Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Alfred Korzybski

Since discovering Jacque Fresco's genius work and popularizing it as much as I can, I got contacted by an associate of his and I grabbed the chance to ask if his wonderful way of applying the scientific method to language and society was derived in anyway from Korzybski, who also influenced another one of my heroes Robert Anton Wilson so much, the answer was yes. So I'm gonna read this 900+ page monster of a book called Science and Sanity and put up a little post.

Alfred Korzybski was a Polish-American philosopher and scientist most remembered for developing the theory of general semantics (also check E-Prime)

The essence of Korzybski's work was the view that human beings are limited in what they know by (1) the structure of their nervous systems, and (2) the structure of their languages. Human beings cannot experience the world directly, but only through their "abstractions" (nonverbal impressions or "gleanings" derived from the nervous system, and verbal indicators expressed and derived from language). Sometimes our perceptions and our languages actually mislead us as to the "facts" with which we must deal. Our understanding of what is going on sometimes lacks similarity of structure with what is actually going on. He stressed training in awareness of abstracting, using techniques that he had derived from his study of mathematics and science. He called this awareness, this goal of his system, "consciousness of abstracting." His system included modifying the way we approach the world, e.g., with an attitude of "I don't know; let's see," to better discover or reflect its realities as shown by modern science. One of these techniques involved becoming inwardly and outwardly quiet, an experience that he called, "silence on the objective levels."

Korzybski and to be
Many supporters and critics of Korzybski reduced his rather complex system to a simple matter of what he said about the verb 'to be.' His system, however, is based primarily on such terminology as the different 'orders of abstraction,' and formulations such as 'consciousness of abstracting.' It is often said that Korzybski opposed the use of the verb "to be," an unfortunate exaggeration. He thought that certain uses of the verb "to be," called the "is of identity" and the "is of predication," were faulty in structure, e.g., a statement such as, "Joe is a fool" (said of a person named 'Joe' who has done something that we regard as foolish). In Korzybski's system, one's assessment of Joe belongs to a higher order of abstraction than Joe himself.

Korzybski's remedy was to deny identity; in this example, to be continually aware that 'Joe' is not what we call him. We find Joe not in the verbal domain, the world of words, but the nonverbal domain (the two, he said, amount to different orders of abstraction). This was expressed in Korzybski's most famous premise, "the map is not the territory." Note that this premise uses the phrase "is not", a form of "to be"; this and many other examples show that he did not intend to abandon "to be" as such. In fact, he expressly said that there were no structural problems with the verb "to be" when used as an auxiliary verb or when used to state existence or location. It was even 'OK' sometimes to use the faulty forms of the verb 'to be,' as long as one was aware of their structural limitations.

Anecdote
One day, Korzybski was giving a lecture to a group of students, and he suddenly interrupted the lesson in order to retrieve a packet of biscuits, wrapped in white paper, from his briefcase. He muttered that he just had to eat something, and he asked the students on the seats in the front row, if they would also like a biscuit. A few students took a biscuit. "Nice biscuit, don't you think", said Korzybski, while he took a second one. The students were chewing vigorously. Then he tore the white paper from the biscuits, in order to reveal the original packaging. On it was a big picture of a dog's head and the words "Dog Cookies".
The students looked at the package, and were shocked. Two of them wanted to throw up, put their hands in front of their mouths, and ran out of the lecture hall to the toilet. "You see, ladies and gentlemen", Korzybski remarked, "I have just demonstrated that people don't just eat food, but also words, and that the taste of the former is often outdone by the taste of the latter." Apparently his prank aimed to illustrate how some human suffering originates from the confusion or conflation of linguistic representations of reality and reality itself.

Recurring Dream

Every night I dream of a house, a mansion of possibility
3 living rooms and 2 many doors providing only entry

Some are open, some are locked but none of them ever get knocked
I swim alone in potentiality with no real urge to choose destiny

The Invisible Forest

Antero Alli started scripting and making feature-length art films in 1993. His new feature, "The Invisible Forest", will be screening in USA west coast arthouses starting tonight March 14th in S.F. "The Invisible Forest" was inspired by the ideas of French Surrealist Antonin Artaud and follows the story of a sleep-deprived theatre director (played by yours truly unruly) who undergoes hypnotic regression in the hopes of stopping a reoccuring nightmare.

If anyone here (or your friends) want to see this film and also say hello to Antero (plans on attending all the screenings), here's the details:

here's the trailer
more on this movie
Films are also available on dvd

(omg this was my 666th post)

NWO Soldier


NWO Soldier

Iraq Winter Soldier Hearings: Victory for Independent Media

In 1971 at age 19, I had a life-changing experience when I met dozens of Vietnam veterans who’d descended on my hometown of Detroit to testify at the “Winter Soldier” hearings organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War. In anguished presentations, the Vets painstakingly described the horrors against Vietnamese they’d seen or taken part in. And the attitudes of racism and bloodlust that motored the war. Many vets blamed the lies in mainstream media for convincing them to go to Vietnam in the first place.

Virtually every soul in that Detroit hotel banquet hall wept openly at the heartfelt, bone-chilling revelations pouring out of the Vietnam vets struggling with bloody memories and post-traumatic stress. But no one outside that hall could see or hear the proceedings. No TV or radio networks covered the event.

This weekend at the National Labor College near Washington D.C., a new generation of vets convened by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) presented powerful hearings - “Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan” - that were more extensive and perhaps even more emotional.

Thirty seven years later, I again found myself sobbing at testimony from solemn young Americans returned from needless war, grappling with shattered lives over brutalities against civilians and prisoners they’d witnessed or participated in.

But I was nowhere near D.C.

This time, I watched the dramatic testimony - often buttressed by photographic and video evidence — live online at www.IVAW.org.

Read the rest of this article by Jeff Cohen

Elvis Suicide?

He looks really human in this one, poor fella.

Elvis 6 weeks before death


Elvis Suicide?

Future By Design

Why you spoiled li'l...

Do you kids realize how many goodies you get here every day?
I ask nothing in return, except that you share.
Spread the word why don't ya!
Thanks :)

The End of Money?

I hope this freaking world economy collapses before I have to get a job :p


The crisis may actually have far deeper roots, going back to the basis of capitalism itself, an economic system that constantly requires new markets to penetrate and cannot sustain itself without continually extending its reach. In a fully globalized world, where there are no new markets to reach or new resources to exploit, capitalism may have reached its natural limit. It is also imprecise to call the current system “capitalist” in a classical sense, as it is actually one where massive subsidies protect vested interests, from agricultural lobbies to oil companies, and the ideal of a “free market” is a convenient fiction.

In a fully globalized world, the Neoliberal model can only perpetuate itself through the types of shock effects described by Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine, where destruction is encouraged and then seized upon as an opportunity to redevelop and recolonize areas already within empire.

By Daniel Pinchbeck for Reality Sandwich
(I'd post 90% of their articles if I could get away with it :p)

Leonard Cohen



There's a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in

We Are All Shamans-in-Training

From Reality Sandwich

My parents bought into the psychiatrist's diagnosis that their only child had a mental illness, as in my parents' world doctors were genuine authority figures who knew what they were talking about. In the words of the late psychiatrist R. D. Laing,

"Attempts to wake before our time are often punished, especially by those who love us most. Because they, bless them, are asleep. They think anyone who wakes up, or who, still asleep, realizes that what is taken to be real is a 'dream' is going crazy."

Tragically, with the support and blessing of the psychiatric community, both of my parents passed away convinced that their son was crazy.

I Need You To Remember


Kirk Nugent: I Need You To Remember

Motivational quote

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
Anthony Robbins

The Age of Criminalizing Children

By Victoria Hardy
I feel compelled to ask, have we all gone insane? When did normal childhood antics become criminal behavior? Have our teachers, principals, school boards, safety officers, administrators and policy makers become so numb, blind and fearful that they can no longer differentiate life threatening events, from simple childish pranks and behaviors? Or is it deeper that that? Are we knowingly training our children to live in a police state where any minor misstep may lead to imprisonment?

Read it all here

The Aliens


The Aliens

you may not believe it
but there are people
who go through life with
very little friction or distress.
they dress well, eat well, sleep well.
they are contented with
their family life.
they have moments of grief
but all in all
they are undisturbed
and often feel very good.
and when they die
it is an easy death,
usually in their sleep.

Charles Bukowski

Believe Nothing



And even then keep your beliefs flexible. I call mine opinions, no beliefs.
Beliefs are fixed and filter out other information emotionally.
Will we know peace before we evolve beyond our dividing belief systems?
Opinions are temporary, flexible and welcome other information.
Everything's connected. Explore everything.

Not even a Small Change


Top 10 Quotes Against Work

"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind." -Aristotle

It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”
—Charles Bukowski, Factotum, Black Sparrow Press, 1975



"I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables—slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war . . . our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."
Fight Club, 1999

Live Beluga Whale Cam | Vancouver


[If image sticks or is missing and refreshing the page doesn't work, the camera server is down; please try again later. If it's murky, they are cleaning the aquarium and debris is everywhere. If it's dark, it's nighttime there. Ha-ha.]

Why why why


"This experience with the homeless has been very meaningful for me. I have come to gain an understanding of the stresses and difficulties the homeless experience on a daily basis. I have gained an appreciation for the ingenuity that most display in going about their lives in a rather hostile environment. Let there be no mistake about it, life on the street is tough and fraught with danger. I was amazed by how very little complaining I heard. The complaint most heard was how terrible it feels to be responded to as if they simply didn't exist. Rather, many said that they would prefer that a passerby say something like 'go f**k yourself, you lazy bastard, get a job' rather than look away as they passed. However, most seemed to recognize that the looking away represented the public's disturbing conflict about the homeless situation.


During the hundreds of hours of exploration and hundreds of contacts, I was responded to in a hostile manner very, very infrequently. Almost universally, people were quite willing and often enthusiastic to tell their stories. Consistently I heard accounts of dysfunctional families of origin, untreated serious addiction and mental illness and a few bad breaks to many. Almost constantly I was reminded how fortunate most of us are having a place called home. Often the thought occurred to me that 'There but for the grace of God, go I'. Perhaps that should be the title for the project."
Chuck Ferris MD

Daily Dedroidify: Why follow the Path?

Daily Dedroidify: Why follow the Path?

"Our ego would rather cling to what is known
rather than let go and set itself free

Why follow the path?

to silence the redundant noise
to stop the monotonous drone
to starve the relentless ego
to drop our pretentious programming
and finally
to find freedom"
Carlos Castaneda

"The guru is in you." Yogani

"A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting." Carlos Castaneda

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson



Step down into sand. Water carries from us here.

Pinback - Syracuse

Oz x 14


14 freaking synchromystic posts about Oz?

There you go!

Thanks a lot Thuther Thoughts

Carl Jung on Timewave Zero


Carl Jung on Timewave Zero

From A Kean Eye, also check out the post Novelty, Archetypes, and a big drink of H2O

What a Wonderful World


What a Wonderful World

Thanks Scientist's blog

Office Collar

Thé new product for thé consumer by Simon Brewster

Narrow your field of vision in the work place so you can focus on the task at hand!

"Just learn to be a good consumer, you're now a number you no longer got a face!" Good Riddance

But the commercials always tell me it's all about me? :-(

Adi Shankara clip


Adi Shankara clip

Spoilers :p
Adi Shankara encounters a Chandala (untouchable) and orders him to move. It is actually Lord Shiva in the guise of chandala.

The Chandala makes Shankara realize that the Self ( Truth ) is all pervading but the gross (Body) is transient.

Through this episode, Shankara realizes the main essence of the non-dual Advaita philosophy. Shankara is ashamed and perceives this divine incident and falls at the chandala's feet.

Are you one of these 8,244?

The population of the planet is about 6,795,000,000. In Gregg Braden's book "The Divine Matrix", Gregg states "the minimum number of people required to jump start a change in consciousness is the square root of 1% of a population." This means only 8,244 people are needed to bring about a shift in awareness… to bring about Peace, Harmony, Unity and Balance on the planet once again. ONLY 8,244 Positive People!

Are you one of these 8,244?

Another Oz Symbolist tour


The "Wizard of Oz", written by L. Frank Baum, is not a mere child's story. What is "Oz" a symbol for? Ounces. What is measured in ounces? Gold. What is the yellow brick road? Bricks or ingot bars of gold. The character known as the Straw Man represents that fictitious, ALL CAPS, legal fiction - a PERSON, the Federal U.S. Government created with the same spelling as your birth name. Remember what the Straw Man wanted from the Wizard of Oz? A Brain! No juristic person - legal fiction - paper corporation has a brain because he/she has no breath of life. What did he get in place of a brain? A certificate: a Birth Certificate for a new legal creation. He was proud of his new legal status, plus all the other legalisms he was granted. Now he becomes the epitome of the brainless sack of straw who was given a certificate in place of a grain of common sense.
Now, what about the Tin Man? Does Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) recall anything to mind? The poor TIN Man just stood there mindlessly doing his work until his body literally froze up and stopped functioning. He worked himself to death because he had neither heart nor soul. He's the heartless and emotionless creature robotically carrying out his daily task as though he were already dead. He's the ox pulling the plow and the mule toiling under the yoke. These days, his task masters just oil him nightly with beer and place him in front of a hypnotic television until his very existence no longer has any meaning or value. His masters keep him cold on the outside and heartless on the inside in order to control any emotion or feeling that might arise.

The Cowardly Lion was always too frightened to stand up for himself. Of course, he was a bully and a big mouth when it came to picking on those smaller than he. (Have you ever noticed how bullies are really the biggest cowards? They act as though they have great courage, but, in reality, have none at all. They roar, but with no teeth of authority to back them up.) When push came to shove, the Cowardly Lion always buckled under and whimpered when anyone of any size or stature challenged him. He wanted courage from the Grand Wizard, so he was awarded a medal of "official" recognition. Now, although remaining a coward, his official status allowed him to be a bully, but with officially recognized authority. (He's not unlike the Attorneys who hide behind the Middle Courts of the Temple Bar.) et al ad infinitum. What about the trip through the field of poppies? Did you notice how this had no narcotic effect on the Straw Man (no brain) or the Tin Man (no heart or soul)? They weren't real people, so drugs could not influence them. The Wizard of Oz was written at the turn of the century, so how could the author have known America was going to be drugged? The Crown has been playing the drug cartel game for centuries. Just look up the history of Hong Kong and the Opium Wars. The Crown already had valuable experience conquering all of China with drugs, so why not the rest of the world? What was the Emerald City? The Federal Reserve System.

Who finally exposed the Wizard for what he really was? Toto, the ugly (or cute, depending on your perspective) and somewhat annoying little dog. Toto means "in total, all together; Latin in toto." What was it that the witch wanted after she alleged that the little dog had bitten her? TOTO. ..everything. Notice how Toto was not scared of the Great Wizard's theatrics, yet he was so small in size, compared to the Wizard, that no one seemed to notice him? The smoke, flames and holographic images of Oz were designed to frighten people into doing as the Great Wizard commanded. Toto simply padded over, looked behind the curtain (the COURT, etc.), saw it was a scam, started barking until others paid attention to him and came to see what all the barking was about. Who was behind the curtain? Just an ORDINARY PERSON controlling the levers that created the illusion of the Great Wizard's power and authority. When Toto pulled back the curtain and completely exposed him, the charade was at an end. (The veil hiding the corporate legal fiction and its false courts was removed.) The Wizard's game was UP. What was he after all? ... a con-man. A FRAUD.

We can see, in this tale, just how loud the bark from a little dog can be. How about YOUR bark? How big is it? Most of us remain silent and wait to be given whatever food and recognition, if any, by our legal master. Let us not forget those pesky flying monkeys. What perfect mythical creatures to represent the Bar Association Attorneys who attack and control the little people for the Great Crown Wizard, the powerful and grand Bankers of Oz: GOLD! How, finally, was the evil witch destroyed?... pure, clean water - LIQUIDATION! How, at last, did Dorothy get home? She simply clicked her heels. She always had the power, and SO DO WE! What would it take to expose the Wizard for what he is, tearing away his veils? We each need only a brain, a heart and soul --- and COURAGE. Then, and perhaps of the greatest importance, we need to learn HOW to WORK TOGETHER. Only "in TOTO," WORKING TOGETHER as ONE Body of the King of Kings, (whatever name or form that may take for each of us), can we have the FREEDOM.

Source: Author Unknown.

KRS ONE VS Hannity


KRS One VS Hannity

What's ridiculous about this is people like KRS One need to do their best to be understandable to corporate slaves like Hannity.

Alan Watts: Kundalini


Alan Watts: Kundalini

WeAreChange confronts Bo Dietl


WeAreChange confronts Bo Dietl

Prisonplanet.com article

Educating The Sheeple


Educating The Sheeple

V for Vendetta Televised speech


V for Vendetta Televised speech