Sunday, March 24, 2019
INTRODUCTION TO ORIGINAL REGAINYOURBRAIN WEB-SITE (2004)
"It's all a battle of words, you see, and most of them are lies...listen, son, said the man with the gun...there's room for you inside." PINK FLOYD, Dark Side of the Moon
INTRODUCTION: 21st Century Schizoid Man
OF MINDS AND REALITIES: The Psychological Universe
A SENSE OF THE SACRED: Indigenous Spiritual Cosmologies
OUR SPACE-TIME COORDINATES: Kali versus Ahau
KOYAANISQATSI: “Crazy Life” and the “Day of Purification”
DOMINANT TENDENCIES: A “civilized seasonal disease”?
EINSTEIN’S PROPHECY: The “Scientific Dictatorship” and the “Technosphere”
INFOTOXIN AND (mc)2 : Communication and the Information Disorder
WE’RE ON THE BRINK…but of what?
“I MUST CREATE A SYSTEM, or be enslaved by another man’s.”
NOTES ON THIS WEB-SITE
RECOMMENDED READING (on-site)
TOP “INFOTOXIN” MIND BIBLIOGRAPHY (selected)
INTRODUCTION: 21st Century Schizoid Man
We are brilliantly conceived living bio-technologies inhabiting a planetary spaceship of improbable beauty and diversity. We travel together as passengers/crew on an unending journey through a vast and largely unknown universe of at least infinite expanse. We have been blessed with countless gifts of creativity; we have everything we need to be truly happy, healthy and whole.
So what is the problem? Why does it seem that so much is wrong? Why are we on the brink of killing off everything, including ourselves? It’s as if we’ve forgotten who and what we really are, almost as if we’re not even people anymore. It’s as if we’re living under a huge spell or curse, a species-wide mojo, that prevents us from knowing who we are, why we are here; we dwell in the shadow of a “wall of voodoo” so pervasive…and yet invisible…that we’ve come to accept this b-grade surrogate fiction as “reality.” Strangely enough, this wall has been built by none other than ourselves.
We go about our days, or should I say “daze”, supporting state-sponsored terrorism by purchasing petrol from trans-national crime cartels, contributing to global ecocide through chronic over-consumption, cooking our brains with mobile phones and poisoning our minds with the virulent pus exuded through the pores of mass-media. Americans are so deluded that they actually believe their country is a “democracy” and that voting matters! All of this and more has become “normal.”
Just like the German middle-class in World War Two, who thought those were the best times of their lives, we stroll through this sub-Lynchian low-grade nightmare oblivious to the occasional blip or scream that penetrates our matrix of intoxication. “Yo, herr fraulein, vas is das smoke over yondern?” “Ah-so, das is new Auschwitz tire factory!” If we don’t know what’s really going on, it’s because we don’t want to know! Awareness can be, shall we say…inconvenient?
While we have been sleep-walking, a powerful minority of our fellow humans has been hard at work making BIG plans for the rest of us, not to mention for the Earth and all of her life-forms. Their self-delusion is orders of magnitude beyond that of the average somnambulant; but we must give them credit for being motivated to try to make their vision a reality! “A” for effort, New World Order!!!
We as-a-whole have progressively relinquished our self-responsibility, ever since we stopped growing our own food and educating our own children, and when we started going to church to get “saved” and watching the “news” to become informed. We have reclined in profound apathy, allowing the “state as parent/God” to run the world…and our lives. Why? Because we can’t be bothered. There’s a big game on the tube!
Early on, these powerful minorities…we all know who they are, right?...they’re US!...seized on the mass-apathy and herd-like gullibility they saw in the population at large. Believing these qualities to define “human nature”, they then skilfully devised a full-spectrum of tools, tactics, and technologies to assist in their dream of total world domination and the enslavement of humanity. This has been going on for centuries. And they’ve been quite successful, to say the least.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay our last respects to the best friend we ever had, who now slumbers, comatose, on the brink of termination: the human mind.
OF MINDS AND REALITIES: The Psychological Universe
We are psychological beings, first and foremost. Our minds are our greatest gifts…and our least understood. Philosophers and scientists have debated for millennia on the “mind/brain” “problem”, and the nature of “truth” and “reality.” I don’t know that absolute truth, knowledge, or reality is attainable by humans, least of all by English-speaking white people; but for all practical purposes, we are (occasionally) conscious, thinking beings who have minds and who communicate in many ways, primarily using language.
Our highly-motivated “us” who wants to rule the world learned a long time ago that, indeed, a mind is a terrible thing…not to waste, but when it is turned on itself. This in essence is the fundamental premise of all “dark arts”: black magic, witch-craft, “voo-doo”, advertising, psychological warfare.
The reason this works is because, to a very great degree, we each are actually CREATING our own reality every second that we are alive. We have come to believe that “reality” is something “out there”, separate from us, beyond our control. But if there is one primary realization of modern physics and psychology, it is that “reality” as we know it exists more inside of us than outside of us, and that we are inextricably inter-linked with the whole of creation, from the sub-atomic to the hyper-galactic levels.
Everything we know, do, experience and remember happens “in” our mind; language is what we use to share this with others. We are constantly engaged in the processes of reality-building and communication. These are the cornerstones of the human psyche…and the primary targets of those who wish to control us.
Our mind/brains are so profoundly complex that little progress has been made towards a real understanding of what is actually going on inside us. This is, of course, from the perspective of traditional western psychology, which tends to look at other peoples’ minds, brains, behaviour and communication, often with the goal of manipulating them. Lucky for us, we don’t need an in-depth understanding of neurobiology in order to think or create. Plus, we don’t have to BUY it…it’s FREE! Each of us possesses the most unfathomably complex and intricately designed instrument of thought and creation…the human organism, which is in reality the ultimate technology! It’s quite mind-blowing to reflect on what all is actually going on within us at any given moment.
Many ancient indigenous spiritual psychologies have been inwardly-directed, oriented not towards what other people are doing or thinking and why, but on looking within, pursuing self-understanding and an awareness of what is inside your mind. Being responsible for your own thoughts, “cleaning house” and fine-tuning; exercising your powers of concentration and creativity, learning to navigate the multi-dimensional cosmos we are travelling through.
Science tells us that we exist in the center of the electromagnetic spectrum, which stretches out to infinity in both the micro- and macro-directions. What is “really” there, beyond the sea of plasma, is a continuum of indeterminacy, or what physicist David Bohm called the “implicate holomovement.” Neuropsychologist Karl Pribram believes that the brain/mind acts as a frequency transducer, processing selected domains of energy/information from this wide spectrum of potential and generating holographic simulations which we call “reality.” Our collective reality is constructed from about one per cent of this spectrum.
One of the best working models for how our mind/brains work was succinctly formulated by John C. Lilly; this model is equally valid or useful from both the external and internal approach to psychology. Etymologically, we are in fact cybernetic computers. Computare in Latin means “to think or reflect upon”; kybernetes in Greek means “the pilot or navigator, as of a ship.” This electronic digital number-crunching device on which I now write is just that: a dinucrud, not a computer in the true sense.
Thinking and communicating in the service of self-navigation and reality-building. This is what we are really all about, from a psychological perspective. Our biocomputers operate at many levels simultaneously, from the quantum-superconducting to the neurophysiological to the reflexive/autonomic to the cognitive and creative. All of these processes can be thought of as programs of varying levels of complexity; hierarchies of metaprograms emerge, and at the top, in command, control and communication, is you: the self-metaprogrammer.
The vast majority of these programs run automatically, without the necessity of conscious guidance. This is good: imagine how much thought would have to go into telling each and every neuron how and when to fire every thousandth of a second! Yet this IS going on inside us. Miraculous to say the least.
We are awesomely designed biological, psychological, and spiritual beings who in our natural state function perfectly in the “garden of Eden”, the planetary biosphere of Earth.
A SENSE OF THE SACRED: Indigenous spiritual cosmologies
Indigenous tribal cultures have always lived close to nature. This is our nature, because we are part of nature. Naturally. They live in tune with the rhythms and cycles of nature, the sun, moon and tides, the seasons; they talk to the wind and listen to the trees. Shamans and medicine folk are given highly advanced knowledge directly from Gaia herself, without the need for “mediation.”
Indigenous technology is internal and natural. Communication is not only linguistic, using “harmonic languages” based on the power of sound vibration, but also empathic and telepathic. Harmony is maintained through artistic ceremonies of song and dance; art and geometry are expressions of cosmic creativity. Wisdom is shared through stories and mythologies.
Western society as a whole has lost our sense of the sacred, in nature, in each other, in ourselves. We no longer have any recognizable coherent spiritual or metaphysical belief system or frame of reference, to help us find meaning in life; our “god” has become materialism, our world, the “technosphere.”
As the forces of industrialism and totalitarianism have come to provide more and more of our external reality, we have allowed them to supplant our spiritual realities as well with memes like Darwinism, which, like western Christianity, has “supported the expansion of the Industrial Revolution, with its unbridled exploitation of the environment for the material benefit of mankind…and affirms this exploitation by ignoring the intelligence, beauty, and purposefulness of nature and replacing it with chemical and mechanical explanations…Darwinism, in one form or another, has been used to justify nineteenth-century political, social and economic systems, such as industrial capitalism, as well as the colonial expansion of European civilizations that began centuries earlier.” (Robert Lawlor, Voices of the First Day)
As culture after culture, tribe after tribe has succumbed to the imperialistic juggernaut, our inner separation from nature and our loss of the sacred has increased in direct proportion. We are no longer dancing to drumming, but marching to it.
OUR SPACE-TIME COORDINATES: Kali versus Ahau
Jose Arguelles tells us that a calendar is "an instrument that locks the conditioned programs of a given culture into place.” Modern calendars were created by the same institutions that gave us the Inquisition and the Nazis. Jesus wasn’t a Christian; do you think he is honoured that time itself is now reckoned in years since his birth? I doubt it. Besides, he never left, did he? Why are we waiting for him to return? Jesus is love, and wherever there is love, there is Jesus, right? Love is beyond time; love is simultaneous.
I think that Jesus was probably more into the long-term cyclical calendrical systems of the Hindus and the Mayans. These systems of keeping track of where we are cosmically speaking are based on astronomical patterns or rhythms…not the life of someone who is alleged to “save” us from ourselves!
Don’t ask me how the Hindus or Mayans figured out the precession of the equinoxes. Maybe it was a combination of millennia of astute observations and record-keeping and direct revelation from the Hunab Ku herself! But this 26,000 year cycle figures heavily into all ancient calendrical systems.
And the Hindus have the longest cycles of all. There’s the kalpa, which is a “day” or “night” of Brahma, similar to an expansion (exhalation) or contraction (inhalation) of the cosmos; a kalpa is trillions of Earth-years!
Perhaps the calendrical unit of greatest interest to us now would be the yuga. As I understand it, the 26,000 year cycle is divided into four “seasons” of varying length. The beginning of the cycle, and the longest, is called the “sat” yuga, “sat” meaning “truth.” This is the “golden age” where we realize our essential divinity and connection with creation. The last age of the cycle is the shortest…and the darkest; this is the “Kali” yuga. This is a period of war, of terror, of conflict; of rampant materialism and degradation, when humanity as a whole has lost touch with our true spiritual nature. An age of illusion and unreality, of deception and toxicity. Guess where we are now?
Lucky for us, however, the Kali yuga just kind of dies off, often accompanied by global war and natural catastrophe…but what would you expect from the goddess of death and destruction! Even as she is disintegrating, the rays of light from the inner sun illuminate the horizon of humanity’s hope, waking us from our nightmare and activating the seeds of love which have lain dormant for quite a while.
Both the Egyptians and the Mayans referred to this transition period between the end of darkness and the return of the light as the “beak of time.” The Mayans also pointed to their date of 18.104.22.168.0, which is 2012 Gregorian as the moment of “galactic alignment.” During this window, solar and astronomical geometries enhance the divine ascension energies from the supreme deity, the Hunab Ku, which are transmitted into all the stars in the galaxy (which, according the the “electric universe” theory, are actually more like light bulbs being lit up by plasma filaments than they are nuclear reactors!), who, in their turn, send out light and life-giving energies to all their planets and life-forms…or whatever else planets can have! These beams of radiance can now be felt around the world. But there’s still a lot of crazy stuff going on.
KOYAANISQATSI: “Crazy life” and the “Day of Purification”
One of the most interesting indigenous cultures are the Hopi Indians of Arizona. Ancestors of the Anasazi, they have lived atop their desert mesas for thousands of years, never engaging in warfare and always maintaining the sacred old ways of communion with the Earth spirits and forces of nature. The Hopi have been compared to the Tibetans.
The Hopi prophecies represent a comprehensive vision of previous incarnations of life on Earth, and of those yet to come. Emanating from a sort of Native American “dreamtime”, these stories often take the form of warnings. The Hopis were warned, for example, that when the “white brother” comes, if he is bearing the symbol of the cross within a circle (the Hopi cross), then peace and harmony will follow; if the “white brother” arrives with just the cross, with no circle, they had better watch out. The modern-day cross: symbol of “killing your savior”! Comedian Bill Hicks said that having the cross as a symbol for Jesus is like having a rifle as the symbol for JFK!
For thousands of years the Hopi had been told about “cob-webs” that would be spun back and forth in the sky; that digging precious things from the land would invite disaster; that a “gourd of ash” might one day be thrown from the sky which would “burn the land and boil the oceans.”
When the atomic bomb was detonated at Alamogordo and then dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Hopi elders recognized the fulfilment of the “gourd of ash” prophecy. They had already seen the high-tension “cob-webs” strewn across the desert; and they knew that “precious things” had been dug from the land to make the atom bomb, as Black Mesa on the Hopi reservation sits atop the richest deposits of uranium in the world.
The elders knew that we were now knee-deep in “koyaanisqatsi.” This is a time when everything goes crazy. It literally means “crazy life”, “life out of balance”, “a way of living that calls for another way of living.” A time of violence and war between people, of humanity terrorizing the Earth and her children. A dark night of mass-insanity.
Like the Kali yuga, koyaanisqatsi is finally healed through the “day of purification”, a period when nature cleanses herself of that which is out of balance with life. This could be natural or human-generated catastrophe, or a combination of both: floods, extreme weather, vulcanism, nuclear war, global epidemic of disease, cometary impact. Armies of Arnold Schwarzenegger clones. In the previous worlds, during the purification, the ancestors of the Hopi were led underground by the “ant people” who took care of them until it was safe to come out again. For real.
It is possible that any highly-developed industrial civilization automatically generates its own self-destruct mechanisms. Biologist Jonas Salk theorized that humanity is experiencing “internally-arising socio-meta-biological pathological influences” which are a form of corrective guidance for a train off course. Translation: we hold the keys to our own destruction and will use them whether we want to or not before we become too great of a threat to all the other life-forms of the Earth. Astronomer Carl Sagan theorized that the reason we have not received any signals from extra-terrestrial “intelligences” using radio frequencies is because there aren’t any: they all destroyed themselves before being able to transmit such a signal. Instinct over-rode wisdom in the use of technology. Digging precious things from the land may have released some powerful guardian spirits in the rocks, as well. Some of the petroglyph figures in the American southwest are pretty spooky and spectral. Some of them may have even found their way into the White House. Kind of like a self-created curse that we’ve manifested through repeated and blatant genocide and raping the Earth.
DOMINANT TENDENCIES: A “civilized seasonal disease”?
In order to truly understand ourselves we would have to be able to get outside of ourselves, to get the full picture. This is difficult to do, especially with the TV on; but it’s “human nature” to be lazy, right? To be greedy, to maim and kill, to divide and conquer, to get on top of the heap, to rule the world! We’re the fallen race, remember? We were born evil…sinful, even. We’ve been conditioned with these “truths” for so long, and we experience so much of this in our convenient-to-experience corporate reality that some might be led to believe that this is in fact human nature.
I beg to differ. I believe, indeed, I know that we are the ultimate technology living in an immensely beautiful and spiritual world. It’s just that we’re under a sort of spell, living in a trance, like we’ve been hypnotized or drugged, or all of these…but we’ve done it to ourselves, both directly and as a karmic consequence of the summation of our crimes against nature and our fellow man.
The urge to conquer and control is uniquely human, but I would not say that dominant tendencies define or are even characteristic of true human nature. Many animals are territorial, and predators hunt; but no animal attempts to control the whole planet, and no predator hunts more than they can eat. Man alone can be greedy.
But man alone in the Kali yuga. I don’t think that the spectrum of destructive traits that human-kind currently expresses exist during the majority of the 26,000 year cycle. The Kali yuga is the “season of disease”, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am not attempting to explain the mechanism this could work by, just that it might be possible. It may have to do with varying qualities or frequencies of energy coming from the Hunab Ku and the sun. It has been demonstrated that a direct correlation exists between peaks in the sunspot cycle and outbreaks of previously-unseen strains of the influenza virus. Could it be possible that cognitional or mind viruses also exist, that influence human behaviour in strange ways during parts of the cosmic cycle? Spiritual or etheric parasites flying around, agitated by the unusual energies, looking for psychic foods such as fear and anger? For a host to infect? Could large-scale variations in cosmic energies result in the periodic creation of collective hallucinations in the human psyche?
We can’t really see back into history all that far with any degree of certainty, not more than around 3,000 or 4,000 years. That’s just about the duration of the Kali yuga. In terms of human civilization, we can’t really see outside this “season”. Exceptions to this limit would be anomalies like the Great Pyramid and ancient rock-art found almost everywhere.
Within “history” as we know it, imperialism and colonialism has been wide-spread; war-fare has increased in direct proportion to “civilization”, literally “living in cities.” Tribal groups spent most of their time hunting, gathering, singing, dancing and communing with the trees. No need for war, no motivation.
But “civilized” man has to have more and more of everything. More land. More resources. More soldiers. More power. More control. Control over not just slaves or armies, but control over nature, control over “reality”, control over the mind. And in this seething cauldron of civilized seasonal disease the dark arts were born: manipulation, coercion through fear, rule through deception. These techniques have been used by royalty, clergy and scientists alike: to enslave people not just physically but more significantly through their minds, through institutions like religion and education. Epistemological warfare is far more efficient and less messy than conventional “blood and guts” affairs. And you end up not with dead bodies lying around but dead souls walking around! At your command!
Full-on psychic enslavement of humanity began in 1582 with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar and the 12:60 timing frequency. Jose Arguelles tells us that “the noosphere is increasingly obscured by a mental field known as the technospheric sheath. Slowly but surely, the technospheric sheath replaces civilization. This is first done by the introduction of mechanistic linear time…Mechanization, we must remember, originated in the clock, in the mechanization of time. It is the mechanization of time that presupposes the tendency toward mechanization as a state of mind within the noosphere. Since artificial time is characterized by the illusion of an inexorable and irreversible linearity, the compulsion toward materialism is also experienced in the same way, an inexorable motion spearheaded by the advance of ever more improved machines.”
Note that as we progress more and more deeply into the Kali yuga, our obsession with external technologies becomes pathological. During this time we have become electrified and have begun to burn fossil fuels; we have also descended into auto-predation, preying on our fellow humans, which is the nature of capitalism. With the dawn of mass-communication, we also see the appearance of cancer and an entire spectrum of degenerative diseases, as well as rampant mental disorders.
The early 20th century witnessed unparalleled industrialization, warfare and disease. And the dominant tendencies presented a driving force behind technological innovation, not only to assist in ruling the world economically, but in utmost totalitarian fashion: psychologically.
EINSTEIN’S PROPHECY: The “Scientific Dictatorship” and the “Technosphere”
According to Jose Arguelles, “1945 marks the beginning of the technospheric bubble. It is most telling that the Second World War was concluded at the beginning of this 56-year cycle of the technosphere, for it was a war concluded not with peace but with instruments of mass-destruction and terror. Thus began the 56-year era of Atomic Terror.”
The close of WW2 was an historical turning point in many ways. Not only was this the dawn of the nuclear age, it was also the dawn of the age of mass-communication and mass-psychology. If necessity is the mother of invention, then war is its daddy! It is ironic that just when Einstein’s equation demonstrated the equivalency of mass and energy, the scientific priesthood latched onto “mass-“ everything. Why didn’t we have “energy psychology” or “energy communication”?
Nazi Germany was a thoroughly unique but not atypical late-Kali yuga manifestation. With seemingly occult origins, and financially backed by banking interests in America and England, the Third Reich was the first example of what Aldous Huxley called the “scientific dictatorship.”
Unlike “traditional” dictatorships of yester-year, the Nazis assembled the most formidable war-machine ever seen, not only using a powerful slave-labor-driven industrial base and the most advanced technologies available, but also investing heavily in “r&d” to come up not only with new weapons systems to kill people, but also with exotic “non-lethal” systems like pharmaceuticals, eugenics/genetics, electronic warfare, trauma-based mind control, and their tour de force: the weltanschauungskrieg, or “world-view attack”, which became known in America as “psychological warfare.”
The relatively new technologies of radio and cinema readily lended themselves to Goebbels’ perverse artistry of thought control; but the real mac daddy of psy-ops was Edward Bernays, step-half-nephew (?) of Sigmund Freud, who pioneered advertising strategies and mid-wived the original school of perception management known as public relations.
But it was with television, the “atomic bomb of the mind”, that the real destiny of psychological warfare was to unfold. Attempts to project a transmitted image had been going on since the the 1920’s, but it was the Nazis who pulled off the first global television broadcast, the 1936 Berlin Olympic games. They had already invented the reel-to-reel tape recorder…not for Wagner but to replay propaganda messages over and over again from loudspeakers mounted on roving trucks, for people who didn’t have radios!
Another interesting and equally demented thing that happened just after WW2, equal in subversiveness to atomic weapons and television, was called Operation Paperclip. All the mad scientists and strategic planners from the Third Reich were hot commodities on the world market; Uncle Sam wasn’t about to let them get away so thousands of them were given new identities and imported into both America and Russia and placed in important military, industrial, research and academic positions, given unlimited funding, and encouraged to “keep up the good work.”
Looking back on it, I would say that this was the biggest mistake America ever made. I am not an insider to the sordid details of any of this, but I think that a very large amount of all the worst stuff we are doing today as a modern industrialized nation is the direct result of infecting the entire infrastructure of the country with such virulent strains of technocratic fascism.
On the top of the list was Werner von Braun, inventor of the V2 rocket, who then became head of NASA. Apparently a disproportionately high number of all the imported Nazi’s were psychiatrists. What does that tell you?
Christopher Simpson has documented that the bulk of “mass psychology” and social science as a whole was actually funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to create what he calls a “science of coercion” to be used by the leaders of the “free world” in their “cold war” against independent thought. The final battlefield was to be the mind.
Einstein had the prophetic insight to note that the “concentration of economic and political power” and the “shrewd methods of psychic influence” wielded by the powers that be would “prevent the development of independent personalities.” Couple this with Eisenhour’s warning about the influence of the metastasizing “military-industrial complex”, Mussolini’s definition of fascism: “a complete merger of state and corporate power”, and the existence of the “private ‘black ops’ and propaganda army” known as the CIA, and you have the defining characteristic of the late Kali yuga: wealthy, powerful corporate minorities with dominant tendencies wielding science-fiction weaponry in a genocidal and epistemological war on independent thought in indigenous and enslaved populations and on the Earth herself, with really BIG plans for us all!
INFOTOXIN AND (mc)2 : Communication and the Information Disorder
Communication in its broadest sense is essential for reality-building. In order to construct a “reality” we must have inputs or sources of information, whether it is sensory, coming from outside of us, or from memory within; to have “valid” reality, we must have accurate inputs. Our normal waking consciousness is a superbly modulated blend of internal and external inputs; I think most people would agree that “non-sensory” modes exist as well!
What we “know” and our “reality” as a whole has come to us in two ways: what we ourselves have experienced in our lives, and what we have learned or assimilated from other people, institutions, or technologies, e.g., parents, teachers, role-models, trauma-inflictors, books, movies, television, gossip, the internet. I call these “first order” and “second order” information.
First-order, or “first-hand” knowledge is fair dinkum, for real, within the limits of our perceptual acuity and our ability to remember. You know what happened because you were there. You saw, heard, felt, smelled it. You know what was said. You saw the miracle, you witnessed the crime. You may have glimpsed the sasquatch, who knows? YOU…because you were there! Even if no one else saw it, it was real to you. If you lived your whole life alone, your entire reality would be nothing but pure first-order: just you, your experiences, and the cosmos. And the sasquatch.
Second-order, “second-hand” reality, like language itself, is both powerful and dubious. Language enables us to communicate about places far away and things that happened long ago, to describe events we did not witness, to share the ideas of people we could never meet; symbolic communication and recording technologies have enabled us to expand greatly our relationship with space and time. On the other hand, however, as the linguist Korzybski noted, “the map is not the territory”; sometimes we forget that words and language are symbols and codes…NOT the reality being talked about. TV is NOT real. It’s TV. “Truth” is just a word, when you think about it. Moreover, language is subject to errors of translation and interpretation, and makes lying possible.
Yet the vast majority of what we think we know, what we hold as true and real, is second-order information. As a whole, we have always tended to accept or believe that which we are taught; I think that an inherent trust is one of the hallmarks of true human nature. We have grown up believing what our teachers and leaders tell us; we have taken “the news” at face value and believed it to be true. But now we know better.
The amount of second-order reality coming at us has increased exponentially with the advent of modern mass-communication. As McLuhan noted, a new medium may contain a previous medium as its content. For example, the content of printing is the spoken word. He also perceived that the medium itself is the primary message, aside from its content. From the telegraph, telephone, photography, cinematography, and radio to television and the internet, not to mention hard-copy publishing, as well as cultural art-forms, like recorded music, we have access and exposure to a full-spectrum of communications technologies and artifacts. Carl Sagan called this our “extra-somatic cultural information.”
This wave of amplified mass-communication, or what I call (mc)2 (pronounced “the square of mc”) has been of immense benefit in expanding our horizons of awareness, increasing the resolution of our realities, experiencing the wonders of other people’s creative efforts, learning about issues and problems in other places.
But the down side of the second-order realities is not only that they tend to be compressed but that we don’t know how true or accurate any of it is, particularly in the case of “news”, politics or world events. How do we really know what someone long ago actually said? If they wrote books, how do we know they have been published accurately? How could we possibly be certain of who blew up the sky-scraper? We can’t…there’s absolutely no way to know for sure, unless you were the one’s who did it! Moreover, Canadian media philosopher Harold Innis warned that the development of mass-communication could be an immensely powerful weapon of empire in the hands of the dominant tendency crowd. Remember, they’ve been hard at work on this for a really long time!
All second-order inputs need to be subjected to intensive critique before being assimilated into one’s reality. You never know when someone could be misquoted, accidentally or on purpose; “seeing is believing” used to hold true, but in today’s world of special effects…well, you see what I mean. This doesn’t matter as much for art and fiction, as here it’s the quality you are interested in; but for “news” at least a modicum of credibility would be nice, eh? Be the perpetual skeptic; carry a shaker of “see-salt’!
Over the last century we have developed so much “media” and external technology that it has formed an artificial environment for our minds that is gradually replacing our experience of the natural world. Jose Arguelles defines the technosphere as “the entire apparatus of mechanized technology and its support philosophy (globalisation) understood as an artificial sphere encompassing the globe.” It is the summation of all human-created systems and artifacts, and the synergic/field effects generated from their interaction.
The most salient sub-system of the technosphere could be called the “information” or “media environment”, which would be the summation of the entirety of the processes and artifacts of mass-communication.
Our “mental environment” is the totality of what we think about, which would traditionally have been the natural cosmos and each other, as experienced directly in first-order fashion; in today’s world our “mental environment” consists largely of and is shaped by (mc)2 . The contents of our minds comes largely from second-order sources delivered by various mass-media. Never before has so many peoples’ experience of reality been controlled by such small minorities of people using “shrewd methods of psychic influence.”
The growth of (mc)2 has been of immense service in the advancement of the epistemological warfare conducted by kings, priests, scientists and technocrats in their march towards the imposition of a “surrogate reality.” And as the technosphere has metastasized, the “wall of voodoo” has become more pervasive and more insidious. Sometime in the not-too-distant past we crossed what I call the “threshold of toxicity” in our mental environment. This happened when second-order reality supplanted first-order reality as the dominant form, that is, when more of what humans thought of as reality came from mass-media than from their own lives and experience.
Meaning is relative; the true measure of the quality of communication is the intent behind it: was it done to share, inspire, enlighten or inform? Or was it done to manipulate, degrade, mislead, or coerce?
Particularly since World War 2 we have experienced an entire paradigm of “social engineering”, or what Christopher Simpson calls “mental genetics.” The goal of the “scientific dictatorship” seems to be to create an entire population or race of subservient beings who do not require control because they cannot think outside the box. Independent inquiry, critical thinking, questioning authority, dissent, rebellion, civil disobedience all become relics. Welcome to the world of Robie Zombot: blind obedient consumers with no cares, genuine thoughts, free-will, utterly satisfied and complacent, with no memory of how it used to be or of what they are missing. The “brave new normality.”
This strategy is the most ambitious black magic project ever undertaken: the psychic enslavement of an entire species through the imposition of a surrogate reality. The process of scientifically manipulating whole populations is possible only in a world dominated by (mc)2. It is also more effective if the people believe they are free, unaware that they are being manipulated. If they think it’s just “entertainment.”
Modern psychological warfare really began in the early 20th century with advertising and public relations; radio and publishing were widespread vehicles to disseminate the propaganda. As they did so well, the Nazis took it all to the next level with their media-based weltanschauungskrieg.
When their seed was planted in America, a heinous mutation sprang forth in the form of the CIA, who took control of the “psychological warfare” operations. Created by a National Security Directive in 1947, the Agency was formed from the OSS with hints of the Tavistock Institute, under the supervision of former Nazi commander Reinhard Gehlen. Born during a conjunction of the “science-fiction” technologies of atomic weapons and television, under the sign of “cold war”, the “intelligence” community, or what I call “TAO’s” (Trinary Acronym Organizations), has been running the “black ops” and, most importantly, especially since the fall of the "iron curtain", the media-based psy-ops for the powers that be. They are the “master orchestrators” behind the staged “terrorist” events, the fabricated wars, the hoaxes, hallucinations and abductions. Adepts at cloaking themselves in various guises such as “front” organizations or businesses, they manage a profitable “global village” enterprise of drug-trafficking and subversion of foreign governments. Fun stuff, for sure! Actually, what we're talking here is not the CIA as a whole, as much of the "intelligence" community consists of assorted technicians and data analysts; what we're talking here is a network of factions with the community...a "good old boys"-type network of people who went to college together. And within this tightly-knit fraternity you will find the infiltrators of the infiltrators, like the Mossad and the Galactic Synapse Command.
Soon after they were chartered they embarked on a program called Project Mockingbird whereby they set out to infiltrate all forms of mass-media. This was over 50 years ago, in the 1940’s! Today they claim to own anyone of any importance in mass-communication! We’ll take their word for it!
They are specialists of Einstein’s “shrewd methods of psychic influence.” Becoming aware of and understanding these “methods” is what regainyourbrain.org is all about. The TAO’s are conducting a multi-faceted brain-washing campaign which essentially attempts to instil the values and beliefs suited to a “democratic consumer-society“, to reinforce a world-view glorifying hyper-capitalism and the military-industrial complex, or MIC, and, most importantly to engender a homogeneous mind-set completely devoid of critical thought and the possibility of dissent. It should more accurately be called the M3I2C6, the “military-medical-media industrial-intelligence corporate-criminal-command-control-communication-complex.”
“Terrorism” is their preferred modus operandi these days. Actual terrorism is much more about creating a climate of fear and paranoia, and turning people’s minds on themselves, than it is about blowing stuff up. Once again, you can see the strategic value of (mc)2 and a more-or-less fully-indoctrinated viewing public.
A major psy-war strategy is to build credibility with the public, over years or even decades of feeding them essentially true or valid information through the accustomed channels (mainly tv)…so that, when the time comes when you have a BIG LIE you want them to believe, you just feed this into the system, and…PRESTO! The entire viewing public has swallowed your lie with no questions asked, purely out of habit. Just like eating at McDonald's! That is the story of Al-Qaeda and bin Laden, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, as well as the "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, and just about every other story, "fact" or word, for that matter, leaked, emitted or announced from the super-fund sites of Washington/Wall Street/Hollywood.
Today the science-fiction dictatorship has quite the fantastic array of resources and apparatus. Remember the giant warehouse at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"? I am certain they make good use of computers to do stuff like run simulations of the human mind on a mass-scale, maybe even real-time simulations running on demographic data, to guess how “we” will respond to the next “terrorism alert.” Stuff like that. After all, what else have all those Rockefeller-funded institutes and think-tanks been up to since the 1950’s? How to give us all numbers? With micro-chip implants feeding data into their super-computers they'll surely have a very accurate simulation of the human herd. Every "thought crime" you commit will go in your dossier!
What we are really talking about is what I call infotoxin, or the weaponization of communication. This word just came to me as I sat at a coffee shop in Berkeley in 1983. I recorded a song by that name in 1985, and since then have been developing it as a concept. In 1995 Adbusters magazine published my article “The Age of Infotoxin.” It was originally meant to be funny, a satire on mass-communication and consumer-culture, but with a serious message.
The concept of "information" is actually of thermodynamic origin, and has to do with entropy. Here I define it as "the understandable content of communication." The Greek root toxon means a “bow-and-arrow”, maybe even with a poisoned tip. The perfect name for the weaponization of communication. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that somewhere deep in the bowels of TAO there is or had been a “Strategic Infotoxin Command”! Actually in the "real" world it would be called something like the World Education Freedom Foundation.
Infotoxin is not a label for any specific artifact of (mc)2 but a process, an attitude, a strategic approach to the use of mass-communication. Infotoxicity is a state or condition of saturation of the mental environment, or when a critical threshold has been crossed where the majority of (mc)2 content has been weaponized and where the population has more second-order reality than first-order reality. I believe we crossed this threshold, interestingly, in a window between 1983 and 1985, which gives us...yes, 1984! Information toxicology is the study of intotoxin and infotoxicity in its alpha, beta, and gamma forms.
Alpha infotoxin is the active or intentional use of communication as a weapon of manipulation or coercion; beta infotoxin is the pollution or poisoning of the mental environment, and/or the systemic or side-effects of alpha infotoxin. Alpha is the technique and beta is the result. Gamma infotoxin is bionoopathy, or the parallel and synergistic degradation of the human mind, spirit and body by means of (mc)2 . Omega infotoxin would be what I call “isocosm”, a world where everything is exactly the same, completely predictable, zero information content. Absolute zero of the mind.
I have organized the spectrum of infotoxin into several trends or dimensions, which are almost explicitly mapped by the works of who I think of as the top “infotoxin” minds. Here is a partial out-line.
1) The Weaponization of Language (Chomsky, Huxley, Orwell, Saul)
Alpha: “dictation” of reality; compressing vocabulary; programming techniques
Beta: “dumbing down”, shrinking of personal reality, limit breadth/depth of intelligence, creation of “hysterical unconsciousness” in population
2) The Media Monopoly (Bagdikian, McChesney, Schiller)
Alpha: concentration of ownership, centralization of control
Beta: uniformity of world-view, voice of largest corporations, loss of diversity
3) The Corporate Take-over of Public Expression (Schiller, Chomsky, Bagdikian, Postman)
Alpha: commercialization of culture, privatization of (mc)2 , profit-driven
Beta: no public sector; sharing/informing becomes selling/persuading, etiology of marketing character/necrophilia
4) The Mind Managers (Schiller, Chomsky, Ewen, Simpson, Mander, Postman)
Alpha: public relations, shaping opinions, advertising, propaganda, memetics, neuro-linguistic programming; subliminals, hypnosis; to manipulate, instill attitudes or beliefs; predation on weaknesses and emotions; coercion
Beta: consumer mentality, subversion of free-will, motivation by fear, greed, psychic enslavement
5) The Unreality Industry (Bennis & Mitroff, Mander, Schiller, Ewen, Postman)
Alpha: weaponization of entertainment, circus/spectacle, infotainment, pop culture as meme vehicles,
Beta: fiction addiction, “appearance of democracy”, mass psychosis, acybernetic syndrome, inappropriate realities, desensitization
4) / 5) The Domain of Psy-Ops
Alpha: fake news, “false-flag” ops, use of special effects to fabricate “reality” transmission
Beta: mass-confusion, mis-directed anger, coercion through fear, cognitive paralysis, assimilation of false belief systems
6) The Cult of Information (Roszak, Mumford)
Alpha: “Big Brother”/surveillance, Total Information Awareness, microchip implants, eavesdropping (Echelon), data mining
Beta: technocratic fascism, lack of privacy, depersonalization, macrophilia
7) Television and “non-lethal” weapons (Mander, Becker, Postman)
Alpha: tv as ultimate psy-war technology (medium/content), HAARP, Tesla weapons, directed energy/ELF weapons, mobile phones, GWEN, fields
Beta: generation of mass-psychosis, MK-Ultra on entire population, health/physiological effects
8) 9/11 as a Textbook Psychological Operation (see “9/11 Articles”)
9) Macro-strategies (See "K. Rubrick Shreddinger Articles")
The central spore capsule breaking open through this whole story is what I call the information disorder. It’s origin is unclear but it could indeed be a late-Kali yuga program or mechanism for helping man-ouf-of-balance to sew the seeds of his own destruction. Maybe it came out of the rocks. A virus at the level of nucleic acids, cancer at the level of cellular tissues, and infotoxin at the level of human communication are all expressions of the information disorder. What is a virus most attracted to? The highest levels of information transfer within its bio-physical spectrum.
We’re ON The Brink…but of what?
From one point of view, we are on the brink of global social and ecological catastrophe. We have run fully amuck and we’re not letting up. We have become the homo sapiens macro virus (HSMV), world-eaters extraordinaire! The human population, particularly in America, has become guinea pigs in the hugest experiment in black magic/mental genetics/mass-brainwashing ever attempted since the days of Atlantis! Mass-delusion and insanity is rampant. People believe for example that America is a democracy! In the 1930’s, people believed radiation was good for you so they drank radium tea…then died. The actual form of government is a pluto-technocratic fascistic regime, or the “science-fiction dictatorship.”
The same TAO-ist orchestrators who brought us 9/11 may have a somewhat more exciting project up their cloak. For decades rumors have floated that their grand finale to blow the human mind will be to stage a fake alien invasion. This will permanently drive people mad and into the docile submission that global police states truly enjoy. It makes their job SO much easier! It’s interesting to note that both the Roswell incident and Arnold’s flying disc sighting occurred in 1947, within months of the chartering of the CIA, to carry on the weltanschauungskrieg, guided by imported Nazi’s, most of whom were psychiatrists. You can read Hadley Cantril’s book Invasion from Mars, which was a study in the psychology of panic based on Orson Welle’s “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast. You can read how Werner von Braun, former top Nazi scientist and then director of NASA, said that he believed the dementozoa would go so far as to stage a fake alien invasion. Then the late Bill Cooper, who said that Roswell was a hoax, added that they actually used monkeys that had been shaved and surgically altered as the “aliens”, and that they haven’t already staged this fake invasion because, get this…it’s taking them a long time to grow the genetically-engineered creatures they will try to pass off as alien life-forms! This is so weird it’s bound to be true! What if an army of aliens comes out and they are all Arnold Schwarzenegger clones. I know I used this once before…but what if??? And isn’t it a given that the military has “flying disc” technology they got off the Nazi’s, based on Tesla’s work? Mulder and Scully will tell you! And the psy-ops crowd has been working with Hollywood film-industry "special effects" people for a while now. Maybe we'll get to see just how believable their tropospheric holographic projections are!
Who knows what our jolly band of “reality-technicians” will think of next? I don’t know, but I’m sure the majority of people will be obliged to make it part of their reality! After all, how rude would it be not to accept someone’s brilliantly-crafted fiction as reality after they’d gone to so much trouble to make it convincing? Very rude indeed.
Well, so much for speculations on the “science-fiction dictatorship.” Kali may have some surprises left in her magic skull of malefaction, but personally, I prefer to focus my attention along other inter-galactic ley-lines.
“I MUST CREATE A SYSTEM…or be enslaved by another man’s.”
William Blake has always been my favourite visionary. And this is the challenge before us, the lesson our “teachers” here in the late Kali yuga have for us…that we must awaken from our slumber and remember who and what we really are: the ultimate technology on a wonderful planetary space-and timeship. We can lay the sci-fi dictatorship to rest if we really want to. All we have to do is regain our brains from decades of apathy, fiction-addiction and virtual intoxication, mainly by just waking up. Our internal systems are capable of lots of amazing stuff even while on auto-pilot; just think what you can do, create and become when you actually take the helm of your own fully alive and FREE [software included] cybernetic biocomputer? Remember…when your doors of perception are cleansed, you will see everything as it really is…infinitely creative! This IS eternity. You are a creator! And YOU are your biggest art-project!
NOTE ON THIS WEB-SITE: REGAINYOURBRAIN.ORG
This web-site is an attempt on my part to bring together what I consider to be some high-quality coherent and relevant information and ideas relating to the current global scenario and specifically to problems affecting our ability to perceive what is really going on and to communicate effectively. We are talking some huge areas here, like “knowledge” and “reality.” Even a library of books couldn’t scratch the surface. The point I am trying to make is that we each are a significant and unique expression of divine consciousness and creativity, that we each have our own perspectives, our own contributions to make, our own niches and personal realities. When we are able to disengage from the attack on the mind that permeates the fabric of our culture, and free our consciousness of the shackles of authoritarian fictions, we suddenly realize how wonderful it is to be alive here on beautiful planet Earth, how special and blessed we each are, how lucky we are to be alive. We become acutely aware of the damage we are inflicting on the Earth; we also see how easy it is to stop. We are billions of different people, but we are the people of one heart! What we share is life and love itself.
This site will be constantly growing and evolving. For now you’ve got around 400 articles relating to the entire spectrum of communication, mass-media, psy-ops strategies and techniques, historical perspectives, technologies, important minds, critical analyses, specific examples. I have not read every single word in every article, but the vast majority I have read in their entirety. I have noticed a few glimmers of toxicity here and there, but they are few and far between. For example, some of the stuff from David Icke’s site has question marks, and any of the stuff on MK-Ultra I’m certain contains significant disinformation. And any article or web-site that has the word "truth" in it is also highly suspect.
One thing I noticed is a couple of comments on Dr. John C. Lilly, whom I have met several times and with whose dolphin research group I was affiliated in California. They referred to him as a “master mind programmer” on one occasion; on another they said he liked getting research funds for classified projects.
This is all second-order information, of course; but as I knew John Lilly and his work, neither of these is true. He wrote extensively in his books about how he was approached by the CIA in the early 1960’s who offered to give him his own lab and lots of funding if he would work for them and classify his dolphin research. He told them to get lost, and more than once. He was a mind-researcher who would never do anything to anyone without their permission, and wouldn’t do anything that he hadn’t already done on himself. He was a master mind DE-programmer, writing extensively about how we tend to be controlled by unconscious externally-imposed programming (what mind control in all its forms is all about) and how to sort this out inside yourself. I personally think these comments were intended to smear someone who would not cooperate in deviousness. Then again, I wasn't there. Only the sasquatch knows.
Many people think of Lyndon LaRouche as some kind of fanatic. I don’t know much about him, but I do know he has been the target of massive smear tactics because of his political aspirations. I have found his writings and those of his protégés, Lonnie Wolfe, for example, to be very good sources of information on the psychology of mass-media, if you can get by the Christianity paranoia and his perpetual presidential campaign.
Bottom line: take it ALL with a grain of salt..."see-salt." This has visionary trace elements! One man’s tempeh might be another man’s infotoxin! Read between the lines, think critically. Always ask “who is writing this and why?” You might find that an article is 90% valid, with 10% of absolute bullshit attached. Learn to recognize this tactic. Think for yourself. Create your own system. In the immortal words of Buckwheat: “SUCK MY (SCI-FI) DICTATOR!”
“Politics is the entertainment branch of government.” Frank Zappa
*** If you want to know what Jesus really said, check out the Gospel of Thomas (many versions on-line)
*** If you want to know what is really happening in the local universe, check out The Divine Cosmos by David Wilcock, especially Chapter 8 (available on-line at www.ascension2000/DivineCosmos/)
Everything on this site is worth reading, but there’s a few really good general-purpose articles that might be good to start off with. My own articles are probably the most comprehensive and theoretical, but I use some macro-neologisms! Over the next few months I will be adding a wide array of chapters and excerpts from many new sources not already on-site.
RECOMMENDED READING (on-site)
TOP “INFOTOXIN” MIND BIBLIOGRAPHY (selected)
1) Ben Bagdikian, The New Media Monopoly
2) Robert Becker, The Body Electric, Cross-currents
3) Warren Bennis & Ian Mitroff, The Unreality Industry
4) Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent, Media Control, Hegemony and Survival
5) Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman, Necessary Illusions
6) Stuart Ewen, Channels of Desire, Captains of Consciousness, All-Consuming Images, PR! A History of Hype
7) Ed Herman, The Real Terrorism Network
8) Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
9) Jerry Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, In the Absence of the Sacred
10) Robert McChesney, The Global Media
11) Lewis Mumford, The Pentagon of Power: The Myth of the Machine
12) George Orwell, 1984
13) Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Technopoly
14) Theodore Roszak, The Cult of Information
15) John Raulston Saul, The Unconscious Civilization
16) Herbert Schiller, The Mind Managers, Culture, Inc., Information Inequality
1) Jose Arguelles, The Transformative Vision, Earth Ascending, Time and the Technosphere
2) David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order
3) Gregg Braden, The Isaiah Effect, The God Code
4) Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point
5) Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, The Sense of Wonder
6) Loren Eiseley, The Invisible Pyramid
7) Dr. Emoto, The Hidden Messages in Water
8) Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom, The Pathology of Normalcy
9) John Major Jenkins, Mayan Cosmogenesis, Galactic Alignment
10) Joseph Wood Krutch, The Voice of the Desert
11) Robert Lawlor, Voices of the First Day
12) Peter Lemesurier, The Great Pyramid Decoded
13) John Lilly, The Human Biocomputer, Simulations of God, The Scientist
14) Guy Murchie, The Music of the Spheres, The Seven Mysteries of Life
15) Jeremy Narby, The Cosmic Serpent
16) Jacob Needleman, A Sense of the Cosmos
17) Karl Pribram, Languages of the Brain
18) Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden
19) Jonas Salk, Survival of the Wisest, The Anatomy of Reality
20) Michael Talbott and Wallace Thornhill, Thunderbolts of the Gods
21) Moira Timms, Beyond Prophecies and Predictions
22) Ken Wilber, The Spectrum of Consciousness
Let me know what you think of this site, ok? I've been "regaining my brain" for while now, and it's quite cool. I've completely stopped watching tv, driving, banking and eating meat. I tend to spend my time bicycling or hitch-hiking to where I need to go, creating art and music, educating myself about what's really going on in the world, and trying to share all this with as many people as I can. Enjoy regainyourbrain.org!!!!
"Hey, you...don't help them to bury the light...don't give in without a fight!" PINK FLOYD, The Wall