Monday, June 13. 2016
'As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions - sights, sounds, textures, tastes - are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it - or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion - we realize with a jolt that what we perceive is never the world directly, but rather our brain’s best guess at what that world is like, a kind of internal simulation of an external reality. Still, we bank on the fact that our simulation is a reasonably decent one. If it wasn’t, wouldn’t evolution have weeded us out by now? The true reality might be forever beyond our reach, but surely our senses give us at least an inkling of what it’s really like.
Thursday, June 2. 2016
'Gerald Suster (1951-2001) can be considered one of the most important occultists of the late-20th century. A prolific writer, esteemed historian and advocate of Thelemic Magick, he is best known for his biographies of Aleister Crowley (The Legacy of the Beast) & Israel Regardie (Crowley’s Apprentice). Often described as a somewhat controversial and provocative character, Gerald made best use of these attributes in his published books and writings, employing common sense and wit to demolish all preconceived notions of what Magick is and how it might be utilised to further advance and accelerate human evolution. Note: my sincerest apologies for the somewhat hefty price of £24.99 which is due primarily to the greed of third party retailers like Amazon. For a company that has cornered the market in just about everything, they certainly like a large slice of the pie in return for promotion and quick turnaround delivery. Rest assured, however, that I am currently looking into setting up an individually run online store in an effort to undercut the set price of this book quite considerably, and I hope to also offer signed copies for those who want it. That said, the book comprises of 428 pages in A4 format (20.98 cm x 29.69 cm) and publishers Lulu have done an outstanding job on the quality and production. If you are going to buy it, please consider buying direct from the publisher. Even though they can't offer as quick a turnaround in delivery as Amazon, it is worth doing just to stick the finger up to multinational corporate greed. (Lulu shop).
Note: my sincerest apologies for the somewhat hefty price of £24.99 which is due primarily to the greed of third party retailers like Amazon. For a company that has cornered the market in just about everything, they certainly like a large slice of the pie in return for promotion and quick turnaround delivery. Rest assured, however, that I am currently looking into setting up an individually run online store in an effort to undercut the set price of this book quite considerably, and I hope to also offer signed copies for those who want it. That said, the book comprises of 428 pages in A4 format (20.98 cm x 29.69 cm) and publishers Lulu have done an outstanding job on the quality and production. If you are going to buy it, please consider buying direct from the publisher. Even though they can't offer as quick a turnaround in delivery as Amazon, it is worth doing just to stick the finger up to multinational corporate greed. (Lulu shop).
Friday, March 4. 2016
On January 12th, 2013, Rupert Sheldrake gave a talk entitled 'The Science Delusion' at TEDxWhitechapel. The theme for the night was 'Visions for Transition: Challenging existing paradigms and redefining values (for a more beautiful world)'. In response to protests from two militant materialist bloggers in the US, the talk was later taken down by TED and placed in a special corner of their website. Before it was removed from their main website it had had about 35,000 views. Since it was "banned" it has been seen by at least half a million people...
Tuesday, March 1. 2016
Sunday, February 28. 2016
One thing that rarely gets expressed by the Corporate Controlled Media is that Scottish Nationalism is in essence Civic Nationalism, meaning that it is inclusive of different cultural backgrounds and that the only nationalistic element of it is the acceptance that Scotland is made up of people from all corners of the globe but needs its independence in order to survive and flourish. In order for a country to function as a successful decentralised organism it is imperative that it is able to generate its own wealth, use its own resources, and trade the excesses of these resources successfully with other decentralised organisms for the resources in which it lacks but requires for a healthy and fruitful society. It’s how biology has evolved over the millennia and decentralisation will happen to humans if we are to evolve. I found this video interview a year or so ago with an evolutionary biologist whilst researching something that was completely unrelated to politics. I was stunned by the common sense expressed regarding the importance of decentralisation within evolutionary biology, and the parallels between how the human body operates and the clear way in which the world as a global society needs to operate if we are to survive as a species...
Friday, February 26. 2016
Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has teamed up with Michael Avon Oeming, the artist behind Powers And Hammer Of The Gods, to spin a tale about Aleister Crowley being recruited to oppose Adolf Hitler’s magick with his own. Apparently a connection between Nazi magick and 21st Century corporate culture is also part of the premise. (Comics Alliance article).
Tuesday, January 12. 2016
'Our oceans are rising. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing, waters around the globe are getting hotter and, now, this warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica’s massive western glaciers causing the glaciers to retreat and break off. Antarctica holds 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of its freshwater, so if even a small fraction of the ice sheet in Antarctica melts, the resulting sea level rise will completely remap the world as we know it - and it is already happening. In the last decade, some of the most significant glaciers here have tripled their melt rate.
Sunday, January 10. 2016
'Are we living in a virtual reality? Is the universe emerging from an information processing system? And if so, could we ever tell? Is it possible to 'hack' the system and change reality? Take a look at the evidence and decide for yourself!'
Saturday, January 9. 2016
This article was published on media underground and disinformation back in the summer of 2001.
Continue reading "From The Archives: Gerald Suster (1951-2001) - A Remembrance"
Friday, October 30. 2015
Tuesday, October 27. 2015
Dennis McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is the brother of the late well-known psychedelics proponent Terence McKenna and is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.
Saturday, October 24. 2015
Friday, October 23. 2015
Friday, October 16. 2015
'Ryan Duffy went to Colombia to check out a strange and powerful drug called Scopolamine, also known as "The Devil's Breath." It's a substance so intense that it renders a person incapable of exercising free will. The first few days in the country were a harrowing montage of freaked-out dealers and unimaginable horror stories about Scopolamine. After meeting only a few people with firsthand experience, the story took a far darker turn than we ever could have imagined.'
Friday, October 9. 2015
'Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D., Adv. M.ED. was trained in experimental and clinical psychology and practiced as a psychotherapist for many years. As Alan Miller, he used the 18 units earned from his military GED towards his first academic career at Los Angeles City College, where he studied accounting for two years. He later changed his graduate to General Psychology, earning Masters Degrees in Experimental Psychology and Medical Education and Counselling. He was a member of a Freudian clinic in Southern California. He spent almost a year studying hypnosis at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Los Angeles and also studied hypnosis at the University of California, Irvine. Miller possessed Ph.D.s in both Clinical Psychology and Human Behavior and was a Postdoctoral researcher in Criminal Justice. Some of his techniques blended Reichian physiotherapy and tantric yoga. He also incorporated hypnosis alongside his body work with patients and students. According to his website: "He left academia and state sponsored psychology to become an explorer of the human mind."
Wednesday, October 7. 2015
'Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the "Folly of Empire", the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system.
Tuesday, October 6. 2015
'Smartphone users can do "very little" to stop security services getting "total control" over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.
Monday, October 5. 2015
'The Gemini programme of the mid-sixties is relatively unknown, even though it was an important stepping stone in the Apollo moon programme: Gemini is where NASA learned to fly in space. In this episode we cover Gemini with our two guests David Woods (who has been on the show talking about Apollo) and David Harland. Together they wrote a book on Gemini that serves as the rough outline of this conversation. We talk about the Gemini spacecraft itself, the launch vehicles, some of the achievements and learnings of the programme as well as some of the specifics of some of the missions.' (Omega Tau podcast).
Thursday, April 23. 2015
'For years Western Science has relegated consciousness to an epiphenomenon created by the brain. There are, however, serious problems with this approach and an alternative worldview is emerging in which consciousness is an essential quality of the cosmos.
Wednesday, April 22. 2015
'This episode is a mix between computer architecture, programming and (historic) space flight. We cover the ins and outs of the Apollo Guidance Computer. Our guest is Frank O’Brien, who wrote an incredibly detailed book about this machine. In the episode we cover the hardware architecture, the instruction set, the various layers (native, executive and interpreter) as well as some mission programs.' (Omega Tau podcast).
Tuesday, April 21. 2015
'David Cameron met with Sony representatives ten weeks before the referendum on Scottish independence to discuss the release date of TV show Outlander in the UK, according to leaked emails published by Wikileaks.
Thursday, December 11. 2014
Are you paying attention plebs? No? Well it's time you did. Why? Well, we are truly living in a golden age: the Age of the Bedroom Tax - an age where food banks are all-the-rage and our public services are being squeezed back to the 1930s. But how is our wonderful unelected Head of State doing in this golden age? Well, apparently she - and the other hangers-on - seem to be immune from Tory austerity as 'The Sovereign Grant Fund' (i.e. the replacement for the 'Civil List') for 2015-16 has just been announced (very quietly) and, lo and behold, they've scooped a 12.3% pay rise! See here for this joyous news.
Thursday, December 4. 2014
Wow! For Land Reform anoraks such as myself, this last week or so has been truly inspiring. Behind Scottish Independence itself, Scottish Land Reform surely has to be the next biggest ticket on the agenda. I've posted before on the landmark Land Reform Group report, but it now looks like the SNP Government with Nicola 'The Sturge' Sturgeon at the helm is really pushing to make things happen. Hell, it's almost 'cool' to be discussing the future of our land, rather than the likes of me ranting on about it in a bothy to anyone who will listen.
Wednesday, October 8. 2014
'Writing Off Scotland explores the research of Dr. David Patrick (@DrDavidPatrick) into press bias during the independence campaign. Carried out over Scotland's most politically important year in centuries, the study's findings are a shocking indictment of the role of the UK press in the independence debate. We all know newspapers take political positions but, uniquely for a western democracy, the entire press industry united against independence in an intense systematic propaganda campaign to save the union. In the film, Dr. Patrick discusses the framing of the referendum and how front pages, editorial and commentary are used to get key messages across, the lack of media coverage for the research, strange BBC experience and how the Independence debate has damaged public trust in our press.'
Monday, September 29. 2014
This is old news in conspiracy circles but things are heating up. There's a new film coming out called Kill The Messenger. Glenn Greewald has just posted about the CIA/Cocaine connection on his blog The Intercept.
'Scientists at IBM Research have created by far the most advanced neuromorphic (brain-like) computer chip to date. The chip, called TrueNorth, consists of 1 million programmable neurons and 256 million programmable synapses across 4096 individual neurosynaptic cores. Built on Samsung’s 28nm process and with a monstrous transistor count of 5.4 billion, this is one of the largest and most advanced computer chips ever made. Perhaps most importantly, though, TrueNorth is incredibly efficient: The chip consumes just 72 milliwatts at max load, which equates to around 400 billion synaptic operations per second per watt - or about 176,000 times more efficient than a modern CPU running the same brain-like workload, or 769 times more efficient than other state-of-the-art neuromorphic approaches. Yes, IBM is now a big step closer to building a brain on a chip.
Monday, September 22. 2014
'The Scots were never big enough to break the Union. That’s always been a job for the English.
Sunday, September 14. 2014
With just four more days until the people of Scotland take to the polling stations to make the biggest political decisions that they are ever likely to make, trying to capture the essence of this referendum is a daunting task. This campaign on whether to choose self-determination or stick with the same old horseshit has been a long and arduous one, spanning back at least two years, officially, and has taken many twists and turns along the road as the citizens of this country have wrestled with the issues in their heads, hearts and guts.
Continue reading "Fear & Loathing On The IndyRef Campaign Trail ‘14"
Thursday, September 11. 2014
Saturday, September 6. 2014
'The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and the people who tried to stop it. In 1937 H.G. Wells predicted the creation of the World Brain, a giant global library that contained all human knowledge which would lead to a new form of higher intelligence. Seventy years later the realization of that dream was underway, as Google scanned millions and millions of books for its Google Books website. But over half those books were still in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop them, climaxing in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet, set in spectacular locations in China, USA, Europe and Latin America.' (Pirate Bay magnet link).