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Lining out the shift to the Aquarian Age

First of all: Contrary to cult leader types or their naive New Age followers I am not deadly serious about this. I am aware that I am only speculating here, and I tell you so that you are.

I wondered when does the Age of Aquarius actually start? Because I don’t see too many signs of it already being there although I consider the Internet an important novelty in world history. But when I look at politics, society and ideology the mainstream has not changed much lately.

So I looked up how we can date the beginning of the astrological Age of Aquarius. The date that seemed most convincing is something entirely else than I expected: 2442 C.E. According to the model that leads to this date the Age of Pisces started around 300 C.E. Historically that was roughly when Christianity began to be accepted and established in the Roman Empire. Before that it was a punkish persecuted underground movement like some of today 😉

That would lead us to conclude that the initial starting point of the new major religion of the Age of Aquarius should also happen about 300 years before that Age starts astrologically which could be expected in about a hundred years roughly. An event like acceptance of a new world religion by what can be considered the major empire of a large part of the known world should then be expected during the 25th century.

Do we have any idea what this new religion or event that starts one would be? As the starting of Christianity and some of its later development corresponds to the motive of the Tarot Arcanum The Hanged Man which corresponds to Pisces, the starting of the new age should resemble the motive of the Arcanum The Star which corresponds to Aquarius. We can only guess what the star and the water in this image might refer to historically. I am not sure if the water on the card could refer to either something technological or something ethical or both. These are the two basic meanings I can think of if I interpret it as a symbol for a future historical event.

Then we know that the beginning of Christianity was influenced by all kinds of previous smaller sects and other religions. So it might well be that whatever starts the Aquarian Age will draw from an influence of alternative religious movements of today. However it is to be expected that it will be something entirely new only with a significant influence of previous movements.

Then historically we get the information that the dawn of Christianity was preceded by predictions referring to it. Nowadays we also have got sources of predictions of different kinds. Prophecies and symbolism of alternative religions of today very often centre about motives like stars and anything extraterrestrial. It is impossible to say how literal this should be interpreted. It is an option to see it as a symbol altogether corresponding to not yet cultivated (at least by the mainstream) capacities of the brain like Wilson and Leary seem to suggest.

The paradigm I implicitly base my above speculation on is Astrology. Recently I tend to rely on Astrology somewhat (had long times free of it, believe me). If you’d like to look at this paradigm for some orientation of where humankind stands, these were my conclusions. An important thing about it is: We’re still deep inside the Age of Pisces and must deal with the character of this age. And if history develops analogous to the past we’d have to expect some more turmoils in the process of the shift of Astrological Ages.

Book Report…

Trying to read “Zolar’s Encyclopedia Of Ancient And Forbidden Knowledge” again. A little easier than the first attempt, but I find it still wavers between ‘significant’ and ‘whacked-out’ on the old intuition-meter…

So, my new friends… I ask for some advice and opinion from those wiser than myself… Is it worth reading? A work of some value, or merely a literary equivalent of a tourist-trap? Any and all input greatly appreciated.

Quantum Teleportation Is a Reality

The teleportation setup at Professor Akira Furusawa’s lab at the University of Tokyo

Beam me up, Scotty; scientists have finally done it! Using what looks like an incredibly complicated setup, scientists have not just figured out how to transport information using the quantum highway; they have actually made it happen.

In the past, such teleportation experiments were either slow, or there was information loss in the process. This new experiment procedure eliminated both of those concerns; the team transported a “cat”–Schrödinger’s cat to be exact. No, it wasn’t a real cat, but instead were wave packets of light which represented Schrödinger’s cat, a paradox in which something has two states at the same time (the cat is both living and dead)–a condition called called quantum superposition. Quantum computers work (or will work) by storing data as quibits which can represent one and zero at the same time; this would allow them to solve multiple problems simultaneously.

To do this, the researchers developed a “broadband, zero-dispersion teleportation apparatus” and a whole new set of “hybrid protocols involving discrete- and continuous-variable techniques in quantum information processing for optical sciences,” along with some other things that I completely do not understand. In the end, the researchers managed to ‘remove’ the quantum information from space, and it was resurrected in another place.

Not only did the “quantum information” exist in a state of quantum superposition, but the transfer was quick. Check Science (you’ll need a membership or you’ll have to pay for the article) to get all the nitty-gritty details!

The research was led by University of Tokyo researchers from the Department of Applied Physics, with some intercontinental assistance from the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales.

Elanor Huntington, a professor at the University of New South Wales who participated in the study, says that “one of the limitations of high-speed quantum communication at present is that some detail is lost during the teleportation process. It’s the Star Trek equivalent of beaming the crew down to a planet and having their organs disappear or materialise in the wrong place. We’re talking about information but the principle is the same–it allows us to guarantee the integrity of transmission.”

Is she saying that not only will we be able to transport information on a global scale almost instantly but that we might also be able to transport objects? It sure sounds like it.

Huntington goes on to say, “If we can do this, we can do just about any form of communication needed for any quantum technology.” In other words, quantum computing is just around the corner!

Personally, I am very excited for this new discovery. Just by looking at the picture above you can see the insane amount of effort and intelligence that must have gone into producing this study. In other words, the future is bright for humanity!

[Science and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) via Popular Science and Gizmodo / Photo: UNSW]

On The M

Magic — to which altered states of consciousness are the key — has real effects because reality is not separate from consciousness, nature is not separate from mind. Which leads me to two assumptions…

‎(1) The degree to which we can satisfactorily describe a system as separated from an observer (Kordeš; cf. Von Foerster’s trivialization) corresponds precisely to the degree to which magic cannot influence reality. This gives rise to such notions as magic cannot violate the laws of physics.

(2) The corollary that the more an observer is required to satisfactorily describe a system, the more amenable is that system to magical influence. This gives rise to such notions as magic has something to do with quantum mechanics such as wave-particle duality.

This is the basis of my synthesis of magic and cybernetics: that magic describes the (means to) altered states of consciousness required for desired effects, and cybernetics describes the non-trivial relationship between the observer and the observed whereby altering my state of consciousness alters the world I am conscious of. -Joshua Madara

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Which leads to a third assumption, from my end: we are already cybernetic and our capacity to alter that cybernetic form is currently increasing. -Kyle Milliken
Gee whilikers, Josh. That is rigorously and clearly stated. Elegantly, even. I think I’ll be quoting it. -Jeff Howard
Magic *could* violate the laws of physics, but it remains to me seen whether it actually happens outside of my mind. -Neko Special
@Jeff Thank you. I have been looking for years for a concise expression of my synthesis of cybernetics and magic; this is the best I have come up with. Next is to formalize it symbolically. 😉

@Neko I would respond to that by saying that the laws of physics are not outside of your mind although they may appear that way to others who are not inside your mind. -Joshua Madara

Perhaps a better way to have put it would be, “magic *could* violate the laws of physics, but it remains to be seen whether other minds can see it when my mind does.”

If all observers witness the same thing, does it matter if it’s a hallucination or not? If everybody agrees to it, it becomes “reality”. -Neko Special

‎@Neko I suppose that depends on whether you are considering the laws of physics trivially or non-trivially. There is a sense in which they are non-consensual (from _consent_); a gale blows you down whether you like it or not, whether you believe in it or not. But there is also a sense in which they are only consensual, they emerge as laws through our consensual (from _con-sense_, to sense together with) interactions with others. Non-consensual physics are mechanical; consensual physics are social. As Carroll said, science describes how apples fall from trees, and magic is a way of asking trees to drop apples when we need them to. Both descriptions require observation, but we can imagine that apples fall regardless of who watches them, yet the second scenario has a special relationship to an observer through her desire for something to happen in a place at a time. -Joshua Madara
If everyone agreed that magic violated the laws of physics, then in a sense, that would be the case. But do their observations corroborate their claims? Did the sun move about the earth until we changed our minds about it? In a sense no, and in another sense, yes. -Joshua Madara
I’m reminded of that story about the Native American tribe who couldn’t see the ship floating out at sea, until the shaman of the tribe noticed it. At that point, everybody in the tribe could see it. -Neko Special
I have heard many versions of that story; I am not sure how true any of them are. Cf. Steven Pinker’s rejection of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis. What I do know is that my everyday experience tells me that reality does not simply conform to my expectations of it, and also that I do not notice things until I notice them. -Joshua Madara
I was also reminded of a Warren Ellis comic, in which the world of the characters saved themselves from Armegeddon by consensus. The majority of people took it upon themselves to believe they’ll be okay, and crisis was adverted. Their morphogenetic fields combined to create a new branch in reality. -Neko Special
There seems to be a lot of truth to this, but how would you explain it interfering with chance in ways that aren’t obviously connected to any system? – John S. Madziarczyk
‎@John I wouldn’t. Not exactly. Magic is magic *because* two things are not obviously connected — they have “opaque causal mediation” (Sørensen). To describe magic as manipulating probability is to trivialize it, which has its uses but starts us down the path of searching for a linear, causal mechanism which we will not find — at least, not apropos of magic. -Joshua Madara

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The Invisibles by Grant Morrison, Chris Weston, Frank Quitely, et al.
Promethea by Alan Moore, J.H. Williams III, et al.
Cosmic Trigger I by Robert Anton Wilson
Angel Tech by Antero Alli
Prime Chaos by Phil Hine
Liber Null/Psychonaut by Peter Carroll
Days of War, Nights of Love by CrimethInc.
Generation Hex by various
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Neuromancer by William Gibson
The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna
Cyberia by Douglas Rushkoff
Principia Discordia by Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst
Undoing Yourself With Energized Meditation and Other Devices by Christopher S. Hyatt
Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday

I may add actual “reviews” when the mood strikes. 🙂