, etc.

Strieber on the visitors’ different nature of motivation; Strieber on the visitors’ object-lesson to humanity; ‘interject ideas into society’; Wozu?; the 1st edition as object or aim, 2nd edition not important; “The Key”’s credibility as cultural document of no importance to the visitors; ideas disseminating vs. logical incorporation through dialectic; net effect or movement of culture

Visitors and the as-hard-as-possible; problematizing “The Key” in order to make the situation ‘harder’; the visitors as ‘beyond good and evil’; Nietzsche and understanding the visitors; accounting for the difficulty that has been created; guerrilla dissemination of “The Key”

Recorded Sept 26 2017