Jennifer Lake's Blog

April 23, 2012

Those Manipulative Extraterrestrials

Few people I can ask would disagree with the idea that the Nuclear Age and the Space Age arrived together, perhaps pinpointing their twin origin to the levelings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Shortly after, I remind them, visitors from some other realm crashed their ride on the outskirts of Roswell and we’ve been party to a stream of crashers ever since. We did that, of course –blew up a couple of cities with enough force to jettison a pulse beyond our solar system and ring the Cosmic doorbell. Oops. Little did the people of the Earth realize at the time that “this event..changed mankind’s status in the universe forever.” [p140, Energy and Conflict]*. Collectively, we became the extraterrestrials by “this event”, endowed with the power of intention and scientific prowess to physically reach into off-world domains. The situation of creating The Bomb and testing it made that true even had it never been used in war.
   The Cyborg Handbook explains: “Man learns to position himself physically as an extraterrestrial observer looking back on his earthly womb and matrix…” And from this vantage point, the “extraterrestrial perspective”, developed the metaphor:  “Man is, by self-definition, a globalizing and therefore global species. The people who built the..physical technology to see ‘Gaia’ became the global species.” [p.xiv, foreward] Indeed.  Aliens-R-Us. We’ve been using the language for millenia. The New World of the forever-changed Man is one that implies our differences will be managed but separateness can no longer be tolerated. Exopolitics is playing-on-words for what technoscience has amplified into an urgent rejoinder for settling our international disputes and globalizing the planet once and for all.
   So, do other-world aliens exist among us?
Extraterrestrial life is currently a hypothetical notion –there is yet no evidence of the existence of extraterrestrial life that has been widely accepted by scientists… There is some limited evidence that microbial life might possibly exist or have existed on Mars… in 1976, structures resembling bacteria were reportedly discovered in a meteorite known to be..from Mars. Again, this report is vigorously disputed… If intelligent extraterrestrial life is found and we are able to communicate with it, the people of the world and their governments will need to determine how to manage those interactions. The development of policy guidelines..[is] termed exopolitics.” http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Exopolitics
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*Energy and Conflict, the Life and Times of Edward Teller, 1976, by Stanley A Blumberg and Gwinn Owens; published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a publishing property of MCA/Universal purchased in 1974 (sold in 1996 to the Penguin Group)
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Manipulative Extraterrestrials is a term I’ve borrowed from the neo-gnostic pagans here: http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_alien/alien_humanitymanipulationalien17.htm#Contents
– “gnostic paganism”, as I understand it,  is an oxymoron, though cleverly composited by modern revisionists to cancel its roots as the heresy of Duality in conflict with monotheism. Ancient Gnostics, it seems, held that all manifest creation was a “fallen” state and therefore Evil, redeemable only by death and dissolution. “Many scholars find the roots of gnosticism in Neoplatonism, which similarly devalues matter and regards the spirit as the true reality.” http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Gnosticism
   The modern revival of gnosticism is credited to the discovery of 1st-2nd century manuscripts at Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945 and the subsequent writings of Hans Jonas: “Hans Jonas’s writings were very influential in different spheres. For example, The Gnostic Religion, first published in 1958, was for many years the standard work in English on the subject of Gnosticism… Jonas was the first author to write a detailed history of ancient Gnosticism. He was also one of the first philosophers to concern himself with ethical questions in biological science… Jonas..was of Jewish descent and an active Zionist.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Jonas; “In 1933, political events led to a hiatus from scholarship. Jonas, committed to the Zionist cause from his youth, left Germany for Palestine, joined the British Army in 1939, and later fought in the Israeli war of independence. In the 1950’s Jonas relocated to North America where he turned his scholarly eye from ancient Gnosticism to what he took to be its close cousin, modern nihilism. He produced a highly original philosophy of organic nature and then applied the ideas he developed there to contemporary problems in ethics and policy. In doing so, he became a founding figure of what we now know as ‘bioethics’ and ‘environmental ethics’.”  http://www.princeton.edu/tikvah/projects/jonas/
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Nihilism: “War against God, issuing in the proclamation of the reign of nothingness, which means the triumph of incoherence and absurdity, the whole plan presided over by Satan: this, in brief, is the theology and the meaning of Nihilism.” http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/nihilism.html#4
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   Elaine Pagels, Princeton professor known for The Gnostic Gospels which proposes the origin of Christianity in gnosticism, says, “..what exactly is ‘Gnostic’ is a real open question… I’ve come to the conclusion that what we call Gnostic is a wide range of sources.” http://www.realitysandwich.com/gnostic_interview_elaine_pagels  No one claims to know the source of its emergence but Wikipedia suggests “Gnosticism was primarily defined in Christian context.. until Moritz Friedländer (1898) advocated Hellenistic Jewish origins, and Wilhelm Bousset (1907) advocated Persian origins. Consequent discussions of Gnostic Christianity included pre-Christian religious beliefs and spiritual practices argued to be common to early Christianity, Hellenistic Judaism, Greco-Roman mystery religions, Zoroastrianism (especially Zurvanism), and Neoplatonism.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism  There are “traditional Gnostic Satanists” too of course, who “view Satan..as the bestower of gnosis (knowledge, insight)..” http://www.freewebs.com/gnosticsatanist/  Pagels adds, “In the collection that was found at Nag Hammadi you’ve got something..[that] looks like it’s influenced by Buddhism.” So, Gnostic Pagans? –hey, why not. They’re the Green Gnostics –they’re here and they’ve brought their War in Heaven with them.
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John Lash’s learned research about the ancient Gnostics, in metahistory.org, suggests that “God” is being used by the architects of Globalization, as a pseudonym of  “Archons” or more specifically, Manipulative Extraterrestrials. Gnostics sought to warn humanity of a constituency of Manipulative Extraterrestrials as “fallen angels”, that seek to mis-present themselves asGod”…Gnostics suggest that, “the God of the elites” preside over a pattern of destruction, that is being worsened by so-called “Globalization”, and that play on human fear, guilt, and shame, in fact, comprise of aspiring alien conquerors… Through such mechanism as organized religion, capitalism, as an instrument of cultures of domination and violence, as a vehicle of Manipulative Extraterrestrials who apparently seek to break down a creative Earthly biotic consciousness.” http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_alien/alien_humanitymanipulationalien17c.htm
“Dr. Salla..reveals that apparent Manipulative Extraterrestrials (in contrast with socially responsible and Ethical Extraterrestrials) have sought to introduce military technologies through ego and greed driven elites, that have literally sold their soul to gain access to these technologies. Dr. Salla indicates that Manipulative Extraterrestrials having exploited short-sighted human elites, have instigated a “range of systemic global problems…Dr. Salla’s further documents alleged interactions between Manipulative extraterrestrial races and empire-driven human elites as having “reached agreements with, and even collaborated in a number of joint projects.” …Could nuclear weapons itself.. also have been introduced through human elite collaborations with manipulative aliens toward a global conquest agenda?
 http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/egipto/esp_abydos04.htm 
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If the X-Files hadn’t been canceled, these guys wouldn’t have to ask.

“The series ends when Mulder is secretly subjected to a military tribunal for breaking into a top-secret military facility and viewing plans for alien invasion and colonization of Earth.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files
                                                                  
“Without promotion something terrible happens, nothing!” P.T. Barnum

“Mr. Collier suggests  [from a 1995 interview] that Manipulative Extraterrestrials had invaded Earth, with the help of scientists who had opened up a “portal” or time-space breach in the 1930’s… then these lower-dimensional regressive aliens selectively altered human history….Alex Collier indicates that the Manipulative Extraterrestrials..invaded Earth in a “War of the Worlds” scenario… Apparently, [even] the “wars against the Gods” that our human ancestors described, were factual descriptions of wars with the Manipulative Extraterrestrials that had gone back in time over 59 years ago…When the Pagan Gnostics became aware of the Manipulative Extraterrestrials described by Mr. Collier, those “archons”,..had actually time-travelled back from Earth’s future, during the 1930’s… Accordingly, among humans, memory of an alien invasion was apparently wiped out… Mr. Collier furthermore suggests [presently] that Fukushima is just one additional step that Manipulative Extraterrestrials seek to manifest the Book of Revelation as their apocalyptical “template”. Within the context of this artificial template, Mr. Collier suggests that “9/11 WTC“, and “3/11 Fukushima” are Manipulative Extraterrestrial simulations.” http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/news/ufo_extraterrestrials/2011/09/07/762.html

In spite of the infantilizing fundamentalism on display at “agora cosmopolitan”, John Lash writes clearly about his intentions as a Gnostic and psychonaut“One aim of Metahistory.org is to encourage and support belief-change… Belief, by definition, depends on suspension of critical judgement.” http://www.metahistory.org/ “..I consider it my responsibility to teach what [Joseph] Campbell called “creative  mythology,” which might also be called applied mythology, or mythics.” http://www.metahistory.org/dynamyth/introdynamyth.php
“I exclude Star Trek/Star Wars spinoffs and sci-fi-related material in  books and film, which is massive. Also, I do not delve into reports of diverse  and warring aliens, friends and foes. There are simply too many variations to  cover.”
   Lash’s self-credited contribution to contemporary mythics is is the ET/Archon theory, or the Gnostic theory of alien intrusion…To my knowledge, only Nigel Kerner (The Song of the Greys) is the only  other author who equates modern Grey ETs with the Archons of Gnostic writings,  but he does not develop this idea in depth, textually. Through Metahistory.org I  do just that [with] The ET/Archon Navigator… This theory relies on the most solid and complete textual evidence from  antiquity: the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices. It assumes that  Gnostic teachers in the Pagan Mystery Schools were accomplished shamans…”  http://www.metahistory.org/gnostique/archonfiles/NineTheories.php
…”By an extraordinary synchronicity, the significance of the Gnostic Egyptian  materials [the NHC] was not recognized until the summer of 1947, the moment of the  discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls [DSS]. The two greatest textual archeological finds  of the 20th century were nearly simultaneous. As it turned out, both the Scrolls  and the Nag Hammadi codices were to figure into the entheogenic movement…” http://www.metahistory.org/psychonautics/Psychonautics1.php
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entheogen : “..(‘generating the divine within’) is a psychoactive substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context. With the advent of organic chemistry, there now exist many synthetic substances with similar psychoactive properties…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entheogen
The definition of belief from my Webster’s is “1) a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing, 2) a tenet or body of tenets held by a group, and 3) conviction of the truth of some statement or reality of a fact especially when well grounded”  –okeedoke?
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   According to Harvard psychologist Susan Clancy [NPR interview], “Despite any credible scientific evidence, most Americans believe that space aliens exist… and some of them believe that they were actually abducted by aliens… [Abductees] all talk about the same basic plot… I just want to stress that nobody..reported being abducted before they actually saw it on TV or in the movies… There is no way to scientifically disprove the alien abduction hypothesis… at the end of my research study, we asked every single subject, ‘if you could do it all over again, would you choose not to have been abducted?’ And I never had a single subject say, ‘I wish it didn’t happen to me.’ They all said the same thing, that science does not explain everything in the world, that there is a higher power out there, and that I was chosen… [In] the same way that people find meaning in their religious beliefs and experiences, these people find meaning in their alien abduction experiences.” http://www.nuforc.org/npr.html
The most famous early abductee case began in September of 1961, when New Hampshirites Betty and Barney Hill claimed to have been taken aboard a spacecraft and experimented on. The Hills went public with the story in March of 1963.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_and_Barney_Hill_abduction#First_public_disclosure
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For the record, I believe in a high probability of life in our galaxy similar to Earth. I didn’t start this post to denigrate space-alien believers. In fact, the promoters of aliens mentioned here do that themselves by exploiting and debasing assumptions about life in the universe and the common language we use to give it meaning. Spirituality is objectively recognized by all societies as a quality of being human and it’s that pervasive reality abused by “manipulative extraterrestrials” as a taproot for mind control.
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The Heuristics of Fear
   Heuristics are information-generating techniques “to guide, discover, and reveal” (ref.Webster’s) such as those used in computer modeling and sociology.
“The harnessing of fear may have the potential to transmute a seemingly negative human emotion into a powerful tool for ethical decision-making.”Erin Galgay, bioethicist
“We use the availability heuristic to estimate the frequency of specific events. For example, how often are people killed by mass murderers? Because higher frequency events are more likely to occur at any moment, we also use the availability heuristic to estimate the probability that events will occur.. We are especially reliant upon the availability heuristic when we do not have solid evidence from which to base our estimates… The chances are excellent that you do not have access to all or even most of the information needed to make accurate estimates for just about anything…[but] there is one piece of evidence you always have access to: your memory… The easier time we have recalling prior incidents, the greater probability the event has of occurring –at least as far as our minds are concerned.” –Bruce Schneier, security expert  http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/03/fear_and_the_av.html
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                                    MAN, The Alien –suiting up
          Mark 1 Tomato Worm Suit, by B. F. Goodrich.prototype spacesuit called Mark 1 “Tomato Worm”; this pressure suit was made by B.F. Goodrich and tested between 1940-1943.
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“We approach two paths; one is based on becoming divine by expanding our consciousness, the other is focused on becoming god in a materialistic way using technology. I believe both will become reality, revealing the soul of the decider…” –John Lipscomb, (minute 40, Trance-Formation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0PykgS42wo)

While I think Max Igan has made an important film with Trance-Formation in apprising us of the danger posed by technology, it’s still playing with the classic Gnostic memes, offering a “child’s choice” between good and evil. One has to accept the idea that a human becomes divine by conscious exploration. Igan, Lipscomb, Icke, and others suggest we choose “good”, not because we ARE good but because we must choose –an affect, in this meme, of the primal split in the Godhead. Trance-formation opens with a quote that echos the belief of Hans Jonas: man himself is the origin of all common evil, and no event in our known history was more intentionally designed to force the Choice between good and evil than the creation of atomic weapons. Except maybe invasion by Aliens.
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War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness
“War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness” is a title given to one of the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls acquired by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “This kind of apocalyptic sensibility was a discernible strain of Jewish thought at the time of Jesus… Armageddon: the war to end all wars… inevitable conflict [as] the final focus on the dark side of human nature, the ultimate catharsis that ushers in an age of peace.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/portrait/scrolltranslation.html  According to wikipedia, the War scroll was published in 1955, seven years after the discovery of the DDS was announced in April of 1948. 1955 was the year of H-bomb detonations in the U.S., no longer ‘experimental’,  mass distribution of the first global vaccine, the Salk IPV, and a newly operating nuclear reactor (Soreq) in Israel.
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CNN interviews Michio Kaku on Alien Invasion:
Interviewer: “I’m wondering if there can’t be an upside to all this. I’m a big fan of the original Star Trek series and it was only when there were alien civilizations that seemed to challenge the Earth that you found that the Earth got its act together for the kind of global governance that all the visionaries say we’re going to need if we’re going to deal with climate change..[and] all the modern issues [i.e.] global finance… The sovereignty of individual nations is actually a political barrier to solving these big problems. So, can there be an upside to the Alien threat?”
Michio Kaku: “Believe it or not, when President Ronald Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev we now know during the transcripts of the meeting that he said if we were ever attacked by the Martians, you and me, the Soviets and the capitalist U.S., would be allies in the fight against the Martians. Well, that’s how Ronald Reagan looked at it and..there’s some truth to it. If we’re faced with a common enemy in outer space it would indeed help to unite the Earth just the way Ronald Reagan said.”
>>>Kaku, a protege of Edward Teller, is a major proponent of Transhumanism, suggesting in the future we choose to merge with machines. In this youtube clip he puts the sexy spin on living forever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tcigdvlM4E Kaku says, “it may be twenty years away, it may be a thousand, but most experts agree the technological Singularity is inevitable… We cannot predict what these super-intelligent machines will do. They will have their own goals and may stop at nothing to fulfill them. They may even choose to eliminate everything that stands in their path, including us.” http://www.conspiracy-cafe.com/apps/videos/videos/show/15001679-michio-kaku-nwo-agent-of
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Dr. Steven Greer: “This is the biggest story in the history of the United States. This is the biggest secret.. bar none. Nothing comes close, not the H-bomb, and I have a document to prove it. It says that… it was more tightly controlled than even the H-bomb being developed…
   “If you’re not willing to put your neck out for something this important, universal peace, interplanetary relations, a new civilization that has no pollution, free energy, abundance for the elimination of poverty in the world, if you’re not willing to take a risk for that, you don’t have a soul. You’re not worthy of breathing the free air of Earth.”
Bottom line, Greer’s comment is the prevailing tenor in the backstory of the film THRIVE, however, THRIVE’s creator and host Foster Gamble expresses his own belief that “people are not that competent” –not competent as deciders and choosers– a masque for elite contempt that never offers valid choices in the first place.  http://jenniferlake.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/thrive-or-threat/
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                  The “free air” of earth no longer exists.
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…”Metallic salts have made our air conductive. This means that we and everything around us can transmit and propagate energy… The air no longer supports life in a healthy way…  [Another] group of materials found in..environmental samples is unidentifiable fibers… People around the world are developing lesions on their skin that ooze and produce fibers..[that] produce colonies of filaments..[that] continue to grow and reproduce… You’re looking at a tubular fiber with self-replicating internal elements resembling bacteria and behaving like archaea… It appears that within our bodies we now have all three Life Kingdoms replicating themselves… Are we becoming something else?…” –Sofia Smallstorm, minute 23, From Chemtrails to Pseudo-Life  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzW5Kb8u0Og [also, see this informative technology page from Dutchsinse on weather control: http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/want-to-know-about-weather-modification-haarp-vlf-hf-and-chemtrails-want-to-prove-it-to-a-non-believer-here-you-go/
   When the dust settles in our new global atmosphere conducive to extraterrestrial manipulation, choked with particulates and carrier waves, we will indeed be something else. Radiofrequency effects expert Dr. Neil Cherry added that among the deleterious alterations of RF exposure is the opening of the Blood Brain Barrier. www.neilcherry.com  The visionary Cyborgologists Clynes and Kline offered their recommendations for action in 1960: "Altering man's bodily functions to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial environments would be more logical than providing an earthly environment...
...This self-regulation must function without the benefit of consciousness in order to cooperate with the body's own autonomous homeostatic controls..." http://jenniferlake.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/cyborgology/
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"The first lines of the [War] scroll lay the framework for a three-stage conflict between the Sons of Light..and the Sons of Darkness… the writer of the scroll was particularly concerned with..the very final day of battle.. [and] built his encouragement on a biblical theology of rescue… Coupled with this aspect was his understanding that great suffering was part of God’s will for the redeemed… Ultimately, God’s purpose was to exalt the Sons of Light and to judge the Children of Darkness. The message is one of hope… God was preparing to intervene and bring a permanent solution for the problem of evil.
…The Sons of Light and the forces of Darkness shall fight together to show the strength of God… It is a time of distress for all the people who are redeemed… In all their afflictions none exists that is like it, hastening to its completion as an eternal redemption.”
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Compare…
“[The] three-fold corollary of Nihilist thought. First, the corollary of the Nihilist annihilation of the Old  Order is the conception of a “new age”–”new” in an absolute, and not a  relative, sense. The age about to begin is not to be merely the latest, or even  the greatest, of a series of ages, but the inauguration of a whole new time; it  is set up against all that has hitherto been. “It may be,” said Nietzsche in a  letter of 1884, “that I am the first to light upon an idea which will  divide the history of mankind in two”; as the consequence  of this idea, “all who are born after us belong to a higher history than any  history hitherto.” Nietzsche is, of course, blinded by  his pride; he made no original “discovery” but only found words for what had  been “in the air” already for some time. Precisely the same idea, in fact, was  expressed twelve years earlier by Dostoyevsky in the person of Kirillov, the  most extreme of the “possessed”:  Everything will be new … then they will divide history into two  parts: from the gorilla to the annihilation of God, and from the annihilation of  God to the transformation of the earth, and of man physically.”
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                         New Age, New Earth, New Man

The extraterrestrial objective, in its dualistic twin aspects of “manipulative” and “ethical” is described in this essay on Nihilism:
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   “The first and most obvious item in the program of Nihilism is the destruction of  the Old Order. The Old Order was the soil, nourished by Christian Truth, in which men had their  roots…Effective war against God and His Truth requires the destruction of every  element of this Old Order; it is here that the peculiarly Nihilist “virtue” of  violence comes into play… Demagogic incitement of the masses and the arousing of the basest passions for  revolutionary purposes have long been standard Nihilist practice… No place is secure from the encroaching empire of this Nihilism; everywhere men  feverishly pursue the work of “progress”–for what reason they do not know, or  only very dimly sense.. activity that promises forgetfulness of  the spiritual emptiness that attends all worldliness… [It] is a cold, inhuman world that men without God are fashioning..; the same spirit is present in the disease of  total planning… The destruction of the Old Order, however, and the organization of the “new  earth”..are but the preparation for a work more significant and more ominous than  either: the “transformation of man.”
   This was the dream of the pseudo-Nietzscheans, Hitler and Mussolini, of a  “higher humanity” to be forged through a “creative” violence; “this is the  mission of our century,” said Hitler’s propagandist Rosenberg: “out of a new  life myth to create a new human type.”…Putting aside for the moment the question of what kind of men are to be produced  by this process, let us note carefully the means utilized: it is again violence, which is as necessary to the formation of the “new man” as it  is to the building of a “new earth.” The two, indeed, are intimately connected  in the determinist philosophy of Marx, for “in revolutionary activity, change of  self coincides with the change of circumstances.” The change of circumstances, and more to the point, the process of changing  them through revolutionary violence, transform the revolutionaries  themselves. Here Marx and Engels, like their contemporary Nietzsche, and like  Lenin and Hitler after them, subscribe to the mystique of violence, seeing a  magical change to be wrought in human nature through indulgence of the passions  of anger, hatred, resentment, and the will to dominate. In this regard we must  make note also of the two World Wars, whose violence has helped to destroy  forever the Old Order and the old humanity, rooted in a stable and traditional  society, and has had a large role in producing the new uprooted humanity that  Marxism idealizes. The thirty years of Nihilist war and revolution between 1914  and 1945 have been an ideal breeding-ground for the “new human type. “
   …[T]he most striking forms of Nihilist Vitalism, whose cumulative effect has been  to uproot, disintegrate, and “mobilize” the individual, to substitute for his  normal stability and rootedness a senseless quest for power and movement, and to  replace normal human feeling by a nervous excitability. The work of Nihilist  Realism, in practice as in theory, has been parallel and complementary to that  of Vitalism: a work of standardization, specialization, simplification,  mechanization, dehumanization; its effect has been to “reduce” the individual to  the most “Primitive” and basic level, to make him in fact the slave of his  environment, the perfect workman in Lenin’s worldwide “factory.”
…Many thinkers are able to see the clear connection between the Nihilist  philosophy that reduces reality and human nature to the simplest possible terms,  and a Nihilist practice that similarly reduces the concrete man; not a few,  also, realize the seriousness and the radicalness of this “reduction” even to  the extent of seeing in it, as does Erich Kahler, a qualitative change in human  nature.  “(The) powerful trend toward the disruption and invalidation of the  individual … manifestly present in the most diverse currents of modem  life–economic, technological, political, scientific, educational, psychic and  artistic–appears so overwhelming that we are induced to see in it a true  mutation, a transformation of human nature.

   …What, more realistically, is this “mutation,” the “new man”? He is the rootless  man discontinuous with a past that Nihilism has destroyed, the raw material of  every demagogue’s dream; the “free-thinker” and skeptic, closed only to the  truth but “open” to each new intellectual fashion because he himself has no  intellectual foundation; the “seeker” after some “new revelation,” ready to  believe anything new because true faith has been annihilated in him; the planner  and experimenter, worshipping “fact” because he has abandoned truth, seeing the  world as a vast laboratory in which he is free to determine what is “possible”;  the autonomous man, pretending to the humility of only asking his “rights,” yet  full of the pride that expects everything to be given him in a world where  nothing is authoritatively forbidden; the man of the moment, without conscience  or values and thus at the mercy of the strongest “stimulus”; the “rebel,” hating  all restraint and authority because he himself is his own and only god; the  “mass man,” this new barbarian, thoroughly “reduced and “simplified” and capable  of only the most elementary ideas, yet scornful of anyone who presumes to point  out the higher things or the real complexity of life.
   These men are all one man, the man whose fashioning has been  the very purpose of Nihilism. But mere description cannot do justice to this  man; one must see his image. And in fact such an image has quite recently been  portrayed; it is the image of contemporary painting and sculpture, that which  has arisen, for the most part, since the end of the Second World War, as if to  give form to the reality produced by the most concentrated era of Nihilism in  human history. The human form, it would seem, has been “rediscovered” in this  art; out of the chaos of total abstraction, identifiable shapes emerge. The  result, supposedly, is a “new humanism,” …But what kind of “man” is it to which this art has “returned”? It is certainly  not Christian man, man in the image of God, for no “modern” man can believe in  him; nor is it the somewhat diluted “man” of the old humanism, whom all  “advanced” thinkers regard as discredited and outmoded. It is not even the “man”  disfigured and denatured in the earlier “Cubist” and “Expressionist” art of this  century; rather, it begins where that art leaves off, and attempts to enter a  new realm, to depict a new man. …little reflection should be required to penetrate to the secret of this art:  there is no question of “man” in it at all; it is an art at once subhuman and  demonic. It is not man who is the subject of this art, but some lower creature  who has emerged (“arrived” is Giacometti’s word for it) from unknown depths.
   The bodies this creature assumes (and in all its metamorphoses  it is always the same creature) are not necessarily distorted violently; twisted  and dismembered as they are, they are often more “realistic” than the figures of  man in earlier modern art. This creature, it is clear, is not the victim of some  violent attack; rather, he was born deformed, he is a genuine  “mutation.” …Even more revealing than the bodies of these creatures are the faces. It would  be too much to say that these faces express hopelessness; that would be to  ascribe to them some trace of humanity which they most emphatically lack. They  are the faces, rather, of creatures more or less “adjusted” to the world they  know, a world not hostile but entirely alien, not inhuman but “a-human.”…Man, in this art, is no longer even a caricature of himself; he is no longer  portrayed in the throes of spiritual death, ravaged by the hideous Nihilism of  our century that attacks, not just the body and soul, but the very idea and  nature of man…

   The existence of this “new man, whose faith and hope are directed solely to this  world, is but another proof of the success of the Nihilist program. The “new  man” in his “positive” form is taken from the same photograph of which the  subhumanity we have described is the negative. In the negative he is seen as  defeated and denatured by an inhuman world; the pessimism and despair of this  image–and this is their only positive significance–are a last feeble protest  against the work of Nihilism, at the same time that they are a testimony to its  success. In the positive, the “new man” has set about to change the world, and  at the same time to change his own attitude to one of acceptance of the modern  world which, though imperfect, is the only one he knows; in this image there is  no more conflict, for man is well on the way to being thoroughly refashioned and  reoriented, and thus perfectly “adjusted” to the new world. The two images are  one in issuing from the death of man as he has hitherto been known–man living  on earth as a pilgrim, looking to Heaven as his true home–and in pointing to  the birth of a “new man” solely of the earth, knowing neither hope nor despair  save over the things of this world. …
   …The new age, which many call a “post-Christian” age, is at the same time the age  “beyond Nihilism”–a phrase that expresses at once a fact and a hope. The fact  this phrase expresses is that Nihilism, being negative in essence even if  positive in aspiration, owing its whole energy to its passion to destroy  Christian Truth, comes to the end of its program in the production of a  mechanized “new earth” and a dehumanized “new man”: Christian influence over man  and over society having been effectively obliterated, Nihilism must retire and  give way to another, more “constructive” movement capable of acting from  autonomous and positive motives…
…The hope contained in the phrase, “beyond Nihilism,” is the naive one that it  has a spiritual as well as an historical reference, that the new age is to see  the overcoming of Nihilism and not merely its obsolescence. The god of Nihilism,  nothingness, is an emptiness, a vacuum waiting to be filled; those who have  lived in this vacuum and acknowledged nothingness as their god cannot but seek a  new god and hope that he will lead them out of the age and the power of  Nihilism. It is such people who, anxious to draw some positive significance from  their situation, and unwilling to believe that the Nihilism through which our  age has passed can be entirely unfruitful, have constructed an apology in which  Nihilism, however evil or unfortunate it may be in itself, is seen as the  necessary means to an end beyond itself, as destruction preceding  reconstruction, as darkness preceding the dawn. If the present darkness,  uncertainty, and suffering are unpleasant–so this apology continues–they are  at the same time beneficial and purifying; stripped bare of illusions, in the  midst of a “dark night” of doubt and despair, one can only suffer these trials  in patience and remain “open” and “receptive” to what the omnipotential future  may bring. Nihilism, it is presumed, is the apocalyptic sign of the advent of a  new and better age.” http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/nihilism.html#4
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See comment 4, Race to Space about Robert Goddard, Charles Lindbergh, Harry Guggenheim, Carl Jung, Jack Parsons and L.Ron Hubbard.
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An event in 1958 led Jung to conclude that it was more desirable for people to believe UFOs exist than to believe they don’t exist. One of his final works, Flying Saucers, was an attempt to answer why it was more desirable to believe in their existence. Jung came to the conclusion that UFOs were examples of the phenomena of synchronicity where external events mirror internal psychic states… For Jung the UFO images had much to do with the ending of an era in history and the beginning of a new one… The symbolism of alien abduction is very different than the old one of colonization…  colonization..brings with it the possibility of struggle, of emancipation and independence. Abduction, however, recognizes the futility of resistance… abduction involves the sense that things are happening behind our backs. A great paradox is perhaps at the end of this symbolism as Dean concludes her book with the following: ‘To fight colonization, we take control. We don’t fight abduction; we simply try to recover our memories, all the while aware that they could be false, that in our very recovery we participate in an alien plan.’  ” http://www.meta-religion.com/Psychiatry/Analytical_psychology/symbolism_of_ufos.htm

April 13, 2012

Cyborgology

                                                                    
“There are many actual cyborgs among us in society. Anyone with an artificial organ, limb or supplement (like a pacemaker), anyone reprogrammed to resist disease (immunized) or drugged to think/behave/feel better (psychopharmacology) is technically a cyborg… there is no consensus on what a cyborg is… Many see..Frankenstein’s creature as the first cyborg… ” –Chris Gray, p2, The Cyborg Handbook
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“A cyborg, short for “cybernetic organism”, is a being with both biological and artificial (e.g. electronic, mechanical or robotic) parts. The term was coined in 1960 when Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline used it in an article about the advantages of self-regulating human-machine systems in outer space….  the term “Cybernetic organism” has been applied to networks, such as road systems, corporations and governments, which have been classed as such. The term can also apply to micro-organisms which are modified to perform at higher levels than their unmodified counterparts…
   “The concept of a man-machine mixture was widespread in science fiction before World War II…
The term [cyborg] first appears in print [in 1960]..when The New York Times reported on the Psychophysiological Aspects of Space Flight Symposium where Clynes and Kline first presented their paper;
A cyborg is essentially a man-machine system in which the control mechanisms of the human portion are modified externally by drugs or regulatory devices so that the being can live in an environment different from the normal one.” – Clynes and Kline, 1960 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybernetic_organism
Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline:
Altering  man’s bodily functions to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial environments  would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in space… This self-regulation must function without the benefit of consciousness in order to cooperate with  the body’s own autonomous homeostatic controls…
…While it is quite difficult to set upper limits to ‘natural’ human physiological and psychological  performance, we can take as minimal the capabilities demonstrated under control conditions such as yoga or hypnosis. The imagination is stretched by the  muscular control of which even the undergraduate at a Yoga College is capable,  and hypnosis per se may prove to have a definite place in space travel, although  there is much to be learned about the phenomena of disassociation,  generalization of instructions, and abdication of executive control.
      We are now working on a new  preparation which may greatly enhance hypnotizability, so that pharmacological  and hypnotic approaches may be symbiotically combined.
Wakefulness… The extension of normal functioning through the use of that group of drugs known  as psychic energizers, with adjunctive medication, for this purpose is a  present-day reality…
Radiation  Effects. One  subsystem of the Cyborg would involve a sensor to detect radiation levels and an  adaptation of the Rose osmotic pump which would automatically inject protective  pharmaceuticals in appropriate doses. Experiments at the AF School of Aviation  Medicine already indicate an increase in radiation resistance resulting from  combined administration of aminoethylisothioronium and cysteine to monkeys.
Metabolic..Controls. In the case of prolonged space flight…food — poses a  major problem. During a flight of a year Or longer… Hypothermia  (reduction of body temperature) would appear to be a desirable state in such  long voyages in order to reduce metabolism, and thus human “fuel” consumption… The use of.. hibernation (through pituitary control), alone or in  combination with pharmaceuticals, all seem to offer possibilities in attempting  to obtain and maintain such a state…
Enzyme  Systems. Under  conditions of lowered body temperature, certain enzyme systems would tend to  remain more active than others. The extent to which pharmaceutical or chemical  agents could influence this enzyme activity has not been systematically  investigated, but beyond question they will play an important role. Since  metabolism is subject to enzyme control, several intriguing possibilities exist.  For example, it may be possible through in vitro radiation to convert certain  organisms from aerobic to anaerobic states and, by studying changes in the  enzyme systems, to adapt them for eventual human use
Psychoses. Despite all the care exercised,  there remains a strong possibility that somewhere in the course of a long space  voyage a psychotic episode might occur, and this is one condition for which no  servomechanism can be completely designed at the present time. While an  emergency osmotic pump containing one of the high-potency phenothiazines  together with reserpine could be a part of the complete space man’s kit, the  frequent denial by an individual undergoing a psychotic episode that his thought  processes, emotions, or behavior are abnormal, might keep him from voluntarily  accepting medication. For this reason, if monitoring is adequate, provision  should be made for triggering administration of the medication remotely from  earth
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Current development in “remote medicine”:
May, 2012: [Nature magazine] “Researchers have remotely activated genes inside living animals, a proof of concept that could one day lead to medical procedures in which patients’ genes are triggered on demand.” http://www.nature.com/news/remote-controlled-genes-trigger-insulin-production-1.10585
“Some laboratory mice were given specially engineered insulin-producing genes. These genes were then remotely activated using radio waves. This could mean a whole new field of medical proceedures in which we turn genes on and off at will. This breakthrough is the work of geneticists at New York’s Rockefeller University… Admittedly..the researchers did first have to inject some nanoparticles onto the mice’s cells in order to affect their genes…
   “The radio waves are ideal for this sort of remote manipulation because they can pass through thick layers of tissue, and they can be easily focused…
Even better, the researchers have already developed a way to achieve similar, albeit weaker, results without having to inject nanoparticles at all. They have developed cells that can grow their own required nanoparticles… However, as Nature explains, this would still require growing tumors inside humans to actually get these cell cultures in place, which means the treatment isn’t yet ethically permissible in humans.”  http://io9.com/5908065/scientists-switch-mouses-genes-off-and-on-with-radio-waves?tag=genetics
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Manfred Clynes interviewed by cyborgologist Chris Hables Gray [published in The Cyborg Handbook, 1995]:
CHG: Why exactly did you guys decide to write about space travel?
MC: Nathan Kline was the director of this research facility there at the Rockland State Hospital and one day somebody asked him… Dr. Kline was interested in the application of drugs for the treatment of mental patients.
CHG: Yes, psychopharmacology
MC: Psychopharmacology. This man, I think Flaherty…
CHG: Yeah, he was with NASA.
MC:..invited him to write something for us at NASA. So, he talked to me and said, ‘Would you like to write something jointly with me? I will write about the drugs and you write about other physiologic systems.’ I said, ‘What do I know about this? I know nothing.’ Anyhow we agreed… And I coined this word cyborg…
CHG: I noticed you used the term participant evolution in that article.
MC: Yes. In other words man has now become conscious enough of the way he was built physiologically…that he could now supplement the homeostasis with which he evolved… So as to supplement it by his own imagination and through his own creativity…to simply allow him to make use of his faculties…
…I have to criticize a little what seems to be a great lack of appreciation of molecular biology among cyborg studies. The great things that are happening today in the scientific world are advances in molecular biology along with computers. Those are the two regions of our scientific world that are growing very rapidly, and compared to them psychology is dead in the water completely.
   It is already known that the emotional world of men is fashioned through molecules like neuropeptides… These peptides have receptors scattered throughout the brain..[and] it is known that the emotional world can be affected now by designer molecules. That’s where the computers and molecular biology will intermarry… computer-designed molecules..that will naturally work inside the brain and will be able to change the emotional aspects.
…They continually are making gene products, some are turned off, some are turned on…So that by controlling and knowing how to control the natural products, and turning the genes on and off, we will have tremendous power to change the emotional world of man.
…Evolution is more than survival of the fittest. And participant evolution can…probably improve the qualities of life more effectively..than by just waiting for the less fit to become extinct.” [pp46-53]
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Cyborg Ethics
C.H. Gray poses the question, “Could there be a cyborg ethics? Yes, we think so. And not just one. Several systems are implicitly elaborated in the pages [of The Cyborg Handbook]… David Channel has elaborated what he calls a ‘bionic’ ethic: ‘A bionic ethic must take into consideration both the mechanical and the organic aspects of the cybernetic ecology in order to maintain the system’s integrity, stability, diversity and purposefulness. Neither the mechanical nor the organic can be allowed to bring about the extinction of the other.’ (The Vital Machine, p154).” [p12]
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For the Human Materials Industry generated by “patient care”, the ethic is described:

When it appears that a patient will become brain-dead, a change in medical routines occurs. Care of the patient as a whole being becomes care of biological materials contained within and the technological components that convert them into useable products. There are two parts to the process; the maintenance of the body as incubator and storage container for the human materials, and the preservation and conversion of the specific materials themselves. It is important to note that this process can begin long before the patient is declared legally dead…
   “Once the brain ceases to function…the body is no longer a self-regulating system… Cyborg mechanics must replace brain functions…
   “Recognizing the considerable market potential of the human materials industry, pharmaceutical and medical supply companies have developed new products and entire new industries… The goals of these new products are to preserve tissue integrity before being removed, and to make the materials more ‘immunologically silent’ to prevent problems later when they are replaced inside another body. In essence, the human materials are being structurally, chemically and functionally transformed to make them more universal. In this way, they become not only substitutable mechanical parts, but more like off-the-shelf reagents, available for use in a variety of end-users.” [p208]
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This is possible in a late-capitalist age in which commodification has reached into hithertofore unimaginable realms of life. However it meant that ideas about the boundaries of the body as well as boundaries between human and nonhuman had to change… new social interventions were required. The first and most important was a new definition of ‘death’. The cessation of brain functions..is now accepted as the legal and medical category ‘death’…Brain death allows the suspension of time, which in turn allows cultural and bodily processes to be fragmented and reconfigured. Significantly, it allows the process to be staged by biomedical ‘managers’ and experts… this medical-legal construction left us with an even more ambiguous entity; the ‘living cadaver’. In attempting to reduce ambiguity, it is necessary to deconstruct the subject (the person), and reconstruct an object (the production unit)… Throughout the process, cultural meanings must be stripped from the person. Identity must be erased… While these processes can be called social technologies, the core technologies used..are chemical and mechanical. Through these, the physical body is reprogrammed and retooled for new uses…” [p206]
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While it may be true that many of us are living in cyborg societies, we have to remember that those are also plural societies… Future cyborg studies will hopefully attend to cultural beliefs and practices, and the ways in which they are transformed and transforming. Studying cyborgs and their social relations means not only learning where and how bodies exist in relation to machines, but also what types of bodies they are, and where they are situated. As Stone (1994) has pointed out, bodies and communities constitute each other. [p215]
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                                                      TechnoCalypse: The Transhumanists
                               (part one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri9CFs6x-MQ&feature=relmfu
                               (part two) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WpZz3R7vrM&feature=relmfu
                               (part three) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRILun-zvQI&feature=relmfu
                               (part four) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAFVQCTeF_A&feature=relmfu
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                                                        Walker Lake Dome Project
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The Walker Lake Dome Project, built by Universal Yoyodyne and announced on March 30, 2012, intends to enclose the town of Westwood, California, in the volcanic northeast region of the state. http://sheildgeometry.com/specifications.html;  “Interestingly, Westwood had a very large indoor shopping mall as far back as the 1930s, as well as a large theater, skating rink and club for the mill workers. The town was sold in 1944 to the Fruit Growers Supply Company, today known as part of Sunkist… The [2010] Census reported that 1,647 people (100% of the population) lived in households..and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westwood,_California

“The company plans on using the town as a proving ground for technology that might one day enclose major U.S. cities, especially those prone to weather related disasters…” http://www.susanvillestuff.com/2012/04/anaheim-company-announces-plans-for-westwood-dome/

Sunkist Growers, Inc  “is the largest fresh produce shipper in the United States, the most diversified citrus processing and marketing operation in the world, and one of California’s largest land-owners.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunkist_Growers; “[Albert D.] Lasker is largely responsible for America’s infatuation with orange juice. Lord & Thomas acquired the Sunkist Growers, Incorporated account in 1908, when Lasker was 28…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_D._Lasker  Formerly timberland harvested for Sunkist packing boxes, the Westwood area and other lumber centers are now managed forests: http://www.foresthistory.org/Publications/FHT/FHTSpringFall2006/FHT_2006_Citrus.pdf

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Cyborg publications: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/MCM/amm/archive/cyborgArch.html

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