Thursday, September 4, 2008

8 Circuits: Circuit 2 MEGAPOST: Emo-Territorial, Belief System, Divide&Conquer, Anal, Feeling, Alcohol, Toddler, Politics

Second Circuit post in a a series of the 8 Circuit Model, I recommend reading at the very least the intro of the First Circuit Megapost here if you haven't already, before going on. (I will also keep adding content once and a while to these posts as I find more.) Also check out this post with an audio series on youtube covering all 8 circuits.

RAW short Circuit 2 Summary
The Anal Emotional-Territorial Circuit. This is imprinted in the "Toddling" stage when the infant rises up, walks about and begins to struggle for power within the family structure. This mostly mammalian circuit processes territorial rules, emotional games & power tactics, or cons, pecking order and rituals of political domination or submission.

adapted from Timothy Leary
While we are toddling we learn about emotional power tactics, and we make our first territorial demands. We learn how to use different attitudes and behaviors to get the desired reaction from the people around us. This circuit determines if we are dominanit or submissive in our adult lives. Damage to this circuit either makes a person easily intimidated, or overbearing and bossey. This is where we learn to live and let live.


As every parent knows, the toddler is no longer a passive (bio-vegetative) infant but a mammalian politician, full of physical (and emotional) territorial demands, quick to meddle in family business and decision-making. Again the first imprint on this circuit usually remains constant for life (unless brainwashed) and identifies the stimuli which automatically trigger dominant, aggressive behavior or submissive, cooperative behavior. When we say a person is behaving emotionally, egoistically or 'like a two-year-old', we mean that SHe (He/She) is blindly following one of the robot imprints on this circuit. (which leads to experiences, like ED209 here about to go down the stairs) In popular speech the second circuit is called "ego." The "ego" is "the second circuit mammalian sense of status (importance-unimportance) in the pack or tribe". Leary points out that politicians live in a second circuit "reality tunnel" because their only goals are territorial expansion and control over others.

Circuit 2 sheet
Leary: Emo-Territorial
Gurdjieff: False emotional
Freud: Anal
Jung: Feeling
Berne: Adapted
Sagan: Mammal
Piaget: Pre-Operational
Roddenberry: Dr. McCoy
Imprint sites: Thalamus
Intelligence: Emotional
Medium: Belief Systems
Education: Self-expression, Status & Personal Power
Day: Tuesday (Mars/Tyrs Day, the Day of War)
Chakra: Swadhisthana Sacral Unconscious Emotions Drives (see link)
Element: Water

"Run, puppy, run! Run, puppy, run!
Yonder comes the big dog- Run, puppy, run!"
Children's rhyme

Winner: "I am free; you are free; we can have our separate trips
or we can have the same trip."
Dominant: lead, seek power

Loser: "They all intimidate me."
Submissive: seek dominant types to lead them
note: reimprint via pranayama breathing meditation (be well informed,
messing around with breathing exercises isn't advised.)

Emotions as territorial signals. The compulsion for self-expression and personal freedom. Churns on the more aggressive emotional needs for dominance (political force), status, and self-esteem. Flight-or-fight reflex producing adrenaline rushes when confronting danger and personal triumph, as well as the depression and anxiety attacks often associated with low self-worth, feelings of helplessness and self-diminshment. When frustrated or over-emphasized, emotions inflate and/or deflate yielding conditions of taking oneself too seriously and/or not seriously enough. Mood swings. Emotional and Sexual Addictions. When emotional needs are satisfied, ego-strength and autonomy develop with some ability to excite, motivate and provoke others. EMOTIONAL CATALYSTS: Alcohol beverages. Amyl nitrate. Temper tantrums. Shouting matches. Military marches. Martial arts. High volume rock'n'roll. Slamdancing. Reichean therapy. Any "drug" relaxing emotional inhibitions or catalyzing catharsis.
OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS: Anxiety. Hypertension. Hysteria. Emotional dissipation and debilitation. Emotional numbness and vacancy.

I apologize for the Reid-monster picture but it's to illustrate a point. With alcohol when we get drunk enough our reason fades away to make room for an increased Circuit 2 consciousness, which means we turn back into toddlers.

The second, emotional-territorial circuit creates a two-dimensional
social space in conjunction with first-circuit advance-retreat.
The grid of Circuits I and II creates four quadrants. Note that Hostile Strength (the tyrant) is inclined to paranoid withdrawal; he must govern, but he is also afraid. Cf. the careers of Hitler, Stalin, Howard Hughes, etc. and the inaccessible Castle and Court in Kafka's allegories. Note also that the dependent neurotic is not in retreat at all; he or she advances upon you, demanding fulfillment of emotional "needs" (imprints).

Similarly from The Nine Insights by James Redfield, summarized by Alan Atkisson:
Childhood traumas block our ability to fully experience the mystical. All humans, because of their upbringing, tend toward one of four control dramas:
* Intimidators steal energy from others by threat.
* Interrogators steal it by judging and questioning.
* Aloof people attract attention (and energy) to themselves by playing coy.
* Poor me's make us feel guilty and responsible for them.

1. Never believe totally in anybody else's BS.
2. Never believe totally in your own BS.
Robert Anton Wilson

and the emotional, irreasonable defense thereof

"Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission."
Robert Anton Wilson

"We can all see how other people's BS (belief system or bullshit :p) makes them blind and "stupid" at times, but we find it very hard to notice how our own BS is doing the same to us. This is what anthropologists call 'acculturalization.' Following Gurdjieff, I prefer to call it hypnosis... Every politician knows how to induce hypnosis, and very damned few people on the whole planet know how to de-hypnotize themselves. The world is not governed by facts or logic. It is governed by BS (belief systems)."
Robert Anton Wilson

Bias is a tendency or preference towards a particular perspective, ideology or result, especially when the tendency interferes with the ability to be impartial, unprejudiced, or objective.

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."

In psychology, cognitive bias is bias based on cognitive factors. One type of cognitive bias is confirmation bias, the tendency to interpret new information in such a way that confirms one's prior beliefs, even to the extreme of denial, ignoring information that conflicts with one's prior beliefs. The fundamental attribution error, also known as correspondence bias, is one example of such bias, in which people tend to explain others' behavior in terms of personality whereas they tend to explain their own behavior in terms of the situation.

Types of Biases: Cultural, racial, geographical, inductive (eg. Occam's Razor), media, gender, linguistic, political, religious, sensationalist, scientific. Notice how you may find your authority figures in the above line.

"'Seeing' is not a function of the eyes alone, but of the eyes-and-brain working together. A popular proverb says, 'Seeing is believing,' but as the philosopher Santayana once pointed out, humans are much better at believing than at seeing." Robert Anton Wilson

Is Reality Distorting Your Ideals?"
Antero Alli

So quite nearly all of us have our own little dogmas illustrated by our unconscious behaviour and language, a Dogma is the established belief or doctrine held by a religion, ideology or any kind of organization, thought to be authoritative and not to be disputed, doubted or diverged from. While in the context of religion the term is largely descriptive, outside of religion its current usage tends to carry a pejorative connotation—referring to concepts as being "established" only according to a particular point of view, and thus one of doubtful foundation. This pejorative connotation is even stronger with the term dogmatic, used to describe a person of rigid beliefs who is not open to rational argument.

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
John Lennon

The opposite of the absolute dogma is catma, catmas are relative temporary meta-beliefs (until new info can possibly change it) of which many - even contradicting - can be held into one's consciousness for the widest perspective and the highest intelligence. Because there is much less ignoring = Ignorance. (Everything I say here is catma, subject to change or influence, only presented here for consideration and dedroidifying.)

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."
William James

"Whenever people are certain they understand our peculiar situation here on this planet, it is because they have accepted a religious Faith or a secular Ideology (Ideologies are the modern form of Faiths) and just stopped thinking." RAW

"I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion." Albert Einstein

"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world." Arthur Schopenhauer

Vertical and Lateral thinking.
More broadly, dogmatic and catmatic.
Think of a tree comparison, a dogmatic tiny tree with few branches
Or catmatic multi reality tunnel majestically branched out

"Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying."
Ram Dass

"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience and experiment. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind. There are no limits." John C. Lilly
(Check out more from John Lilly from previous posts Simulations of God: Excerpt 1, number 2, number 3, number 4 and the book download link.)

"Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy, because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes: you cannot see the truth. The very desire to find the truth disappears. But if all your belief systems are taken away from you, in the beginning certainly, it is bitter. I know the fear, the anxiety, that will surface immediately which you have been suppressing for millenia. But it is there, very alive, no God can destroy it. Only the search for truth and the experience of truth, NOT a belief is capable to heal all your wounds. To make you a whole being, and the whole person is the holy person to me." Osho

The Anal Mammalian Stage does not only allude to toddler potty training:
From Robert Anton Wilson's Schrödinger's Cat
Most of the domesticated primates of Terra did not know they were primates. They thought they were something apart from and "superior" to the rest of the planet.
Even Benny Benedict's "One Month to Go" column was based on that illusion. Benny had actually read Darwin once, in college a long time ago, and had heard of sciences like ethology and ecology, but the facts of evolution had never really registered on him. He never thought of himself as a primate. He never realized his friends and associates were primates. Above all, he never understood that the alpha males of Unistat were typical leaders of primate bands. As a result of this inability to see the obvious, Benny was constantly alarmed and terrified by the behavior of himself, his friends and associates and especially the alpha males of the pack. Since he didn't know it was ordinary primate behavior, it seemed just awful to him.
Since a great deal of primate behavior was considered just awful, most of the domesticated primates spent most of their time trying to conceal what they were doing.
Some of the primates got caught by other primates. All of the primates lived in dread of getting caught. Those who got caught were called no-good shits. The term no-good shit was a deep expression of primate psychology. For instance, one wild primate (a chimpanzee) taught sign language by two domesticated primates (scientists) spontaneously put together the signs for "shit" and "scientist" to describe a scientist she didn't like. She was calling him shit-scientist. She also put together the signs for "shit" and "chimpanzee" for another chimpanzee she didn't like. She was calling him shit-chimpanzee.
"You no-good shit," domesticate domesticate primates often said to each other.
This metaphor was deep in primate psychology because primates mark their territories with excretions, and sometimes they threw excretions at each other when disputing over territories.
One primate wrote a long book describing in vivid detail how his political enemies should be punished. He imagined them in an enormous hole in the ground, with flames and smoke and rivers of shit. This primate was named Dante Alighieri.
Another primate wrote that every primate infant goes through a stage of being chiefly concerned with bio-survival, i.e., food, i.e., Mommie's Titty. He called this the Oral Stage. He said the infant next went on to a stage of learning mammalian politics, i.e., recognizing the Father (alpha-male) and his Authority and territorial demands. He called this, with an insight that few primates shared, the Anal Stage.
This primate was named Freud. He had taken his own nervous system apart and examined its component circuits by periodically altering its structure with neurochemicals. Among the anal insults exchanged by domesticated primates when fighting for their space were: "Up your ass," "Go shit in your hat," "You're full of shit," and many others.
One of the most admired alpha-males in the Kingdom of the Franks was General Canbronne. General Canbronne won this adulation for the answer he gave when asked to surrender at Waterloo.
"Merde," was the answer General Canbronne gave. The word petard means a kind of bomb. It comes from the same Olde English root as fart.
General Canbronne's mentality was typical of the alpha-males of the military caste.
When primates went to war or got violent in other ways, they always said they were about to knock the shit out of the enemy.
They also spoke of dumping on each other.
(belief systems)

"Animals outline their territories with their excretions,
humans outline their territories by ink excretions on paper."
Robert Anton Wilson

As long as politics move from left to right, right to left. We do not move one step forward. Evolve beyond BS.

20 Amazing facts about voting in the US:
1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the US voting machine industry.
3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
Read the rest here.

Diebold (the name should make you suspicious at least DIE BOLD, hello?!), is also the company that makes the machines where I get my money out of in Belgium. Here, something to assure us. I'm not convinced.

There is no logic in Politics.

Haha, no really though. There isn't (study): "None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged. Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones."
Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory University.

Political beliefs are at the 2nd circuit. They get defended in an Emotional Territorial state. (Not a reasonable or rational one.) The TODDLER level. Are you still acting like a toddler politically or otherwise sometimes? Or do you know any others? ;p

"You can't spell believe without lie." NUFAN

symbols get mistaken for reality - symbols can be manipulated
hence 'reality' can be manipulated - messy situation develops

Believe in Change? What are you gonna change?

"All that is, is metaphor."
Noramn O. Brown, Closing Time

"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces."
Sigmund Freud

Sombunall (some but not all) Liberals think only the Republicans are responsible for the rigged elections. Because... oh no, John Kerry, fellow Skull&Bones man and distant cousin of Bush lost. And oh no, Al Gore, nobel prize winning liar lost (Global Warming=Snow in Kenya? Oh universe :p). Listening to (non-bought) scientists of both sides first, instead of a politician wether he's left or right seems more reasonable - remember the debates between these people, there was hardly any difference. Gore another distant cousin, is a descendant of Edward I, he is also a cousin of former U.S. president Richard Nixon. He is a descendant of Roman Emperors Louis II, Charles II and Louis I and is therefore also a direct descendant of Charlemagne - the eight-century Emperor.
Obama is related to Cheney and Bush... Obama's political lineage includes not just President Bush but also Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S Truman, Dick Cheney and Winston Churchill...
Bush is related to every European monarch on and off the throne - including the King of Albania - and has kinship with every member of Britain's royal family, the House of Windsor. All these are related somehow, the aristocracy never left.

Just because one of the two makes more sense than the other (depending on your BS - Belief System) doesn't mean they can't both be frauds - or both entrenched in their belief system instead of dealing with the truth, or however else you want to see it. What's an indicator of BS? Someone who puts belief (BS) before (even wanting to talk about) reality.

Bill O'Reilly about anything sensical: SHUT UP!
Bill Maher about 9/11: SHUT UP!

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

"So just think it through. Hatred is the stillborn child of ignorance and boredom. Such a narrow view! Means seeds of tolerance are sown by those who can't afford them. What will you do? It's not too late for you to change your xenophobic point of view!" Good Riddance

The 2nd Circuit is about Power
"People have murdered each other, in massive wars and guerilla actions, for many centuries, and still murder each other in the present, over Ideologies and Religions which, stated as propositions, appear neither true nor false to modern logicians - meaningless propositions
that look meaningful to the linguistically naive."
Robert Anton Wilson

"All around one the True Believers trudge by, mouths grim, brows furrowed, ulcers and worse eating at their innards. This desperate company of oddfellows (Thoreau) live in what psychologists call 'cognitive dissonance.' Because their reality-maps are, one and all, too small to cover the vast, eerie, amusing world in which we live, they are perpetually frustrated: the world does not live up to their fixed beliefs. They are all convinced that there is something radically wrong with the universe itself, or with the rest of humanity, and they never suspect that the real trouble is in their own rigid and robotic nervous systems."
Robert Anton Wilson

"Don't you know that if people could bottle the air they would? Don't you know that there would be an American Air-Bottling Association? And don't you know they would allow thousands and millions to die if they could not pay for air? I am not blaming anybody. I am just telling how it is."
Robert Ingersoll, A Lay Sermon

Why 'believing' nothing & exploring everything is vital
BS can sometimes be easily spotted: "Think about this. The people exposing the illuminati agenda are either christians, jews, other religious zealots, ex-CIA sex slaves, New Age technological spiritists, scientists and the like. I have yet to read information from any source exposing the agenda that points a finger directly at the real culprit in all this… The luciferian mindset. (His thoughts, not mine, I still have no idea what's going on :p) They don’t point a finger because they don’t realize the direct involvement by this entity in manipulating this whole agenda. If they did realize this, and did their research into the deep dark mysteries of Babylon, they would soon realize they’d be pointing a finger at themselves and would have to give up their lunatic belief systems." (remember RAW's quote earlier about our own and others belief systems...)
Bryan Kemila exposing his own belief system? He may be right, I dunno (yet? :p) With all do respect, what precisely is a luciferian mindset entity and how do you expose it, or he? (I jest a little, who can take reality too seriously anymore!? ;p) A curious thing in the conspiracy community is lots of people are pointing fingers at each other because they're not talking about those guys enough or at all - While they're exposing others. And then there's the possible counterintelligence disinformation campaigns... The truth requires investigation, pick your challenges wisely.
One can choose not to stay too serious all the time, after all having a scapegoat (;p) in the first place is a loser script, interesting excerpt from an article Language and Lunacy by RAW:
"I think we can only accept Oligarchy (political system governed by a few people) as the proper name for that system - not Matriarchy, as Philip Wylie suggested in the 1940s and not Patriarchy, as the Feminists have insisted since the 1960s. A group of rich families, not merely the males, make all the important decisions. This type of system has existed in every post-tribal society in history, including the ones that calls themselves democratic, socialistic or even communistic. Oligarchy virtually means the same as "civilization." Ignoring this fact, and picking out some scapegoat group like Jews or males, utterly confuses our political thinking and can lead to nothing but madness. "

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." Carl Gustav Jung

More about the Shadow here.

RAW: Consciousness Change and the 8 Circuit Model of Consciousness.

RAW on Drugs, yoga, Consciousness and more

This fascinating audio series from the audiobook: "RAW Explains Everything (Or old bob exposes his Ignorance)" is about Consciousness Change and the 8 Circuit Model of Consciousness. RAW gives an overview of each of the circuits and their use.

"I've had a lot of experiences which have changed my idea of reality profoundly, the idea of reality as a singular noun doesn't make any sense to me at all anymore." RAW

"So we've got the acceleration factor of information and the decceleration factor of the authoritarian structure which doesn't like the acceleration factor of information and keeps trying to slow it down, and that to me is the basic dialectic of history, information attempting to break free and ruling elites trying to stop the flood of information from unseating them and creating a world they can't manage because they can't understand." Robert Anton Wilson

Al Gore Snowjob

Al Gore Snowjob

Trust (non-bought) scientists over (left/right=who cares) politicians

Psst: The universe is trying to tell you something (snow in Kenya :p)
(play the video under the word MEDIATHEEK at the link)

Prison Break

Scofield does the planning, Linc does the breaking.

It's back! At first I thought this series looked really dumb with the tattoo commercials I saw on tv, but some buddies kept pushing and I haven't regretted watching it. Every episode is a damn thrill ride, we even had to take a break between the 2 new episodes of the 4th season lol.

Who are the bad guys in Prison Break?
The Company is a covert organization, a secret group of multinationals known almost exclusively by those who work for them (with the exception of those opposing them). Its influence and power over individuals stretches to the White House, influencing every decision the country makes. Its main goal is to maintain control over the country's economy. The Company has thus far also been described a group of multinational corporate interests, and as a shadowy cabal of corporations that influences everything that goes on in the United States.

The Company has influence over many agencies of the United States government, especially the Secret Service. With Caroline Reynolds, the former Vice President of the United States in their grasp, The Company held control over the government's sway on the energy bill and subsequently, the country's economy. However, The Company considers every individual who works for them a pawn to achieve their goals.
Where do they get this stuff? :p lol bad taste sorry. In reality the economy has long been 'taken over', and now the Company is going for total control over the citizen. Bad luck with that guys.

Btw the Company is also a nickname for the CIA, the Indian mafia, and is used similarly in the shows Heroes, Kyle XY and the Equalizer. I haven't seen the Equalizer but the show's name is the also the nickname of the main character, a former employee of the company who "brings balance to the force" - not quite. Check out the quotes for some cheesy lines which show the main dude as an anti-hero, what's an anti-hero? A role model for the future pawns of the 'Company' who just need the right (bs) reasons or a good dose of mind control.

I'm reminded of the excellent post at Celtic Rebel on the Dark Knight, here's the excellent excerpt:
If you want to know who the “bad guy” is, here’s a subtle hint: he’s the mother fucker that’s pointing a gun at you. Yes, he’s James Bond who belongs to “her majesties” secret service. He’s in no way beholden to you, the common man. He is sworn to protect the dark forces behind him (as poster from 22nd movie connotes). You are the enemy of the Order of Death (as Arnold’s belt-buckle reminds us).
Hilariously the good guys were first trying to take down the Company through 1 keycard (after Scofield gets apprehended by masonic checkered cops), at first I thought the writers totally fucking lost it. Episode 4x01 started absolutely horribly and was sending me and my buddy in despair, thankfully all was fixed after the 2nd episode was over. This keycard supposedly had all information on it from the Company, and the first guy that got it was just promoted... Ok that was so stupid it really should have made me think further (to my defense, it's still called the idiot box hehe), later it turns out that there are six cards. (I'm pretty sure the writers will be able to twist the story and we won't be waiting for 5 more card swaps). And the card, the monster to be taken down, is called Scylla. A name taken from a mythological six headed monster. And to illustrate what kind of a monster the Company is, the main guy gets slipped a note with only "10.000" written on it. Do you know what that means? That's how many people have to die for another agenda to be safe.

"If you're succesful with obtaining Scylla, you not only avoid jail time but you can take great pride in knowing you helped dismantle this country's greatest threat to its own (non-existant) democracy... If you're killed while doing so, the proper funeral will be provided. But if you try to escape you will have no funeral, you will be apprehended and buried where we find you. I sincerely hope we understand each other."
Special Agent Don Selph, Homeland Security
(let's hope his fictional boss isn't as corrupt as Michael Chertoff)

The phrase "between Scylla and Charybdis" has come to mean being in a state where one is between two dangers and moving away from one will cause you to be in danger from the other.

Scylla the six headed monster, Charybdis was a whirlpool.

So Scylla is the Company and Charybids is the few people in Government who wanna take down the Company (which means they know about it, oppose it, and are still alive :p). You can bet that Scofield will be turning faces to alabaster (see below).

How do you take down the Company in real life? How do you take down a pyramid? Well you don't bother with the bottom, you find out who's at the top, and obliterate it. "One individual, with electrons in his hand, can bring down an empire." Leary

Babylon ya throne fall down, fall down

Here is a song by the Police featuring the Scylla and Charibdis, the devil and the deep blue sea.

The Police - Wrapped Around Your Finger

In the beginning of the video Sting is standing in a spiral set up of candals: "Spiral out, keep going." Tool. The song is most likely about relationship issues of Sting when he was switching relationships and choosing a lesser evil? :p But for me it's about outsmarting the PTB, after letting them use you while in fact you are using them.

You consider me the young apprentice
Caught between the Scylla and Charibdes
Hypnotized by you if I should linger
Staring at the ring around your finger
I have only come here seeking (occult, esoteric) knowledge
Things they would not teach me of in college (educated fools)
I can see the destiny you sold
Turn into a shining band of gold

I'll be wrapped around your finger
I'll be wrapped around your finger

Mephistopheles is not your name
I know what you're up to just the same
I will listen hard to your tuition
You will see it come to it's fruition

I'll be wrapped around your finger
I'll be wrapped around your finger

Devil (Scylla) and the deep blue sea (Charybdis) behind me
Vanish in the air you'll never find me
I will turn your face to alabaster (white, shock)
When you find your servant is your master

Oh, you'll be wrapped around my finger
You'll be wrapped around my finger
You'll be wrapped around my finger

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

8 Circuit Model: Circuit 1 MEGAPOST: Physical, Bio-Survival, Security, Fight-or-Flight, Fear, Terrorism, Politics, Death

I will do a series on the 8 Circuit Model (not daily though), I thought it might help beginners to the model understand each circuit a little better. I've also found that re-reading and learning other interpretations by people always help me to understand it a little broader and better, so it can only help. I recommend the books Prometheus Rising and Angel Tech to learn more about the model, this webpage and its many links will help you too. Also check out this post with an audio series on youtube covering all 8 circuits.

What is the 8 Circuit Model, a model to help us de-droid-ify: "To understand neurological space, Dr. Leary assumes that the nervous system consists of eight potential circuits, or "gears," or mini-brains. Four of these brains are in the usually active left lobe and are concerned with our terrestrial survival; four are extraterrestrial, reside in the "silent" or inactive right lobe, and are for use in our future evolution. This explains why the right lobe is usually inactive at this stage of our development, and why it becomes active when the person ingests psychedelics (or engages in other right lobe activating practices.)" Robert Anton Wilson

It helps us to understand human behaviour (our own and that of others), increasing understanding and tolerance. It helps us understand the mechanics of belief. If every human being was educated about this psychological model the corrupt political system that runs on emotional bias, propaganda, lies and half-truths would collapse in a heartbeat and we could evolve towards a system that is beneficial for all, instead of just the politicians and their cronies.

short Circuit 1 summary by RAW
"This invertebrate brain was the first to evolve (2 to 3 million years ago) and is the first activated when a human infant is born. It programs perception onto an either-or grid divided into nurturing-helpful Things (which it approaches) and noxious-dangerous Things (which it flees, or attacks). The imprinting of this circuit sets up the basic attitude of trust or suspicion which will ever after trigger approach or avoidance."

Imprinting is the term used in psychology and ethology to describe any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior. It was first used to describe situations in which an animal or person learns the characteristics of some stimulus, which is therefore said to be "imprinted" onto the subject.

Neophilic: exploring, healthier
Winner Script: I will live forever or die trying!

"Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying. Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd."
Robert Anton Wilson 5 days before his death

"I've seen Tim Leary twice recently and he remains a marvel - absolutely the funniest and happiest dying man I ever saw. This, I think, is only partially due to his high hopes on the cryonic gamble (having his head preserved for future identity reconstruction). Partly, I think it's just Tim. Either he was born with special genes or he has learned to use LSD more positively than any other researcher, criminal or heretic on the planet. (In the dark ages, like now, `researcher, criminal or heretic' all mean roughly the same.) He stayed high and happy all through his prison years, too. In both prison and dying, he has cheered me up more than I have cheered him up." Robert Anton Wilson

Leary was on his death bed with friends surrounding him, to withstand the pain and be able to enjoy his company and vice versa, there was a tank of nitrous oxide which he inhaled with a balloon, injections of Dilaudid, doses of hallucinogens, various vials of white powder, a pack of Benson & Hedges and a daily highball. "I'm an Irishman," he declared. "I can handle my liquor! Whaddaya got?"

Leary's death was videotaped for posterity at his request, capturing his final words. During his final moments, he said, "Why not?" to his son Zachary. He uttered the phrase repeatedly, in different intonations, and died soon after. Zachary Leary found his fathers last words "beautiful." Leary's final moments also appear in the documentary, "Timothy Leary's Dead."

"Timothy Leary's dead. No, no, no, no he's outside looking in"
Moody Blues - Legend of a Mind

The opposite attitude:
Neophobic: insecure, dogmatic (even when shifting), sicker
Loser Script: I don't know how to defend myself...

note: reimprint via yoga (silent meditation practice in the same pose daily creates a more neophilic attitude, so does hatha yoga), martial arts. Bio-Energetic Breathwork aka Rebirthing, and the Isolation sensory-deprivation floatation tank are worth investigating too.

"There is nothing permanent or compulsive in your system except what you believe to be so."
Moshe Feldenkrais

Circuit 1 sheet
Leary: Biosurvival.
Gurdjieff: Movement
Freud: Oral
Jung: Sensation
Berne: Natural
Sagan: Reptile
Piaget: Sensorimotor
Roddenberry: Scotty
Imprint sites: Limbic
Intelligence: Physical
Medium: The Organism (the body)
Education: Passivity, Safety and Nourishment
Chakra: Muladhara Root chakra
Element: Earth
Day: Monday (Moon Goddess, Mother)

Preoccupies itself with physical safety and biological survival. Revolves around basic security needs and the warm, buzzy nodding sensations of infant bliss and being taken care of at the most primary levels of existence: food, shelter and enough sleep. When frustrated or over-emphasized the search for security intensifies, becomes an obsession and finally an addiction. Security Addiction expresses the lowest energy state of all trances. When the needs of this center are fulfilled, one lives with the knowledge of being a "survivor" with some ability to stabilize and secure others.
SECURITY CATALYSTS: Food, water, shelter, sleep, maternal lactation, Valium, 3-6 hrs. of television, Prozac, all sedatives, nicotine, most pain-killers, PCP, morphine and heroin. Any drug acting on the breathing mechanism of the brain stem by slowing it down and, by overdose, stopping it entirely.
OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS: Survival anxiety. The fear of: dying, of living, of eating (bolemia & anorexia), of chaos and of dirt. Obesity and malnurtrition.

"Physical intelligence naturally avoids what is toxic and approaches what is nourishing. It is only by being out of touch with our basic instincts taht this natural tendency is reversed; we avoid nourishment and are attracted to the toxic. There is nothing particularly 'WRONG' with this until we fail to see the long-term implications of self-destructive tendencies. Physical intelligence is sharpened through hunger, ask any dancer. There is a saying in Zen which demonstrates this kind of body wisdom: 'Eat when you are hungry, sleep when you are tired and wake up when you stop dreaming.' What could be more simple?" Antero Alli

It loosely corresponds to the Root Chakra:
related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality.

Evolutionary this is the first state of consciousness
it can be likened to the first uni-cellular & invertebrate life on this planet

"Few of our ancestors were perfect ladies or gentlement; the majority of them were not even mammals." Robert Anton Wilson

Carl Sagan called it the Reptile stage

evolutionary in humans this is the state babies are in untill their brain grows to facilitate more states of consciousness

Freud called it the Oral stage.

"Any mammal hooks the bio-survival circuit to the first imprinted bio-survival object: the teat. Bio-survival and orality are deeply blended in all mammals, including domesticated primates (humans)." Robert Anton Wilson

"This is why, despite the Cancer Terror, people still smoke cigarettes... Others chew gum (spearmint, juicy fruit, even sugar-free: something for every taste), bite their fingernails, gnaw their knuckles, scrunch pencil stubs, eat more than they need (Potato chips, anyone? A Mars bar maybe? pretzels, peanuts, cashews, do you want the cheese and crackers with your beer, mac? And do try the canapes, Mrs. Miller). Some chew their lips, gobble tranks and uppers, even munch their mustaches. What goes on in the bedroom is known to the Kinsey Institute and anyone who has seen a porn film.

How important is this oral imprinting? We read of a baby giraffe whose mother was accidentally killed by a jeep immediately after birth. The neonate, following hard-wired genetic programs, "imprinted" the first object that roughly fit the giraffe archetype - the jeep itself. He followed the machine around, vocalized to it, attempted to suckle from it, and, when adult, tried to mate with it." RAW

We can even hilariously apply Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek characters to the first four circuits of consciousness. For the first, it is Scotty the engineer. Taking care of the physical stuff! The 'body' and 'survival' of the Enterprise.

Circuit 1 consciousness is one-dimensional

Because we have not evolved quite mentally as we have technologically, and our upbringing, surroundings, education and media have a profound impact on our development, as a result:

"In 1968, a US Public Health survey showed that 85% of the population had one or more symptoms that we would call bad first-circuit imprinting or conditioning. These symptoms included dizzy spells, heart palpitations, wet palms and frequent nightmares. This means that 85 out of the next 100 people you meet should be regarded as, more or less, "the Walking Wounded."

This is the first level of meaning in our brutal, cynical propositino that most people are almost as mechanical as sci-fi robots. A man or woman entering a new situation with the anxiety chemicals of a frightened infant coursing through the brain stem is not going to be able to observe, judge, or decide anything very accurately.

And this is why Gurdjieff said, in his own jargon, that people are asleep and having nightmares.


The first circuit is the Bio-Survival circuit: Fight-or-Flight

"When the bio-survival circuit flashes danger,
all other mental activity ceases.
Robert Anton Wilson

They buy and sell your fears. They make a killing.

Newsflash: Fear and hate are not the answer to any problem!

"Terrorism is the best political weapon
for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death."
Adolf Hitler...

"Jingoism, racism, fear, religious fundamentalism: these are the ways of appealing to people if you're trying to organize a mass base of support for policies that are really intended to crush them." Noam Chomsky

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
George Washington

That is why fear is used every day in the media. Fear of terrorists (trained by the governments that make you fear them), immigrants (people who want to the shitty jobs you wouldn't go near), paedophiles (elite child sex networks anyone?), muslim fundamentalists (not all muslims are fundamentalists), rogue nations (like the US and Great Britain :p), etc. get the point?

"The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens - the more you control all the people." Noam Chomsky

So politicians are trying to scare you of terrorists, who could be and strike anywhere, anytime. About dealing with that, Bush: "I encourage you all to go shopping more."
There are mountains of evidence that the official versions of the biggest terrorist attacks in history are the craziest conspiracy theories out there. And that they were not done by the ones accused but were executed and/or allowed to go on by the country's own governments are easily dismissed thanks to the convincing authority-figure the government, mainstream media and 'scientists' are to people. This strategy is called a False Flag Operation, Problem Reaction Solution.

"Beware the leader who bangs the drum of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor. For patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and patriotism, will offer up all of their rights to the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Julius Caesar."

For instance, it is seen as inconceivable that the Bush administration would be able to stage 9/11 because they handled the wars and Katrina so poorly. "It required planning" said leftist gatekeeper Bill Maher. How ridiculous, because that then means they believe a few muslims out of a cave could do it better than the most wealthy, most powerful organization of humans ever on this planet, if anyone is able to pull off such a stunt, it is the US government or elements within it.

"Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd." Bertrand Russell

It is ignored that the war in Iraq wasn't supposed to end quickly, otherwise the military industrial complex and the oil industry would not profit as much as they do now (billions, billions go missing even, billions.). Confirmation bias quickly takes care of little bits of otherwise convincing evidence to an open mind. For instance this 'Osama' in the middle above is the one of the video that claimed 9/11. Too bad he doesn't even look like him, but hey, he has a beard and a turban! More pics: 1, 2. In the below pic: Videos 1, 2 and 4 show the real bin Laden, video 3 shows the "lucky find" 9/11 Bin Laden.

The War on Terror too is now a lucrative never-ending military industrial complex operation.

About Katrina: I invoke the great George Carlin: "These rich cocksuckers don't give a fuck about you. At all. At all. At all."

We are faced by a group of people who use fear to make even more money and increase their power, which means decreasing our power by taking civil liberties.

"The terrorists hate us for our freeDUMB." George W. Bush

In essense, the politicians of the entire Western World are themselves the Terrorists. Using terror to achieve a political goal, is terrorism.

Terrorism: the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimindation or coercion or instilling fear

Sounds like the agenda of the entire Western political world to me.

"We will find that we will not be able to find and kill the last terrorist, because, well, he is a metaphor. And you can't kill a metaphor, you can only turn it into a cliché." Sherman Alexie

"If the masses rule, man is controlled by ignorance.
If the church rules, he is conrolled by superstition.
If the state rules, he is controlled by fear.
Before people can live in harmony & understanding,
ignorance needs to change in wisdom."
Manly P. Hall

More than 1 million American people are now on the Terrorist Watchlist of the US.
How many of those do you think are just people who Question their Government?

* Terror refers to a pronounced state of fear - which usually occurs before the state of horror - when someone becomes overwhelmed with a sense of immediate danger. Also, it can be caused by perceiving the (possibly extreme) phobia. As a consequence, terror overwhelms the person to the point of making irrational choices and non-typical behavior.

As RAW says, all other mental activity ceases, try to think about that next time a politician or the media tries to scare you. If they manage in scaring you, it'll be hard to think about it...

The next administration in the US will be little different from Bush. Both Obama and McCain of the one party system unwaveringly support Israel, will not negociate with Hamas, have threatened Iran and Pakistan, do not intend to restore civil liberties, will stay in Iraq (Obama is NOT an anti-war candidate, he has said that the 'green zone' must be maintained in Iraq).

The police's actions against protestors have been outrageous this year at the Democratic and Republican conventions. These men who are "just following orders" (sound familiar) are rounding up journalists, protestors who are merely filming or taking pictures, without just cause.

Also, there is not much to fear while in riot gear (rhymes).
Here is the new Peruvian riot gear. Were the abs really necessary? Dudes you forgot the nipples! But their circuit 1 sense of safety is ensured.
Protesting, it's just un-american! But don't fear, or Hunter will laugh at you from beyond the grave. To overcome this you must start with the right attitude: We, the people, are the power elite, and don't you forget it!

"We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to fear - fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a terrorist sympathizer." Hunter S. Thompson

And in the "counterculture" - how much of it is engineered as well? - counterculture is another form of culture, it is also manipulated, sombunall people involved are also 'victims' of group think: Fear fascism and the rising police state, aliens, reptilians, nanotech, biotech, chemtrails, health issues. You can easily spot the value of a counterculture representative by the amount of fearmongering as opposed to the amount of informing they do, though it doesn't automatically mean they are counter-intelligence, ignorance is much underestimated.

* Paranoia is a term used to describe a psychosis of fear, described as a heightened perception of being persecuted, false or otherwise. This degree of fear often indicates that one has changed their normal behavior in radical ways, and may have become extremely compulsive. Sometimes, the result of extreme paranoia is a phobia.
Tip: Don't attribute too much value to your interpretations and assumptions, you can have suspicions (interpretations) but that doesn't mean you have to believe and/or fear them. Metanoia is the art of perceiving many (possibly contradicting) possibilities and interpretations, while keeping a positive, healthy explorative and solution-oriented attitude. (Spread information, find the others. Be mindful and fun doing it. Nobody likes to listen to a grouch, nobody likes to be 'rudely woken'.)

That being said, paranoia is grossly misunderstood and misused, anyone who sees through the sham of politics for instance is called paranoid by those who don't. Not believing an official explanation is not paranoia, investigating conspiracy research is not paranoia. Looking beyond what you're presented is not paranoia. It's called intelligence and finding out for yourself, instead of letting your opinions be dictated to you (wether that be from authorities, media, researchers or whoever.)

From V for Vendetta:
"Fear became the ultimate tool of this government."

"I want this country to stand on the edge of oblivion!
(Do you realize when you are Double Crossed?)
Want to hear a speech?

Boysetsfire - Walk Astray

Where were you the day they stole our innocence?
And arranged a sacrifice for everyone in town.
Drove the words yet to be written underground
To save the money on the kerosene they need.
Were you awake or were you sleeping?
Or just too afraid to disagree?

Well I don't wanna sing about freedom anymore.
I wanna see it! I wanna feel it!
I wanna know that it still sits beyond the lies that we've been told
beyond the wars that keep our families from home,
I know that there's a way.
Dear God, let there be a way
to change the path we're on
..and believe in a better day.

Our dreams are their worst nightmares, these songs a call to arms
we can dance on the graves that held us, we can change the course of time
Stand up and fight, save yourself, strike, the time is now

You and me, we are more like sheep, (more like sheep)
forced to march crippled feet to the slaughter

I'll stand on principle, banner lifted and a fist raised high
Filthy soul with a patriot heart, dancing rhythms in a world apart

But you and me, we can live like thieves
on the dreams that we stole from their fears

Casting pearls before swine, hanging dead on the vine
Can we strive to be so much more than this?

You and me, we are more like sheep
forced to march crippled feet to the slaughter

Economic Slavery?
"As civilization has advanced. The pack-bond (the tribe, the extended family) has been broken. This is the root of the widely diagnosed "anomie" or "alienation" or "existential anguish" about which so many social critics have written so eloquently. What has happened is that the conditioning of the bio-survival bond to the gene-pool has been replaced by a conditioning of bio-survival drives to hook onto the peculiar tickets which we call "money".

Concretely, a modern man or woman doesn't look for bio-survival security in the gene-pool, the pack, the extended family. Bio-Surivval depends on getting the tickets. "You can't live without money." If the tickets are withdrawn, acute bio-survival anxiety appears at once." RAW

We fear what we do not understand.

"People are so fearful of the unknown... 'Whatever it is, I'm against it.'"
Eckhart Tolle

"Response-Ability... the ability to respond creatively to the unknown."
Antero Alli

"Power rests on the kind of knowledge one holds. What is the sense of knowing things that are useless? They will not prepare us for our encounter with the Unknown." Don Juan (Carlos Castaneda)

Faithless: "Fear is a Weapon of Mass Destruction"

Faithless - Mass Destruction

Whether long range weapon or suicide bomber
Wicked mind is a weapon of mass destruction
Whether you're Soaraway Sun or BBC 1
Misinformation is a weapon of mass destruct
You coulda Caucasian or a poor Asian
Racism is a weapon of mass destruction
Whether inflation or globalization
Fear is a weapon of mass destruction

Even though I'm only a kid. Certain things can't be hid.

Whether Halliburton, Enron or anyone
Greed is a weapon of mass destruction
We need to find the courage, overcome
Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction (x3)

We taking sides like a politician
And if i get friction we get to fighting.
I'll defend my dad he's the best of all men
and whatever he's doing he's doing the right thing.
It's frightening, but it makes me mad,
Why do all of these people seem to hate my dad?

My story stops here, lets be clear.
This scenario is happening everywhere.
And you ain't going to nirvana (near-vana) or far-vana,
you're coming right back here to live out your karma.

With even more drama than previously, seriously.
Just how many centuries have we been
waiting for someone else to make us free?

And we refuse to see that people overseas suffer just like we: Bad leadership and ego's unfettered and free Who feed on the people they're supposed to lead
I don't need good people to pray and wait
For the lord to make it all straight.
There's only now, do it right.
'Cos I don't want your daddy, leaving home tonight

Whether Halliburton Enron or anyone
Greed is a weapon of mass destruction
We need to find the courage, overcome
Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction
Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction
Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction

"More oneness, less categories.
Open hearts, no strategies.
Decisions based upon faith and not fear.
People live right now and right here.
I want the wisdom that wise men revere. I want more."

Death from fear: Scared to Death.
Research conducted at the University of California, San Diego and published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that deaths attributed to heart mortality increase under psychological stress, particularly terror. Otherwise healthy people have been known to be "scared to death," that is, to suddenly die under extreme fear or emotional trauma. People of all ages have died from fright brought on by everything from earthquakes to amusement-park rides.

Guns N' Roses - Civil War

What we have here... is failure to communicate

Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
(From Frank Herbert's Dune)

"Fear is the Path to the Dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate... leads to suffering!"

"The soul should know whither it is going and whence it came, what is good for it and what is evil, what it seeks and what it avoids, and what is that Reason which distinguishes between the desirable and the undesirable, and thereby tames the madness of our desires and calms the violence of our fears."

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Marianne Williamson

There is no love in fear.
Perfect love casteth out fear!

Fear takes the shape we're willing to give it!
Let's light a candle in our hearts, make it gleam. Try to enjoy the moment!
Mind Game

"The only thing to fear is fear itself." FDR

Both institutions, government and religion, use fear and greed to repress your animality. They don't change it. If you are caught, the government will send you to jail to be punished. If you are not caught, then the religions will send you to hell to suffer..." Osho

Wavy Gravy once asked a Zen Roshi, "What happens after death?"
The Roshi replied, " I don't know."
Wavy protested, " But you're a Zen Master!"
"Yes," the Roshi admitted, " but I'm not a dead Zen Master."

Remember the beginning of the post with RAW & Leary's approaches to death?
Since we are talking about the Bio-Survival circuit,
let's end this post with some more about


- believe nothing -

"There is no death. Death is a Circuit Three symbol for fear. When the body stops functioning, consciousness advances to the nervous system where it belonged all the time. When the nervous system stops functioning then, consciousness goes home - via the neuron cell - to the DNA genetic code where it belongs." Timothy Leary

"I saw 'death' as an illusion, an intellectual symbol for fear,
social control and oppression." Antero Alli (full quote here.)

Blue Oyster Cult: Don't Fear the Reaper (Stephen King The Stand vid)

All our times have come
Here but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain...
we can be like they are
Come on baby... don't fear the reaper
Baby take my hand... don't fear the reaper
We'll be able to fly... don't fear the reaper
Baby I'm your man...

In my most profound psylocybin mushroom trip, I died and saw death
He wasn't a scary appearance with a scythe
but an old distinguished man in suit with a pair of scissors
He smiled at me
and waved his scissors as in "not your time yet"

"Here's my point folks, in the blink of an eye: we can have Heaven on Earth - it's a choice, that's all it is... You can look through the eyes of fear, you can look through the eyes of love, it's the only two ways to look. The eyes of fear is insanity, it's not really there, the eyes of love are the only real eyes. Bing. Go. Bing fucking go. Heaven on Earth right now if you want it. Right now. It's a choice! To look through the eyes of love instead of the eyes of fear, just once."
Bill Hicks

"The only effort of any intelligent person in this world ought to be to know something which cannot be destroyed by death."

"To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?"

"If a man has trained himself throughout his life to live in a state as close as possible to death, would it not be ridiculous for him to be distressed when death comes to him?"

"Death may be the greatest of all human blessings."

"I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time."
Walt Whitman
aka Kenny, the Buddhist South Parkian

"Humans need fantasy to be human, to be the place where the fallen angel meets the rising ape."
Death in The Hogfather
(Terry Pratchet's Discworld)

"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." William Shakespeare

"Now now, dear man, this is not the time to be making enemies." Voltaire
(on his death bed when a priest asked him to 'renounce satan')

"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death. Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves." Bill Hicks

"If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death - or shall I say, death implies life - you can conceive yourself." Alan Watts

"Life without the courage for death is slavery." Seneca

"Death is not the worst that can happen to men." Plato

"How about no longer being masochistic
How about remembering your divinity
How about unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How about not equating death with stopping"

"Across every threshold the skeleton form of Death throws his fearsome shadow. Old or young, well or ill, rich or poor, all, all alike must pass out into that shadow and throughout the ages has sounded the piteous cry for a solution of the riddle of life - the riddle of death."
Max Heindel

Alan Watts - The Fear of Enlightenment

Circa Survive - Act Appalled

Circa Survive - Act Appalled

Will you walk straight? I'm not like them...
to fool them in make it seem like you're in trouble (problem reaction solution)
make a sound, fake it enough
what made you so scared? (propaganda & false flags)
maybe you're mistaken for someone who cares

if you remember remember
I've been trying to get back to the (galactic) center (or beyond political bs division)
I'm sure it's not like it was before

to make them drink
tell 'em that it's only water (fluoride, aspartame anyone?)
no one leaves til we figure this out!
what made you so scared?
maybe you're mistaken for someone who cares

Patience! Patience...
both we and our words
are over-produced by influence

["In religion and politics (& everything else), people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination."
Mark Twain]

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How the credit-card companies killed a Mythbusters segment on RFID vulnerabilities

Mythbusters and RFID

I'm not a big fan of these kind of shows (there are so many), because the little time they have for each episode can hardly make for a truly informative viewing. Though he makes excellent points about exactly that. So btw, RFID is hackable - obviously, it's technology :p So get to the books! HACK THE PLANET!
added: thanks ed for posting this in the comments. Here is an RFID Mythbusters episode, it's basically propaganda. The youtube comments are surprisingly conscious for once.


Can a new theory in neuroscience explain spiritual experience to a non-believer?

update thanks Càm: "There have been no studies linking the serotonergic system and the insula, whereas we know for sure that the pineal gland is filled with serotonin receptors, it has more than any other brain area, it is known as the physical third eye, and psychedelics work primarily on the serotonin system."

For those interested here's some more related info in a 1976 (updated '96) paper called The Pineal Gland, LSD and Serotonin, here's an excerpt:
LSD happens to be one of the more famous antagonists. It not only penetrates the blood brain barrier but slips slyly into the transmission site inside the nerve cells themselves. It can mimic serotonin to the point where the body thinks its serotonin and consequently shoots it across the synaptic gap. When LSD reaches the other side it is accepted but the LSD doesn't carry the message any further. The impulse of electricity is redirected down less familiar pathways, pathways which have not been highly conditioned.

Specifically LSD affects the oldest parts of the brain first (e.g. upper end of the spinal cord, medulla oblongata, cerebrum, pineal gland and hypothalamus region) then the bloodstream takes it forward into the immediate back brain (location of sight interpretation) up through the area of hearing, the cerebellum, other sense interpretive centers, and the motor areas.

Using radioactive molecules traced with LSD, science has been able to follow the course of LSD through the various channels and avenues of the body. It has been found that after selecting certain areas of the various parts of the brain it then migrates to sections with fewer imprints, for instance the right of the hemisphere, the so-called creative center.

By redirecting consciousness, as it were, into the unimprinted areas of the cortex, one hypothetically experiences the world anew, hence the variety of interpretations which arise upon questioning psychedelic voyagers about their "trip".
This is what the post was first about, Interoception: Check out this article Flesh Made Soul, very interesting article though I'm gonna nitpick a little (ok a lot) and say what bothered me about this article, if you go by the subtitle (= main title of this post) though the article is great though I just regret a few things: The satisfaction of one materialist explanation and the unexplorative spirit, the cold language (I practically felt a cold scalpel against my cheek reading some of this :p), the total ignoring of DMT, DNA, Kundalini and chi, the relative ignoring of the benefits of meditation and the relative ignoring of the huge scope of spiritual experiences, and the huge scope of Out of Body experiences (multidimensionality for instance) besides a technical way (open brain :p) to induce it. Ok so I wanted the perfect article lol! But I'll just comment on a few excerpts and share my thoughts. I admit it's nitpickery, semantics, and very subjective ;p. I recommend reading it entirely first.
Called interoception, it offers a radically new view of human anatomy and physiology based on how information from the body reaches the brain and how that information is processed uniquely in humans.

The subjective awareness of our emotional state is based on how our brain represents our physiological state, says Dr. Arthur D. Craig, a neuroanatomist at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and leading researcher in interoceptive processes. "If there is any way to objectively measure a subjective state," he says, "this is it."
This is fascinating, with the right scientists (meaning openminded and good intentioned) this could mean leaps in understanding consciousness (which seems to be a much disliked word, I really don't get what the big fuss is about it, though some people really hate being conscious so that might explain it hehe. Not saying everyone who doesn't like the word hates being conscious, just joking kids...)
update (repeated): "There have been no studies linking the serotonergic system and the insula, whereas we know for sure that the pineal gland is filled with serotonin receptors, it has more than any other brain area, it is known as the physical third eye, and psychedelics work primarily on the serotonin system." Càm
In this view, spirituality -- an emotional feeling from the body, a sense of timelessness, a suspension of self and dissolution of personal boundaries -- can be explained in terms of brain physiology, which means, of course, that it is subject to experimentation and manipulation.
Yeeha! Though that kinda raises questions too about ethics and spirituality. I've begun reading Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep where people have a "mood machine", where they can just dial their preferred mood. Which I think in reality would probably fuck up your chemical balance so hard all kinds of mental abnormality is just around the corner.
In a study of "vipassana" meditation, where one's field of awareness is expanded to include anything that comes into consciousness, Davidson found that practitioners showed a strong decrease in areas of the right brain associated with the self.
According to Dr. Sara Lazar, a neurobiologist at Harvard University, insular gray matter is bigger in experienced meditators. Like a muscle, it can be challenged to grow bigger and stronger.
This is one of the few hints of the benefits of meditation and spirituality in the entire article (besides describing the experience of bliss), if you want to convey spirituality to the "non-believer", non-practitioner you might include some more reasoning as to why they should even bother, besides talking about the bliss, why did I strike that word: "The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience. The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation." Ken Wilber.
Such studies do not, of course, prove or disprove the existence of God. The fact that many brain regions, including interoceptive regions, light up when subjects are asked to contemplate religious feelings or to meditate is but one aspect of these experiences.
This is the best line in the article that was really necessary considering the general tone, not about the existence of God, (who cares? :p oh right, billions lol) but that the neurobiology is but one aspect of these experiences.
Beliefs, which are learned from family and culture, create meaning.
And from authority, they not only create meaning, they create illusion, lies and bullshit too :p
I cannot prove that neurochemistry and interoceptive processes fully explain that extraordinary event, but they are, to my mind, sufficient.
I respect her view but I can't help but joke: Quitter! What a drive for research lol. So here we have a person grounded in a materialist bs and is quite happy with a materialist explanation. I can only be disappointed at this. There shall be little transcending and evolving with that attitude no?
Some might argue that a supernatural agent entered my body without my knowledge -- but there is not a shred of evidence for that claim. I prefer a biological explanation.
It's hardly necessary to invoke a "supernatural agent", notice that wording. I think she felt dirty typing it! Remember aspects (not talking about all the crazy shit out there ;p) of the supernatural and the paranormal are normal, just more rare, thanks to our left brain dominance.
In fact, I believe that every person is capable of achieving an equivalent state of sublimity without invoking God. There is nothing mystical about it. Interoceptive awareness varies with individuals. Some will be more prone to such experiences than others. Some are better at reading signals from their bodies. Hormones like oxytocin, brain chemicals like serotonin, and drugs like ecstasy play a role in producing these phenomena. Indeed, drugs are used to induce spiritual experiences the world over.
I just bolded the first four words for the hilarity, facts and belief have little to do with each other, I realize I'm nitpicking ;p But this blog's whole purpose is to evolve beyond BS. One way is making people more aware of the use of their language especially involing the word belief. I'm sure you've noticed it by now lol.
She's totally right though there is no need for (a) God(s) in these matters, "So to describe myself in a scientific way, I must also describe my surroundings, which is a clumsy way getting around to the realization that you are the entire universe." Alan Watts. However saying there's nothing mystical about it is pushing it. There can be something mystical, though not necessarily, about achieving a state of sublimity. Mysticism is one of my favorite 'concepts' and hobbies, it has little do with (a) God(s) but with looking within, I don't see why it has to be thrown out the window. Mysticism might be the only way to 'true knowledge' which is learned by sensory experience instead of using made up human 'concepts' ;p Tricky thing eh language!

Speaking of tricky language, it also depends on your definition of a word. Out of which huge misunderstandings can arise if people have different definitions in their mind.
For instance what I understand as mysticism, and the wikipedia defintion will do: the pursuit of achieving communion, identity with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, the Other, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight. (left all in it for completeness, don't need all of it in my definition ;p)
However, if you go to the wordref dot com dictionary, mysticism suddenly turns into this:
1. Obscure or irrational thought (LOL! wtf! Hellooooo :p)
2. a religion (wtf?) based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality (So in the definition of a noun they use a derived adjective of that same noun! lol! Though to their credit 'mystical' gets explained a little better at least...
Human brains evolved to be belief engines, according to Lewis Wolpert, a professor of biology at University College London who studies the evolutionary origins of belief. "We want to explain everything," he says, "We cannot tolerate not knowing a cause."
I know I always bitch when the word "belief" is used but come on, belief engines, followed by "cannot tolerate not knowing". There is a huge difference between Belief, Thought, and Knowledge. Just because you know something doesn't mean you have to believe it, you can disbelieve it sure, but once you 'know' something there is no belief required, just knowing will suffice don't you think? (And by this I mean provable facts - which are rather rare ;p, not theories. You can temporarily choose to prefer a theory over another considering proof first, evidence and contradicting evidence, again, no belief necessary - in the game of semantics :p).

Our brains really are belief engines, confirmation bias can confirm whatever crazy stuff we choose to believe and we can ignore whatever doesn't fit. Thinking and Knowing is where you do value the information that contradicts earlier beliefs, assumptions or hunches and use it to get a bigger picture and grow continually more wise. The authorities know the brain is a belief engine and use BS all the time to fulfill their agendas. Politics runs on BS, the media manipulates (that includes confirming) the viewer's beliefs everyday. Etc.
Thus, it seems, if our cultural upbringing has convinced us that God exists, we will interpret our blissful floating state as proof of a divine power. But if we doubt that God exists, we will turn to science and hope that researchers will eventually learn how to induce a spiritual experience in anyone who asks for it.
This last paragraph was also kinda weird to me because spirituality and mysticism are direct experiences, I'll continue to induce my own spiritual experiences and don't need a scientist for that, but thanks. Can imagine a store in a street, where materialists stand in a line for their spiritual experience? :p The way consciousness alteration is restricted I don't see it happening soon. If you have no problem with those legal restrictions however, you can induce your spiritual experience right now - well ok no, in a few months - preperation is in order. The magic word is entheogens (in the article she only mentions ecstasy of all drugs, once), you read a few 'user manuals' by for instance Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna (were sufficient for me) and there you go, though reading is not sufficient. Mental sanity, having the right intentions, the right amount of respect for yourself and your surroundings, and a healthy attitude about the unknown, are the other requirements. I recommend researching the Psylocybin Mushroom (I don't vouch for any other entheogen).
Taking it without informing yourself, without some preparation, is relatively dangerous, even kinda stupid and will not show you its true potential. Set and Setting are the two most important words.