Friday, September 4, 2009

Programmed Reality Of The Universe -Virtual Simulation Reality




Source
scientific truth seeker Jim Elvidge presented the theory of a programmed reality of the universe. Everything we perceive could be under programmed control, with our thoughts and intents monitored and generated by a computational mechanism, he said. Theories of this type have been proposed by philosophers, physicists, and sci-fi authors over the years, he noted, but as technology such as video games and virtual reality becomes more and more lifelike, we are seeing how this notion might be probable.



The programmers of our reality could in fact be humans from the future who've been able to create advanced simulations, he said. Other possibilities include an AI-generated reality like in The Matrix, or an alien civilization's program that occasionally reveals its own artifacts. Such artifacts might be UFOs, or the anomalous archeology findings Michael Cremo has written about, he suggested.

Paranormal phenomena such as telepathy and clairvoyance could tie in with the notion of the Akashic Records, where all future and past events can be accessed. "From a programmed reality standpoint, the Akashic field is just a data bank of the computer," he explained.

http://www.theuniversesolved.com/
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Topics discussed in this show
This is another exploration into the concept of our universe being a construct of a massively superior computer. While this is a broad topic some things that should be noted is the current sleuth of movies that involve the use of "avatars". The guest speaker briefly touches on the soul's role in a virtual simulation, he explains that in this paradigm we are all kind of like neo jacked into a virtual world. The Soul is nothing more than the original entity that controls the people inside the game/simulation.

The conversation goes on to explore how current unsolvable phenomenon can be seen as what he calls program relics, ufos and so forth. Unfortunately there was no mention of a topic within this genre we have been exploring here, reality/simulation hacking. With all the exploration that are universe may be a computer simulated program I think its only fair some of us start to learn how to hack the universe. Now if you mix the spiritual concepts with simulation theory you can argue that Jesus, Buddha and Mohammad the modern day prophets where nothing more than reality hackers. Select few that learned how to tap into the source code of the universe and gained the ability to alter reality at its core, hence the miracles performed. Unfortunately we are getting off base from our original discussion and will save this exploration for a future post.

I hope you enjoy this discussion and whatever you do "Don't Hack the source Code"

Programmed Reality Of The Universe -Virtual Simulation Reality




Source
scientific truth seeker Jim Elvidge presented the theory of a programmed reality of the universe. Everything we perceive could be under programmed control, with our thoughts and intents monitored and generated by a computational mechanism, he said. Theories of this type have been proposed by philosophers, physicists, and sci-fi authors over the years, he noted, but as technology such as video games and virtual reality becomes more and more lifelike, we are seeing how this notion might be probable.



The programmers of our reality could in fact be humans from the future who've been able to create advanced simulations, he said. Other possibilities include an AI-generated reality like in The Matrix, or an alien civilization's program that occasionally reveals its own artifacts. Such artifacts might be UFOs, or the anomalous archeology findings Michael Cremo has written about, he suggested.

Paranormal phenomena such as telepathy and clairvoyance could tie in with the notion of the Akashic Records, where all future and past events can be accessed. "From a programmed reality standpoint, the Akashic field is just a data bank of the computer," he explained.

http://www.theuniversesolved.com/
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Topics discussed in this show
This is another exploration into the concept of our universe being a construct of a massively superior computer. While this is a broad topic some things that should be noted is the current sleuth of movies that involve the use of "avatars". The guest speaker briefly touches on the soul's role in a virtual simulation, he explains that in this paradigm we are all kind of like neo jacked into a virtual world. The Soul is nothing more than the original entity that controls the people inside the game/simulation.

The conversation goes on to explore how current unsolvable phenomenon can be seen as what he calls program relics, ufos and so forth. Unfortunately there was no mention of a topic within this genre we have been exploring here, reality/simulation hacking. With all the exploration that are universe may be a computer simulated program I think its only fair some of us start to learn how to hack the universe. Now if you mix the spiritual concepts with simulation theory you can argue that Jesus, Buddha and Mohammad the modern day prophets where nothing more than reality hackers. Select few that learned how to tap into the source code of the universe and gained the ability to alter reality at its core, hence the miracles performed. Unfortunately we are getting off base from our original discussion and will save this exploration for a future post.

I hope you enjoy this discussion and whatever you do "Don't Hack the source Code"

Programmed Reality Of The Universe -Virtual Simulation Reality




Source
scientific truth seeker Jim Elvidge presented the theory of a programmed reality of the universe. Everything we perceive could be under programmed control, with our thoughts and intents monitored and generated by a computational mechanism, he said. Theories of this type have been proposed by philosophers, physicists, and sci-fi authors over the years, he noted, but as technology such as video games and virtual reality becomes more and more lifelike, we are seeing how this notion might be probable.



The programmers of our reality could in fact be humans from the future who've been able to create advanced simulations, he said. Other possibilities include an AI-generated reality like in The Matrix, or an alien civilization's program that occasionally reveals its own artifacts. Such artifacts might be UFOs, or the anomalous archeology findings Michael Cremo has written about, he suggested.

Paranormal phenomena such as telepathy and clairvoyance could tie in with the notion of the Akashic Records, where all future and past events can be accessed. "From a programmed reality standpoint, the Akashic field is just a data bank of the computer," he explained.

http://www.theuniversesolved.com/
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Topics discussed in this show
This is another exploration into the concept of our universe being a construct of a massively superior computer. While this is a broad topic some things that should be noted is the current sleuth of movies that involve the use of "avatars". The guest speaker briefly touches on the soul's role in a virtual simulation, he explains that in this paradigm we are all kind of like neo jacked into a virtual world. The Soul is nothing more than the original entity that controls the people inside the game/simulation.

The conversation goes on to explore how current unsolvable phenomenon can be seen as what he calls program relics, ufos and so forth. Unfortunately there was no mention of a topic within this genre we have been exploring here, reality/simulation hacking. With all the exploration that are universe may be a computer simulated program I think its only fair some of us start to learn how to hack the universe. Now if you mix the spiritual concepts with simulation theory you can argue that Jesus, Buddha and Mohammad the modern day prophets where nothing more than reality hackers. Select few that learned how to tap into the source code of the universe and gained the ability to alter reality at its core, hence the miracles performed. Unfortunately we are getting off base from our original discussion and will save this exploration for a future post.

I hope you enjoy this discussion and whatever you do "Don't Hack the source Code"

Jacques Ellul and the consciousness of the mechanized world.

"In our technological society, technique is the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given state of development) in every field of human activity."


- The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul, looking very French indeed, in the documentary "The Betrayal of Technology," from Dutch film company Rerun Producties.

A year or so back I was introduced to the works of one Jacques Ellul, a renowned Christian anarchist philosopher/sociologist. His two most famous works are his magnum opus, The Technological Society, and Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes. I found his thought to be startling and immensely insightful into the mass machine we know as the system. The world as he saw it in the 20th century had become ruled by the ruthlessly efficient processes of technical application and its enforcer technology. Society became steadily less humane and accommodating to man, regressing in these terms the more technical upgrades moved on. I feel that the work of Ellul tapped into the burgeoning mythic current relating to the massification of humanity (as has been treated by some as the Borg Agenda), the robotization of man, figuratively and soon to come it seems, literally; and that it presaged the thought now expressed by individuals of standing in these areas (such as Susan Blackmore) that technique and its scion technology are a force autonomous to man possessing its own evolutionary pathway, perhaps even with a form of will, though devoid of intelligence, consciousness, as we know it. But the day is yet young for the temes. Technique, via a "perfect blindness," in a process of supremely efficient selection and elimination cuts away the fleshy extraneous incumberances to its progress and inserts methods, best practices to further its technical evolution with no thought set aside for man or woman. Technique is beholden to nothing and no-one but itself.


"Technique reigns alone, a blind force and more clearsighted than the best human intelligence."


- The Technological Society, p. 94


It seems that he saw that the geometric rate advance of technical progress, and what he described as "self augmentation" by said techniques/technology, foreshadowed to some degree the singularity prophecy of Kurzweil, and forewarned of the insidious self-loathing and hived mind that seems to drive the H+ movement.

"Self-augmentation can be formulated in two laws:

1. In a given civilization, technical progress is irreversible.
2.Technical progress tends to act, not according to an arithmetic, but according to a geometric progression."

- The Technological Society, p. 89

Another quote from Ellul gives further scope to his persective on technique:


"Technique has penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being. The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man's very essence. The milieu in which he lives is no longer his. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created.
He was made to go six kilometres an hour, and he goes a thousand. He was made to eat when he was hungry and go to sleep when he was sleepy, instead, he obeys a clock. He was made to have contact with living things, and he lives in a world of stone. He was created with a certain essential unity, and he is fragmented by all the forces of the modern world.
"


- The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul, p. 325.


And with this single quote from Ellul we have the theme and drive of this entry:


"All-embracing technique is in fact the consciousness of the mechanized world.
Technique integrates everything. It avoids shock and sensational events. Man is not adapted to a world of steel , technique adapts him to it. It changes the arrangement of this blind world so that man can be a part of it without colliding with its rough edges, without the anguish of being delivered up to the inhuman. Technique thus provides a model, it specifies attitudes that are valid once and for all. The anixiety aroused in man is soothed by the consoling hum of a unified society
.
As long as technique was represented by exclusively by the machine, it was possible to speak of 'man and machine.' The machine remained an external object, and man (though significantly influenced by it in his professional, private, and psychic life) remained none the less independent. He was in a position to assert himself apart from the machine; he was able to adopt a position with respect to it.
But when technique enters into every area of life, including the human, it ceases to be external to man and becomes his very substance. It is no longer face to face but is integrated with him, and it progressively absorbs him.
In this respect, technique is radically different from the machine. This transformation, so obvious in modern society, is the result of the fact that technique has become autonomous."

- Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society, p. 7


He can be clearly read as warning of the dangers of technocracy, though he had in mind that the technocrats were not the ones who would be truly pushing the buttons.
Legion are those thinkers who are regarded as prophets of an age, who speak to the coming world and offer prognostications that are pregnant with promise, or hamstrung by heaving hopelessness.
Ellul's visionary tableau is neither, and both. An unflinching, stark, long, hard stare at the machine that is the system itself.
Ellul's deterministic perspective was influenced by his religious views as a Christian, though a resolutely unorthodox one. How many can be termed a Christian anarchist? It appears to be damn near an oxymoron. But this he was. This is one of the reasons why I have taken to the philosophy of the man, he was not a man unnecessarily tethered to convention and so to his school of thought.
For me Ellul's philosophy of la technique can be encapsulated by the sci-fi classic Metropolis, in various scenes.
The concept of the machine man, the Maschinenmenschen (in the film Brigitte Helm took on the form of the Maschinenmensch) is another very early embodiment of the transhuman ideal, of the Übermensch, the overman. "Man is something to be overcome," as the famous, or infamous, Nietzschean quote runs. In this case via a steel exoskeleton and I imagine a more old school clockwork mechanical mind.



Note the complete and seamless conversion to a perfect "flesh shell" facsimile, almost certainly prompted by the limitations of archaic special effects. The transcendent man ideal today is completely devoid of such pretentions to human likeness.
But the point of this post, as per the title, is the manifestation of the consciousness of the mechanized world in our midst via what may be termed "techno-magick." The lower half of a pentagram can clearly be seen behind the robot Maria in the scene just shown. The symbol of the perfected (wo)man...
So much of the scientific and technological field today, whether conscious of this or not, are playing the role of techno-magi. Magick and alchemical transformation seems to be the order of the day. Not surprising in many ways if the esoteric origins of some of the prime movers in scientific research holds water, and that in many ways science can be considered the radical empiricist's diety, and the scientists as its techno-priests. Though the idea of any transcendent being beyond their own god-like potentiality, especially in the area of transhumanism and artificial life, is anathema to them.
Atheism is the religion of non-religion for so many.



The hybridization process portrayed in the film (is it really a hybrid, or do we have a reversal of Arthur C. Clarke's famous axiom? "Any magic sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from technology.") fleshes out the notion that science is magick, perhaps only codified and given a rational veneer. The exoteric understanding for the masses, and the esoteric for the initiates?

What I found stunning when reading "The Technological Society" is that Ellul, a rationalist and logician of the highest order, seems to give full support to the idea that "...magic is the first expression of technique." With this statement it is important to bear in mind that in Ellul's mind technique is only valid if it produced results. For magic(k) to qualify as a technique it had to produce an end product. But then it may not be so surprising considering Ellul's yearning for the sacred and the spiritually transcendent in an age where "...the invasion of technique desacrilizes the world in which man is called upon to live. For technique nothing is sacred, there is no mystery, no taboo."



For further clarification on this read the following passage from the aforementioned book:

"There is also the technique of a more or less spiritual order, which we call magic.
It may seem questionable; nevertheless, magic is a technique in the strictest sense of the word, as has been clearly demonstrated by Marcel Mauss. Magic developed along with other techniques as an expression of man's will to obtain results of a spiritual order. To attain them , man made use of an aggregate of rites, formulas, and procedures which, once established, do not vary. Strict adherence to form is one of the characteristics of magic: forms and rituals, masks which never vary, the same kind of prayer wheels, the same ingredients for mystic drugs, for formulae of divination, and so on. All these become set and were passed on: the slightest variation in word or gesture would alter the magical equilibrium.

There is a relationship between the ready-made formula and a precise result. The gods being propitiated obey such an invocation out of necessity; all the more reason that they be given no opportunity to escape compliance because the invocation is not correctly formulated. This fixity is a manifestation of the technical character of magic: when the best possible means of obtaining a result has been found, why change it? Every magical means, in the eyes of the person who uses it, is the most efficient one.

In the spiritual realm, magic displays all the characteristics of a technique. It is the mediator between man and "the higher powers," just as other techniques mediate between man and matter. It leads to efficacy because it subordinates the power of the gods to men, and it secures a predetermined result. It affirms human power in that it seeks to subordinate gods to men, just as technique serves to cause nature to obey."


- The Technological Society, Techniques, p. 25 [emphasis mine].


Cause nature to obey eh? Very magickal.


Ellul's position on the role of magic as a technique seems to be further cemented on the very same page:

"Plainly, we have had two streams of technique from the very beginning. How does it happen that we never take cognizance of the second? There are a number of reasons. We can leave aside the causes that come from modern psychology. Because we are obsessed with materialism and do not take magic seriously, it has little interest for us, and we are unaware even today, as we study technique - the techniques that relate to men - that we are drawing on the great stream of magical techniques."


- p. 25 [emphasis mine].

This passage conjures thoughts of the underground stream of esoteric import, if I wish a little bit. Who knows?
Ellul's consideration of magic(k) here may be in a more sociological sense but he still put store in its efficacy. If then magic(k) can be seen to the prototypical expression of technique, the original technique, then can all techique that follows be of the same suit?

Questions, questions.

A frequent gripe that readers of Ellul have is that his tone is overly bleak and fatalistic, though I don't agree. I have found that upon first reading his work that his texts are devoid of sentimentalism and such emotive baggage when it came to analysing technological progress. He was not hindered by emotional content when delineating the encroachment of man and woman by the steel tempered, unfeeling, objectifying entity that is technique.
"This is how it is!" he cried. "Look, with no fear and see!" This is my own interpolation of what he communicated of course.
But as he said himself many times, "It is a call to the sleeper to awake."


Are we just
another brick in the wall?




These days though, unlike the seminal prog rocker's polemic against the inhumanity of human authority figures and their concentration camp style dehumanizing techniques on the younger generation, these inefficient methods are being supplanted by the mechanized world. No need for human intervention in many ways today. The computer screen, and to a lesser and lesser extent the T.V. screen, promotes modes of behaviour in place of human agency. A generation raised by LCD screens, perfect pixel pupils through proxy. We are beholden to the shiny toys we make that bring short lived satisfaction and long term compulsive fielty (I fully acknowledge the irony as I type away on my keyboard in front of the computer screen).

Today, more than ever, we as a species are held in thrall by technological systems that advance at a near exponential rate, schedules are kept by the multitude of gadgets that do not even pretend to free up more time anymore. Mobile phones (cell phones for the Americans reading this), personal computers, PDAs, games consoles, and the dizzying array of electronic communication and networking options ensure that a complete, nigh on impenetrable background ambient noise ensures we are never fully aware of just how lonely we have all become; and that there was once a silence that could be achieved within a truly personal space not invaded by the consciousness of the mechanized world.

Wheras all was previously external modifications, though without doubt have internal and spiritual ramifications, the H+ movement wants to usher in full on internal, invasive interference with the human specimen, viewing the frame we inhabit as merely faulty hardware with incomplete software. The posthuman world seems closer to the primal death urge scenario so many say they oppose, fuelled by loathing of the human condition, than a Utopia unencumbered by primitive "meat puppet" drives.
What may make you more than human shall also perhaps make you less than human, simultaneously. H+ = H- in actuality.

I'll leave you with the words of Ellul. How you judge them is your prerogative.


Here ends the long encirclement of men by technique. It is not the result of a plot or plan by any one man or any group or men who direct it or shunt it in new directions. The technical phenomenon is impersonal, and in following its course we have found it is directed toward man. In investigating its loci, we find man himself. This man is not the man in the mirror. Nor is it the man next door or the man in the street.
Proceeding at its own tempo, technique analyzes its objects so that it can reconstitute them, in the case of man, it has analyzed him and synthesized a hitherto unknown being.
"



Jacques Ellul and the consciousness of the mechanized world.

"In our technological society, technique is the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given state of development) in every field of human activity."


- The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul, looking very French indeed, in the documentary "The Betrayal of Technology," from Dutch film company Rerun Producties.

A year or so back I was introduced to the works of one Jacques Ellul, a renowned Christian anarchist philosopher/sociologist. His two most famous works are his magnum opus, The Technological Society, and Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes. I found his thought to be startling and immensely insightful into the mass machine we know as the system. The world as he saw it in the 20th century had become ruled by the ruthlessly efficient processes of technical application and its enforcer technology. Society became steadily less humane and accommodating to man, regressing in these terms the more technical upgrades moved on. I feel that the work of Ellul tapped into the burgeoning mythic current relating to the massification of humanity (as has been treated by some as the Borg Agenda), the robotization of man, figuratively and soon to come it seems, literally; and that it presaged the thought now expressed by individuals of standing in these areas (such as Susan Blackmore) that technique and its scion technology are a force autonomous to man possessing its own evolutionary pathway, perhaps even with a form of will, though devoid of intelligence, consciousness, as we know it. But the day is yet young for the temes. Technique, via a "perfect blindness," in a process of supremely efficient selection and elimination cuts away the fleshy extraneous incumberances to its progress and inserts methods, best practices to further its technical evolution with no thought set aside for man or woman. Technique is beholden to nothing and no-one but itself.


"Technique reigns alone, a blind force and more clearsighted than the best human intelligence."


- The Technological Society, p. 94


It seems that he saw that the geometric rate advance of technical progress, and what he described as "self augmentation" by said techniques/technology, foreshadowed to some degree the singularity prophecy of Kurzweil, and forewarned of the insidious self-loathing and hived mind that seems to drive the H+ movement.

"Self-augmentation can be formulated in two laws:

1. In a given civilization, technical progress is irreversible.
2.Technical progress tends to act, not according to an arithmetic, but according to a geometric progression."

- The Technological Society, p. 89

Another quote from Ellul gives further scope to his persective on technique:


"Technique has penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being. The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man's very essence. The milieu in which he lives is no longer his. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created.
He was made to go six kilometres an hour, and he goes a thousand. He was made to eat when he was hungry and go to sleep when he was sleepy, instead, he obeys a clock. He was made to have contact with living things, and he lives in a world of stone. He was created with a certain essential unity, and he is fragmented by all the forces of the modern world.
"


- The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul, p. 325.


And with this single quote from Ellul we have the theme and drive of this entry:


"All-embracing technique is in fact the consciousness of the mechanized world.
Technique integrates everything. It avoids shock and sensational events. Man is not adapted to a world of steel , technique adapts him to it. It changes the arrangement of this blind world so that man can be a part of it without colliding with its rough edges, without the anguish of being delivered up to the inhuman. Technique thus provides a model, it specifies attitudes that are valid once and for all. The anixiety aroused in man is soothed by the consoling hum of a unified society
.
As long as technique was represented by exclusively by the machine, it was possible to speak of 'man and machine.' The machine remained an external object, and man (though significantly influenced by it in his professional, private, and psychic life) remained none the less independent. He was in a position to assert himself apart from the machine; he was able to adopt a position with respect to it.
But when technique enters into every area of life, including the human, it ceases to be external to man and becomes his very substance. It is no longer face to face but is integrated with him, and it progressively absorbs him.
In this respect, technique is radically different from the machine. This transformation, so obvious in modern society, is the result of the fact that technique has become autonomous."

- Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society, p. 7


He can be clearly read as warning of the dangers of technocracy, though he had in mind that the technocrats were not the ones who would be truly pushing the buttons.
Legion are those thinkers who are regarded as prophets of an age, who speak to the coming world and offer prognostications that are pregnant with promise, or hamstrung by heaving hopelessness.
Ellul's visionary tableau is neither, and both. An unflinching, stark, long, hard stare at the machine that is the system itself.
Ellul's deterministic perspective was influenced by his religious views as a Christian, though a resolutely unorthodox one. How many can be termed a Christian anarchist? It appears to be damn near an oxymoron. But this he was. This is one of the reasons why I have taken to the philosophy of the man, he was not a man unnecessarily tethered to convention and so to his school of thought.
For me Ellul's philosophy of la technique can be encapsulated by the sci-fi classic Metropolis, in various scenes.
The concept of the machine man, the Maschinenmenschen (in the film Brigitte Helm took on the form of the Maschinenmensch) is another very early embodiment of the transhuman ideal, of the Übermensch, the overman. "Man is something to be overcome," as the famous, or infamous, Nietzschean quote runs. In this case via a steel exoskeleton and I imagine a more old school clockwork mechanical mind.



Note the complete and seamless conversion to a perfect "flesh shell" facsimile, almost certainly prompted by the limitations of archaic special effects. The transcendent man ideal today is completely devoid of such pretentions to human likeness.
But the point of this post, as per the title, is the manifestation of the consciousness of the mechanized world in our midst via what may be termed "techno-magick." The lower half of a pentagram can clearly be seen behind the robot Maria in the scene just shown. The symbol of the perfected (wo)man...
So much of the scientific and technological field today, whether conscious of this or not, are playing the role of techno-magi. Magick and alchemical transformation seems to be the order of the day. Not surprising in many ways if the esoteric origins of some of the prime movers in scientific research holds water, and that in many ways science can be considered the radical empiricist's diety, and the scientists as its techno-priests. Though the idea of any transcendent being beyond their own god-like potentiality, especially in the area of transhumanism and artificial life, is anathema to them.
Atheism is the religion of non-religion for so many.



The hybridization process portrayed in the film (is it really a hybrid, or do we have a reversal of Arthur C. Clarke's famous axiom? "Any magic sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from technology.") fleshes out the notion that science is magick, perhaps only codified and given a rational veneer. The exoteric understanding for the masses, and the esoteric for the initiates?

What I found stunning when reading "The Technological Society" is that Ellul, a rationalist and logician of the highest order, seems to give full support to the idea that "...magic is the first expression of technique." With this statement it is important to bear in mind that in Ellul's mind technique is only valid if it produced results. For magic(k) to qualify as a technique it had to produce an end product. But then it may not be so surprising considering Ellul's yearning for the sacred and the spiritually transcendent in an age where "...the invasion of technique desacrilizes the world in which man is called upon to live. For technique nothing is sacred, there is no mystery, no taboo."



For further clarification on this read the following passage from the aforementioned book:

"There is also the technique of a more or less spiritual order, which we call magic.
It may seem questionable; nevertheless, magic is a technique in the strictest sense of the word, as has been clearly demonstrated by Marcel Mauss. Magic developed along with other techniques as an expression of man's will to obtain results of a spiritual order. To attain them , man made use of an aggregate of rites, formulas, and procedures which, once established, do not vary. Strict adherence to form is one of the characteristics of magic: forms and rituals, masks which never vary, the same kind of prayer wheels, the same ingredients for mystic drugs, for formulae of divination, and so on. All these become set and were passed on: the slightest variation in word or gesture would alter the magical equilibrium.

There is a relationship between the ready-made formula and a precise result. The gods being propitiated obey such an invocation out of necessity; all the more reason that they be given no opportunity to escape compliance because the invocation is not correctly formulated. This fixity is a manifestation of the technical character of magic: when the best possible means of obtaining a result has been found, why change it? Every magical means, in the eyes of the person who uses it, is the most efficient one.

In the spiritual realm, magic displays all the characteristics of a technique. It is the mediator between man and "the higher powers," just as other techniques mediate between man and matter. It leads to efficacy because it subordinates the power of the gods to men, and it secures a predetermined result. It affirms human power in that it seeks to subordinate gods to men, just as technique serves to cause nature to obey."


- The Technological Society, Techniques, p. 25 [emphasis mine].


Cause nature to obey eh? Very magickal.


Ellul's position on the role of magic as a technique seems to be further cemented on the very same page:

"Plainly, we have had two streams of technique from the very beginning. How does it happen that we never take cognizance of the second? There are a number of reasons. We can leave aside the causes that come from modern psychology. Because we are obsessed with materialism and do not take magic seriously, it has little interest for us, and we are unaware even today, as we study technique - the techniques that relate to men - that we are drawing on the great stream of magical techniques."


- p. 25 [emphasis mine].

This passage conjures thoughts of the underground stream of esoteric import, if I wish a little bit. Who knows?
Ellul's consideration of magic(k) here may be in a more sociological sense but he still put store in its efficacy. If then magic(k) can be seen to the prototypical expression of technique, the original technique, then can all techique that follows be of the same suit?

Questions, questions.

A frequent gripe that readers of Ellul have is that his tone is overly bleak and fatalistic, though I don't agree. I have found that upon first reading his work that his texts are devoid of sentimentalism and such emotive baggage when it came to analysing technological progress. He was not hindered by emotional content when delineating the encroachment of man and woman by the steel tempered, unfeeling, objectifying entity that is technique.
"This is how it is!" he cried. "Look, with no fear and see!" This is my own interpolation of what he communicated of course.
But as he said himself many times, "It is a call to the sleeper to awake."


Are we just
another brick in the wall?




These days though, unlike the seminal prog rocker's polemic against the inhumanity of human authority figures and their concentration camp style dehumanizing techniques on the younger generation, these inefficient methods are being supplanted by the mechanized world. No need for human intervention in many ways today. The computer screen, and to a lesser and lesser extent the T.V. screen, promotes modes of behaviour in place of human agency. A generation raised by LCD screens, perfect pixel pupils through proxy. We are beholden to the shiny toys we make that bring short lived satisfaction and long term compulsive fielty (I fully acknowledge the irony as I type away on my keyboard in front of the computer screen).

Today, more than ever, we as a species are held in thrall by technological systems that advance at a near exponential rate, schedules are kept by the multitude of gadgets that do not even pretend to free up more time anymore. Mobile phones (cell phones for the Americans reading this), personal computers, PDAs, games consoles, and the dizzying array of electronic communication and networking options ensure that a complete, nigh on impenetrable background ambient noise ensures we are never fully aware of just how lonely we have all become; and that there was once a silence that could be achieved within a truly personal space not invaded by the consciousness of the mechanized world.

Wheras all was previously external modifications, though without doubt have internal and spiritual ramifications, the H+ movement wants to usher in full on internal, invasive interference with the human specimen, viewing the frame we inhabit as merely faulty hardware with incomplete software. The posthuman world seems closer to the primal death urge scenario so many say they oppose, fuelled by loathing of the human condition, than a Utopia unencumbered by primitive "meat puppet" drives.
What may make you more than human shall also perhaps make you less than human, simultaneously. H+ = H- in actuality.

I'll leave you with the words of Ellul. How you judge them is your prerogative.


Here ends the long encirclement of men by technique. It is not the result of a plot or plan by any one man or any group or men who direct it or shunt it in new directions. The technical phenomenon is impersonal, and in following its course we have found it is directed toward man. In investigating its loci, we find man himself. This man is not the man in the mirror. Nor is it the man next door or the man in the street.
Proceeding at its own tempo, technique analyzes its objects so that it can reconstitute them, in the case of man, it has analyzed him and synthesized a hitherto unknown being.
"



Jacques Ellul and the consciousness of the mechanized world.

"In our technological society, technique is the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given state of development) in every field of human activity."


- The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul, looking very French indeed, in the documentary "The Betrayal of Technology," from Dutch film company Rerun Producties.

A year or so back I was introduced to the works of one Jacques Ellul, a renowned Christian anarchist philosopher/sociologist. His two most famous works are his magnum opus, The Technological Society, and Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes. I found his thought to be startling and immensely insightful into the mass machine we know as the system. The world as he saw it in the 20th century had become ruled by the ruthlessly efficient processes of technical application and its enforcer technology. Society became steadily less humane and accommodating to man, regressing in these terms the more technical upgrades moved on. I feel that the work of Ellul tapped into the burgeoning mythic current relating to the massification of humanity (as has been treated by some as the Borg Agenda), the robotization of man, figuratively and soon to come it seems, literally; and that it presaged the thought now expressed by individuals of standing in these areas (such as Susan Blackmore) that technique and its scion technology are a force autonomous to man possessing its own evolutionary pathway, perhaps even with a form of will, though devoid of intelligence, consciousness, as we know it. But the day is yet young for the temes. Technique, via a "perfect blindness," in a process of supremely efficient selection and elimination cuts away the fleshy extraneous incumberances to its progress and inserts methods, best practices to further its technical evolution with no thought set aside for man or woman. Technique is beholden to nothing and no-one but itself.


"Technique reigns alone, a blind force and more clearsighted than the best human intelligence."


- The Technological Society, p. 94


It seems that he saw that the geometric rate advance of technical progress, and what he described as "self augmentation" by said techniques/technology, foreshadowed to some degree the singularity prophecy of Kurzweil, and forewarned of the insidious self-loathing and hived mind that seems to drive the H+ movement.

"Self-augmentation can be formulated in two laws:

1. In a given civilization, technical progress is irreversible.
2.Technical progress tends to act, not according to an arithmetic, but according to a geometric progression."

- The Technological Society, p. 89

Another quote from Ellul gives further scope to his persective on technique:


"Technique has penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being. The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man's very essence. The milieu in which he lives is no longer his. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created.
He was made to go six kilometres an hour, and he goes a thousand. He was made to eat when he was hungry and go to sleep when he was sleepy, instead, he obeys a clock. He was made to have contact with living things, and he lives in a world of stone. He was created with a certain essential unity, and he is fragmented by all the forces of the modern world.
"


- The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul, p. 325.


And with this single quote from Ellul we have the theme and drive of this entry:


"All-embracing technique is in fact the consciousness of the mechanized world.
Technique integrates everything. It avoids shock and sensational events. Man is not adapted to a world of steel , technique adapts him to it. It changes the arrangement of this blind world so that man can be a part of it without colliding with its rough edges, without the anguish of being delivered up to the inhuman. Technique thus provides a model, it specifies attitudes that are valid once and for all. The anixiety aroused in man is soothed by the consoling hum of a unified society
.
As long as technique was represented by exclusively by the machine, it was possible to speak of 'man and machine.' The machine remained an external object, and man (though significantly influenced by it in his professional, private, and psychic life) remained none the less independent. He was in a position to assert himself apart from the machine; he was able to adopt a position with respect to it.
But when technique enters into every area of life, including the human, it ceases to be external to man and becomes his very substance. It is no longer face to face but is integrated with him, and it progressively absorbs him.
In this respect, technique is radically different from the machine. This transformation, so obvious in modern society, is the result of the fact that technique has become autonomous."

- Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society, p. 7


He can be clearly read as warning of the dangers of technocracy, though he had in mind that the technocrats were not the ones who would be truly pushing the buttons.
Legion are those thinkers who are regarded as prophets of an age, who speak to the coming world and offer prognostications that are pregnant with promise, or hamstrung by heaving hopelessness.
Ellul's visionary tableau is neither, and both. An unflinching, stark, long, hard stare at the machine that is the system itself.
Ellul's deterministic perspective was influenced by his religious views as a Christian, though a resolutely unorthodox one. How many can be termed a Christian anarchist? It appears to be damn near an oxymoron. But this he was. This is one of the reasons why I have taken to the philosophy of the man, he was not a man unnecessarily tethered to convention and so to his school of thought.
For me Ellul's philosophy of la technique can be encapsulated by the sci-fi classic Metropolis, in various scenes.
The concept of the machine man, the Maschinenmenschen (in the film Brigitte Helm took on the form of the Maschinenmensch) is another very early embodiment of the transhuman ideal, of the Übermensch, the overman. "Man is something to be overcome," as the famous, or infamous, Nietzschean quote runs. In this case via a steel exoskeleton and I imagine a more old school clockwork mechanical mind.



Note the complete and seamless conversion to a perfect "flesh shell" facsimile, almost certainly prompted by the limitations of archaic special effects. The transcendent man ideal today is completely devoid of such pretentions to human likeness.
But the point of this post, as per the title, is the manifestation of the consciousness of the mechanized world in our midst via what may be termed "techno-magick." The lower half of a pentagram can clearly be seen behind the robot Maria in the scene just shown. The symbol of the perfected (wo)man...
So much of the scientific and technological field today, whether conscious of this or not, are playing the role of techno-magi. Magick and alchemical transformation seems to be the order of the day. Not surprising in many ways if the esoteric origins of some of the prime movers in scientific research holds water, and that in many ways science can be considered the radical empiricist's diety, and the scientists as its techno-priests. Though the idea of any transcendent being beyond their own god-like potentiality, especially in the area of transhumanism and artificial life, is anathema to them.
Atheism is the religion of non-religion for so many.



The hybridization process portrayed in the film (is it really a hybrid, or do we have a reversal of Arthur C. Clarke's famous axiom? "Any magic sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from technology.") fleshes out the notion that science is magick, perhaps only codified and given a rational veneer. The exoteric understanding for the masses, and the esoteric for the initiates?

What I found stunning when reading "The Technological Society" is that Ellul, a rationalist and logician of the highest order, seems to give full support to the idea that "...magic is the first expression of technique." With this statement it is important to bear in mind that in Ellul's mind technique is only valid if it produced results. For magic(k) to qualify as a technique it had to produce an end product. But then it may not be so surprising considering Ellul's yearning for the sacred and the spiritually transcendent in an age where "...the invasion of technique desacrilizes the world in which man is called upon to live. For technique nothing is sacred, there is no mystery, no taboo."



For further clarification on this read the following passage from the aforementioned book:

"There is also the technique of a more or less spiritual order, which we call magic.
It may seem questionable; nevertheless, magic is a technique in the strictest sense of the word, as has been clearly demonstrated by Marcel Mauss. Magic developed along with other techniques as an expression of man's will to obtain results of a spiritual order. To attain them , man made use of an aggregate of rites, formulas, and procedures which, once established, do not vary. Strict adherence to form is one of the characteristics of magic: forms and rituals, masks which never vary, the same kind of prayer wheels, the same ingredients for mystic drugs, for formulae of divination, and so on. All these become set and were passed on: the slightest variation in word or gesture would alter the magical equilibrium.

There is a relationship between the ready-made formula and a precise result. The gods being propitiated obey such an invocation out of necessity; all the more reason that they be given no opportunity to escape compliance because the invocation is not correctly formulated. This fixity is a manifestation of the technical character of magic: when the best possible means of obtaining a result has been found, why change it? Every magical means, in the eyes of the person who uses it, is the most efficient one.

In the spiritual realm, magic displays all the characteristics of a technique. It is the mediator between man and "the higher powers," just as other techniques mediate between man and matter. It leads to efficacy because it subordinates the power of the gods to men, and it secures a predetermined result. It affirms human power in that it seeks to subordinate gods to men, just as technique serves to cause nature to obey."


- The Technological Society, Techniques, p. 25 [emphasis mine].


Cause nature to obey eh? Very magickal.


Ellul's position on the role of magic as a technique seems to be further cemented on the very same page:

"Plainly, we have had two streams of technique from the very beginning. How does it happen that we never take cognizance of the second? There are a number of reasons. We can leave aside the causes that come from modern psychology. Because we are obsessed with materialism and do not take magic seriously, it has little interest for us, and we are unaware even today, as we study technique - the techniques that relate to men - that we are drawing on the great stream of magical techniques."


- p. 25 [emphasis mine].

This passage conjures thoughts of the underground stream of esoteric import, if I wish a little bit. Who knows?
Ellul's consideration of magic(k) here may be in a more sociological sense but he still put store in its efficacy. If then magic(k) can be seen to the prototypical expression of technique, the original technique, then can all techique that follows be of the same suit?

Questions, questions.

A frequent gripe that readers of Ellul have is that his tone is overly bleak and fatalistic, though I don't agree. I have found that upon first reading his work that his texts are devoid of sentimentalism and such emotive baggage when it came to analysing technological progress. He was not hindered by emotional content when delineating the encroachment of man and woman by the steel tempered, unfeeling, objectifying entity that is technique.
"This is how it is!" he cried. "Look, with no fear and see!" This is my own interpolation of what he communicated of course.
But as he said himself many times, "It is a call to the sleeper to awake."


Are we just
another brick in the wall?




These days though, unlike the seminal prog rocker's polemic against the inhumanity of human authority figures and their concentration camp style dehumanizing techniques on the younger generation, these inefficient methods are being supplanted by the mechanized world. No need for human intervention in many ways today. The computer screen, and to a lesser and lesser extent the T.V. screen, promotes modes of behaviour in place of human agency. A generation raised by LCD screens, perfect pixel pupils through proxy. We are beholden to the shiny toys we make that bring short lived satisfaction and long term compulsive fielty (I fully acknowledge the irony as I type away on my keyboard in front of the computer screen).

Today, more than ever, we as a species are held in thrall by technological systems that advance at a near exponential rate, schedules are kept by the multitude of gadgets that do not even pretend to free up more time anymore. Mobile phones (cell phones for the Americans reading this), personal computers, PDAs, games consoles, and the dizzying array of electronic communication and networking options ensure that a complete, nigh on impenetrable background ambient noise ensures we are never fully aware of just how lonely we have all become; and that there was once a silence that could be achieved within a truly personal space not invaded by the consciousness of the mechanized world.

Wheras all was previously external modifications, though without doubt have internal and spiritual ramifications, the H+ movement wants to usher in full on internal, invasive interference with the human specimen, viewing the frame we inhabit as merely faulty hardware with incomplete software. The posthuman world seems closer to the primal death urge scenario so many say they oppose, fuelled by loathing of the human condition, than a Utopia unencumbered by primitive "meat puppet" drives.
What may make you more than human shall also perhaps make you less than human, simultaneously. H+ = H- in actuality.

I'll leave you with the words of Ellul. How you judge them is your prerogative.


Here ends the long encirclement of men by technique. It is not the result of a plot or plan by any one man or any group or men who direct it or shunt it in new directions. The technical phenomenon is impersonal, and in following its course we have found it is directed toward man. In investigating its loci, we find man himself. This man is not the man in the mirror. Nor is it the man next door or the man in the street.
Proceeding at its own tempo, technique analyzes its objects so that it can reconstitute them, in the case of man, it has analyzed him and synthesized a hitherto unknown being.
"



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