notes 4 today: 2018-05-16 (Weathering Down Climate; Frozen Dreams; Globalizing The Earth; Game Of Thrones Show End Scenario)

It’s been a while since I did one of these Notes 4 Today. I reserve the right to write like shit and essentially just get ideas in. But it might also be pleasant prose, depending on a variety of factors. Either way, what I like about the “Notes 4 Today” form is that it’s intellectually honest stuff I release that is in short and real form, not spinning one of these ideas in to hundreds of pages to manufacture something that can satisfy academia and the consumption culture. Pamphlets—if any written word—foster revolution, not hefty books that screw up your neck.

title: Weathering Down Climate: Alternate theories about the progress of predictability

It is quite possible that weather forecasting has become more astute over the years and that is the key reason that forecasts for weather are much more accurate than they used to be. Taking jabs at weathermen for being right only half the time is no longer in the air. The go-to cause of this is that the technology to predict, the climate modeling systems, are much more sophisticated than they used to be. I would offer that there is another factor involved—and that is that the weather is actually becoming simplified. The dynamic role of ecosystems to modulate and bring flavor and subtlety to the atmosphere has been greatly reduced as the human industrial disease tears away life on this planet. There is generally more wind as the Earth desertifies and there are less barriers to change the wind and moisture, so broader swaths of land end up being subjected to the same weather; whether it be cold moisture or hot dry air. In essence, the job of the weathermen in their increasing respectability to forecast will become more like forecasting weather on Jupiter—there will be lots of wind and a big red storm for the next 10 days.

title: Sleeping in the Cold: Creating the Dream World

If it’s other animals it’s called hibernation, conserving energy, and other things. If it’s humans it’s called depression and maybe chronic fatigue syndrome… which bleeds into the other seasons via the massive undulating disregulation. Anyways, I hate the cold, but sleep when it happens (meaning I’m not charged up on non-climate appropriate foods and lighting influences) is quite appropriate and natural, not just within the context of carbon life on this planet, but the general principle of the Universe wanting to evolve ever more complexly, and so necessarily doing it in smaller spaces. The lower energy places (i.e. the cold) afford life the opportunity away from the high energy that pulls us in and bounces us in different directions given our 1st generation particle make-up. The cold allows us to get to work on the 0th level, the new level, the lower level (the generation to come!). Particles get to dissociate in dreams and themselves become entire galaxies during sleep. Life doesn’t have built in waste time; only diseases in a highly inefficient relationship with their eco-system (i.e. awake humans stuck in boredom, induced to destructiveness through an analytic resource extractive relationship with the planet.

So, sleeping more in the cold is not just for energy conservation, but is an opportunity that life seizes to build configurations for conscious experience that are not normally afforded during better heated times. The problem for life then is not necessarily the cold, but being awake during it and having spent so much alert time enmeshed in it; in the cold we should be searching for the warmth of sleep, yet we steadily find ourselves in the unsteady. Thermal differentiation kills delicate vital difference that is bred in relative thermal equilibrium. The bouncing around in physical dwellings of modernity, from a well-heated home to a poorly heated home to a humid green house to the outdoors, all throw off the difference building capacities of the life. Life—a la the spreading out of the Universe—wants to get colder so that it can dig deeper in to make more exotic energy flows, and so the cold might just be the way to that. But those who brave the cold can’t tease themselves with heating, modern rat race overworking, and this sort of thing that frustrates it at every level. The person, just like any of the animals observed in the akin environment, needs to be fully committed to sleeping which includes non-sleep time activities that build sleep pressure and don’t diminish it. There is nothing more depraved than winter-time insomniacs. This is hell on the frozen Earth.

title: Globalizing the Earth

Humans have reconceputalized the Earth as one of our geometric object categories, a globe, and now impose on the earth all of our sciences. We stopped seeing the earth for what it was, and would rather see our own thoughts from our distorted societal interactions be echoed in the earth itself, instead of having the earth echo in us. It’s no giant leap to then start confusing places like Mars as only slightly different than the Earth because they are both “globes” and planets, and they only require ingredients, as if life is a recipe and we can now play the cooks. Earth has an evolutionary history and a concentration of subtle and unique energies that is so vastly different than anything mars or a moon of jupiter might have. Potentials are certainly there, but actuals are what life is, not some alienated scientist’s mental masturbations when s/he isn’t accidentally almost creating blackholes in the LHC.

title: Game of Thrones End Scenario (a new beginning)

Basically, the white walkers kill everyone over the course of the last season, on both Westeros and Essos. Even with Melissandre coming from westeros with army’s of dragons that she birthed inside of a giant snake (to speed up the time needed to get full sized dragons, all of this taking place in the shadowlands). But then in that vastness of nothing but snow and zombies in the final episode once all life has been destroyed. A huge gaping cataclysm opens up the continent and swallows the Night’s King and the entire army. This is the Lord of Light’s doing, revealed somehow. What happens next is that there are beams of light that appear on the surface and then materialize to be humans, the new “first men” or, the new “children”. Maybe the first word they say to one another is “Andal” or something like that, I don’t know. Essentially then the show will be revealing at the end that there is a cyclical nature to the GoT Universe. The Eternal Return.

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notes 4 today: 2016-12-09 (Absolute Power Corrupts?; White Supremacy Overstated?; Dreaming Waking Sequencing; Immanent Critique Despite No Imminent Critique of Passive Podcast Listening)

title: Absolute Power Corrupts?

In contrast to the saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely”, I think there would be more counter-examples than examples of this phenomenon happening but for history’s inability to grasp all of the past. More often then not there were men and women who stood at the brink of great power and nobly walked away from it. These un-famous people would not be recalled when doing a tally to find principles such as “power corrupts”, but I think they are a great lesson that there isn’t an inevitability that we will always be sought to be dominated over, and that there are many more unknown and unspoken heroes than we could possibly count. The human will towards domination is not endemic, it is merely cultural, especially in western culture which has seen itself rise, but it is failing as we speak, perhaps giving more credence to the idea put forth here. The pronoia more often than not overwhelms and puts forth a flood of decency rather than allowing paranoia to surface and spur one on to despotism, for lust of power and fear of others.


title: White Supremacy Overstated? (meme)

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Note on meme: I understand that this is a controversial meme and runs in the face of so many of the fears (and I myself am a white male, so am I perhaps under-sensitized to the threat? Quite possibly!). However, I do feel the fears are stoked by other fascistic tending groups, that for lack of a better word I will call “political correctness fascists”. Evidence of their power are my reservations in even posting this timely meme. It is true that just one white supremacist armed with a gun is a threat to many many lives, as has been proven, and I abhor the weapon/culture more than the misguided person who was able to access it. But all things considered, their “white supremacy” culture isn’t so grand and so mobile yet to persuade the other 99.9% voters of Trump—only a minority of whom might even have “white pride”—in to the radical stance of white supremacy. They are an economically poor and impotent group unless their foes, and those that would use them as a ruse, keep giving them negative empowerment, negative attention, and galvanize more to join them. This certainly will happen if there is a great antagonistic force to meet the people who come out to support Trump’s inauguration.


title: Dreaming Waking Sequencing

A phenomenon worth noting for its implications on the very foundations of how temporality is understood is the confused causal/consequential ordering of dreams and immediate waking. When I have dreams I remember really well, I am actually in the dream experiencing it fully in a way comparable to my waking conscious usually only when I awake what appears to be soon after the time of my entering that level of consciousness in the dream. To put it differently, the dreams that I only get conscious access to as they unfold (rather than just mere remembering of the dream) are the dreams that will end temporally close to my becoming awake, often because of some external stimuli such as a noise from outside my apartment. It seems that for me to be consciously experiencing in my dream, it must be determined by something happening in the future (backwards influencing causality). There are other explanations such as I was already starting to wake up during the dream, and the fully awake state was already emerging, or criticisms that there isn’t banal causality anyways and there is more of a holism about this and all scenarios than a mere forward or backward causality. But being an intuitive type really trying to get at the honest fabric of the Universe, the former explanation does not feel particularly right, and the criticism, albeit possibly true, is perhaps too vaguely formulated.


title: Immanent Critique Despite No Imminent Critique of Passive Podcast Listening

Podcasts specifically—but all radio shows and extrapolating to large in vivo forums where it is not culturally expected for responses to be made to a speaker—put a person’s critical faculties at bay because of the very structure of the one-way communication. The dynamic is akin in many regards to deterrence theory (and also somehow similar to the dream-wake disordering mentioned in the note above), whereby the lack of an ability to follow through with the critical action puts to rest even the generation of the critical precursors in thought: one does not gather arrows when the bow is broke. People listen very passively, and allow the speaker to wiggle deeply in to their enduring thinking processes. Later on they will be propagating the ideas, saying to a friend “I forgot where I heard, but…”. The scientist in me (that has wiggled in to me) has the hypothesis that a brain scan would show different or less brain activity in a person who has on earbuds listening to a podcast versus a person who has on earbuds and is listening to a phone call where a potential vocal reply is lurking in their call’s future.

Radio and podcast listeners are generally very open to new ideas and thoughts anyways, which is why they are seeking the thoughts and ideas of others to begin with, but I think ultimately they allow themselves to be many more degrees open than they would be comfortable with, without any say in the matter. Education can stray in to miseducation easily enough.