Monthly Archives: May, 2008

Heart Shaped Box | Nirvana | VH1 Classic

Religious symbolism was more endemic in the 1990s than any other time. The grunge band Nirvana used it as much as anyone, and to great effect.

P.S. Pause all commercials on the other vids!

VH1 needs the money to fund the classic rocker’s old folks home, LOL!

Update on the alien coming out party

Jeff Peckman, the person who is reported to have an infrared video of a 4 foot tall alien caught in the act of voyeurism is supposed to give his press conference today in Denver, Colorado. A believer in ET life obviously, Peckman also wants the Denver City Council to form an “extraterrestrial affairs commission”:

Proof of extraterrestrials could get renewed life — or crash to the ground — if one Denver resident has anything to say about it.

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Jeff Peckman, a Denver resident and believer in alien life, has begun the process of putting a… Expand

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Jeff Peckman, a Denver resident and believer in alien life, has begun the work of putting a ballot initiative to the city’s voters that would, if passed, establish an “extraterrestrial affairs commission” made up of 18 members appointed by the mayor to ensure public safety in the event that aliens — or their vehicles, according to the ballot language — were to arrive in the Mile High City.

Peckman has already met with the city council in a fact-finding question-and-answer meeting. He received approval from the city clerk to start going after the 4,000 signatures he needs to get his initiative on a ballot, a task he has 180 days to complete. Before beginning that work, Peckman will show a video to members of the media today that he claims has cemented his belief that aliens exist and that it would be prudent to prepare for the inevitable encounter.

It looks like the guy is going to go through with this. Whether this crashes to the ground or not is irrelevant at this point, Peckman is going to have his 15 minutes of fame and/or notoriety.

I have an interesting find however concerning Mr. Peckman’s bio from mahalo.com:

  1. Age: 54
  2. Unmarried and lives with parents
  3. Attended Maharishi University of Management in Iowa
  4. Has never seen a space alien
  5. Sells technology that purportedly reduces “the chaos of electromagnetic fields” 

I leave it up to you gentle readers of the tinfoil to decide if this guy is on the up and up.

Believe it or not, there’s people in the UFO community who are sceptical about Peckman’s claims. I’ll post on that as I find more updates.

Jeff Peckman’s short bio

Denver man makes alien claim

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As an unrelated aside, as of May 29th at 11:32 a.m. EDT, dad2059 is now grand-dad2059. The new family member is doing quite fine and was greeted by a loving circle of family that not only included his parents, but both his grandmothers and two uncles.

Unfortunately both granddads and an aunt were unable to be there, but thanks to wireless brain-frying cellphone tech, we have some pictures. Since the small family is currently in the service of the Empire, I am unable to discuss more. But if my ‘Tubes friends want more info, use my email address please.

Blog posts might be sporatic for a few days also because of other pressing business.

For now, have a good weekend!

Alien coming out party

A video that purportedly shows a living, breathing space alien will be shown to the news media Friday in Denver.

Jeff Peckman, who is pushing a ballot initiative to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver to prepare the city for close encounters of the alien kind, said the video is authentic and convinced him that aliens exist.

“As impressive as it is, it’s still one tiny portion in the context of a vast amount of peripheral evidence,” he said Wednesday. “It’s really the final visual confirmation of what you already know to be true having seen all the other evidence.”

When Peckman went before city officials this month to discuss his proposed ET initiative, he promised to show the video.

Peckman said the general public will have to wait to see it because it’s being included in a documentary by Stan Romanek.

“No one will be allowed to film the segment with the extraterrestrial because there is an agreement in place limiting that kind of exposure during negotiations for the documentary,” he said.

But people won’t have to wait too long to see it for themselves.

Holy Tinfoil Batman, a video camera spying on an alien spying on people through the bedroom window!

I have my doubts about this, even though the video was ‘authenticated’ by a film instructor at the Colorado Film School.

I would love to have proof of ET life verified, but not by questionable video.

But I will check it out nonetheless, my interest is piqued.

Phone home: Purported UFO video to be shown Friday

‘The Heirs of Prometheus’ by Athena, Dyson reviews books on Global Warming

It’s slightly cloudy — unusual for sunny Florida. The air smells of the ocean, alive with birds: gulls, pelicans, hawks. On a wooden platform, a group of people of all ages and colors is squinting fixedly at a point on the horizon about two kilometers away, where a gantry holds a slim rocket that balances a tiny load on its nose. A level voice announces from the loudspeakers: “The T minus ten holding period is over. We’re going forward.”

The people break into wild cheers, then fall eerily silent. Curious children are shushed and told to look there, there; final adjustments are made to cameras and binoculars. The minus ten holding period is the last chance to abort. The weather was such that until this moment the decision to launch could change.

Like heartbeats, the announcements come. “T minus five… minus three… minus one… T minus thirty seconds… minus twenty seconds… minus ten seconds… Now you can hear a pin drop. “Nine… eight.. seven… six… five… four…. three… two…” All the spectators shiver, holding their breath.

“Liftoff!”

A beautiful essay by Athena of Star Ship Reckless, Astrogator’s Logs

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Some words from Freeman Dyson:

In the history of science it has often happened that the majority was wrong and refused to listen to a minority that later turned out to be right. It may—or may not—be that the present is such a time. The great virtue of Nordhaus’s economic analysis is that it remains valid whether the majority view is right or wrong. Nordhaus’s optimum policy takes both possibilities into account. Zedillo in his introduction summarizes the arguments of each contributor in turn. He maintains the neutrality appropriate to a conference chairman, and gives equal space to Lindzen and to Rahmstorf. He betrays his own opinion only in a single sentence with a short parenthesis: “Climate change may not be the world’s most pressing problem (as I am convinced it is not), but it could still prove to be the most complex challenge the world has ever faced.”

The last five chapters of the Zedillo book are by writers from five of the countries most concerned with the politics of global warming: Russia, Britain, Canada, India, and China. Each of the five authors has been responsible for giving technical advice to a government, and each of them gives us a statement of that government’s policy. Howard Dalton, spokesman for the British government, is the most dogmatic. His final paragraph begins:

It is the firm view of the United Kingdom that climate change constitutes a major threat to the environment and human society, that urgent action is needed now across the world to avert that threat, and that the developed world needs to show leadership in tackling climate change.

The United Kingdom has made up its mind and takes the view that any individuals who disagree with government policy should be ignored. This dogmatic tone is also adopted by the Royal Society, the British equivalent of the US National Academy of Sciences. The Royal Society recently published a pamphlet addressed to the general public with the title “Climate Change Controversies: A Simple Guide.” The pamphlet says:

This is not intended to provide exhaustive answers to every contentious argument that has been put forward by those who seek to distort and undermine the science of climate change and deny the seriousness of the potential consequences of global warming.

In other words, if you disagree with the majority opinion about global warming, you are an enemy of science. The authors of the pamphlet appear to have forgotten the ancient motto of the Royal Society, Nullius in Verba, which means, “Nobody’s word is final.”

Yes, the famous physicist Freeman Dyson, “that one”, contents that global warming isn’t purely human driven and that the scientific community is dogmatic on the subject by blasting opponents. Dyson’s reviews of these books; ‘A Question of Balance: Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies, by William Nordhaus, Yale University Press.’ and ‘Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto, edited by Ernesto Zedillo, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization/Brookings Institution Press’questions whether or not the meme is economically driven.

Now where have I read that before, hmmm…?  *visions of a certain evangalistic gear jammer driving his tractor-trailer back and forth over the carcasses of a recent Nobel Prize recipient and a person with the same name as a motorcycle…*

The Question of Global Warming

Environmentalism as religion

UPDATE: George Dvorsky, a noted transhumanist and Singularity proponent blogs on this also: http://www.sentientdevelopments.com/2008/05/freeman-dyson-on-religion-of.html

Amazing, simply amazing. Dogma permiates discourse in all areas of discussion, science, religion, whatever. And denial flies through the air like farmers spreading liquid cow sh*t.

F*cking amazing.  😕

NASA and JPL scored a good one!

This is an actual hard science post today for a change. I don’t usually do them, even though I love the hard sciences like biology, astronomy and physics. I may not understand them as much as I do the social and psychological arts (I don’t consider them sciences, even though I have a degree in them), but that’s one of the reasons I do this blog.

Anyway, the Phoenix Lander made it to Mars this past Saturday. It touched down at the Martian North Polar region around 7:53 p.m. EDT, most importantly in one piece. It was the first American probe powered landing on Mars since the twin Viking Landers over 30 years ago. The last three probes that landed safely (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity) are rovers and they touched down using rockets and giant air-bags. Spirit and Opportunity are still giving NASA and the U.S. taxpayer their moneys’ worth amazingly enough.

The Phoenix is different in that it doesn’t rove anywhere, it just sits in one spot. Its’ job is to dig and drill into the hard permafrost soil to take samples and ‘cook’ them in multiple experiments designed to find trace organic compounds, basically what Vikings I and II did. In this case, unlike Viking, the icy permafrost soil Phoenix is going to test has water in it. The Viking probes landed around the Mars equator where all the water is evaporated (sublimed) out. Basically the ground there is sterile. Hopefully at the polar regions where there are known amounts of water, extremophile microscopic lifeforms are presently living in the ice, or once lived there. Bets are on the former.

Also Phoenix is part of the ‘faster, cheaper, better’ B.S. that NASA has been forced to do the past three decades, since most of the funding went to the shuttle and space station programs. Even so, just 1/6 of 1% of the national budget funds NASA, though most Americans think (propagandized) they get much more. The military-industrial-congressional complex receives 60%  of the budget (f*cking wake up sheeple!). That’s who you should hit up for your money to feed the poor! Anyway, so the Phoenix project had to cut corners that Viking didn’t have to. Scientists had to think of creative ways to get their various experiments on board cheaply, which meant determining where, how to cut corners and take chances. Naturally, that increases the failure rate. The Mars Polar Lander and another orbital probe failed in 1999, victims of cost cutting (though one was human error). Case in point, the original cost of Phoenix was $240 million, but overruns brought it up to $420 million. But the cost of the Viking I and II landers in 2008 dollars was $3 billion ! Get the point?

So you see that even landing the damn thing was an accomplishment given the past track record of all the probes (Russian, European and American) that were shot at Mars, of which 50% failed. NASA and JPL needed a public relations success as well as a landing one!

Kudos mainstream scientists! I hope you get to find your Martian microbes so you can meme the sheeple into believing that ET life does exist.

Us tinfoilers are getting a little lonely out here!

Mars lander completes first day on Red Planet

Camera On Mars Orbiter Snaps Phoenix During Landing

Yet another One World Order weapon against humanity, ‘The Codex Alimentarius’

In my continuing quest for esoteric knowledge, I utilize many resources. Websites and online libraries are my primary sources. Recently podcasts on various parapolitical/paranormal blogs have become a valuable finding. Of course one must be careful when using these things due to the varying agendas of the individual(s) running these sites. The old cliche ‘gleaning seed from the chaff’ applies applicably when surfing the InnerTubes.

But because of the very existence of the ‘Tubes, much to the Order’s dismay, the exposure of their cruel and despotic plans for the future of humanity have spread through the ether that otherwise would’ve been relegated to the back alleys of underground publications. This still could happen if the Bilderbergs and the Pentagon have their way in the short future, but that’s for another day. Fortunately for the time being, we still have this valuable resource.

One discovery I just made, and it probably is old news to some of my readers, is the Codex Alimentarius. Sound ominous? It’s meant to be. But all it means is ‘Food Code’ or ‘Food Book’ in Greek. By using the Greek name, the Order has made sure the publication sounds ‘difficult’ in the average person’s mind so they would just ignore it. And it works. The Codex was started in the 1960s under the auspices of the U.N. and the WHO. Innocently enough, it was to, “…protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food trade. The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection“.

That’s fair I guess. But like all things that start out helping people originally, it was co-opted by people whose sole purpose is to cause chaos, gain personal power, create a stratified society, control food production and just make an everyday person’s life a living hell because they can.

One person who decided to expose this evil plan to control the food and drug production by the mega-agribusinesses and ‘Big Pharma’ is Ian R. Crane. Mr Crane, according to his blog bio is, “…an ex-oilfield executive who has lived and worked in the Middle East, mainland Europe and the USA, Ian has spent the past ten years studying mythology, alternative history, secret societies, esotericism, … and deep geopolitics…“. He doesn’t sound like the typical weird tinfoiler does he? Yours truly included of course.

Crane has done much research into the Codex and its relationship to the Order. His writing is clear and unobtrusive. And he connects the breadcrumbs very well:

Few people would argue that the 21st Century has been uneventful, yet the vast majority stay locked in a paradigm of ‘bread and circuses’; working increasingly long hours in response to spiralling costs and lulled into indifference by daily doses of Eastenders, Corrie, Big Brother or Sport.

Consequently, few people will be aware that on 15th May 2007, just six weeks before being appointed Prime Minister, Gordon Brown joined ranks with George Bush Snr by publicly stating his commitment to the political philosophy of globalisation and the establishment of a New World Order.

So what does all this have to do with Natural Health? Part of the New World Order agenda is to restrict and ultimately prohibit the sale of all natural health products. According to John Hammell, a legislative advocate and the founder of International Advocates for Health Freedom (IAHF), here is what we have to look forward to:

“If Codex Alimentarius has its way, then herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies, amino acids and other natural remedies you have taken for granted most of your life will be gone. The name of the game for Codex is to shift all remedies into the prescription category so they can be controlled exclusively by the medical monopoly and its bosses, the major pharmaceutical firms.”

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg; behind the Codex Alimentarius Commission are the United Nations and the World Health Organization, working in conjunction with the multinational pharmaceutical cartel and international banks. It is now a criminal offence in parts of Europe to sell herbs as foods. An agreement called EEC6565 equates selling herbs as foods to selling other illegal drugs. Action is being taken to accelerate bringing other European countries into ‘harmonisation’.

Not to mention using this as a method of population control. When this ‘Codex’ becomes international law on December 2009, all organic foods and herbs become illegal. If any food that isn’t grown by agribusiness, or any drug that isn’t manufactured by a pharmaceutical company is sold, severe fines and or prison is the punishment. Any farmer who doesn’t use the genetically engineered ‘suicide’ seeds sold by Monsanto, Dow Chemical or Bayer will be fined and sued. Individuals growing medicinal and psychoactive herbs will be arrested, jailed and fined. How’s that for Brave New World? Are you ready for it?

There is a little known story about the United State’s ongoing brutality and experimentation on the Iraqi people. In 2004, the U.S. controlled puppet ‘government’ was forced to pass a law making saving seeds from a previous harvest illegal for farmers to use. Any farmer who still wished to farm their land had to purchase Monsanto’s GM suicide seeds. Of course, there are NWO banksters there to ‘loan’ money to these poor farmers.

No conspiracy, move along, nothing to see here, just ‘spreading democracy’ through the Middle East to ‘proteck ‘Muurrikkka” from evul turrists!

I believe my wife used that brand of ‘spreading democracy’ in her flower garden this spring.

As far as I know, it’s still legal to grow petunias, lillies and tulips.

Codex Alimentarius

New World Order & Codex Alimentarius

Ian R. Crane’s foodcode.blogspot.com

2004 Patent Law making reuse seeds illegal in Iraq

Iraqi farmers might prefer suicide

 

As a side note, I will be engaged in family activities and business the rest of this Memorial Day Weekend.

One must remember that at one time, the United States of America was an actual Republic and many people did give their lives in defense of the values we once had. They should be suitably honored.

And even if you have the take that people since the American Civil War who joined the military were working for the Rothschild and Rockefeller criminal organizations to form the American Empire don’t deserve to be honored, I leave you with these words from Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler:

My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military. 

Sad, but true. And I speak from personal experience like Butler does.

But here’s my favorite Butler quote:

War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. 

Wisdom learned late is better than not learned at all I say. So please honor all vets this Memorial Day, even the non-American vets. 

Remember, the NWO doesn’t distinguish its cannon-fodder.

P.S. Regularly scheduled far-out brain farts resume Tuesday May 27th. Peace.

Some Evidence For The Living Earth

Some of my friends, both cyberspace and local, don’t hold much truck with the idea of ‘Gaia’ or ‘The Living Earth’. The idea of a whole planet as a personal, living, breathing being is an alien concept for a lot of people. To equate the planet itself to a status rivaling humans, gods or ‘God’ is anathema to American Puritan sensibilities and enters the territory of ‘radical’ environmentalists, tree-huggers, hippies and other disparaging names put to children of nature.

Well, thanks once again to that dreaded empirical evil called science, evidence rears its’ ugly head and puts a little credence into the ‘Gaia’ theory:

It’s the basement apartment like no other. Life has been found 1.6 kilometres beneath the sea floor, at temperatures reaching 100 °C.

The discovery marks the deepest living cells ever to be found beneath the sea floor. Bacteria have been found deeper underneath the continents, but there they are rare. In comparison, the rocks beneath the sea appear to be teaming with life.

John Parkes, a geobiologist at the University of Cardiff, UK, hopes his team’s discovery might one day help find life on other planets. He says it might even redefine what we understand as life, and, bizarrely, what we understand by “age”.

Parkes has been hunting for deep life for over 20 years. Recently, he and his colleagues examined samples of a mud core extracted from between 860 metres and 1626 metres beneath the sea floor off the coast of Newfoundland.

They found simple organisms known as prokaryotes in every sample. Prokaryotes are organisms that often have just one cell. Their peculiarity is that, unlike any other form of life, their DNA is not neatly packed into a nucleus.

How do you like that! Real single-celled organisms living in the regolith of the planet itself, under the oceans.

But how did they get there? The geobiologists are unsure. One theory is that they got buried gradually by sedimentary settling. Another is that the cells got ‘sucked up’ through muddy areas. And the organisms resemble organisms found around geothermal vents on the ocean floor located near geologically active fault zones.

Interestingly, great masses of this lifeform are found 3.2 to 5 kilometers under the surface of the Earth:

We have recovered living cells from depths of 3.2 km to about 5 km in South Africa,” says Tullis Onstott of Princeton University. “But what I find most interesting in Parkes’ samples is the high density of microbial cells. They are about 100 to 1000-fold greater than in our terrestrial environments at comparable depths or temperatures…

Presently nobody has any idea why or how these organisms live in these conditions or how they got there. But if the theory of Gaia has any basis in fact, could the planet itself be forming life from internal chemicals and processes and thus working them to the surface via volcanic action and the deep ocean geothermal vents?

Nature is a wondrous mechanism. Earth and our Solar System were formed from materials left over from ancient supernovas and destroyed galaxies.

Life could be as common in the Universe as stardust. They’re of the same stuff!

Huge hidden biomass lives deep beneath the ocean

Does the NWO Matrix include ‘The Matrix’?

Expanding on yesterdays’ post about Singularity technology and dogma, today I found an interesting post about virtual reality and the ‘uploading’ of human consciousness into computer software, an advanced form of ‘Second Life’ or ‘World of Warcraft’ if you will. So my question to the ether is, “Is this part of the NWO plan to put humanity into a ‘Matrix’ type reality to keep us happily enslaved?”

Virtual worlders, led by a so-called “convergenist” from the National Science Foundation, met this week to discuss one of their plans for humankind: capturing individual personalities onto computers, and transmitting them into other worlds.

Rather than meeting in the real world, attendees at the Convergence of the Real and the Virtual conference brought their swords and leopards, and their idealized bodies (big muscles, big boobs) to a space in World of Warcraft, an online massively multiplayer online role playing game, or MMORPG.

The NSF sociologist who organized the WoW scientific meeting, William Sims Bainbridge [sic}, has taken the form of a “level 65 (out of 70) blood elf priest” in the game, which claims more than nine million players.

Part of Bainbridge’s job, as director of the NSF’s Human-Centered Computing Cluster, is to direct young researchers into areas of “future research,” including “immersive and multi-sensory technologies, and direct brain-computer interfaces.”

For the WoW meeting, Bainbridge described how human consciousnesses might be uploaded to virtual worlds (at least in Battlestar Galactica, they call it “downloading”).

Although I have called myself a transhumanist in the past, the idea of ‘uploading’ my consciousness into an artificial world gives me a queasy feeling. Is that an old fashioned affectation on my part, a hold-over from my upbringing and a biological bias? It could be, but the author of this post points out something else, control of the masses as put forward by William Sims Bainbridge:

If World of Warcraft is fundamentally subversive, Second Life is utopian. In principle, except for the land sold and taxed by Linden Lab, this virtual world is entirely created by its residents. Some rules have crept in over time, such as bans on child pornography, gambling casinos, and most recently unregistered financial institutions. Said to have been inspired by the imaginary Metaverse in Neal Stephenson’s cyberpunk novel, Snow Crash, like World of Warcraft it is tied to a west-coast American counterculture, but it seeks to empower ordinary people more than to critique the elite.

The logical extension of these principles would be full cultural and legal independence, in which virtual worlds seceded from the (perhaps) dysfunctional nations of the mundane world. Already, social theorists have contemplated non-spatial government that represents the interests of online communities that are not limited to any particular patch of dirt. My own research has turned up many indications that the subculture to which virtual worlds belong has departed from conventional culture in many ways. Notably, participants are much less likely to be guided by religious belief, and more likely to prefer the suspension of disbelief associated with science fiction and fantasy. So, we can expect that virtual worlds will prototype many social innovations that might then diffuse to offline governance, while often preaching sedition. The question then becomes how much this revolution is real, rather than virtual.

“How much of this revolution is real, rather than virtual.” Well, I don’t know. The NWO brooks no dissention, so I have to believe that in order for the control mechanism to work and to have willing slaves, the outlet for sedition has to remain in the virtual ‘Matrix’ world. So the VR template has to be as ‘real’ as possible in order to fool the human brain. The slave masses in ‘The Matrix’ trilogy had no idea their universe was generated by an artificial intelligence, so it would at least have to be of that quality or greater.

In this instance I have to break with the movies and propose that the NWO super-computers would have to go another route other than sucking the life out of their slaves to power their machines, there are more efficient ways for that. I’m going to note something that caught my eye yesterday that might tie in real nicely with the NWO/Matrix and part of the control mechanism that could be utilized:

The future isn’t all rosy. Increasing pollution, overpopulation, poverty, and climate change – society’s impact on the earth is reaching a breaking point. And while we may work to slow the onset of these catastrophes, reversing them is no longer an option. The question becomes, how do we live with the troubles we’ve already caused?

What if we used technology to not only combat this dangerous new environment – but also to escape from it? We already use mobile devices to provide on-demand escapism, channeling movies, music, and other distractions. Increased processing power and emerging technologies will enable holistic computing systems to be stored in wearable devices, providing a more immersive personal media experience. In a troubling future, these augmented reality devices would offer a new dimension – a virtual layer that could be used to “re-skin” the troubling outside world. A boundary between the wearer and the world around him, the device would become a sort of visual drug, used to make the world appear a better place – even if just for a moment.

Re-skin reality? Just what the NWO sociologists ordered! Better than that ol’ time religion, bring on that Singularity tech!

Okay, so my imagination’s running rampant here. Taken by themselves, these inventions and events might not amount to much. But better minds than mine are connecting the same dots.

It seems we keep swallowing the red pills instead of the blue ones the NWO keep pushing.

Sociologists want your brain in cyberspace

Virtual Nations

frogConcept: A Digital Escape

Special tips sur le chapeau pour  Red Ice Creations and Posthuman Blues. Surely better dot connectors than I.

Dogma and the Technological Singularity

Noted Singularity advocate Michael Anissimov sez singularity supporters are unfairly being treated the same as religious rapture fundies:

The comparison between the singularity and religious rapture is an unfair smear. As Steven says,

But that image of a shared psychological flaw is itself so seductive that it has distorted people’s view of what the singularity is about into a kind of geek-bible-wielding strawman — singularitarian ideas are assumed to parallel fundamentalist Christian ideas even where they don’t, just because the comparison is apparently so much fun. “Oh, look at those silly nerds, aping the awful fundies without even knowing it!”

People who compare discussion about the possibly huge impact of emerging technologies to that of religious delusion are themselves falling victim to a seductive and oversimplified view of the reality. The press release pretends to be objective, but it’s completely not. Casually tossing off phrases like “singularity dogma” are just perpetuating this seductive but incorrect interpretation.

The ‘Steven’ Anissimov refers to wrote a blog post last year denouncing the comparison. Now after studying the Singularity and its possible affects for a couple of years (mainly because I have a vested interest in staying alive) I can see what Anissimov and Steven are railing against. So far from what I have read on Anissimov’s blog, he is pretty interested in Aubrey Degrey’s Methuselah Foundation. I am too, because of my previous statement, but Degrey not only studies the technical aspects of life extention, his foundation has occult connections as well. That’s a discussion for another day though.

As Anissimov notes, life extention and increased intelligence/mind uploading are two different things (actually three), so lumping the two/three together into ‘Singularity’ subjects isn’t right, thus the term is irrelevant:

This press release insults all life extension advocates, confusing them with singularity advocates. For instance, the Methuselah Foundation, with over $10 million in funding, practices “death avoidance” — or what some might call “recognition of the horror of physical and mental deterioration prior to an unwanted death”. But the Methuselah Foundation and numerous “death avoiders” have little connection to discussions of the singularity, which focuses on the possibility of greater-than-human intelligence. Having a high IQ and living a long time are two different things. One contributer seems to be going after mind uploading.

Fair enough, but tell that to Ray Kurzweil. He is the main reason why people lump the Singularity in with Rapture Theology. He is the High Priest of the Singularity so to speak. If his book “The Age of Spiritual Machines” isn’t a Bible of technological/theological beliefs, I don’t know what is.

As far as his blog post goes, he doesn’t mention Kurzweil even once. Maybe for the above reasons. If he has in the past, I’m sure I’ll be corrected and that would be fair.

But to complain that certain aspects of a possible technological Singularity is unfairly being compared to religion is also unfair. Especially if one of its main apostles attaches religious connotation to it.

Like it or not, the Singularity has dogma all over it.

Special Report on the Singularity by IEEE Spectrum

HAL the Ironman, more Anthropic Principle and Warp Drive

Wow, does life imitate art or what?:

Cyberdyne Incorporated is building a real life Iron Man suit named HAL.  No, this isn’t the ultimate in crossover fan-fiction – it’s an actual factual product. You might expect to wait ten years for such technology, but Cyberdyne Inc. is aiming to start production in October.  Yes, THIS October.  Start saving.

The suit in Iron Man is built by Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.), a brilliant engineer who has made billions from building weapons. Kidnapped in Afghanistan, he questions his life, and resolves to put his genius to better use: to protecting rather than destroying by building himself a suit of armor that gives him superhuman powers.

The HAL real-world suit is based on the research of Professor Sankai’s laboratory at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.  The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is designed to enhance the abilities of the wearer without restricting their range of motion, a set of sensors and motors at each joint multiplying the user’s strength.  And like Tony Stark himself, they appreciate that sophisticated systems require sleek styling to sell – with white shelled sections topped with blue-LED rings at each motor, this couldn’t be designed to look more modern without spontaneously jumping into the future.

It has been said by Singularity advocates like Ray Kurzweil that disabled people will be the first true transhumans. Devices such as this HAL exo-skeleton will enable spinal cord, or nervous system damaged individuals to enjoy total mobility once again.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America organization should pay attention to this.

Real-World ‘Iron Man’ Suit Foreshadows Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Once again, the Anthropic Principle is under the gun:

Many people marvel that we live in a universe that seems to be precisely tailored to suit the development of intelligent life. The observation is the basis for some forms of “Anthropic Principles” that strive to explain why the laws of physics take the form we observe, given the nearly countless other possibilities permitted by schools of thought such as string theory…

But a new paper in Physical Review Letters from a group of physicists at Case Western Reserve University argues that any connection between the laws of physics and the existence of life is likely to be an illusion stemming from our shortsighted definition of intelligent life.

For the sake of their analysis, the authors define intelligent life as any organism capable of producing scientists who can observe the universe around them. They then consider three types of universes: those that don’t lead to scientists, those that lead to scientists who are completely different from us, and those that lead to scientists who need the same physical laws to survive that we require.

I think the statement “…those that don’t lead to scientists, those that lead to scientists who are completely different from us, and those that lead to scientists who need the same physical laws to survive that we require…” is funnier than hell.

Anthropic scientists; “…get thee behind me…!”

Priceless! LOL!

A Critique of Shortsighted Anthropic Principles
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Paul Gilster of Centauri Dreams posts an intelligent essay about a realistic possibility of the invention of a ‘warp drive’:

Mention the term ‘warp drive’ and the name Miguel Alcubierre immediately comes to mind. But it was only recently that the Mexican physicist’s connection to the idea arose. His 1994 paper, written while he was at the University of Wales, took what had been a science fiction concept (most famously, I suppose, in Star Trek) and extended it into the realm of serious science. Not that Alcubierre put forth a realistic proposal for building a starship that could travel faster than light. What he was doing was the essential first step in such study, trying to demonstrate that FTL travel times could be achieved within the context of General Relativity.

You would think that flying to Alpha Centauri in, say, a few days would be a gross violation of Einstein’s laws, but this may not be the case. What Alcubierre proposed was that warp drive could function not by acceleration through space, but by the acceleration of space itself. Interestingly, while there is a seemingly iron-clad prohibition against superluminal movement through space, the movement of spacetime itself is not restricted. A warp drive could theoretically expand spacetime behind the ship while contracting it in front, allowing the vehicle to reach its destination far faster than the speed of light limitation would otherwise allow. Space itself moves around the craft while vehicle and crew remain motionless within a bubble of transient spacetime.

This is going to be an ongoing debate until someone actually builds this thing. Mainstream physicists are loath to mention an inkling that Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity can be used this way.

I think to admit so would give the UFO community credibility in that if we could possibly build a device that would enable interstellar flight, other more advanced cultures already have and might currently be here observing us.

This is my opinion, not Gilster’s. But he says to take the possibility of FTL seriously.

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