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on August 19, 2015
Clifford Pickover starts from pure nihilism and works upwards, to electricity and the silicone chip.
The miracle of technology has convinced the monkey into thinking it's true being is a digital self. But we are still flesh and bones, a gasp of pain between birth and death. What was before birth and death? This is the big question.
Our techno-self feels cleaner and more real than birth and death, hence the movement to preserve this techno self. But I will like to say that the model of nihilism is only possible with the success of scientific materialism.
You see, online, we never get sick. In meat land, we eat burgers and excrete the waste, just like our ancestors did.
But when our ancestors took a s***, they were focused on their surroundings. We moderns take a sh't while talking to a friend in New Zealand. This dualism of sh'ting and surfing is a big source of suffering.
So writers like Clifford Pickover argue that the only remedy for this dualism is one side disappears. This means that, 1, we kill the body and get fully uploaded into a computer, to dance forever in the hallways of the astral imagination, or, 2, we switch off and become human again. But we only fear becoming human again because materialism has convinced us all that death is final. But there is no proof that it is final.
Terence McKenn says, "For approximately 500 years, science's argument for it's pre-eminence was that it could create beautiful toys: aircraft, railroad's, global economics, television, spacecraft. But that is a fool's argument for truth! I mean that's after all how a medicine show operates, you know: the juggler is so good, the medicine must be even better"!
This wisdom applies today with our rapid technological progress, and our conviction that because of our progress, what went before is null and void, including the inner world and our inner essence. After all, the medicine show is that good!
So we only think that our inner essence doesn't exist because of the distraction, like in the medicine show, of the rapid success of techno-scientific civilisation. The success we enjoy produces solidity and reality, but it is an illusion, like a spinning fire stick producing a circle. It is the circle that is the illusion. We think that the appearance of this world is a continuous flowing, like a river, but physicists tell us that the river of time isn't there. Instead of a river of time, physicist say that the world is a rapid succession of still frames giving the illusion of movement. There is no arrow of time or river of time in physics. Only frames.
But if this is true, then who is flipping the cards to create the illusion?
Gerald Heard spoke of a mysterious juggler doing the flipping and tricking civilisation into believe that material reality is a solid. The juggler has put most people in a trance state. Heard says, "The life force is like a juggler; it is always contriving that we shall watch the hand with which the trick is not being done. When we look back, we often discover that it was the symptom we were studying, not the cause". The symptom we are studying is the false solidity of progress. The cause is the illusive thing we can't see, the invisible thing we can't put into concepts or worlds, because the juggler is juggling faster and faster, so fast, that, it's making the blurred thing seem as if it was solid and real.
Science is the juggler, juggling so fast that the spinning sticks become blurry and look solid, when, in reality, the solidity is an illusion.
Within the illusion, all we do is chase appearances to infinity, moving without an end or a goal, like a squirrel on a wheel, until tired at last, whether on top or bottom, we stop at some random point and want people to respect us for it. We respect the scientist the most because they run the fastest until, tired at last, they win the Nobel prize.