Essay: Stonehenge

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They gather by the hundreds to see the Summer Solstice dawn at Stonehenge. Yet, some researchers feel they shouldn’t. They should actually be waiting for the Winter Solstice moon. That is what is important. Or is it purely an observatory?
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Essay: Bermuda Triangle

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The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular area of water going north up the US eastern seaboard, south west into the Caribbean and east as far as the Azores. It is alleged that ships and planes disappear mysteriously in this area.
It was first mentioned in articles in the early 1950s, with Fate Magazine joining in. It became world famous following books by Vincent Gaddis and Charles Berlitz.
The area is the busiest shipping area in the world. So is it expected that 1,000+ ships and planes could disappear? Lawrence David Kusche argued, in 1975, that disappearances are not greater, the numbers exaggerated by sloppy research.

flight 19 & more

Well publicised disappearances – such as Flight 19, where a training wing of fighters disappeared in Dec 1945, followed by the plane sent to find them – added to the mystery. The USS Cyclops disappeared in 1918, taking 300 crew with her.
There are many theories. They include UFO activity, leftover tech from Atlantis and the tormented souls of black slaves thrown overboard. Ivan Sanderson suggested magnetic vortices around the world where warm and cold air meet.

gas hydrates

Gas hydrates on the seabed could also play a part, releasing methane in large quantities. Rising to the surface, water would go frothy, buoyancy would fail and a boat would sink. Rising into the air, methane could ignite a plane engine. Wreckage hits the bottom, water disturbance eases and silt covers the evidence.
There are survivors. They speak of faulty compasses, equipment malfunction, loss of horizon, banks of fog and more. But all these events are common. What could be unusual is congregation leading to a single event.
We all experience such congregations. They are called coincidence. They have inevitability, and coincidences build upon coincidence. So could it be possible that such coincidences could coincidentally happen in a specific location? The Bermuda Triangle could be statistically inevitable to occur.

triangular theory

But coincidences often have a helping hand from the human mind. Consider: the triangle is a media creation. Disappearances may have happened before the 1950s, but they had no meaning in terms of a mystery.
Now they do. And like a curse, knowing you are in the area could have an effect upon behaviour. Innocuously, it makes you give meaning to a normal event and relate it to the mystery. And in deadly ways, it could affect your reaction to such an event, making disaster inevitable.
The Bermuda Triangle could be vital to understanding the nature of disaster. Often, we describe disasters through human error or congregation of events leading to the disaster. But as in the above idea, it could be coincidence and feelings of inevitability they produce that lead to disaster.
In chaos theory we know of the butterfly’s wings causing a hurricane. A tiny event can build up to cataclysm. Maybe it is time to forget ridiculing the Bermuda Triangle and see it as an opportunity to study processes that could lie behind ALL disasters.

Essay: Madness

by
Dr Illya Ness

Modern society has a problem with eccentricity. It doesn’t seem to fit any more. Today we have to be ordered, like cogs in a machine. The problem with this is real genius has always gone hand in hand with eccentricity.
Maybe that’s why our culture is so sterile today. And without the stimulus the genius used to provide, sterile order leaves us without meaning. Could this be why so many seem to have problems today, with drugs, crime and depression?
It all seems insane to me. But of course, eccentricity and insanity are closely allied and have a purpose. Today a schizophrenic is simply mad. Yet just look at the old style shaman, hearing voices, orchestrating hysterical ritual. Maybe schizophrenia itself used to have purpose, providing culture and wellbeing in a tribe.
Madness, you see, has always been devised by the knowledge structure in order to alienate types of behaviour deemed inappropriate – such as the genius of the eccentric to stir up culture and stimulate us above normal social control.

THE MASK

This gives us a hint of what may lie behind madness, for while society may like this form of order, the inner person does not. Hence, in order to survive the strictures of society we all create a social mask, an outside persona which people think is the real you. When in reality the real you is a cauldron of inner turmoil as you fail to feel totally as one with your society.
The social self – the mask – drives us mad, with psychological problems arising because of its conformity. Maybe we need to realize this and, for true psychological health, be allowed to vent our need for deviance now and again – just as the hysterical shaman allowed.

Essay: Death

by
Guru Tony

Death is the absence of life. But what, I’d like to know, is life? Indeed, it seems to me many people are dead in life.
The first known human expression came when Neanderthal Man began burying his dead. Some of his funary arrangements survive. But was this because he mourned, or was glad? Either way, appreciation of death seems to be tied up with our emotions.

SPIRITUALITY

Death forms the central element of most religions. In the east, death is cyclical, in that we come back as another incarnation. In the west, death is a transition to another, immortal, world. Seems like an ethereal utopia to me.
Can we die symbolically? Most mystical traditions are based on death and rebirth. Interestingly, research has been done on deep faints, which show we can experience images of afterlife. This is akin to the near death experience.

Shamanic practices in tribal cultures involve fasting, dancing and other devices to bring on a hysterical deep faint, thus visiting the ‘afterlife’. Could this psychological phenomenon be the root of the idea of religion?
Pascal used mathematics to persuade us to believe in afterlife and God. It was a simple gamble. If it’s true, then we’re prepared. If it’s not true, then it wouldn’t matter anyway. We’re not there to experience it.

SUPERNATURAL

People are said to come back from death. One expression is the ghost. Is this true, or can variations on hallucination and hysteria answer this phenomenon? If so, then like afterlife above, our understanding of afterlife is psychology.
Mediums are said to communicate with the dead. Interestingly, Spiritualism rose to prominence at times of social upheaval, when a lot of people were dying needlessly. The medium can give personal comfort to the bereaved, and maybe also fulfill a social role.

CHEATING DEATH

Many try to cheat death. One way is the death defying stunt. You see, approaching death is so life enhancing! Now isn’t that really dumb? Or are we all masochistic by nature?
Science tries to cheat death. This is done mainly through medical knowledge. We are constantly pushing back the time of death. Will the time come when we won’t die at all, but have our ‘consciousness’ transferred to a machine? Now wouldn’t that be cheating God!
While we wait for this, some people decide to be frozen before death, waiting for the time when their illness can be cured. I hope people are right that there’s no soul. ‘Cos if they’re wrong, then when they’re thawed out, they may prove the zombie exists!

THE END?

Is death the end? Interestingly, science says energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed. Does this mean that death cannot be the end of us? Well, you can guarantee that science will find a way to rubbish the idea, regardless of their ‘proof’.
Maybe death is a thing about the individual. Maybe it is pure arrogance to think of extinction of ourselves. Life goes on in the species. Perhaps nature, God, whatever, sees the species as continuance, and the individual a simple blink of an eye in its progression.

Essay: Crime

by
Guru Tony

Jack the Ripper killed at least 5 prostitutes around Whitechapel, London, in 1888. Or did he? Forensics of the time said he did. Letters sent said he did. But the reality is, forensics was in its infancy, and no one letter gives detail of more than one murder. And prostitutes were being killed all the time.
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Essay: Warfare

by
major de ranger

If we want peace on Earth why not begin with a reasoned theory of warfare? Ever since the birth of politics warfare has been about one society trying to consume another. This is true today with western powered globalization – although much more subtle.
It takes away meaning from smaller societies. This destroys their endemic way, thus fuelling a minority of fanatics who go on to carry out global terrorism and try to destabilize countries targeted by globalization. Insurgency ensues, with western forces going in to sort it out. A vicious circle creates warfare as they fall into the trap.
If counter insurgency must happen, then do counter insurgency. If you then try to control a population and build a state, you cannot win. This is because you try to force your values on others, and if those values are alien to them they won’t work, no matter how repulsive we think theirs are.

WHAT CAUSES WARS?

This is the current world situation, but this is simply a blip in the history of warfare. Warfare, in the extreme, is two major powers facing up to each other, convinced that their system is bigger than the other, and this system will inevitably return.
Usually, neither population is behind the leaders. This is where the game of intelligence becomes vital. It rarely produces anything of value, but it does produce a feeling of paranoia, and this makes the people cling to the values of the leader. Insert a political propaganda exaggerating the evilness of the other side and you’ve created both an inner and outer demon which guarantees the idea of war will spread among the people.

TECHNOLOGY

One recent innovation in warfare is the role of technology. Historically, tech has always been vital to warfare, with tech racing to meet the demands of an armed force. Recently this has changed, with armed forces having tech forced upon them by Big Biz, usually for profit.
The result is tech is too advanced for many of the forces’ requirements and quite pointless. In particular it increases the support targets an enemy can hit. And if support is in danger, so is the front line.
A change in direction in tech could solve this problem. For instance, high altitude drones could be a cheaper, safer alternative to the satellite, carrying out communications, surveillance and targeting. Drones could also replace the expensive fighter jet, piloted remotely.
Development of ground effect craft with ceramic engines and fibre construction could produce light, stealth craft which could carry out all transport and maritime functions. Simple rocketry systems using laser guidance from drones could replace bombing. All this could be handled by trucks and small ships, making support bases and airfields redundant, thus lessening targets.
Small, fast fibre vehicles with small caliber, but shaped charge shells could be difficult to find and be air portable, reducing the need for build-up in theatre. Containerised air dropped supplies and module construction of equipment would take away most support in theatre.
All this new, but simpler tech could allow small pockets of forces with stealth capability and minimal targets. In effect, it would place guerrilla warfare into technological armoured warfare.

STRATEGY

Strategy would be not to hold ground, but to indulge in tactical retreat, offering no targets for an enemy to hit, yet bringing down an accurate rocket rain to disable armoured columns. This would weaken an enemy to the point of allowing small but quick armoured column encirclements. Large scale forces will always be depleted to the point that they cannot fight.
The only way for an enemy to counter this strategy would be to adopt it themselves, where the only possible outcome would be stalemate, as it is the smallness, not the largeness, of the force that counts. And the beauty of such a system is that small forces cannot put the boots on the ground in order to conquer, so the reason for war evaporates.
It could be argued that banishing conventional war could make nuclear war more likely. But maybe technology can help here, too. Soon a new type of bomb will exist – the non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device. If fitted to high altitude, solar powered drones, such invulnerable devices could be deployed over an adversary’s cities, power stations and launch sites. Operated by control aircraft well away from retaliatory targets, if detonated, they would wipe out any electronic device over a wide area beneath it. Such devices would effectively wipe out a hierarchy’s ability to lead, whilst at the same time leaving cities intact, but also a very angry population who see their services disappear. What leader would risk such wrath from his own people?

Essay: Religion

by
Philip Osophy

I cannot believe in a God-form so what can I reason? Much conflict has been placed at the door of religion. I don’t accept this. Conflict is caused by politics, whether in a religious or secular culture.
I am not religious, but I am spiritual. To me, the former is a social interaction of shared belief. The latter is an inner feeling – a bonding to fellow man, environment & universe. The two can work together but are different.

THE CULTURE STRIPPER

If you strip culture from any religion you usually find the same things – belief in higher intelligence, a way to commune with it, memory of a previous perfect state, an understanding of our imperfection and a moral code.
Similarly, almost all major religious icons share a life pattern. Frustrated in youth, they question. This leads to a spiritual crisis within which they overcome adversity. This turns them into a charismatic on a single-minded path to change things.

UNIVERSAL PSYCHOLOGY

We can argue that below all religious expression there exists an ‘under religion’ shared by all, suggesting that all religion begins in a ‘universal psychology’. Upon this a specific cultural story is built. This is powerful and gives people meaning and direction.

When the stage is reached where a whole society believes, doing real physical things in society, then the God-form takes on an element of reality, for if it is ‘truth’ or not, the outcome would be the same. A cultural force becomes existent above the individual, and takes on an intelligence all its own. This element is what I call OverMind.
Thus, religion can be seen to have a universal oneness in ‘under religion’, which is all inclusive; and specific elements of OverMind based on culture or environment, which fragments mankind. Could an understanding of the former lead to a new tolerance in the latter?

UNIVERSAL INTELLIGENCE

This said, I am convinced that a real form of universal intelligence could exist. For analysis of this, you need to go to the Paranormal page, which delves into the possibility in the last two parts.
As a taster, science tells us that evolution destroys the idea of intelligence. Yet computer programs now exist that are evolutionary in nature, evolving new programs of their own. Yet before this can occur, a form of subtle direction must be placed in the form of a ‘basic design function’. Is this so with the universe?

Essay: Politics

by
Polly Ticks

democracy

Democracy is the best political system but has yet to be understood. Born out of individual empowerment, it can only thrive in an ideology which shares this value. Hence, democracy is actually the political arm of capitalism, and can only work in a capitalist system.

single systems

This said, single systems are always wrong. They lead to tunnel vision and totalitarianism. Hence, a true democracy should always have differing systems below the political ideal, be they religious, philanthropic or socialistic.
Similarly, democracy provides no meaning or moral ethic against excess, so underlying systems are required to define these influences.

fanatics

There is always a danger of such influences becoming fanatical. This is always wrong. Indeed, there could well be a ‘law of opposite effect’ which states: the more fanatical a person or system, the greater the chance of it achieving the opposite effect.
Hence, essential to all systems is the requirement of moderation and tolerance to other systems. Any system should be seen as nothing more than a guide.
However, balanced debate requires such systems to be vocal. Non-vocal debate – as seen in centre ground politics – does not achieve this, resulting in extreme law. Vocal debate irons out all issues and actually leads to moderate law.

parties

Counter to true democracy is the political party. Parties infiltrate underlying systems into the legislature where they do not belong. Further, parties offer careers to members and inhibit members’ freedom of speech. These influences take away their loyalty to electorate and conscience, and lead to a system having overall power in society.
Parties should be degraded by the instigation of a system that encourages independent parliamentarians. Such representatives would guarantee greater debate and whittle away the power of all parties.

ratio

Another important factor is the ratio between representative, electorate and legislature. If a parliamentarian represents too many people to allow adequate access, he is divorced from the people and a single system will be his primary concern.
Similarly, if a legislature has too many parliamentarians, it becomes nothing more than a rubber stamp for an over bearing executive. As I see it, the very maximum of people per representative is 100,000, and the maximum number of parliamentarians per legislature is 600. If either of these numbers is higher, the balance shifts from the people to the system, and democracy moves towards totalitarianism.

Essay: Environment

By
Guru Tony

Could our eco-vandalism be a deep-seated and unconscious neurosis? Indeed, is it so deep and historic that we don’t even realize it’s there?

GOD-KINGS

Civilization really got under way with the ascendancy of the god-kings of the Pre-Classical world. Arts and engineering got going. This allowed us to break out of our animist, instinctual drives. Fundamental to this was our non-eco ego, built on the idea that we’re more powerful than nature.
Of course, disaster myths such as the Flood made it clear that nature kept reminding us that we’re not. Psychologically, such counter evidence usually leads to the person constructing an edifice of self-esteem, as in the bully. Communally, I’d argue that man went on to build ‘systems’, both in the mind and the world, using the power of our togetherness to feel bigger.

THE CITY

Hence, we birthed the city as a communal system, and religion/ideology to fuel our feelings of greatness – and almost everything mankind has done since has been based upon this neurosis. But is there evidence of this in our behaviour?
A neurosis can often form an inborn masochism. It is interesting that any form of pleasure involving physical interaction will lead to pain if over-indulged. In other words, everyone on the planet arguably has a masochistic urge within them – what I call our ‘masocology’. And I’d argue it’s a result of our unconscious fear of nature birthed in the deep past.

CONSUMERISM

Today, with pleasure-based consumerism and polluting industry, we have become the supreme masochists, unconsciously determined to destroy nature. Maybe in realizing this, we can grasp the cure.
But what would that cure be? See your future as a countdown. After all, with all the pollution, climate change and general detritus, the clock’s ticking.
Forget the doomsters who say it’s all gonna end in disaster. If the news is too bleak, people turn off – after all, what can YOU do?

SAVING YOURSELF

Forget banning things, like cars, fun, etc. Those who demand such a thing usually have a political agenda above their environmentalism.
Play the eco-game as much as you can – recycle, save energy, etc. It makes you feel good. But don’t believe business and politicians are serious here. This is just cosmetics to make you think they’re interested.
No, to really save the planet, you’ve got to go out of environmentalism and understand the ‘system’ that’s doing all the damage.

THE SYSTEM

So what is that ‘system’? Most think it’s capitalism, but it isn’t. True capitalism is a fair way of life. The problem is a multi-national run consumer society. This is empire-building, and you, and nature, are suffering because of it.
The ‘system’ is said to not be an ideology. Don’t believe it. It is. It’s an ideology creating a few mega-organisations, and billions of serfs. That’s you, guys.

GET ORGANIZED

To save the planet, start with the politicians. All major political parties are funded by Big Biz, so they always put Big Biz before nature, and also before you!
Start mass movements to demand Independent politicians, divorced from Big Biz. Start local, and build up to national. Make it a media issue that we don’t need – don’t want! – political parties any more.
Understand that Big Biz only exists because of big ‘systems’. Fossil fuels need big systems to maintain them, and only big Big Biz can afford this. The ‘system’ therefore guarantees they will never be challenged.

NEW TECH

They CAN be challenged. Encourage a new breed of entrepreneur who’s prepared to look at tech that’s been on the drawing board for decades, but is ignored because it doesn’t need big systems.
This tech includes better means of harnessing wind, solar and hydro power; innovative battery storage of electricity; cermanic engine tech for a new breed of aircraft; ground effect vessels that skim across water as fast as a plane; and eco-cars that can perform as well as present models.

BIG IS BAD

All the above tech is eco-friendly, and does not need big systems, so Big Biz will be destroyed, replaced by a new system of smaller businesses which, as well as anything else, would be more accountable to you. And you’d live in an eco-friendly world whilst still having a car, travel, utilities and a capitalist system.
But would a new breed of politician and entrepreneur save the planet? Well, forget about saving the planet. The planet will always survive until the sun has burnt its last. We’re the thing at risk.

Essay: The Holy Grail

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The Holy Grail is an enduring mystery. However, it is often difficult to define just what it is. Traditionally, it is thought to be the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper, but its meaning has gone far beyond this physical artifact.
Rather, it is often seen as symbolic of enlightenment in the mind. It is the quest for the mystical experience, and a connection with the God-head. By connecting, you reach a state of purity.

myths

Many myths have gathered around the Grail. Typical are those concerning King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. In this respect, the Grail Quest becomes one of aspiration, purity and bonding.
Of course, such myths and ideals are said not to play a large part in our lives. After all, it is just make-believe. But could it be that the purpose of Grail myths was to form a distinct mentality within society?
The Grail became synonymous with chivalric purity. This was the ultimate way to be in Medieval times. The whole lifestyle of the Knight was geared around it. In this sense, it was a specific politicism.
Arguably, this was the purpose behind the writing of the Grail romances, such as those by Chretien de Troyes, slowly changing the original legends to represent the Medieval Knightly purpose.

control

In a way, this is quite worrying. One of the most beautiful mythologies of Christianity actually turned into a form of social control. But then again, it could well have been remembered for this reason in itself.
The important point about the Grail quest is the idea of ‘purity’ or ‘perfection’. It is something to aim for in life. But there is a simple fact about perfection. It cannot ever be attained. We are human, and always have faults.

icons

Icons have always appeared displaying perfection. Typical is the ‘saint’. Such an icon was lauded in Medieval times to show what the person should aim for. Knowing it was impossible, this confirmed in the person the idea that he was a sinner.
In this way, the person at least tried to better himself. But this was only achievable in a system that confirmed the idea of perfection to be attained. Thus, the authorities behind the ideal had, in the idea of perfection, the ultimate form of control over the person.

the modern

We can, of course, say we’ve left such things behind. Yet, today we have a ‘celebrity’ culture, populated by people who we class as having the ‘perfection’ of lifestyle or beauty. And it is the purpose of the typical western citizen to aspire to this ideal.
This is done through consumerism, where the celebrity urges us to buy, buy, buy. And of course, deep down we know we cannot really be like them, thus we are imperfect, the modern equivalent of the sinner.
Thus, we have an impulse towards social control still active today after some 2,000 years, and just as potent as it ever was – albeit, represented in very different cultural clothes.
In personal terms, the Grail can be of great benefit to the person in finding themselves. But in wider society the process turns into something much more malign. We are often told that such subjects are of no value today.
The above suggests different. We maybe need to understand such concepts even more, for they can be the root to subservience.