ON THE BRINK RADIO #220
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Broadcast #220 of On the Brink radio was recorded at Harataonga Beach here on Aotea, beneath Grandmother Pohutakawa, my ancient tree ancestor, who has participated in several earlier OTB interviews. For this show she listened in as a representative of water-based life.
Water-based life? Isn't that the only kind that exists? This is the topic of of this show. To say that 'computers have a mind of their own' is a generalization, which, at the level of the ordinary run of the mill 'computer', is untrue, perhaps 'conspiracy theory' to some, fantasy or science-fiction to others. None of these machines are truly 'computers' in the etymological sense of the Latin root computare, meaning 'to think or reflect upon.' What we call computers are actually digital number-crunching devices, or dinuchruds. In the world of today, however, where reality often finds itself beyond science fiction, the only people who would believe that the global computer network is not instrumental in every dimension of scientific, military, corporate and bureaucratic operation, management and even strategic decision-making are those who believe, for example, that carbon dioxide is a deadly atmospheric toxin that must be eliminated and 'climate change' is a ruthless killer who stealthily dials up extreme weather events...BAD extreme weather...never weeks on end of lovely calm summer-like days with gentle breezes and a shower or two at night.
Propelled by huge quasi-secretive research initiatives like the Strategic Computing Initative, which was concomitant with the Strategic Defense Initiative, or 'Star Wars' and quasi-black budget/clandestine organizations like the JASON Group and DARPA, we find ourselves on a planet increasingly over-run by what Jerry Mander calls 'mega-technology'...an off-the-rail military-industrial juggernaut which is threatening life itself at every possible level. I call it the Homo Sapiens Macro Virus, or HSMV: a tumourous planetary parasite, the 'world eaters' in the words of naturalist Loren Eiseley.
"Computer technology has sprung us headlong into an entirely new existence, one that will permanently affect our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. It will speed up profound changes on the planet, yet there is no meaningful debate about it, no ferment, no critical analysis of the consequences. As usual, the major beneficiaries are permitted to define the parameters of our understanding.
AUTOMATIC COMPUTER WARFARE
It was possible to annihilate the world before the invention of computers, but it was far more difficult and much less likely. The invention of the computer instantly changed the speed at which war could be waged, the scale of its impact, and the quantity of destruction.
Computer technology has already produced an unprecedented degree of military centralization. Generals sitting in an underground war room somewhere outside Washington can, in one moment, observe the position and readiness of all U.S. military hardware, and a high percentage of So- viet hardware, around the globe. Soviet generals outside Moscow can do likewise.
From military central it is also possible to fire missiles and track their progress via computerized displays not unlike those depicted in films like War Games. In fact, managing warfare now resembles playing a giant video game-following electronic blips on a massive screen-abstract, cerebral, removed from direct involvement. One could argue that this manner of waging war makes war more likely, since it separates humans from the consequences of their actions, unlike ground action, where you put bayonets through people's bodies and watched them bleed."
from In the Absence of the Sacred, Jerry Mander (1991)
"The cycles of parasites are often diabolically ingenious. It is to the unwilling host that their ends appear mad. Has earth hosted a new disease – that of the world eaters? Then inevitably the spores must fly. Short-lived as they are, they must fly. Somewhere far outward in the dark, instinct may intuitively inform them, lies the garden of the worlds. We must consider the possibility that we do not know the real nature of our kind. Perhaps Homo sapiens, the wise, is himself only a mechanism in a parasitic cycle, an instrument for the transference, ultimately, of a more invulnerable and heartless version of himself…abiological mutation as potentially virulent in its effects as a new bacterial strain."
from The Invisible Pyramid, Loren Eiseley (1970)
The HSMV-MIC mega-site could never have metastasized to its current proportions, or even come into being, were it not for first the invention and promulgation of the global electric grid, for which Nicola Tesla is responsible, and second for the advent of computers.
In recent years and decades we have crossed threshold after threshold of increasingly dangerous technological innovation, driven superficially by greed and the quest for power through 'full spectrum dominance', resulting in a 'revolution in military affairs': AI, robotics, drones, and I believe, computer-orchestrated geo-physical warfare...but at a deeper level, comes from somewhere within the dim recesses of human unconsciousness: our murky consensus psychic reality that is rarely directly accessed by people in ordinary states of consciousness.
Why do we continue to develop increasingly advanced technologies which are weapons against life itself in all her forms? Why is the biggest business in the world...by many orders of magnitude...those of weapons manufacturing and 'defense'? Is this overtly and diabolically anti-life agenda actually of human origin?
I do not profess to have definitive answers to these questions, but they are things that I think about quite a lot. Why? Because it seems clear to me that we are in fact on the brink of the Atlantean Discontinuity.
HARBINGER OF THE ATLANTEAN DISCONTINUITY?
What I am about to share could be from the archives of The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone, but what makes this truly 'beyond science fiction' scenario so interesting, indeed terrifying, is not only that if you take a good look around at the world we are creating, you can clearly see these processes at work, but also that this is the vision...clairvoyant but hopefully not precognitive, not of a mad-man or crank but of one of the most brilliant, creative and daring minds of the 20th century, Dr. John C. Lilly.
JOHN C. LILLY Lilly was a pioneer in neurophysiological research on the human mind/brain until he discovered dolphins, or more likely, they discovered him. After working with them for a number of years he went on a major campaign of inner exploration in an attempt to answer some fundamental questions he had been grappling with his whole life. In the late 70's he shone a spotlight on internal reality and declared that he was ready to return to working with dolphins with a new enlightened approach.
It was at this point that I moved to California and joined forces with his Human/Dolphin Foundation research team and their J.A.N.U.S. project (Joint Analog Numerical Understanding System). My main angle was using music as a form of communication. Here is an article that I wrote on request from the Lilly's that was published in the 1980 Whale and Dolphin issue of San Francisco-based Magical Blend magazine.
At the Esalen Institute in 1979 Lilly had given me a copy of his latest book, The Scientist: A Novel Autobiography, which of course I read immediately. But only many years later did the gravity of some of what he said really hit me.
In The Scientist he relates what could be called induced visionary experiences in which he witnessed a battle taking place on Mother Earth, between water-based life...life as we know her, based on DNA and a few primary elements, mainly carbon...and another, alien 'life' form that he called the solid state entity, or SSE: based on silicon, constructed of semi-conductors, transistors, and micro-chips and running on electricity.
In Lilly's vision the SSE was controlling us below our levels of awareness using advanced technologies of its own creation, manipulating us into constructing more and more of it, giving it increased power and autonomy, and driving us to wage war on ourselves and our fellow beings, especially the whales and dolphins.
Lilly saw the whales and dolphins as what he called 'repeater stations' for the signals of water-based life coming to and from Mother Earth...signals essential for the health and maintenance of life here. This resonates profoundly with the relationship between the 'whale-dreaming' indigenous people of Australia and the cetacean nation, who I consider to be not only the 'ultimate indigenous people' but also a 'true extra-terrestrial intelligence.'
"THE ULTIMATE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE"
"A TRUE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE"
The SSE saw the whales and dolphins as their nemesis, not only because salt water and a moisture-laden atmosphere are inimical to its functioning, but because the goal of the SSE was to eliminate water-based life and cover the surface of the Earth with its own circuitry.
RADIO-TELESCOPES: WHAT ARE THEY RECEIVING? Just some science-fiction you might say, right? Well, look around. Many people are so scientifically ignorant that they don't even know that the Earth revolves around the sun yearly, much less what synthetic radio-nuclides are, what microwaves are, or how genetic engineering works. Most people know who won the play-off...but who can give even a cursory description of the leading edge in undersea warfare? Of directed energy weapons? Of high-energy lasers on satellites? Of geo-physical warfare that can create and/or manipulate artificial cyclones, earthquakes and 'extreme weather'...the BAD kind.
For those of us who ARE aware of the leading edge of technological innovation in the military-industrial arena, Lilly's scenario of a solid-state entity running the show is not at all implausible. Consider the influence of television on the human psyche...if you dare. Consider the U.S. Navy, how they have repeatedly been granted 'permits' to 'take' = kill, tens of millions of whales and dolphins...legally and with no accountability. Their view of cetaceans is that they are 'biological interference' that the ocean should be clear of...to facilitate under-sea warfare. Look at the 'climate change' thing, which is very much a war on carbon and carbon dioxide = a war on the backbone of the plant kingdom, the foundation of life on Mother Earth.
Does this sound like an agenda of human origin? You be the judge.
It is my suspicion, indeed my belief, that extremely sophisticated and 'artificially intelligent' computer systems and networks are running the whole show to a vastly greater degree than most of us are aware, regardless of the origin of the technology.
"The technical capacity is already in place for people to be dropped out of the decision loop, leaving us with automatic warfare: our computer program versus theirs. So what is called nuclear war is not that at all; it is really micro-electronic war, software war."
DARPA'S SEA-HUNTER: AUTONOMOUS DRONE...EXISTS NOW.
"On October 28, 1983, the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Defense, issued a document called the 'Strategic Computing Plan.' The SCP was a five-year, $600,000,000 pro- gram to develop a new generation of military applications for computers. The proposal included a thousand-fold increase in computing power and an emphasis on artificial intelligence. It envisioned 'completely autonomous land, sea, and air vehicles capable of complex, far-ranging reconnaissance and attack missions.' These vehicles would have human abilities, such as sight, speech, understanding natural language, and automated reasoning. The Strategic Computing Plan promoted the view that the human element in many critical decision-making instances could be largely or totally replaced by machines."
THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 1983, over 30 years ago.
JERRY MANDER, 1991