Beyond Postmodernity in Einsteinian Space: Epistle to the Phobophiles

1. if e=mc squared, then intelligence equals visual information flux.

2. mystery equals decadence.

3. art as presentation no longer suffices, art as instruction always suffices.

4. camouflage (a). is effective against background a. only. against background (b)…you get the picture. our era, the “age of information”, is moving more and more inside background (b). this is a background based on high resolution image technology that has been accessable at the flip of a switch to an entire generation day and night. this background, on account of its inundating plenitude, creates a demand for reality, not fantasy; documentary, not myth. scarcity and limited access lend any commodity or media an overheated value causing a chronic amplification of unmet desire and substitute gratification. this is the primary psychological impetus to the splitting off of mental processes from outer 3-d reality. if you can’t get it on the outside, you fabricate it, or more accurately, a reaction to it, on the inside. any object commodity or media commodity such as TV, that is as available as water from a faucet, is totally removed from the scarcity trap, and consequently removed also from any impulse toward hallucinatory mental aberration, of which hunger driven fantasy is the first phase. thus, paradoxically, in spite of the superficial and distractive content of contemporary TV programming, the quantity of the medium alone actually acts upon society in a way that alters the quality of the society’s ideals away from the mythic, fantastic, and hysteric, towards the opposite frame of reference based upon accuracy, judgement, decision.

5. contemporary art is being perceived more and more to be a falsity-bearing element within society. in the first place, its images communicate a single point of view rather than reporting on a multiplicity of views. single viewpoints are authoritarian and can’t be independently verified by comparison. they are, in essence, taken on faith and are a superimposition of infantile dependency upon the sentient, free-agency of adulthood. in the second place, the implicit assumption is that the contemporary artist is possessed of extraordinary skills or insights and as such are deserving of collective attention, let alone celebrity. actually there is a glut of capable artists whose numbers alone reveal the celebrity game to be nothing more than an ideological filtering apparatus designed to limit artists with access to mass communication media to an ideologically manageable number and to keep them manageable by reason of the glut of replacement parts immediately available. artists are no longer rare or special and neither is what they communicate. they must regain the ability to communicate larger quantities of information than their operant background does.

6. if the slogan “everyone is an artist” is to transcend the cliche, then artists had best exemplify more than alienated rage-driven hallucinatory infantilism or we’re in big trouble.

7. imagination is a heads up display.

8. because perception is incomplete, definitions are hypothetical. things are not what they are, they are what they are becoming. verbal descriptions freeze thought. all words are captions for pictures. words were essentially evolved to communicate warning over distance. speech is an emergency. learn how to think in pictures. vocal utterance would then be perceived in its appropriate role- a device for cueing up mental photographs like poetry does.

9. the most interesting part of the brain is where binocular fusion takes place, for wherever you have identical things occupying an identical space another dimension is encountered that inescapably compliments, amplifies and suffuses the previous one with cognition. allegorical, romantic, symbolist, subjective, surrealist movements in art were really literary movements. those movements which based themselves in perception such as impressionist, cubist, pointillist, orphist, futurist, photorealist, op, etc. are visual movements. art historians should begin their studies with any 3-D comic book if only to provide themselves with a relevant frame of refeence.

10. most human problems are caused by poor memory.

11. museums, galleries, performance spaces etc., are all churches and as such are locations where the effects of problems rather than their causes are addressed. art as religion should be subject to full disclosure legislation and the Freedom of Information Act.

12. politics has as much to do with problem solving as religion. science has transformed societies for the better far more permanently than politics. they don’t call it the “Industrial Revolution” for nothing. Democracy was preceded by the invention of the printing press. full suffrage within Democracy was preceded by the invention of electricity and its media spin- offs. the greater the amount of technology within a society, axiomatically, the more universal and just is the application of Democracy. the greatest single social force in operation today is the disparity between the ideal and the real. we would do well to understand that patience is no longer a virtue, it is obstructionist. steam-age lead time between an idea and its realization in an age of electronic information is criminal. whereas concrete and steel infrastructure requires a lead time of years, information moving technology requires lead times of months, and the information component alone, of days or less. this lag between infrastructure and information will be the primary cause of social friction from now on and will change the requirements for public office from mythic charisma to engineering skill.

13. the danger of mass communication is that it is point-origin projection of the singular out upon a life multiplex which allows aberrative psychology to use childish naivete as a self- amplifying device. this cannot be the case in a technologically developed society where mass intercommunication is the norm and aberrative psychology is accessable to comparison to non- aberrative psychology. (for every program that the networks, NBC, CBS, etc., feeds its 30 million viewers, they should receive 30 million half hour responses). spotting covert sociopaths is slow and often inaccurate since they often use others as shields. an effective probe is to insist that they tell you about their mother. really insist. keep insisting.

14. psychology is perception, past and future, (there is no present) and why the past has heretofore been a stronger determinant of our affairs than the future is an important area for speculation. the existentialist can learn more from the contemplation of future than from death or pain or alienation.

15. repeat after me: accessable to comparison. duplication of the ideal is the name of the game.

16. artists can contribute importantly only if they abandon their defensive posture. defensiveness makes one vulnerable to a subtle subterfuge- you begin to firstly take on the shape of that which is required for defense, and subsequently, that which you are defending against. this means that creativity then becomes a subset of both and can never fully explore an unfettered range of possibilities. beyond social phenomena, our situation on this planet is dangerous and far from guaranteed against natural calamities. if we go on the offensive with a rational program of social progress, we will be better prepared to go on the offensive with a program of planetary resource management, and, eventually, climate improvement and calamity prediction. danger as teacher is adrenal and Fascist.

17. the sooner industrial and bureaucratic processes are robotized, the sooner free time will be available for the democratization of role and model engineering out of the hands of the entertainment lackeys. unless mass quantities of free time are invented by artists, they will face obsolescence because their societies will be so busy with producing the tangible technological infrastructure capable of creating surplus time as well as surplus value, they will perceive artist as an idle elite useless to the liberation of time.

18. a frame of reference is worth a thousand pictures.

19. artists desperately need to amplify their understanding about projective geometry. the last rigorous lesson in this regard was 15th century Albertian perspective which allowed the development of precision blueprints, machine tools and the subsequent industrial accelerations. a similar breakthrough today could provide escape velocity for consciousness. a projective geometry is cubism. space is very interesting. it just sits there like a fish tank that contains merely everything. space is more interesting than time. maybe time doesn’t exist except as a convention to measure the relative motion of objects. what part of time do we perceive? a lifetime. what part of space do we perceive? billions of lifetimes just on our own planet alone.

20. the common belief on the part of contemporary avant garde artists that there is such a thing as randomness, chance, accident, etc. is a mistake. it fails to observe that nowhere in the universe is particulate matter or radiating energy found to be operating randomly or free of the influence of a field. the “chaos” theory of mathematics is incorrectly named. it should be called “threshold” theory, or “wave front” theory. it, in fact, describes how randomness is invariably patterned if the sampling is large enough. the name “chaos theory” is thus a deception and misleads the interested public about the philosophical implications of current research and discovery in avant-garde science.

21. the impulse should be towards problem solving by creating a wider field of view. the psychics say that remote viewing is spherical. well, that’s a pretty wide field of view. perception is concentration of attention. apperception is diffused concentration of attention. notice that concentration is not lessened, it is broadened from a point to an area.

22. thinking about info in terms which apply to other disciplines can better derive principles of action and effect from diverse evidence, that is, to derive a common language of communication. science, at present, provides us with a more common language than does art. it’s the language of digitization. i.e., the quantaic sampling of reality at a far higher resolution than the poem, the sculpture, the song. with the potential of non-heirarchical lateral immediate dissemination. it’s a matter of sorting out the distractions from the necessities. one would like to assume that this universe is somehow necessary. we could be its reason for existence. art could better justify itself by relieving us from the burden of the subjective. it is narcissism, it is masturbation, it is autism.

23. although we may one day develop universal mind to mind communication as a commonplace occurance, it is premature to erect social institutions based on that possibility. societies or social strata that institutionalize the fantastic or the mythic or the miraculous are in a state of advanced decline.

24. human understanding can be gradiently amplified more from a quantity of information than from a quality of information. only in larger fluxes of data do you have the data itself determining the interpretive framework. in the mere process of determining which data is of a higher quality at the initial stages of analysis, you already have prejudiced your field. larger data fluxes require not only interpretive cognitive technologies, but an amplification of our perceptual abilities. the recognition of patterns amplifies into techniques of the recognition of patterns of patterns. our brains already do this internally by presenting cascades of electro-morphic flux to conscius and unconscious evaluative areas. we are our memories. all life experience is perfectly recorded, we have recall of an infinitely small amount of it as conscious memory. the rest is unconscious memory and is quite capable of pulling our strings wihtout our being aware of the tug and at magnitudes faster speeds than we think. hence, as Freud observed, instantaneous slips of the tongue or daily errors and amnesias are invariably laden with manifold symbolic overlays stretching thematically back into infancy. the curative effect of the psychoanalytic method rests in the conscious remembering of lost and repressed memory, ie., access to larger and larger memory data fluxes. both in the internal and external realms, data flux quantity is primary and the meaning/patterns a secondary resultant.

25. that entropy is a universal phenomenon is a misconception. like randomness, it should be seen as a reversible or cancelizeable local phenomenon. astrophysics is currently calling into question the “Big Bang” origin from which events are winding down. steady state and spontaneous creation theories of Universe origin have never been rigorously disproven, merely muscled aside by the popularization of “Big Bang”. evidence of the negentropic nature of the Universe abound. everywhere there is efficient structure and its resultant coherence. we are something more than a bag of hot atoms.

26. nature pushed us out of the trees. we have increasingly operated from this impetus. what would full terrestrial responsibility imply? conceptualize total freedom and then work backwards from it to here. it should explain a lot, including the fact that freedom cannot be total. this by no means justifies injustice, the abuse of freedom from the postulate that since it is an imperfect world i am free to desire imperfection, particularly for others. it does mean that freedom is…harmonic. the domain of harmonics, interval and tempering needs, then to be consciously orchestrated for maximum beauty. there is no beauty in suffering, absolutely none. the nobility of voluntary sacrifice operates as a subset of evil. one must die fighting.

27. the puzzle for artists to solve is the auditory puzzle of equal temperament. why is it that a harmonic of a particular fundamental, when itself made into a fundamental, does not derive harmonics with frequencies congruent to all others? what is the source for this divergence of transharmonic intervals? my guess is that our concept of infinity is a flawed one and cannot model the means by which all dimensions intersect, ie., they may relate to one another by some manner besides extension from point to line, line to plane, plane to solid, solid to…? up to this point we have generated our subsequent dimensions from an imaginary “point” object. if we are going to predicate an origin of dimensions, we could do a lot better if we started with something that actually exists in the dimension that we exist in, a dimension where objects are the result of some action or other. a sort of universal action such as circular action would allow for the orthorotation of many dimensions around a universal axis through which they could all communicate. a universe or dimension that does not communicate to others does not exist for those others. this is important. how do Universes comunicate between one another and can they while remaining universes?

28. there is no question but that we are a highly adaptable species. what we experience as social organizaton would be incomprehensible to our stone age ancestors. were such an ancestor brought into the present, he or she could be gradiently educated eventually to the position of air controller at a busy airport no sweat. by the same token, we can be educated out from under our sense of info/media “overload” if for no other reason than absolutely no evidence exists which determines that human intelligence has or can reach an intrinsic, inherent saturation threshold from which it can proceed no further. the reverse may, in fact be true. human intelligence may well find itself reaching a threshold at which it accelerates itself orders of magnitudes faster than at present…an ignition point of some sort that may well lead to extreme longevity, unbounded creativity and lots of intergalactic puzzle competitions.

29. the doomsayers of info overload are simply reacting with nostalgia to the reorganization of society into a higher info flux density capacity. 21st century societies will all be technology oriented. their distinguishing cultural trappings will be increasingly vestigial. form-follows-function will become the aesthetic. futurophobics fear a loss of childlike honesty and wonder. this is fear mongering. when you really think about how much there is to learn and to set right, isn’t it time we developed the intellectual tools which measure up to the task? if ancient folkways find themselves in need of updating, one would hope that they would see the wisdom in letting go and allowing their children to stand upon their shoulders.

30. artists are particularly vulnerable to nostalgia because their creative processes are propelled by childlike innocent non-referenced or, more accurately, proto-referenced, observation. their interior landscape connects things directly rather than by innuendo and suggestion. a corrupted exterior world can make them wish to not grow into it, not be forced to corrupt themselves. and when they must, it is with soul shredding regret. this is the secret in the artist’s soul.

31. the external, 3-D world engineers us more than we engineer it, at least for the present. the big question is- has the 3-D world engineered us sufficiently to ultimately understand the 3- D world? absolutely no one who has contemplated that question can answer in the negative. to contemplate it is to evict the negative. the worst one can conclude is that we don’t know. the best that one can conclude is that, given our increase in intelligence and ability through history, particularly since the Florentine Renaissance, then we can say possibly yes.

32. the next question is- can we engineer human genius? or are those with extraordinary mental skills a separate species and the rest of us apes in our own psychic jungle by comparison? is it desirable to be smarter than we are? by age 4 we have acquired 50% of our intelligence potential, by age 8- 75% and so on. it is abundantly clear that the average geneticially defined brain can end up either smart or stupid, depending on what is put into it during this growth period. having known this as scientific fact for over 100 years, why isn’t the average intelligence level that of genius? we obviously need to make new child rearing techniques part of our folk/mass culture. trauma is obviously stultifying, but what of the localized familial communication matrix the infant must experience? can it be stultifying in ways we generally don’t perceive, ways that involve techniques of communication, accomplishment validation, role modeling, value formation, etc? why is there no overt school system dedicated to the creation of genius?

33. over half the brain’s neurons are used to process and understand visual input. its visual input data channel is estimated to be about 2 gigabits per second. that’s 2 billion bits per second. add to that unlimited random access holographic memory and infinitely parallel processing, it becomes clear that we are over-engineered for the tasks of hunting and gathering. so what are we ultimately engineered for? name one philosopher who has approached existence from the implications of that observation.

34. expanded use of the peripheral visual field is a proven. speed reading exercises are a successful application of this potential. why is speed reading not taught in every public school?

35. electronic image display is plastic. a variety of kinds of information can be presented in a variety of ways and speeds on the same screen. image display is individually tailorable to one’s own cognitive strengths and weaknesses, education level, experiential level, motivation level, etc.

36. visual mockups of reality are reliable training devices. a surgeon can train on difficult procedures with data gloves and image screen mockup with a high degree of reality and a zero degree of failure penalty. education will become the function of reality simulators. reality modeling is a flexible, learn- at-your-own-rate, autonomy generating training tool. a college degree from a prestigious university will consist of self education in your living room. universities will have no reason to exist as anything other than museums.

37. imaging technology is democratic and accessible to virtually anyone. it is a positive social-transformative technology and inherently increases communication, our grasp of reality and our affinity for other human beings. the era of media monopoly is over. the NBC/CBS/ABC trimverate is broken. Radical fear of a commodified 500 channel access bandwidth is Fascist cowardice. the great debate within crypto Nazi power centers is how to keep fiber optic autonomy bottled up and metered. once fiber optic lateral multi-site connectivity is established, you got an end to engineered human ignorance. the stakes are high and those who stand to lose the most have zero motivation. i cannot imagine a Chicago 1968 scenario ocurring over any telecommunication issue. but it should. radicals have egg whites in their balls on this issue.

38. it is highly desirable to have the average citizen able to assimi- late, organize and interpret more data than he or she currently does. this ability translates directly into power over one’s destiny and the destiny of others for the good. in simple terms, any lack of necessary data for the extension of life, either individually or cooperativesly, should be considered a crime.

39. the data bit flux density achieved by an intense narrow stream through a single monitor screen equals the density achieved by a more diffuse, slower stream through several screens, but the latter is theoretically more effective. if you try to squeeze simultaneous data into a sequential format, the model will fail due to current human memory limitation. action based on the model will tend to refer to single human being situations rather than multi-human being situations, ie., social applications. the process is a synergistic one rather than a thermodynamic one, and greater densities do not necessarily imply greater chaos. with many screens, the pattern accuracy potential is exponentially greater than with single source patterning, since the visual field extends memory across breadth of scene rather than length of time.

40. data quantity vs. data quality recap: no point in training interpreters if you have nothing to interpret. oppositely- large amounts of data will train any interpreter eventually, if only by trial and error. the data stream is pre-existent and is primary.

41. multi-screen viewing is an easy technique to learn. it will take you 20 minutes to get the hang of it. put two TV’s together, tune in to separate channels, volume up on both, and concentrate on getting the gist of each program. the better you get at it, the more you can follow two different signification streams simultaneously in greater detail.

42. the visual part of human sentience intrinsically implies a point of view at all times. ultimately if you are perceiving at all, you are a “self”. if you are perceiving distressful input you may regret being that self if you cannot solve it or extricate from it. if others around you are in the same straights, you may collectively verify and conclude that the ideal is a “no-self”. the so-called Eastern metaphysical methodologies, as well as a lot of Western mystic ones, were born out of centuries of grinding Feudalist exploitation where the only spiritual out for those trapped in toil was resignation to fate and withdrawal of self from a pain-corrupted mortality. however, in most situations where societies or classes within societies exercised some control over their fates- nomadic peoples, Feudal aristocracies, merchant traders, Bourgeois, Mandarin/scribe bureaucrats, societies in the stages of growth, and industrial societies enjoying technological abundance, what is generally embraced is the notion of an individual selfhood able to recognize its own potential and to gradiently transcend barriers and limits to self amplification. this translates simply into an awareness of the future. our instinctual individual predisposition to store acorns for the winter is child’s play compared to our social predisposition to store knowledge by creating constitutionally just civilizations.

43. it becomes more evident that invention can supplant contemporary art in providing society with an ideal of our human potential. if contemporary art is to continue as a societal shape-giver it needs to orient itself more towards physical applications within 3-D reality. artists in the future will be painting, sculpting, and scoring frames of reference rather than objets d’art. by the 21st century, if art is not obsolete due to the reactionary intransigence of artists themselves, they will be working with one form of simulation or another.

44. pain-necessity is backwards facing, pleasure-necessity is forwards facing. pain anticipation shortens time, pleasure anticipation lengthens time. but unmet anticipation of either variety is pain, therefore, though a pleasure anticipation may be cast far into the ideal, fulfillment must occur in short term, perceptable phases. this means that idealists must engage the future in gradient, certainty-amplifying steps. this place weighs a ton and takes a bit of preparation to change lanes and peel rubber off the tires..

45. what you know is priceless, but it is never priceless enough. every word and concept is a part of its own category and stretches to infinity within that category. the ancient Greeks philosophers thought of categories as actual beings. no universe could contain being (us) yet not be being.

be being.


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