Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Daily Dedroidify: The Number 23, 17 and the law of fives.

Daily Dedroidify: The Number 23

Check out the link for more cause it's too much to post here (added the first sections though). In the Illuminatus Trilogy it is known as the 23/17 phenomonen (wink to Chris Knowles). Check out the link for more info on 23/17 including Illuminatus Excerpts, all things related 23 and the movie with Jim Carrey.

Robert Anton Wilson: What is the 23 enigma?

The "23 Enigma" is the Discordian belief that all events are connected to the number 23, given enough ingenuity on the part of the interpreter. It can be seen in Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea's Illuminatus! trilogy (there called the "23/17 phenomenon"), Wilson's Cosmic Trigger I: The Final Secret of the Illuminati (there called "The Law of 23s" and "The 23 Enigma"), Arthur Koestler's Challenge of Chance, as well as the Principia Discordia. In these works, 23 is considered either lucky, unlucky, sacred to the goddess Eris, sinister, sacred to the unholy gods of the Cthulhu Mythos, or strange.
Discordians regard this as a corollary of the Law of Fives. As with most numerological claims, the 23 enigma can be viewed as an example of apophenia, selection bias, and confirmation bias. In interviews, Wilson has acknowledged the self-fulfilling nature of the 23 enigma, implying that the real value of the Laws of Fives and Twenty-threes lies in their demonstration of the mind's power to perceive "truth" in nearly anything.
"When you start looking for something you tend to find it. This wouldn't be like Simon Newcombe, the great astronomer, who wrote a mathematical proof that heavier than air flight was impossible and published it a day before the Wright brothers took off. I'm talking about people who found a pattern in nature and wrote several scientific articles and got it accepted by a large part of the scientific community before it was generally agreed that there was no such pattern, it was all just selective perception." - Robert Anton Wilson explaining how easily people find facts to back their conspiracy theories after using the 23 phenomenon to illustrate this tendency (From Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything, Sounds True, December 2001). In the Illuminatus! Trilogy, he expresses the same view: that one can find a numerological significance to anything, provided "sufficient cleverness." Though check the video linked above if this piece of text took the mystery out of it for you ;). (from the wikipedia article)

Fusion Anomaly 23: The Law of Fives states simply that:

9/11 2001: 9+11+2+1=23. WTC: W=23rd letter, T=20th, C=3rd, T+C=23. The BBC also reported the collapse of WTC building 7 which wasn't hit by a plane but obviously imploded due to controlled demolition (like Building 1 and 2) 23 minutes before its actual collapse. Oops. 2012: 20+1+2=23
David Beckham's choice of the number 23 shirt to play for Real Madrid: Michael Jordan wore the number 23 shirt, Caesar was stabbed 23 times, 23 mph is the maximum speed of an American crow; and let's not forget AA23, the cell in which Princess Leia was held in the original Star Wars movie. W is the 23 letter of this alphabet. The symbol for that letter is two points down and three points up.
VW the abbreviation for Volkswagen has V=roman numeral for 5 and W=2 down and 3 up in it. Waco Texas and the Oklahoma bombing both happened on april 19th, 19+4 (april)=23. The Hiroshima bomb was dropped at 8.15, 8+15=23.
23 Annunaki, the number of the supposed original advance team of "aliens" who aided in the seeding of life on this planet. William Shakespeare was born and died on April 23. Most of Shakespeare is known to us through the first folio published in 1623. The human biorhythm cycle is generally 23 days. One measures a circle beginning anywhere. It takes 23 seconds for blood to circulate through the human body.
Apollo 'Lunar Landings' 1 & 2 - First 'landing' on the Moon was in the Sea of Tranquility, 23.63 degrees East. Second 'landing' was in the Ocean of Storms, 23.42 degrees West. Notice the names of the picked sights and how they contrast. Note: First two 'landings' were Apollo 11 & 12 (11+12= 23).
In the early '60's in Tangiers, William Burroughs knew a certain "Captain Clark" who ran a ferry from Tangiers to Spain. One day, Clark said to Burroughs that he'd been running the ferry 23 years without an accident. That very day the ferry sank, killing Clark and everyone aboard. In the evening, Burroughs was thinking about this when he turned on the radio. The first newscast headlined the crash of an airline plane on the New York-Miami route. The pilot was another Captain Clark and the flight was listed as Flight 23 (ala the line "Captain Clark welcomes you aboard."). The human body has 46 chromosomes, which are paired, in somatic cells. Generative cells have half this number, 23, which is the number of chromosomes each parents gives to human DNA.
23 Axioms in Euclid's Geometry. The Knights Templars had only 23 Grandmasters. Jacques de Molay was the 23rd and last of the Templar Grandmasters. After the Rodney King verdict, a Korean shopkeeper during the L.A riots can be clearly seen shooting at looters from the roof of a building in front of a large sign proclaiming the number 23 and nothing else. There are 23 letters in the Latin alphabet. Max Headroom broadcast on Network 23.
Nissan is a brand of Japanese cars. In Japanese, "ni" is 2, and "san" is 3. So Nissan would be 23. In the film Alice of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland by the Czech director/animator Jan Svankmejer, Alice's taxidermically stuffed rabbit flings open the door by dressing itself and running 'away'. The case that holds the white rabbit (i.e. Pookah (i.e. one who takes you OUT)) is labeled "No. 23" 23 is the first prime number in which both digits are prime numbers and add up to another prime number. In the Qabalistic Tree of Life the 23rd path is associated with the Hanged Man Tarot Card. Aleister Crowley also states that this card represents the concept that the only way OUT is WITHIN. 23 HOP is the club where the Toronto rave scene was created.
Popeye is seen repeatedly pondering the number 23 in many of his 1970's TV Cartoons. Film: Star Wars In the final assault on the Death Star, Luke Skywalker is in Red 5. Red 2 and Red 3 start the bomb runs at 23 degrees."Stay on target!" AA-23 designation of the detention block on the first Death Star used to imprison Princess Leia. It was located on Level 5. Standard TCP/IP port for Telnet is 23.
In the movie THX1138 directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppala, the main police droid is number 23. Church of the Process - Famed church, espoused by Skinny Puppy and Psychic TV, which regards 23 as a special number of great significance. The address of the Freemasons lodge in Stafford, England is 23 Jaol Rd. In New York it is on 23rd street. Physics: Tidal Wave Frequency - On average every 23rd wave crashing to shore is twice as large as normal. Money: U.S. Coinage - There are exactly 23 plainly visible characters (letters & numbers) on the front of U.S. Coins. The Earth is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees (At the moment).
Film: Unbearable Lightness Of Being - The characters had stopped in a doorway, as the Russian tanks rolled into the city. The number on the doorway was 23. TV series - Kung Fu episode #23 - The Tong - Caine helps a missionary woman rescue a Chinese boy from slavery to a member of the Dragon of Retribution Tong. There are 23 buildings on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington.
The "Dog Days" of summer begin on July 23rd when the star Sirius (the brightest star in our Summer sky), first rises from behind the sun in the Constellation of Canis Major. The pattern of DNA shows irregular connections at every 23rd section (angtroms). Humans have 23 vertebra running down their main bit.
Blood circulates the body on average every 23 seconds. the 23rd letter in the Greek alphabet is Psi. In quantum physics the wave function (denoted by the Greek psi symbol) is sometimes referred to as mathematical fiction. When Schrodinger developed his famous wave equation, it was a puzzle as to what psi really represented. It was concluded that the wave function depicted probabilities--and not energy. The 23rd hexagram of the I-Ching signifies chaos (Hail Eris!) Disintegration.
film One Hour Photo directed by Mark Romanek - 23 was shown twice. the number of the kid's soccer jersey, as well as how many peole waiting to be served at the one hour photo. It's also Catch-23 Productions.
film Matrix: Reloaded - Architect: The function of the One is now to return to the Source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which, you will be required to select from the Matrix 23 individuals - 16 female, 7 male - to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash, killing everyone connected to the Matrix, which, coupled with the extermination of Zion, will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race. Neo: You won't let it happen. You can't. You need human beings to survive.

from the article 23 of the great website Fusion Anomaly dot net
(the text before the open space is from an article and the VW,
9/11 and 2012 lines are by myself :p)

click for more on the nr 23


Secret Sun said...

Droidy, what's the link to 17 with 23? I missed that...

dedroidify said...

"That brings me to the 40 enigma. As pointed out (see illuminatus excerpt), 1 + 7 = 8, the number of letters in Kallisti. 8 x 5 = 40.

More interestingly, without invoking the mystic 5, we still arrive at 40 by adding 17 + 23. What, then, is the significance of 40? I've run through various associations—Jesus had his 40 days in the desert, Ali Baba had his 40 thieves, Buddhists have their 40 meditations, the solar system is almost exactly 40 astronomical units in radius (Pluto yo-yos a bit)—but I have no definite theory yet... "

Michael Skaggs said...

Amazing number synchs! WOW! I've seen many "mind control" schism books published under the name of Clifford Pickover, one called "The Mathematics of Oz" which I found overtly disturbing. Not sure myself what the link between 17 and 23 is, would like to know, but this is a great piece!

Thanks for sharing!

dedroidify said...

Pickover wrote some fascinating books including on DMT. I'd love to get my hands on them.