Mark Jacobs' Recommended Reading


Olaf Stapledon

  • Olaf Stapledon - Last and First Men : A Story of the Near and Far Future
    One of the most succinct and accurate renderings of mankind's present state of mind and future progression. It documents the future of man from the start of WW2 and continues until the Sun engulfs the earth, and beyond. Considering this book was first published in 1931, it is remarkable, both in its honesty as regards human nature, and in its phenomenal span. By the time we reach chapter 3 of the 16 in this book, it is already 2300 AD and you feel like you have had the viewpoint of a God. So intense is the writing, that a few pages can take you hours to read and weeks to think about. What a writer, what a visionary. Of particular interest to me was the laconic way he can sum up an entire country's culture and people, and the accuracy of prediction in the first part of the book. Quotes from around what would be the back-end of the 20th century on his timescale (what he terms "Balkan Europe") :-

    "... For love of France was the undoing of the French. They prized the truly admirable spirit of France so extravagantly, that they regarded all other nations as barbarians."

    "... the practice of communism was gradually undermined. For the Russian state came increasingly under the influence of Western, and especially American, finance. The materialism of the official creed also became a farce, for it was foreign to the Russian mind. Thus between practice and theory there was, in both respects, a profound inconsistency. What was once a vital and promising culture became insincere."

    Points to note :-
    1. All budding politicians should be forced to read this book. It should be part of any politics curriculum.
    2. Strikingly accurate and plausible portent of homo sapiens future. Read in the context of 2002, it is easy to see mankind's current folly and the extrapolation of current scientific endeavours. For example, we may achieve global peace ("An Americanised Planet"") for a few millennia, but at the cost of spiritual and intellectual freedom and development. When the "Fall of the First Men" happened, recovery took a very long time :-

      "Later, when the epidemic was spent, even though civilisation was already in ruins, a concerted effort of devotion might yet have rebuilt it on a more modest plan. But among the First Men, only a minority had ever been capable of wholehearted devotion. The great majority were by nature too much obsessed by private impulses."

      Sounds like the malaise of current homo sapiens.
    3. The theme of continual physical exertion and constant movement of attention as an underpinning for the lifestyles of all successful social inhabitants was beautifully described. This is so true of today's and future societies. No pause for reflection or contemplation. The abandonment of philosophy as a science in the future. The pig-headed clinging to pagan artefact or idol worship, rather than logic.
    4. The brilliant description of the "Second Men", with his finer array of senses, and his natural propensity for altruism.
    5. The plausible evolution of intelligent life on Mars in 10 million years time, with the subsequent misunderstanding of what is intelligent between Earth and Mars.
    6. Man's creation of more evolved forms of man meshes brilliantly with current genetic research.
    7. "Time travel" achieved by mental regression into past minds. The future remains unknown.
    Conclusions :-
    1. Apply common sense to the situation as it is now, to work out the best course of action. Never invoke traditions or old beliefs as these threaten your survival in an ever-changing environment.
    2. Within the same species, organisms are equally complex biochemically. Therefore, any social structure that imposes arbitrary division within the species, is intrinsically flawed. This is true of current homo sapiens organisation, where certain people are far more highly regarded than others for stupid reasons, and divisions between cliques of people usually erupt in violence, rather than heated debate.
    3. Just because someone cannot be convinced of your way of seeing things, doesn't mean that physical coercion becomes necessary.
    4. "Live and let live" doesn't mean live it up and let the rest live in squalor.
    5. Nothing should be regarded as taboo, save that which is unnatural.
    6. There are absolutely no restrictions on what anyone can think.
    7. If you can have it, then anyone can have it.
  • Olaf Stapledon - Star Maker
    After reading "Last and First Men", I approached Olaf's next masterpiece, "Star Maker" ( first published in 1937), with some disbelief as to how on earth he could possibly better the span, pathos and magnanimity he had already laid out. A quick scan of the appendices yielded the impression that this book would embrace not just the tiny fragment of history that was mankind's stay in the universe, but that all history of the universe would be described, and that of other universes too. All of this in less pages than "Last and First Men"! My immediate reaction was simply, "No way, Jose" and I wondered how he was going to set about such an immense task. The vehicle used was, of course, the best man has going for him - his imagination. A contemplative man is whisked off on an imaginary journey through space and time by an ever-gathering mass consciousness. He describes how galaxies of stars formed from nebulae that were born flying apart from each other, how these cooling nebulae condensed into galaxies of stars, and how the rare occurrences of young stars that passed each other, formed planets, and how, on a few rare planets, intelligent life evolved. He shows how certain conditions inhibit the appearance of life, or intelligent life, and how certain evolutionary pathways cause life to stagnate or wipe itself out. He puts mankind's existence into perspective in both universal time and space.

    There are touching moments and there are exciting battles. There is both tragedy and comedy. There are uplifting victories and crushing defeats. Far from being stuffy, this book is really a very good read indeed, considering the scope of its subject. The final few short chapters really have you reading a couple of paragraphs, and then putting the book down to have a long ponder over what has just been addressed. And the book's climax leaves you with lifelong matters to mull over - one of these being, "Boy, and I thought I was pretty intelligent..."     

    Here are a couple of lengthy quotes for your enjoyment :-

    ... The sequence of events in the successfully waking world was generally more or less as follows. The starting point, it will be remembered, was a plight like that in which our own Earth now stands. The dialectic of the world's history had confronted the race with a problem with which the traditional mentality could never cope. The world-situation had grown too complex for lowly intelligences, and it demanded a degree of individual integrity in leaders and in led, such as was as yet possible only to a few minds. Consciousness had already been violently awakened out of the primitive trance into a state of excruciating individualism, of poignant but pitifully restricted self-awareness. And individualism, together with the traditional tribal spirit, now threatened to wreck the world. Only after a long-drawn agony of economic distress and maniac warfare, haunted by an increasingly clear vision of a happier world, could the second stage of waking be achieved. In most cases it was not achieved. "Human nature", or its equivalent in the many worlds, could not change itself; and the environment could not remake it.

    But in a few worlds the spirit reacted to its desperate plight with a miracle. Or, if the reader prefers, the environment miraculously refashioned the spirit. There occurred a widespread and almost sudden waking into a new lucidity of consciousness and a new integrity of will. To call this change miraculous is only to recognize that it could not have been scientifically predicted even from the fullest possible knowledge of "human nature" as manifested in the earlier age. To later generations, however, it appeared as no miracle but as a belated wakening from an almost miraculous stupor into plain sanity.

    and from later in the book :-

    ... The result of this extraordinary custom, of artificial fatherhood by "brute-men", which was carried on without remission in all countries for a generation, and in a less thorough manner for a very much longer period, was to alter the composition of the whole quasi-human race. In order to maintain continued adaptability to an ever-changing environment a race must at all costs preserve in itself its slight but potent salting of sensibility and originality. In this world the precious factor now became so diluted as to be ineffective. Henceforth the desperately complex problems of the world were consistently bungled. Civilization decayed. The race entered on a phase of what might be called pseudo-civilized barbarism, which was in essence sub-human and incapable of change. This state of affairs continued for some millions of years, but at last the race was destroyed by the ravages of a small rat-like animal against which it could devise no protection.

    I must not stay to notice the strange fortunes of all the many other quasi-human worlds. I will mention only that in some, though civilization was destroyed in a succession of savage wars, the germ of recovery precariously survived. In one, the agonizing balance of the old and the new seemed to prolong itself indefinitely. In another, where science had advanced too far for the safety of an immature species, man accidentally blew up his planet and his race. In several, the dialectical process of history was broken short by invasion and conquest on the part of inhabitants of another planet. These and other disasters, to be described in due course, decimated the galactic population of worlds.

    In conclusion I will mention that in one or two of these quasi-human worlds a new and superior biological race emerged naturally during the typical world crisis, gained power by sheer intelligence and sympathy, took charge of the planet, persuaded the aborigines to cease breeding, peopled the whole planet with its own superior type, and created a human race which attained communal mentality, and rapidly advanced beyond the limits of our exploring and over- strained understanding. Before our contact failed, we were surprised to observe that, as the new species superseded the old and took over the vast political and economic activity of that world, it came to realize with laughter the futility of all this feverish and aimless living. Under our eyes the old order began to give place to a new and simpler order, in which the world was to be peopled by a small "aristocratic" population served by machines, freed alike from drudgery and luxury and intent on exploration of the cosmos and the mind.

    This change-over to a simpler life happened in several other worlds not by the intervention of a new species, but simply by the victory of the new mentality in its battle against the old.


    To summarise, "Star Maker" is the best book in the whole world ever, and everybody should be forced to read it and understand it, at gunpoint.

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    Joseph Campbell

  • Joseph Campbell - The Hero with a Thousand Faces
    A thoroughly intense and all-embracing read. In the 2-page preface written in 1948, he states such ground-shakingly obvious facts about the human psyche, that you'll wonder why these ideas had never dawned on you before. Then, into the main text of the book, and you're spirited away into an adventure that explores all forms of mythology and their importance in founding different cultures all around the world. But it goes much further than simply reciting tales from the past. The narrative (thoroughly annotated with references to other works) is so reassuring and worldly-wise, that the book is almost impossible to put down. Yet, this author seems to be humble and meek, despite the cavalcade of knowledge and calmly-considered conclusions. At one point, he claims that Buddhism and Hinduism are the best religions because they do not preach that a single figurehead is the goal of your worship, but that these religions simply suggest pathways to enlightenment. Compare Islam, Judaism and Christianity, where a single God is the end to all means. The latter religions are also represented by the most warlike countries! Both authorative and speculative, this book is the work of a genius. This man really understood how the human mind works. First published 1949.

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    Rupert Sheldrake

  • Rupert Sheldrake - Greening of the Rebirth of Nature Science and God
    Rupert presents a balanced and logical presentation of how scientific thought began, describing its progress from the dawn of civilisations through the Renaissance, to modern-day empirical platitudes. He shows that both sides are manifestly wrong in their attempts at explaining what is truly observed in terms of behaviour and function. He concurrently presents an alternative argument based on morphic fields and the fact that everything any living thing does is recorded into these fields forever, to be called on whenever a resonance with a living member of that species occurs with these fields. For example, DNA does not explain why, amid the same protein building blocks, and DNA pattern in each cell, an embryo's arm grows differently to its leg. Morphic fields, however, remember how the blocks go together and exert an influence to survival-successful ends.

    I cannot recommend this book enough. It is superb and really eye-opening. For example, the parallelism between marsupial and placental mammals, shows how the same design, but with slight variations, can come about through universal morphic fields. It also leaves room for speculation as to how the morphic fields caused by this planet, match those on other life- supporting planets in the universe, and hence, how similar aliens might be to us. A really wonderful read, and one of my top books ever.

    The only slur I could truthfully level at it would be the tendency to drift off into religious connotations as a way of explaining the spirituality of a place. I think energy fields cluster around different bits of nature differently, and they resonate with us in unconsciously noticeable ways differently. Sometimes the resonance affects a whole species in such a way that a place can become important because of its "nice vibe", but it is actually the underlying contours of that bit of nature, that are making the human form happy, not some "godly spirit".

    First published 1991.

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    Craig Hagstrom

  • Craig Hagstrom - The Passionate Ape
    A milestone book - it traces the roots of mankind on this planet through plausible conjecture based on experience and evidence. It has a lot of parallels with Elaine Morgan's work on the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, but journeys more into the psychological ramifications of a semi-aquatic existence, rather than sticking to plain physiology. One of the most wonderful revelations in this tome, comes towards the end of the book, where Craig talks about the size of our brain as compared with a chimp's, and how the difference is largely down to the fatty nature of our brain cells. Chimp's brain cells are more densely packed than ours. There was an evolutionary trade-off between the size of our heads, the diameter of the stretched womb opening for childbirth, and the buoyancy of our heads when we slept in the sea. I have yet to see the report of this fascinating fact elsewhere and it may be due to the consequences of accepting that we aren't that much more intelligent than other ape species anyway. We just have fat brains that float in water better!

    There are many such revelations in this book - some easier to accept than others. Neoteny and how it affected human development psychologically, is thoroughly discussed and I learnt an awful lot from this section. Sections on how, when we were in the water, males had to woo females differently, since physical prowess is much more difficult to prove when up to your necks in water and it is difficult to move quickly. Males evolved singing and poetry as intellectual tools for charming the female into mating. Male intelligence grew as a result. We came back onto land, and wooing resorted to physical shows of aggression and dominance. Males became less intelligent than the females they were "chatting up". And, hey presto, modern society!

    While in water, the female face plays the most important visual stimulus for pair bonding, and hence females' fascination and obsession with controlling the way photons bounce off of their faces!

    This is such a revelatory book, one is bound to read it repeatedly over one's life. It gives such a perspective on humankind that it empowers the reader with insights that no other book on human development has done in the past. There is even a dedicated website for this book and discussions about it (even a forum!) at http://www.passionateape.com - Enjoy!

    First published 2001.

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    Old Quotes of the Month

    Quote for July 2003 from Canada's former Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski :-

    Our movements through the public streets will be relentlessly observed through proliferating police video surveillance cameras. Eventually, these cameras will likely be linked to biometric face-recognition technologies that will match our on-screen images to file photos -- from such sources as drivers' licences, passports or ID cards -- and enable the police to identify us by name and address as we go about our law-abiding business in the streets.

    an idea Charles Stross had speculated on in a sci-fi story called Antibodies.
    Quote for August 2003 from AIDS campaigner Boyd Graves :-

    Now comes plaintiff, Boyd Ed Graves, pursuant to a conference call between the parties on Monday, August 4, 2003, who seeks an additional extension of time (60 days) as agreed by the parties. Plaintiff has encountered a second incidence of police misconduct relative to this Court proceeding. See, EXHIBIT "E", herein. Plaintiff was institutionalized for making "irrational statements that the government made HIV/AIDS. Id. Since appearing before this federal Court on July 3, 2003, under color of law, plaintiff has been "fetched-up" twice, beaten, injected, interrogated, dumped into a violently mentally ill facility, stripped naked for ten hours, denied medical attention and dumped for five days in the general inmate population. Plaintiff requests this extension of time in which to address the false criminal charges against him. Plaintiff is also recovering from surgery to his dominant hand.

    Taken from his petition. More on my thoughts page.
    Quote for September 2003 from Sian Jones :-

    From birth we are bombarded with propaganda about the course our lives should take. Instead of being taught about our spiritual nature in schools, we are taught that the ego (the lowest chakra point) path of control, violence, sex, manipulation and power over others is the only one there is and that only the strongest survive in the human jungle. We absorb this propaganda from those around us (who also believe this to be true) and food / chemicals / drink / polluted air we absorb which have an effect on our bodies (by polluting the circulation) and by extension our brains (thus our THOUGHT PROCESSES - most important), eg fluoride in water, toothpaste (used in tranquillizers, is a chemical waste product of the steel industry and was used as rat poison), additives / preservatives in food. Instead of being encouraged to raise our awareness through purity to its highest spiritual level in order to access the inner senses of intuition, insight, wisdom, Universal Knowledge, etc we are told that there is no truth other than that which is to be found at the lowest chakra point (base of the spine), the sexual/anal centre; when attention is centred on this lowest point of our nervous system the Truth which manifests (in speech, physical behaviour,etc.) is one of hatred, violence, self-pity, jealousy, greed, selfishness and perceptions of false power - i.e. ego. The inner senses (innocence) are the key to the door of inner consciousness or universal knowledge, which ridicules the idea of linear/3rd dimensional living. These inner senses tell us all we need to know about living in this conscious world and our true purpose for being on this earth plane. Everyone is a free spirit in this inner world, free to play any part he/she wishes, free from manipulation/control by others. No slave to money as money serves its true single purpose as an interest-free means of exchange and not as a store of value. This inner world is supposed to manifest in this world as our creative/higher self - where we can act out our inner feelings and inclinations without harming anyone else. These days it is only those with no financial demands (i.e. mortgage, family, etc.) who have complete freedom to do with their lives whatever they wish.

    Taken from LightRay by Sian Jones.
    Quote for October 2003 from "The Abolition of Work" by Bob Black :-

    You find the same sort of hierarchy and discipline in an office or factory as you do in a prison or a monastery. In fact, as Foucault and others have shown, prisons and factories came in at about the same time, and their operators consciously borrowed from each other's control techniques. A worker is a part-time slave. The boss says when to show up, when to leave, and what to do in the meantime. He tells you how much work to do and how fast. He is free to carry his control to humiliating extremes, regulating, if he feels like it, the clothes you wear or how often you go to the bathroom. With a few exceptions he can fire you for any reason, or no reason. He has you spied on by snitches and supervisors; he amasses a dossier on every employee. Talking back is called "insubordination," just as if a worker is a naughty child, and it not only gets you fired, it disqualifies you for unemployment compensation. Without necessarily endorsing it for them either, it is noteworthy that children at home and in school receive much the same treatment, justified in their case by their supposed immaturity. What does this say about their parents and teachers who work? The demeaning system of domination I've described rules over half the waking hours of a majority of women and the vast majority of men for decades, for most of their lifespans. For certain purposes it's not too misleading to call our system democracy or capitalism or, better still, industrialism, but its real names are factory fascism and office oligarchy. Anybody who says these people are "free" is lying or stupid. You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education. People who are regimented all their lives, handed off to work from school and bracketed by the family in the beginning and the nursing home at the end, are habituated to hierarchy and psychologically enslaved. Their aptitude for autonomy is so atrophied that their fear of freedom is among their few rationally grounded phobias. Their obedience training at work carries over into the families they start, thus reproducing the system in more ways than one, and into politics, culture and everything else. Once you drain the vitality from people at work, they'll likely submit to hierarchy and expertise in everything. They're used to it.

    Taken from The Abolition of Work by Bob Black.
    Quote for November 2003 from "The Secrets of Mind Control" :-

    By 1974, Stanford Research Institute had developed a computer system capable of reading a person's mind by correlating the brain waves of subjects on an electroencephalograph with specific commands. The concept of mind-reading computers is no longer science fiction. Neither is their use by Big Brotherly governments. Major Edward Dames of Psi-Tech said in April 1995 on NBC's The Other Side program: "The US government has an electronic device which could implant thoughts in people." Dames would not comment any further. The latest development in the technology of induced fear and mind control is the cloning of the human EEG or brain waves of any targeted victim, or indeed groups. With the use of powerful computers, segments of human emotions which include anger, anxiety, sadness, fear, embarrassment, jealousy, resentment, shame, and terror, have been identified and isolated within the EEG signals as `emotion signature clusters.' Their relevant frequencies and amplitudes have been measured. Then the very frequency/amplitude cluster is synthesized and stored on another computer. Each one of these negative emotions is separately tagged. They are then placed on the Silent Sound carrier frequencies and could silently trigger the occurrence of the same basic emotion in another human being.

    Taken from The Secrets of Mind Control.
    Quote for December 2003 from "The Dark Frontier" by Eugenia Macer-Story :-

    "Intelligence", of whatever order, is innovative. When there are repetitions of a pattern of behaviour which limits decisions, as action is limited in a chess game, to only certain future moves, as if only these pre-anticipated moves are possible, there may be "advanced intelligence" involved with these strategies of limitation. But what is the intention of this "advanced intelligence"? Possibly, the intent of a control-oriented intelligence might be to interest individuals in the supposed superiority of certain analytical systems (the exegesis games we play with raw observational data) in order to limit rather than expand the tactical understanding of some political and/or social situation. As one example, an individual who sincerely believes that either "god" or "sex" is behind all "real time" social manifestations may fail to correctly anticipate the future behaviour of an epicene atheist. If "advanced intelligence" can convince any individual to see all reality through a pre-determined interpretive filter, then this intelligence has effectively controlled the decision-making process of the individual who accepts this interpretive system.


    Quote for January 2004 from "The Truth About 'Fluoride'" :-

    Even in very small quantities, sodium fluoride is a deadly poison to which no effective antidote has been found. Every exterminator knows that it is the most effective rat-killer. Sodium Fluoride is entirely different from organic calcium-fluoro-phosphate needed by our bodies and provided by nature, in God's great providence and love, to build and strengthen our bones and our teeth. This organic calcium-fluoro-phosphate, derived from proper foods, is an edible organic salt, insoluble in water and assimilable by the human body; whereas the non- organic sodium fluoride used in fluoridating water is instant poison to the body and fully water soluble. The body refuses to assimilate it. Careful, bonafide laboratory experimentation by conscientious, patriotic research chemists, and actual medical experience, have both revealed that instead of preserving or promoting 'dental health', fluoridated drinking water destroys teeth before adulthood and after, by the destructive mottling and other pathological conditions it actually causes in them, and also creates many other very grave pathological conditions in the internal organisms of bodies consuming it. How then can it be called a 'health plan'? What's behind it?


    Quote for February 2004 from "World of the Strange" :-

    Weeks refers particularly to an alteration of Maxwell's equations which resulted from Maxwell's extensive research into electromagnetism--alterations which drastically affected the entire course of "mainstream" science and physics forever afterward; notably in the information made available to scientists and physicists off the time such as Einstein, as well as the subsequent conceptual framework which Einstein arrived at. To cut to the chase, the missing link which would provide the key to the unified field theory was deliberately cut out of Maxwell's equations by a rather sinister group of scientists before Maxwell's work was presented to the scientific community and the world. Of course his original work and all the implications thereof were and are now known to the covert world government, as are the resultant advanced sciences and applications of this knowledge to very high technology. This technology is all being implemented in the furtherance of unquestionably evil, abusive, oppressive, brutal and rapacious agendas and goals; with consequences which are destructive to nearly every significant aspect of human beings, destructive to human societies and any of its positive, hopeful and constructive goals, and destructive globally, to the fabric of life itself; in part due to a general state of mind which has no understanding of, respect for, and connection with and to nature and the earth with its multitude of life forms; a state of mind which is the product of our current dehumanized, mechanistic and massively mind controlled (through every available means) existence at the hands of the worldwide covert government and its super hi- tech arsenal of mind manipulating technologies.


    Quote for March 2004 from Laurens van der Posts' profound essay, Witness to a Last Will of Man :-

    First man, as I knew him and his history, was a remarkably gentle being, fierce only in defence of himself and the life of those in his keeping. He had no legends or stories of great wars among his own kind and regarded the killing of another human being except in self-defence as the ultimate depravity of his spirit. I was told a most moving story of how a skirmish between two clans in which just one man was killed on a long forgotten day of dust and heat and sulphur sun, caused them to renounce armed conflict forever. He was living proof to me of how the pattern of the individual in service of a self that is the manifestation of the divine in man was built into life at the beginning and will not leave him and the earth alone until it is fulfilled. It is no mere intellectual or ideological concept, however much that, too, may be needed, but a primary condition written into the contract of life with the creator.


    Quote for April 2004 from an interview with Stephanie McMillan :-

    Ted Rall: Do you believe in God?

    Stephanie McMillan: No. The concept of god-which was invented as a way to explain natural phenomena-is one of the most destructive forces in the world. Under capitalism, people are presented with the non-choice of hedonism or religion. People who don't like the emptiness of hedonism are encouraged to find meaning and purpose in god, instead of in realistically addressing social problems. We're supposed to lie back and let god handle everything-how disempowering. And how convenient to justify atrocities in the name of god's will.


    Quote for May 2004 from The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer (1993) :-

    More than 15,000,000 Americans are affected by asthma. Smoking cannabis (what the AMA called "the raw drug") would be beneficial for 80% of them and add 30 to 60 million person-years in the aggregate of extended life to current asthmatics over presently legal toxic medicines - especially theophylline for children ... Fourteen percent of all blindness in America is from glaucoma, a progressive loss of vision. Cannabis smoking would benefit 90% of our 2,500,000 glaucoma victims, and is 2 to 3 times as effective as any current medicines for reducing ocular pressure. And, cannabis use has no toxic side effects to the liver and kidneys, nor is there any danger of the occasional sudden death syndromes associated with the legal pharmaceutical glaucoma drugs/drops. Most California eye doctors will discreetly advise their patients to use "street" marijuana in addition to (or to mitigate) their toxic legal glaucoma medicines ... Researchers at the Medical College of Virginia discovered that cannabis is an incredibly successful herb for reducing many types of tumours, both benign and malignant (cancerous). The DEA and other federal agencies had ordered these tumour studies done after hearing of erroneous reports of possible immunicological problems associated with cannabis smoke. When, instead of health problems, an apparent medical breakthrough occurred in 1975 and successful tumour reductions were recorded, orders were handed down by the DEA and the National Institute of Health to defund all further cannabis/tumour research and reporting.
    [Cohen and Stillman, Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana, UCLA, 1976]


    Quote for June/July 2004 from the Bravenet Forum by Necrophilus :-

    This society is obviously based on hierarchy, competition, inequality and suppression of nature. There is domination, coercion, psychic (and physical) violence, fear and hate, almost everywhere; in the kindergarten, schools, universities and workplaces. Because the main economic principles are bossing and profit making, it is logical that the main principles of social life are also bossing and profit making, in a different way. Violence really is around us. I remember the situation in my school. As a little kid, I was always tense and anxious in the halls, as were all other kids, because every moment somebody could attack me. There was constant fighting, mocking, jealousy, hatred, in the free spaces, and constant fear in the classrooms, where the teachers satisfy their sadism and destructiveness. I was always a witness of violence, as I passed through the elementary school, high school, university and even my working place. People are alienated, vicious, they hate life, they can' t understand unconditional love and they hate sexuality. Most of children are bored and utterly unmotivated for thinking, reading, inventing, loving. They are honest about this in the company of their coevals. Many of them drink, smoke and take drugs from the early age.

    I always felt negative emotions, I never suppressed anything, I hated authorities, teachers, and their coercion. I believed that I was a different species, more advanced one, which has the capacity for love, which has the natural instinct for learning and creativity, which is not naturally agressive, but only reactive to violence, which does not need coercion to function, but has self regulation. Later, of course, I replaced this theory, with humanism and socialism.

    Most people behave as they do because the system, which drives the adults to be violent, feared, depressive, apathetic and ascetic, inflicts wounds on the newborn and young children, by means of authoritarianism, neglect, religious practices (suppression of sex, circumscision). As they grow up, they are constantly scared in disciplinarian institutions, forced into competition which fills them with distrust and hate, taught to be conformists and servile, not to think for themselves, to abandon their original feelings and thoughts, to be like everyone else. Of course, not to break so many unwritten and written codes is impossible, so it contributes to anxiety and guilt.

    The authoritarian system meets the needs of neurotics, it enables them to satisfy their sadism, servitude, hate, narcissism, greed, selfishness. I am convinced that these needs are escape from anxiety, feelings of weakness, isolation and insignificance. I agree with Erich Fromm in this sense. But I do not believe there is some existential, basic, inherent fear that drives man, but that it is instilled in a child by the practise of parenting, schooling, and so on. Fear naturally is a feeling of vulnerability and powerlessness or just stimulates those feelings when it is unconscious. Sadism works because it suppresses that fear and creates a false emotion of power. That is how the dummified, uncreative, servile authoritarian character is formed. How could it be otherwise? The system needs such people. They maintain it, they are part of it. It is self repeating. How could the capitalistic and state hierarchy function if the people were not a mass, but developed personalities, empathic, loving, freedom-seeking, cooperative, non violent, non greedy, non sadistic, not lazy and not obsessed with popularity and power? We would then see equality, direct democracy, collective property, non coercive institutions. We would do away with the money and competition. Solidarity would be a basic principle.


    Quote for August 2004 from my latest scribblings on the nature of the universe :-

    Physical reality is not the sum total of the universe and its contents. We are not merely bags of chemicals, and nor is anything else, even inanimate objects. The fabric of the space-time continuum is not as simple as our scientists think it is. It is benign, and is inclined to spawn "life" within its fabric. The universe does not consist of separate parts. It is one thing. Uni-verse. Everything in it is a manifestation of energy fluctuations flowing through its contour-biased fabric. The energy flows change the contours, which, in turn, redirect the energy flows. Free will is the key to consciousness (awareness). As soon as one accepts this axiom about what the universe is, you see that conscious beings have the opportunity to willingly redirect energy movement, and that the best at doing this get the lion's share of whatever they need for their comfort and survival. This also means that other species are aware (or conscious) in that they also take opportunities to redirect energy flows for the benefit of their survival chances or pleasure-seeking activities. The more you "go with the flow", the less evolved you are likely to be. The madness in today's world is that the species pompously named "homo sapiens" does not take these opportunities very often, because everything is riddled with social concern. The thought processes necessary to say "yay or nay" in any given situation have become so intricate (thanks to mass media), that intuition goes largely unheard, and bad decisions are often made. We frequently go against the "grain" of the space-time continuum's fluctuating energy flows and contour mappings, by trying to use our memory of a recent opportunity, instead of the actual window itself. Whatever we think we "know" may as well be scrapped since it is out of synch with the reality we're part of. This instant "scrapping" paradoxically brings enlightenment and understanding!


    Quote for September 2004 from Greening of the Rebirth of Nature Science and God by Rupert Sheldrake :-

    Given the right genes and hence the right proteins, and the right systems by which protein synthesis is controlled, the organism is somehow supposed to assemble itself automatically. This is rather like delivering the right materials to a building site at the right times and expecting a house to grow spontaneously. Consider your arms and legs. They contain exactly the same kinds of muscle cells, nerve cells, and so on. They contain the same proteins and other chemicals; the bones are made of identical substance. Yet they have different shapes, just as houses of different design can be made from the same building materials. The chemicals alone do not determine the form. Nor does the DNA. The DNA is the same in all the cells of the arms and the legs, and indeed everywhere else in the body. All the cells are genetically programmed identically. Yet somehow they behave differently and form tissues and organs of different structures. Clearly some formative influence other than DNA must be shaping the developing arms and legs. All developmental biologists acknowledge this fact. But at this stage their mechanistic explanations peter out into vague statements about "complex spatio-temporal patterns of physico-chemical interaction not yet fully understood". Obviously this is not a solution but just another way of stating the problem.


    Quote for October/November 2004 from Oil Depletion by C.J.Campbell :-

    Hydrocarbon Man, now virtually the sole surviving human subspecies, will certainly be extinct by the end of this Century, meaning that the very future of Mankind is therefore at stake. This perhaps explains why oil depletion is such a sensitive subject, which many people, especially those in government, prefer not to know about. But there are many solutions, especially in finding effective ways to use less, provided governments take effective action in time. It is too serious a subject to be left to the whims of an open market built on outdated economic principles.


    Quote for December 2004 from "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish" by Douglas Adams :-

    A large spaceship has crashed into Harrods of London, and a large robot has emerged and says, "take me to your lizard." Ford Prefect explains this to Arthur Dent:- "It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see ..." "You mean it comes from a world of lizards?" "No," said Ford, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people." "Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy." "I did," said Ford. "It is." "So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?" "It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government theyve voted in more or less approximates the government they want." "You mean they actually vote for the lizards?" "Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course." "But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?" "Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in."


    Quote for January 2005 from Scientific American November 22, 2004 - The Brain's Own Marijuana :-

    In a remarkable way, the effects of marijuana have led to the still unfolding story of the endocannabinoids. The receptor CB1 seems to be present in all vertebrate species, suggesting that systems employing the brain's own marijuana have been in existence for about 500 million years. During that time, endocannabinoids have been adapted to serve numerous, often subtle, functions. We have learned that they do not affect the development of fear, but the forgetting of fear; they do not alter the ability to eat, but the desirability of the food, and so on. Their presence in parts of the brain associated with complex motor behavior, cognition, learning and memory implies that much remains to be discovered about the uses to which evolution has put these interesting messengers.


    Quote for February/March 2005 from the Hutchinson Encyclopaedia - Millennium Edition :-

    Hiroshima ... Towards the end of World War II the city was utterly devastated by the first US atomic bomb dropped by the Enola Gay. More than 10 square kilometeres / 4 square miles were obliterated, with very heavy damage outside that area. Casualties totalled at least 137,000 out of a population of 343,000 : 78,150 were found dead, others died later. By 1995 the death toll, which included individuals who had died from radiation-related diseases in recent years, had climbed to 192,000.

    The weight of plutonium used in this bomb was 700 grams. Plutonium-238 is available from the A.E.C. at a cost of about $700 per gram (80 to 89% enriched - Source http://www.scescape.net/~woods/elements/plutonium.html.) which would mean that to build such a bomb today would only cost about $750,000, and, because of the weight involved and technolgical advances, briefcase nuclear devices probably already exist with more killing power than either of these first 2 bombs dropped on Japan. Again, we are not being told the truth.
    Quote for April/May 2005 from a reflection from Reverend Peter Coates :-

    If there were a war on terror in the Roman province of Judea in the first century, the preacher from Nazareth must have been high on the most wanted list. Most wanted because he turns upside down all the values of power politics, and of politicians who might claim that he was on their side. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey with the acclamations of the people ringing round the city. He attacked the selfish policies and practices of the ruling rich. He refused to claim power for himself or his followers and would not use violence to achieve his ends. When his policies were taken to their logical conclusion (which we read in today's gospel) no one stood with him. He showed to the whole world that God's way is the way of self denial - not assertion; accepting suffering - not inflicting it; forgiving - not condemning. He stood alone because people were and are unable to accept that what this world sees as power and success are not gifts from a grateful God but emptiness and failure. What God gives to those whom he loves and who have the courage to accept is the other way - of suffering love; the only way into his Kingdom of Truth and Justice and Love.


    Quote for June 2005 from "Brightest Galactic Flash Ever Detected Hits Earth" at http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/bright_flash_050218.html

    Still, scientists were surprised that a magnetar so far away could alter the ionosphere.

    "That it can reach out and tap us on the shoulder like this, reminds us that we really are linked to the cosmos," said Phil Wilkinson of IPS Australia, that country's space weather service.

    "This is a once-in-a-lifetime event," said Rob Fender of Southampton University in the UK. "We have observed an object only 20 kilometers across [12 miles], on the other side of our galaxy, releasing more energy in a tenth of a second than the Sun emits in 100,000 years."

    Some researchers have speculated that one or more known mass extinctions hundreds of millions of years ago might have been the result of a similar blast altering Earth's atmosphere. There is no firm data to support the idea, however. But astronomers say the Sun might have been closer to other stars in the past.


    Quote for July/August 2005 from http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english/p00364.htm

    PRAYER OF SAINT BASIL OF CAESAREA
    O God, grant us a deeper sense of fellowship with all living things, 
    our little brothers and sisters 
    to whom in common with us 
    you have given this earth as home. 
    We recall with regret that in the past 
    we have acted high-handedly 
    and cruelly in exercising our domain over them. 
    Thus, the voice of the earth 
    which should have risen to you in song 
    has turned into a groan of travail. 
    May we realize that all these creatures 
    also live for themselves and for you,
    not for us alone. 
    They too love the goodness of life, 
    as we do, and serve you better 
    in their way than we do in ours.
    
    Amen.


    Quote for September-December 2005 from Hans Jonas'    The Phenomenon of Life - similar tack to that in Olaf Stapledon's Star Maker

    In the beginning, for unknowable reasons, the ground of being, or the Divine, chose to give itself over to the chance and risk and endless variety of becoming. And wholly so; entering into the adventure of space and time, the deity held back nothing of itself; no uncommitted or unimpaired part remained to direct, correct, and ultimately guarantee the devious working-out of its destiny in creation. On this unconditional immanence the modern temper insists. It is its courage or despair, in any case its bitter honesty, to take our being-in-the-world seriously: to view the world as left to itself, its laws as brooking no interference, and the rigor of our belonging to it as not softened by extramundane providence. The same our myth postulates for Gods being in the world. Not, however, in the sense of pantheistic immanence; if the world and God are simply the same, the world at each moment and in each state represents his fullness, and God can neither lose nor gain. Rather, in order that the world might be, and be for itself, God renounced his own being, divesting himself of his deity - to receive it back from the Odyssey of time weighted with the chance harvest of unforeseeable temporal experience; transfigured or possibly even disfigured by it. In such self-forfeiture of divine integrity for the sake of unprejudiced becoming, no other foreknowledge can be admitted than that of possibilities which cosmic being offers in its own terms: to these, God committed his cause in effacing himself for the world.

    And for aeons his cause is safe in the slow hands of cosmic chance and probability - while all the time we may surmise a patient memory of the gyrations of matter to accumulate into an ever more expectant accompaniment of eternity to the labors of time - a hesitant emergence of transcendence from the opaqueness of immanence.

    ... And then he trembles as the thrust of evolution, carried by its own momentum, passes the threshold where innocence ceases and an entirely new criterion of success and failure takes hold of the divine stake. The advent of man means the advent of knowledge and freedom, and with this supremely double-edged gift the innocence of the mere subject of self-fulfilling life has given way to the charge of responsibility under the disjunction of good and evil. To the promise and risk of this agency the divine cause, revealed at last, henceforth finds itself committed; and its issue trembles in the balance. The image of God, haltingly begun by the universe, for so long worked upon - and left undecided - in the wide and then narrowing spirals of pre-human time, passes with this last twist, and with a dramatic quickening of the movement, into mans precarious trust, to be completed, saved, or spoiled by what he will do to himself and the world. And in this awesome impact of his deeds on Gods destiny, on the very complexion of eternal being, lies the immortality of man.

    With the appearance of man, transcendence awakened to itself and henceforth accompanies his doings with the bated breath of suspense, hoping and beckoning, rejoicing and grieving, approving and frowning - and, I daresay, making itself felt to him even while not intervening in the dynamics of his worldly scene: for can it not be that by the reflection of its own state as it wavers with the record of man, the transcendent casts light and shadow over the human landscape?


    Quote for January-February 2006 from my recent thoughts

    Imagine a typical scene in the pub, chatting up girls. I've drunk loads, and bought her quite a bit too. Now she wants me (oops, I tripped over her guide dog there) and we go back to her place, but I can't get it up because I'm too poisoned. Or I can get it up, but the feelings and emotions are all blurred and confused through alcohol poisoning. The climax is a disappointment since all my feelings are so dulled. What a complete waste of time, money and resources. And now, there's a sprog 9 months down the line who no-one wants. This is your lives. Mary Jane will make everything all right. Stop poisoning yourselves and paying Satanists (govts.) for the privilege to do so.


    Quote for March-September 2006 from The Weather Liars by Diane Harvey

    Such a widespread perceptual failure on the part of the paid, impossible at it seems, has at least to be briefly considered. Because a fascinating study some years ago from the University of Southern California concluded that most individuals would indeed refuse to so much as entertain a fact, no matter how self-evidently true that fact was, if believing it would directly affect their income. And from rude experience we may extrapolate to include among the deniers of reality: all those whose self-image and belief system is fanatically welded to the prevailing social fabric of cheap tricks, fake standards, and prevailing prevarications.

    We live in a culture where power precariously supports itself by relying on a tissue of denial and lies, so closely interwoven that the intellectually lazy never even see it. Just as most people still don't even notice that the sky above has gone from a heavenly blue to a hell of anemic whitish-gray. One has to wonder what magnitude of extreme alteration in the natural environment the average consumer will require, in order to perceive any change in the surroundings at all. And within the network of hypocrisy, those who do honestly admit to themselves what is going on carefully examine on which side their bread is buttered- before bravely declining all comment. When it comes to so-called authorities, the relationship between abject cowardice, absence of all ethics, and perpetual lying is a very straight line connecting three shabby dots.


    Quote for October 2006-August 2007 from an article by Lorie Kramer at Carnicom's site

    It is the most destructive game of domino stacking ever conceived. The programs that manipulate the ionosphere are causing holes in the ozone layer and having severe effects on geomagnetic fields on the planet. The results are seen in the Southern Polar Regions and the change in the weather. The programs they have initiated to place a band-aid over those ozone holes to try and "patch" them are increasing global warming, causing drought and deforestation, and making people incredibly sick and causing deaths. The programs, which are being implemented to enable advanced weapons systems, are harming the very people they claim they want to defend. They should change the name to the Department of Offense it would be more appropriate. Despite all of the horrendous results and continuing destruction, they continue the assaults.

    These are all pieces of very destructive puzzles. The populous is being lied to, the ecosystems are being destroyed, and meanwhile nothing is being done to address the problem. This begs the question, why?

    Have we, as a species, become so perverse that we can no longer connect to the very systems that provide us with life on this planet? Have we become so consumed with fear and hatred, greed and the desire for power that we cannot even see where we are destroying ourselves? Have we become so controlled and dumbed down that we just stand by and watch it all happen without an effort to stop it? Have we finally made the choice of hate over love at the cost of our very life on this Earth? Have the holes in our souls become so large that we are willing to sacrifice our very survival to live in the negativity we have created?


    Quote for September 2007-August 2008 from an article at Real Clear Religion

    If the unitive and the procreative aspects of sex are not separated, the depopulation of the West will be prevented, the integrity of marriage will be ensured, and it will halt the slippery slope of biological madness that separates procreation from sex i.e., cloning.

    True freedom and liberation flows from following the laws of God who is the author of nature and creation. "...[W]hat looks like 'liberation' turns into its opposite and shows its diabolical visage...all this has already been described with precision in the first pages of the Bible. The core of the temptation for man and of his fall is contained in programmatic statement: 'You will be like God'. 'Like God' ...means free of the laws of the Creator, free of the laws of nature herself, absolute lord of one's own destiny. Man continually desires only one thing: to be his own creator and his own master. But what awaits us at the end of this road is certainly not paradise." (Joseph Ratzinger)


    Quote for September 2008-September 2009 from an article at Save the Males

    True culture is based on refining our animal instincts in terms of spiritual ideals (like truth, justice, goodness and beauty.) Modern anti-culture is based on demoralizing and destroying society by disparaging these ideals. Anti-culture portrays man in purely naturalistic and material terms. Every sexual impulse and bodily function must be recognized and indulged. This is considered "courageous" while any demur is considered repressive, prudish or fascist. In one of the final episodes of "Sex and the City", the audience had to endure Carrie getting a bikini wax. Thankfully we were spared a full frontal view. This is not prudishness. Human dignity requires privacy. Female allure requires modesty and mystery. We have souls, not only bodies. The exaltation of man's animal nature, at the expense of his spiritual qualities, is a direct consequence of the deification of man. Our anti-culture assumes that man is a finished product and doesn't need to be transformed by God's Love. A symptom of making man God is that we mystify and worship human beings. We worship a cult of great minds, a cult of great beauty, a cult of great wealth and power. Modern "culture" reflects the final unfolding of a diabolical conspiracy that rejects the Designer's instructions.

    Response from Shefali to another article :-

    Many cultures insist on post marital sex only. There is a very spiritual scientific reason. Auric Imprinting of the wife occurs post coitally and this vibration stays for months after every few days of contact. The Semen of a man has his entire spiritual evolution and Karma, the genetic code. If we can contract aids which is an immune condition not even a disease, it shouldn't be hard to accept what sexual imprints involve. If the girl has pre-marital sex and marries the same bloke, no problems but if the husband is different, now there is a remnant vibrational frequency of another man in her aura. If that boyfriend is afflicted by some Karmic misdeeds and is in anguish, some of that frequency will resonate in the girl's aura and this will affect her health, her mood and also her husband's mood and so on. Same works in the reverse too. If you notice many businessmen suddenly having bad luck after they get a fortune, it is because the first thing they do after making a million is celebrate with an addition of slutty mistresses who could have been imprinted by drug dealers or convicts a few weeks back.

    The girls here are luckier though, they aurically drain the wealth consciousness of the newly rich fool. in MOST cases the imprints of previous sexual partners act as a hindrance to attracting a soul mate. especially when the imprints are of negative nature. Also even if u DO attract a fine partner multiple sexual imprints on the both the sides spoil the connection.

    Basically when you sleep with someone you sleep with EVERYONE he/she has slept with. In fact that is the MAIN reason being a shrink is so lucrative and WHY the Illuminati introduced Casual Sex especially for women it is catastrophic. A women with too many sexual imprints of too many partners feels out of focus, and finds herself drifting thru life. it can also cause personality disorders and mental illness. as for men, they find that there energy being scattered among so many women makes them feel scattered, out of centre and not at peace.


    Quote for October 2009-February 2010 from Beyond the Frontier of the Mind by Osho

    The first thing to be understood is what ego is. A child is born. A child is born without any knowledge, any consciousness of his own self. And when a child is born the first thing he becomes aware of is not himself; the first thing he becomes aware of is the other. It is natural, because the eyes open outwards, the hands touch others, the ears listen to others, the tongue tastes food and the nose smells the outside. All these senses open outwards.

    That is what birth means. Birth means coming into this world, the world of the outside. So when a child is born, he is born into this world. He opens his eyes, sees others. 'Other' means the thou. He becomes aware of the mother first. Then, by and by, he becomes aware of his own body. That too is the other, that too belongs to the world. He is hungry and he feels the body; his need is satisfied, he forgets the body.

    This is how a child grows. First he becomes aware of you, thou, other, and then by and by, in contrast to you, thou, he becomes aware of himself.

    This awareness is a reflected awareness. He is not aware of who he is. He is simply aware of the mother and what she thinks about him. If she smiles, if she appreciates the child, if she says, "You are beautiful," if she hugs and kisses him, the child feels good about himself. Now an ego is born.

    Through appreciation, love, care, he feels he is good, he feels he is valuable, he feels he has some significance.

    A center is born.

    But this center is a reflected center. It is not his real being. He does not know who he is; he simply knows what others think about him. And this is the ego: the reflection, what others think. If nobody thinks that he is of any use, nobody appreciates him, nobody smiles, then too an ego is born: an ill ego; sad, rejected, like a wound; feeling inferior, worthless. This too is the ego. This too is a reflection.


    Quote for March 2010-May 2011 from An Introduction to Quantum Tantra by Nick Herbert

    World-class mathematician John von Neuman and Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner claim that quantum theory is actually formally incomplete--and that the least drastic way to make quantum theory mathematically consistent is to introduce consciousness as the necessary accomplice of every quantum jump.

    Many primitive peoples organized their lives around a doctrine we call "animism", the belief that every object possesses sentient "insides" like our own. The quantum consciousness assumption, which amounts to a kind of "quantum animism" likewise asserts that consciousness is an integral part of the physical world, not an emergent property of special biological or computational systems. Since everything in the world is on some level a quantum system, this assumption requires that everything be conscious on that level. If the world is truly quantum animated, then there is an immense amount of invisible inner experience going on all around us that is presently inaccessible to humans, because our own inner lives are imprisoned inside a small quantum system, isolated deep in the meat of an animal brain. We may not need to travel into outer space to inhabit entirely new worlds. New experiential worlds of inconceivable richness and variety may already be present "at our fingertips"--worlds made up of strangely intelligent minds that silently surround and interpenetrate our own modes of awareness.

    Half-baked attempts to explain consciousness, such as mind-as-software or mind-as-emergent- property do not take themselves seriously enough to confront the experimental facts, our most intimate data base, namely how mind itself feels from the inside. On the other hand, the most suggestive evidence for a quantum model of mind is that the Heisenberg picture of how quantum events actually happen in the world is extremely congruent with our own internal experience of what it's like to be a sentient being. Looking inside, I do not feel like "software" whatever that might mean, but indeed like a shimmering (wavelike?) center of ambiguous potentia (possibilities?) around which more solid perceptions and ideas are continually congealing (quantum jumps?). This rough match of internal feeling with external description could be utterly deceptive but it at least shows that the quantum model of mind can successfully confront the introspective evidence in a way that no other mind models even attempt.

    At the heart of quantum tantra will be a new kind of measurement that I call "rapprochement" to distinguish it from the act of measurement in conventional physics. While an ordinary measurement informs us about a thing's outsides, rapprochement connects the observer to an object's heretofore hidden insides, allowing him or her to directly experience the inner lives of quantum systems.

    As conventional measurement cannot penetrate to the inside of an object to examine its quantum potentia because every conventional measurement, no matter how delicate, inevitably triggers a quantum jump that erases all potentia save one. This new kind of measurement--rapprochement-- on the other hand, connects the mind of the observer directly to the object's potentia without the intervention of a quantum jump. The full content of the object's inner life is adjoined to the inner life of the observer and their intermingled potentias mutually enrich each other, without memorializing or prejudicing one potentia over another.

    To achieve rapprochement one needs a way of connecting the mind of the observer to the "mind" of the object without making records; one needs a so-called "oblivious link" which physically couples the brain's consciousness to the object in question without initiating a quantum jump. Since the inner lives of physical objects are almost certainly incomprehensible in human terms, the first truly usable oblivious links will no doubt be established between two human quantum centers of consciousness, not between a human consciousness and the insides of some "inanimate" system. Quantum-intimate brain-matter links with non-human beings will come later, after we have practiced such linkage with humans.

    However, the "telepathy" achieved during rapprochement will feel very different from a mere exchange of data. The joining of two centers of Heisenbergian potentia via an oblivious link does not make any records. This new experience of insides-to-insides "essence merge" is a moment-to-moment impression that is immediately forgotten. Indeed the experience of multivalued potentia (type-two consciousness) is of a kind that by its very nature must be forgotten, since only single-valued experiences (type-one consciousness, or quantum jumps) can be recorded in the brain or anywhere else in the world. One task of the quantum psychologist will be to determine the relative proportion of type-one and type-two consciousnesses--the proportion, loosely speaking, of "fact" and "fantasy"--in the minds of various personality types. Although the experience of rapprochement is soon forgotten, it is not without permanent effect of the participants. The quantum potentias--and hence the scope of all their future possibilities--of both partners in the quantum linkup are drastically altered by their intimate essence exchange.


    Quote for June 2011-September 2012 from From the book "The teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui way of knowledge By Carlos Castañeda"

    Don Juan, the Mexican Yaqui Indian shaman, tells Carlos Castañeda the following:

    "We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The Predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don't do so... I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner!

    "This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico ... They took us over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them."

    "No, no, no, no," [Carlos replies] "This is absurd don Juan. What you're saying is something monstrous. It simply can't be true, for sorcerers or for average men, or for anyone."

    "Why not?" don Juan asked calmly. "Why not? Because it infuriates you? ... You haven't heard all the claims yet. I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradictions between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behaviour. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of belief, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal."

    "'But how can they do this, don Juan? [Carlos] asked, somehow angered further by what [don Juan] was saying. "'Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?"

    "'No, they don't do it that way. That's idiotic!" don Juan said, smiling. "They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous manoeuvre, stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous manoeuvre from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators' mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now."

    "I know that even though you have never suffered hunger... you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its manoeuvre is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear."

    "The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were quite ill at ease with the idea of when [the predator] made its appearance on Earth. They reasoned that man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights, feats of awareness that are mythological legends nowadays. And then, everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man. What I'm saying is that what we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He's an average piece of meat."

    "There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic."

    Castañeda, 1998


    Quote for September 2012-September 2013 From Official Clinical Findings of Fact on Cannabis

    CONCLUSIONS & FINDINGS OF FACT from U.S. government researchers’ Empirical 1 Studies

    1. short or long-term use of cannabis does not have any adverse effect on mental or physical health;

    2. cannabis is non-addictive, smoked, eaten, or taken as a beverage; cannabis does not induce physical or psychological dependence;

    3. "psychosis" is not related to cannabis; pre-existing schizophrenia can occur in a cannabis using population;

    4. no "amotivational syndrome"; "heavy use of ganja does not curtail the motivation to work" [original emphasis]. The contrary is concluded: cannabis has tonic effect, which is conducive to productive work and mental concentration;

    5. investigating any possiblility of "linkage" as exists between alcohol, bad behaviour and/or crime: "No evidence of such causality appeared in the findings." In this context, the evidence is presented that cannabis has a positive influence producing beneficial results: i.e…

    6. cannabis reduces and can preclude the use of drugs, thus mitigating their associated negative effects.

     1 Note, Empirical: i.e. definitive clinical studies, human test subjects’ ‘hands-on’, actual use.
    N.B. Such findings are replicated in the other official Empirical Studies.



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