Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course

By

From Simplicity to Novelty

You’re all brainwashed. Sorry, I didn’t want to be the one to tell you this, but it’s time you knew. It all started when an animate majesty of color and energy flew singing into your nursery, memorizing and entrancing you, and then your mom came in and tiled over the miracle with the word “bird”. By the time you were 5 years old the alchemical gold of the universe had become a carefully constructed tile mosaic of language, but it didn’t stop there. The next step was to establish normality and create a craving for it inside your psyche. You are culturally imprisoned because you have been socially constructed.
In my original “What is Philosophy” post I concluded that philosophy is simply asking questions, the desire to deconstruct. I believe this still holds accurate, and this is what I’ll attempt to show you now.
Don’t believe anything, ever, and here’s why: because belief precludes you from the possibility of truth in the opposite, the possibility that everything you know might be wrong. Religion is the worst for this because it relies on more than belief, it relies on faith. Funny thing is, socially accepted sciences are just as bad! Science is uncomfortably dogmatic and ironically illogistical in nature. Really, all sciences are just jealous of physics, because physics is the most mathematically accurate and predictable of them all. Chemistry is a close second, but there’s still room for error. Biology doesn’t make any categorical sense, but I’ll get to that. By the time you get to psychology or sociology, repeatability (that is the basis of scientific inquiry) goes out the window!
Now, however close physics thought it got to objectivity, it has two major issues. The first of which is that physics relies on the consistency of the universal constants (constants like the speed of light or gravity). Assume for a second we were to discover that these constants were attached to time, and shift, perhaps in waves. Maybe in some variation of the future you’ll look at your kitchen smart-window and see “Global Warming is still a thing, the dollar is down, and the speed of light is up slightly today”. This is an example of a change in metaphysical foundation that would open physics to a whole new realm of possible discovery, but also demand of it total reconstruction. From this place one might look back at dogmatic sciences of today and say “they might as well have thought the Earth was flat”. The truth is that nobody really knows jack shit about what’s going on.
The second flaw is far more interesting because it is something that has only very recently come out of physics. It is the idea of quantum physics, and it more closely resembles ramblings from the Upanishads than anything “modern science” should be concluding. The idea of a unity of consciousness is something that has been mumbled by elderly Amazonian Shamans for thousands of years, but now it’s being approached and explained through modern means such as mathematical physics or perhaps transcendental meditation.
This makes one think that the notion of the transcendental object at the end of time might just fulfill the expectations of all religious and scientific prophecy but in a more mature and logical (by no human definition of the word) manor. It just might be that, at this apocalyptic moment, Joycian literature could in fact recreate and reconstruct the seminal cosmic plasma of which we are all dancing mice. Don’t worry, I know this isn’t going to make much sense right now. “Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk” didn’t make much sense either, but how else are you supposed to explain the sound of God’s wrath at witnessing original sin within the constricting-mosaic-tile-boundaries that is the English language?
Let me deconstruct one dogmatic principle you probably have a handle on, Evolution. Nature is not inherently categorical, it is humans who have made a (perhaps failed) attempt to organize something which is not naturally organized by human construct, but rather by chaos or the attracting force of novelty or something like that. This novel transcendence may be pulling nature (and now us) towards it just as we have pushed off the simplicity behind us, but again I’ll get to that. Back to evolution. Evolution doesn’t make a lick of sense, and here’s why. Evolutionary theory simply assumes that the best genetic traits are passed on generation to generation, and this is how it chooses to account for human advancement, but this is not so. Obviously this is not so! Only the traits that allowed us to best survive were passed on. Now a surviving species does not create language or song, renaissance, painting, poetry, music, or film. Nor do they seek altered states of consciousness, meditate, or worship. Or maybe they did, I mean that would explain why we are where we are now, but it fails to explain why we got here. We are obviously not evolving for survival! The example of western society tears the theory of evolution apart, with health care alone survival of the fittest is long lost. Why then have we not taken torches and pitchforks to modern biology? Frankly my dear, because people don’t give a damn.
In researching this I’ve come across a theory that neatly explains this and suits to wrap this speech up with a bow. As I explain this, however, I strongly encouraged you not to believe it as that would preclude you from believing the opposite! It’s the universal pursuit of novelty. Let’s contextualize this into our example of natural and human evolution.  Nature built upon itself slowly, advancing upon that which it had previously created. This is how Bio 11 is set up, to analyze an increasing of complexity in Mother Gaia’s creations. At one point, at the peak of a wave of immense novelty, nature unlocked genetics, DNA. Level up! Genetics grew exponentially complex over a long period of time. Eventually the organisms they’d blueprinted (enigmatically) were able to unlock another major achievement that would, in future, allow for amazing complexity and novelty, and there for must be a result or expression of a time-wave of novelty itself. This was language, and it was this that allowed for song and poetry and James Joyce and Marshall McLuhan and so on and so forth.
In recently years the quickening and exponential increase of complexity and novelty has become undeniably evident. We’re unlocked another achievement, and climbed another rung of the evolutionary ladder (or pyramid or dodecahedron or whatever floats your boat and tickles your ticklish bits). This pinnacle is nothing other than (who’d have guessed) technology. Technology has unlocked within the human race a complexity of dominatrix proportions.
It only makes sense to me that something of this immensity must be an attracting force, pulling evolution towards itself. I like to use the evolution metaphor to create distrust of chaos theory. For me I picture it as this: our chaos is simply wiggle room, left or right, but the truth of the matter is that we are between two towering walls, coming from universal simplicity, trapped by the forward momentum of time, being lured by the smell of pie in a windowsill, and what is this pie pray tell? It is novelty itself, at its purest and most transcendental, and if today were 10 years ago today it would not be farfetched (given this speech) to assume that the end of time and the purely novel and transcendental object that beckons from there would arrive at the end of the I Ching and Mayan calendar and the aligning of the galactic center point on December 21st 2012.
I think I’ll drop the mic here, thank you for your patience those (majority) of you who are utterly and hopelessly lost.
 

By

Difference in Illusion

IMG_8665-32

 

When I take a photo I “shoot for post” meaning I capture the image in such a way that will give me the most flexibility in editing it later. Once on my laptop I can change said photo into any of the following: a normal pic anyone could take; a nice soft well-lit pic you might see in a wedding album; a dark, grainy, high-contrast image that jumps out at you with unnaturally piercing eyes, something that can only be described as objet d’art (my preferred choice of course); or maybe a black & white image mimicking my film photography. The possibilities are endless, but it was the same image in the beginning.

This just proves how subjective art and, in turn, aesthetics really is. From the same experience, everyone gets something entirely different in the end. Maybe even the same person gets something different from it each time. I like to use Monty Python’s The Holy Grail as an example. You laugh at something new every time you watch it. It was always there, but you focused in on a different aspect, a different image. This time you hear another joke, or saw the dalek in the background. Who knows! Your experience is yours.

 

 

 

 

By

Go Directly for the Experience

Knowledge is a catalog of (human) experience.

Human is in parenthies because in the post I will be dealing ony with human experience and knowledge. I’m impartial to wether or not animals can have knowledge. :)

2

Experiences can be exterior or interior. Exterior experience relies on your (5? 9? 19? 21?) human senses. Inner experience can be acquired through dreams, meditation, psychedelics, or other such things of this nature. Either way, these experiences are then compressed into memories, a inner catalog of previous experience. These can be recalled and reflected upon, but will never be the same again.

dT7zbABT9

 

The pinch-point, bottleneck, limiting of this experience truly comes in the attempt to express it to others. Some would argue that knowledge is only that which can be shared. I argue that very little of our knowledge can actually be shared.

Language is the tool that we as a species have chosen for communication and the sharing of knowledge and information, but it is not the only medium out there. Here’s one of my favorite short films of all time:

The beautiful use of light, color, and slo-motion in this film perfectly communicates something words never could. “She slowly opened the curtain. Everything was grey. People began fluttering about slowly in the sky.” It’s just not the same…

…and from now on the miracle is confined within the meaning of the word.

Our cultural myth is a linguistic construct that we culturally validate and live inside.

– Terence Mckenna

Here he is referring to the example of the bird in the nursery from the clip I played in class. Let me explain the second line a bit. Terence believes that culture is your enemy. The cultural myth is that we know something, or everyone knows a little something. Buddhists might be right about this, Christians might know something about that, science says it knows a lot about a lot, but Terence would say the truth is nobody knows jack sh*t about whats going on! The only thing you have to base your life on is your experience, what you can see, hear, feel in your heart, imagine in your dreams, etc. When we participate in this cultural myth we’re missing out on that individual experience. Instead we’re simply validating what could very possibly be proven ridiculous at a later date.

Great, where does language come in? Well our society and culture is constructed by its language. We live every day of our lives in an inescapable world of English. The limits that the English language had, and the way it is set up (feMALE/woMAN/MANkind) imprisons us from pure experience. Worth it? Yeah probably, my iPhone is pretty cool.

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.

-Marshall McLuhan

I’ll finish by saying this. McLuhan believes that moving forward art will have a sort of second coming, a new renaissance if you will. Artist can use their language form (whether that be music, dance, film, whatever) to convey beauty, expression, human emotion, and human experience between one another. Those with minds open and evolved enough to pay attention can see this. You can see this. You can see this now! All around you! It’s the abstract, the strange, and though it may not be as comfortable to you as living in linguistic culture, it might just be more fun.

AS11140_0

dali

 

By

English Sucks.

Iktsaruarpok (Inuit)
The frustration of waiting for someone to show up.
Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan)
The meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start..
Shadenfreude (German)
Enjoyment obtained by the misery of others.
Wabi-Sabi (Japanese)
Accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.
Ichi-go Ichi-e (Japanese)
One time, one meeting. Never again. Once in a lifetime. (Music, People, Photos)
Fernweh (German)
Feeling homesick for a place you have never been to.

Waldeinsamkeit (German)
The feeling of being alone in the woods.
Aware (Japanese)
The bitter-sweetness of a brief and fading moment of transcendent beauty.
Shemomedjamo (Georgian)
When your meal is so good you don’t stop eating, even thought you’re full. “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”
Backpfeifengesicht (German)
A face badly in need of a fist.
Pelinti (Buli, Ghana)
To move hot food around in your mouth.
Bakku-shan (Japanese)

A girl who is beautiful, but only from behind.
Shlimalz (Yiddish)
Someone who is chronically unlucky.
Komorebi (Japanese)
When sunlight shine through the trees in lines.
Gigil (Filipino)
The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is irresistibly cute.slide_348793_3717805_free
Ya’arburnee (Arabic)
To hope that you die before that person you deeply love, because you cannot bear to live without them.
Boketto (Japanese)
The act of gazing into the distance without thinking anything.
Cavoli Riscaldati (Italian)
The result of attempting to revive an unworkable relationship. “Reheated Cabbage”
Bilita Mpash (Bantu)
An amazing dream. Not just a “good” dream; the opposite of a nightmare.
Litost (Czech)
The emotion of a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.
Yugen (Japanese)
An awareness of the universe that triggers feelings too deep and mysterious for words.
Treppenwitz (German) – Esprit de L’escalier (French)
A clever remark or comeback that comes to mind when it is too late to utter it (after the argument is over).
Weltschmerz (German)
A state of mental depression caused by comparison to the state of things, even if that state is fantasized. The grass is greener on the other side.
Torschlusspanik (German)
The fear that time is running out or important opportunities are slipping away.
Erklarungsnot (German)
Having to quickly explain yourself.
Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung (German)
The struggle to come to terms with the past. The past cannot be changed.
Handschuhschneebalwerfer (German)
A coward willing to criticize from a safe distance. “A person who wears gloves to throw snowballs.”

 

 

By

Belief without Basis

In researching support for my topic (the dimensions of consciousness) I came to two realizations quite quickly. First, there is a ton of dialogue and claims that support this theory, from philosopher Terence Mckenna to comedian Jim Carrey, BUT there is basically no scientific facts or evidence in this field. Damn. Second, the material speaks for itself; there isn’t a lot I can say but present what I’ve found and leave it up to interpretation.

Sidenote: Your interpretation will be biased by your culture and as an extension of that your conditioning, ideology, or (as Mckenna would have said) your boundaries. Just though I’d point that out.

Lets start with Jim Carrey…

“Niagras [rivers/pools] of beauty are flowing by untapped from ordinary consciousness.”

-Terence Mckenna

In class (and Kevin’s post) we’ve talked about what makes us US. The most popular idea presented was: a little nature for the basics and nurture for the rest (our culture, past experiences, and childhood upbringing). Mckenna would argue that these factors have limited our minds/awareness/consciousness. He encourages people to break out of this; he calls that boundary dissolution.

“Transcend and mistrust ideology. Go for direct experience. Everything else is un-confirmable rumor. Useless. Probably Lies. Liberate yourself from the illusion of culture. Take responsibility in what you think and what you do.”

-Terence Mckenna

He has a very empowering message, but it holds a lot of practical value. Take the world around you with a grain of salt. If you desire something, information lets say, then it’s up to you to seek and experience that. Ultimately, it will be up to you to interpret it. Never take word as scripture. Mckenna argues that language is extremely limiting as of now, but is actually the tool we must develop in order to progress.

CLICK ME FOR A SOUND BITE

“The only experience which counts is your own experience”

-Terence Mckenna

I’ve been researching this all day, and I intend to continue doing so tonight and into the future, but It’s not all going to fit into this blog post so lets stop here. I’ll leave you with this:

We have lost touch with our moral compass, because we have lost touch with our gayan mind. The gayan intent is an act of feeling. If we could feel what we are doing we would stop. We are trapped by society, materialism, culture. If we could feel we could be awakened to the mystery of each other.

 

By

God Gave You a Third Eye for a Reason

This isn’t the way things are, this is the way things look.

I say God ironically because I believe that we (todo) are God and we have created our third eye (consciousness) so that we may perceive that we are God and that we have created consciousness. So on and so fourth.

Initially I wanted to explain how the human mind is a filter, a valve to the reality of consciousness. How we’re peeping through a keyhole and seeing only a small part, and some of the ways to go through the key hole, open the valve, remove the filter, or kill the conductor so all the orchestra’s instruments may perform on their own.

Then I thought to myself, what is the best way to explain this (without bringing in 30 cups of Ayahuasca and saying “alright, bottoms up”). It’s hard to understand how to expand your consciousness without first knowing what layers of consciousness we are (have). I’m going to try to outline those for you.

Technically there are 12 dimensions. Technically there are infinite. No one needs to know that really. Let’s look at seven. (Also lets look at them using words applicable to consciousness rather than space-time-gravity etc.)

The 1st Dimension: Is the building block of everything (while simultaneously it encases everything). This itself is consciousness. This is also where we experience reality.yinyang

The 2nd Dimension: This is where there becomes differentiation. Black and White, Yin and Yang, Light and Darkness (to relate it to other posts I saw), Beauty and Ugly, Joy and Melancholy. This is where we enter the realm of subconsciousness. This is also where we interpret reality.LFMlGEp8

The 3rd Dimension: This is where it is possible to perceive past-present-future. This is the realm of the unconscious. The trifecta of conscious-subconscious-unconscious creates the self or one’s identity. Here events become reality. The Illuminati symbol is simply a representation of us looking into these 3 points of reality.

The 4th Dimension: Here many versions of reality may exist. This is the realm of possibility. The possibility for many realities in the fourth dimension is the key to rebirth. Many lifetimes may be lived in the third dimension’s past-present-future by the fourth dimension’s allowance of possibility and the existence of the fifth dimension’s spirit. A small example of breaking through to the fourth dimension would be when a small amount of DMT is released in your brain when you sleep, aiding dreams. Dreams where anything is possible. A larger example would be smoking DMT (N, D-Dimethyltryptamine) and breaking through for a 15 minute eye-opening journey in the timeless fifth dimension.220px-Pentacle_2.svg

The 5th Dimension: The process and large release of DMT during death allows you to leave linear time and break into the fifth dimension, the Spirit World. The place where souls await rebirth. This is the dimension of choice. This is where your spirit chooses to enter the fourth dimension of time and arrange itself how it likes in the other three dimensions. Nothing is created, nor destroyed, it only ever changes form. Quasars feed Black Holes feed Quasars feed Black Holes. So on and so fourth. This is a place of powerful choice and choice is what manifests here. The pentagram represents the fifth dimension of consciousness: the Spirit World.

Here I may loose a few of you. Lol who am I kidding i never had you to begin with

The 6th Dimension: The Creator. This is the version of you – your consciousness that is – that produces thought. The creator’s thought produces reality. Thought constitutes reality in the sixth dimension.

The 7th Dimension: The Many Creators. This is the place from which stems desire. Desire manifests reality. This is where we as a collective create by desire.

Great! What does this have to do with me?

Desire combines with Thought combines with Choice combines with Possibility to manifest Events that we Interpret and ultimately Experience.

Ultimately what we Experience is our own Interpretation of Events which occurred because it was Possible because it was Chosen from Thought which stemmed from Desire.

I’m not going to try and conclude this because it is totally un-sum-up-able. My original notes are attached below for you to interpret how you will (blue scan button). If you’re at all interested please come and talk to me, I will tell my personal belief on the future human evolution, the valve of consciousness, and entering the fourth and fifth dimensions. If you managed to make it to the end thank you for your endurance. :)

scan

 

By

Precious Bodily Fluids & The Damn Communists

Lets jump right into it…

Premise 1 – None of them want to die.

Premise 2 – Some of them want to nuke the Russians.

Premise 3 – Killing the Russians result in their death.

Conclusion – There for none of them should want to nuke the Russians.

You’ll find some helpful context in THIS video.

The concept of a doomsday device is as a deterrent to nuclear war. If a nuclear attack is launched it will trigger the doomsday machine which will wipe out all human life on the planet. This means that no one will attempt to nuke anyone else simply because of instinctual self-preservation.

dr-strangelove-1-1024

In a world where this machine exists, here is what we know. We know its true that instinctually they don’t want to die. We know at this point in the cold war the temptations for the americans to preemptively nuke the Russians is there. In our scenario, because of the doomsday machine, nuking the Russians would mean the end of human life, including the americans.

Premise 1, 3, and the conclusion alone are totally valid and can exist as so. Premise 2 is absolutely paradoxical. All logic says that they should not nuke the Russians, but Dr. Strangelove defies logical explanation. Between him and General “Buck” Turgidson a plan is devised to move the men of office into an underground mineshaft, safe from radiation. Even then they must be the first to strike, so the Russians can’t get a start on their mineshaft plans. Even in the face of extinction they still want to bomb the “damn commys”.

“Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap!”

General “Buck” Turgidson

Seeing as the premises are all true, and the formula though paradoxical is also indeed true, the logic is sound. The doomsday machine is (was) the solution to the cold war. Leaving the stove unlit and on in a room where everybody’s got a gun on everybody else and saying “now no one go and shoot each other or we’ll all get the shit end of the deal” seems to be a perfectly viable solution.

I’ll finish with a quote from the movie…

He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

– General Jack D. Ripper

 

By

Philosophical Reflection

 
css.php