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

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

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 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; as ghetto within the UFO ghetto; victimhood cult in UFOlogy,; 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 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 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 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

Jun 12b 2015 – Whitley Strieber series

Strieber’s 70th birthday; possible damage done to credibility from Unknown Country; arc of Strieber’s career; lack of stakes in late career and in participation in subculture; absence of intelligent engagement with Strieber’s work; the economics of participation; personal importance of wealth; the question of the two cabins; the retreat to the condo; criticisms of Strieber’s later fiction; Strieber leaving the Gurdjieff group; book sales; Communion vs. Transformation; the South Park theory; Kripal, limits of his interpretations; Kripal, Conroy as sympathetic; The Secret School as a complete childhood account

Chicken and egg: Strieber’s experiences and same material in scientific journals, &c.; Nazi influence in the US; speculations advanced as assertions, statements of fact; vision of the destruction of Washington, DC

Strieber as instrument vs. self-perception; natural tendency to resist any idea one is not in control; how useful Strieber’s accounts are; whether there was a ‘true encounter’; the bookends of Strieber’s career; The Key as vindicating scenario; the strength of Strieber’s work being its greatest weakness; the function of vividness in Strieber’s accounts

Recorded Jun 12 2015

Apr 09 2015

The Long Island call-in on Jim Harold’s Campfire; hybrids, possible origins; Friedman and the Swedes; surprising lack of hybrid encounters in the everyday world; whether humans with superhuman abilities must be hybrids; hybrid vs. transgenic; so-called indigo children and Strieber

Heredity and telepathy and the body; Strieber’s guardian; severity of the visitors and the One Chance; spiritual development diverging from wisdom

The vicissitudes of being lifeforms and complexity; intimacy in socialized telepathy; the chance for high emotional sensitivity; Balducci and aliens not falling from grace; controlling one’s thoughts; their reluctance to be physically touched

Secrecy to protect them as much as us; spiritual mastery = vulnerability; aspects of mastery: ‘exquisite’ levels of control; complexity and pathology; physical longevity of visitors; life and infection: extending the principle to vulnerability at all levels (epigenetic, informational, etc.); the Grays fighting forever

History and fate; One Chance and its relation to Time; astrology and patterns; tendencies as potential and free choice; being left in eternal question vs being marked for eternity; regret; the loss of mastery

Gurdjieff the man; advertising lack of mastery; the legendary; all-dimension mastery and Wilbur; transmission; self-knowledge of mastery

Mastery/non-mastery vs. spectrum of consciousness; sidhes as side-effects and not goals; being born into spiritual cultures; individual vs. collective mastery; karmic inheritance

Ouspensky’s rejection of Gurdjieff; morals and a teaching not absorbed; the Fact of the Other Person; one’s desire being all that is left; transmission ending after two generations; biography of Paul Anderson; natural gurus; development as a function of time

Recorded Apr 09 2015

See Jim Harold’s Campire #215 for the Long Island story

Mar 28b 2015 – Whitley Strieber series

Nature’s End vs. The Key and Superstorm: ‘true encounter’ or shift in mainstream science news? Strieber reacting to new material at the edges of the mainstream, transmuting it into prophecy; Prophecies that never came true; Strieber and appeals to secret knowledge; the disingenuousness of Strieber: successive stages including initial dismissal, ‘truth stranger than fiction’, believing Strieber’s cloying earnestness, finally seeing Strieber shading the truth and constructing a biography; Strieber’s responsibility in his own ridicule

Mainstream culture and the cultural relevance of contact; Persecution as another way of affirming one’s central importance; the pathetic; the missing fruits of Strieber’s participation with the Gurdjieff group; alternate explanations for Strieber’s departure; self-remembering and loss of self-awareness; ruthless self-consideration, difficulty imagining Strieber’s trajectory in the Work; tasks given in the Gurdjieff Group in order exhaust certain propensities; the Gurdjieff Work sustained by oral tradition more than written materials; the question of what happened to Strieber in the Work

Accounting for Strieber’s strange lack of self-awareness; ruling out ordinary psychosis, the ‘fullness’ of normal neurotic discourse; Strieber’s susceptibility to hypnosis; Strieber’s slips of the tongue lasting entire chapters; the ego as a self-accounting and missing places in Strieber’s ‘ledger’; the fiasco with the two editions of The Key; the nature of the dream state; midday contact encounters acquiring a dreamlike dimension; the Grays appearing simultaneously in a waking and dream state; the dualism implied by an ‘Imaginal’ vs. Mind as underlying reality; the consequences of a lifetime of ‘mind’-like experiences; the imagination in the ordinary sense as intermediary; Strieber using the ordinary imagination as a way of managing ‘mind’ experiences; the addition of public and personal missions confusing the situation even further; Strieber living in his imagination as explanation for immunity to Gurdjieff work

Strieber and alienation, narcissism; Gurdjieff’s critique of the Westerner, the imposition of imagery on experience; Robert Bruce and shaping lucid experience, the capacity of the mind to convince itself of the reality of lucid experience; lucid experience and The Key; turning the lens on oneself; self-awareness as an external requirement, a social demand; Strieber’s refusal to admit the dreamlike quality of the original ‘true encounter’; the notes of the encounter as ‘squiggles’ not producing the conversation; Strieber denying that the conversation lasted as long as two hours; Strieber’s denial provoking questions about the basic scenario: Strieber’s own thinking vindicated by way of otherworldly authority; the problem of separating Strieber from the ‘Master of the Key’, whether this is any ‘Master’ at all

Arguing the authenticity of The Key; the machine-like precision of the text unlike anything Strieber had written; the balancing of attention and taking in bodily impressions two ideas from Gurdjieff, but articulated in a way far superior to Strieber’s usual exposition; the superb economy of expression in the conversation; an implied deeper system and linguistic resonances in the text; the problem of Strieber’s original description of the Master’s speech: guttural sounds, growls, and ‘hyperdimensional’ style

The productive value of a ‘negative’ thrust to Strieber’s work vs. Strieber apologetics; the issue of style in the Tarcher; the basic premise of The Key made fundamentally problematic; parallels between Strieber and Gurdjieff; injecting ideas into society and erasing the traces; the book losing its revelatory quality when its ‘key’ assertions are located in science journals of the time; Strieber’s shifting cosmology; years spent on composition of text

Technical distinctions in The Key; different schemas: three levels of mind with ‘vestiges’ of a fourth vs. the elemental/energetic body distinction; centers and bodies in Gurdjieff; the originality of the presentation; ideas from Gurdjieff: the power of attention and the accumulation of impressions, the quest for permanence which Strieber relates to persistence after death; whether anything meaningful can be said about the Master of the Key’s message if a true encounter did occur

Channeled material including Seth Speaks; the Christ Myth theory (New Testament minimalism) and the claim in The Key that Jesus was seen after death; parallels with questions of the ‘true encounter’; an ensemble of problems; how a text can be approached: levels of development and paralogical considerations; pursuing issues of authenticity until their practical end; the separate issue of truthfulness of different claims in the conversation; electronic voice phenomena; the ‘indigo’ children; ‘Mars was murdered’ and ‘dead forever’; the electromagnetic organ in The Secret School; why defend Strieber? Declaring the work undecidable; Ed Conroy’s Report on Communion: Strieber’s emotionality as a child, Clarke’s Childhood’s End; Details in Report on Communion that fall outside the Strieber-presented paradigm

Recorded on Mar 28 2015