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Art is Science

Art is a lens through which the artist sees a world. The process of creating art is an experiment by which the artist constructs a viewing apparatus for other people to view a portion of a world visible to the artist.  Just as there is a scientific method, there is (or should be) an artistic method.

  1. Define a question
  2. Gather information and resources (observe)
  3. Form an explanatory hypothesis
  4. Test the hypothesis by creating a work of art and collecting data in a reproducible manner (Create and show)
  5. Analyze the data (What did people see through your art?)
  6. Interpret the data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypotheses (Did you properly convey your vision?)
  7. Publish results (“My audience “gets” me!”)
  8. Create.

Magick appeals to both authoritarian and anarchist elements: either it’s the anarchist element, with “I am a slave to no demon, devil, god, angel or supernatural being” or it’s the authoritarian element– which takes the previous statement and appends “…but they are slaves to me!”

Nazis, Communists and Socialists Support Occupy Wall Street Protest

Oh dear. A frightening mix of the common misconception “NAZIS WERE SOCIALISTS SO ALL SOCIALISTS ARE NAZIS” and blistering ignorance of the intricacies of populism, right/left politics and fringe politics.

I’ll try and break this down:

-Nazism is not socialism. I don’t care if it has “social” or “socialist” in the name– philosophies aren’t solely defined by their names, they are defined by their actions and their makeup. As a poignant example, one of the policies of “national socialism” was to imprison and execute “socialists.” Furthermore, the NSDAP adopted the “socialist” moniker in the early thirties as a way of blending in with the majority of leftist/marxist revolutionary groups operating in Germany at the time. Furthermore, modern day “neo-nazis” bear little resemblance to the political philosophy that birthed them– neo nazis do not have any practical philosophy outside of extreme anti-semitism.

-Yes, nazis are attracted to the OWS movement because the OWS movement is going after bankers. In the narrow, stunted mind of the typical neo-nazi, “jew” and “banker” are interchangeable, but this article clearly eschews any cursory examination of the OWS movement to determine whether any part of it is inherently anti-semitic (it isn’t) for the sake of a cheap partisan attack that only serves to pander to a slack-jawed audience that only wants to hear the same thing repeated from different mouths. The end result is that the article winds up adopting and parroting the exact same philosophy as the nazis: “bankers are synonymous with jews.” Nice work.

-Populist politics is a free for all. Politicians and political movements frequently adopt populist monikers, popular struggles and all trappings of being “for the people” when they attempt to use the success of said elements to bolster their own flagging movements. The barnacle is not an intrinsic part of the ship, even though both move to the same place at the same speed.

Repeating obvious falsehoods and shameless propaganda only underscores the frantic dishonesty and intellectual weakness of the apologists for the 1%.

Pacifism yes, Passivism never.

The mythology that Gandhi practiced “pacifism” is part of a larger mythology fed by the state to discourage political activism. Gandhi practiced asymmetry- his tactics were effective because they were diametrically opposed to the previous one hundred years of bombings, assassinations and violence. If the situation were flipped, with the previous one hundred years of resistance to the British composed entirely of non-violent, pacifistic actions and Gandhi appeared with a methodology of bombings, assassinations and violence, that too would have been effective in removing British colonial rule from India. How this would have played in the broader scope of international affairs at that point in history is probably best left to Speculative Fiction writers, but I could venture that Japanese interest in India would have been increased significantly.

The concept of “pacifism” is now used as a cudgel to bludgeon any talk of any political activism deemed “militant” even if said activism is no more militant than occupying an abandoned bank. To be clear, Gandhi’s pacifism worked because the “militancy” it displaced was actually militant– to compare squatting, picket lines, port blockades or marches to bombings, organized assault units and a network of assassins is ridiculous state propaganda.

Indulge me.

Oh lord, it’s another post speculating about the nature of existence. Pack up your bowls and bear with me.

Perhaps what we perceive to be “gods” in nature are emergent gestalt entities born of similar, complimentary thoughtforms.

Perhaps “thoughtform” is not an adequate term, inasmuch as other living creatures most likely do not “think” in the same manner as humans– but we mold our perception of their so-called “mental” behavior into forms and mannersims that easily relate to our own experiences. A tulip probably does not have a conscious or subconscious mind, but perhaps it possesses an internal “dialogue” about how it must react to the world around it, possibly as a byproduct of the transmission of its sensory data. Thus, there is some worth to the notion of “inherited memory” that tells plants when to move from a vegetative to flowering state– or that wild animals have instinctual knowledge not to eat particular bugs or plants. Feeling “god” in nature can probably be attributed to the act of experiencing the cacaphony of this unrestrained proto-mental traffic. This is not to say that the gestalt “godform” does not exist, but it is such a primitive conscious force that assigning names, dogmas and ideologies to it is a product of narrow-minded anthropocentricism. “The Forest” as a singular, conscious entity does not have opinions about human morality, finances or arbitrary dietary restrictions– but is instead primarily concerned with its own survival. It does not see the act of burning incense and ringing bells as a signal to confer wealth or luck on the hapless hippie performing these silly incantations. The most any of this sort of action can achieve through any manner of ritual is to make a subtle suggestion to the immediate nodes of the primitive consciousness that surrounds them that they do not wish to be perceived as a threatening entity. This attention can hardly be classified as the same thing as the cartoonish summoning of swirling cosmic vortices typical in Anime or comic books. Oh, sure, the Magicqkican will claim that only they can see these “energies” and that they’re quite real to the initiated– but this deliberate fuzzy thinking is (at best, anyway) a form of self-induced schizophrenia, no different from the gibbering masses at Benny Hinn revivals who swear they can see the holy spirit manifested in front of them.

The whole point of this is that if there are extra-dimensional beings out there, it’s incredibly arrogant to assume they’d take any form that’s in any manner comprehensible or understandable by humans. “It” isn’t even of this physical dimension!

Assuming there is any higher thought-form is taking a big leap, but that big leap involves considering other aspects: namely, this extra-dimensional 10th plane-of-existence being probably doesn’t have anything resembling “manners.” Hell, its “hello” might consist of frying your central nervous system– but “it” most likely doesn’t have any concept of how to hold a seminar, make videos or run a publishing company, which should speak volumes about the type of people who attempt to pass themselves off as human vessels for “alien entities.”

Look, if there is an extra-dimensional consciousness, you wouldn’t need some bum in a sparkly blue leotard to speak for it. It’d speak directly to you. The most you can do is realize that there’s going to be no way to relate your experiences to anyone else.