March 13th, 2004

Illuminati

from Robert Anton Wilson's "Eightfold Model of Human Consciousness"

1. The biosurvival
Winner: "I will live forever or die trying."
Loser: "I don't know how to defend myself."

2. The emotional-territorial

Winner: "I am free; you are free; we can have our separate trips or we can have the same trip."
Loser: "They all intimidate me."

3. The semantic

Winner: "I am learning more about everything, including how to learn more."
Loser: "I can't solve my problems."

4. The sociosexual

Winner: "Love, and do what thou wilt." (Anon. of Ibid)
Loser: "Everything I like is illegal, immoral, or fattening."

5. The neurosomatic

Winner: "How I feel depends on my neurological knowhow."
Loser: "I can't help the way I feel."

6. The metaprogramming

Winner: "I make my own coincidences, synchronicities, luck, and Destiny."
Loser: "Why do I have such lousy luck?"

7. The neurogenetic

Winner: "Future evolution depends on my decisions now."
Loser: "Evolution is blind and impersonal."

8. The neuroatomic

Winner: "In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience and experiment." (Dr.John Lilly)
Loser: "I am not psychic, and I doubt anyone is."


Not that I believe any of this stuff.

Of course.
Illuminati

Packing, Andy Style

1) Open bag
2) Put everything in bag
3) If it all fits, close bag. 
4) If not, take it all out and stare at it balefully until you think it will go back in.
5) go to (2).
Illuminati

Letting others think for me

There's been a recent fuss over the fact that an artist put together an exhibition that included photos of her naked 5 year old daughter.  This caused what might generously be called a fuss.  The photos were next to ones of her daughter at age 9 months and age 2,also naked, but these ones apparently didn't cause a fuss.  The Firday Thing puts it better than I can be arsed to:

But what can you do? Short of reformatting the brains of people who are aroused by images of children, you can do nothing. Prohibiting everything that paedophiles might possibly find arousing is not only pointless, it is also pandering to such a minuscule portion of society as to render the whole notion of freedom of expression utterly redundant. Refusing to allow Schneider to show photographs of her naked daughter because a handful of men might masturbate over the images is like banning pineapples because a handful of men have forced the fruit into their babies' bums. So some disturbed individuals are excited by these images. So what?

Besides which, are we really so small-minded that we imagine nudity is really the issue here? Might the following image not also excite your average paedophile?

http://kunst.no/bschneider/Scenes/html/Peanutbutter.html

Perhaps even more so, as it leaves a great deal more to the imagination. How then do we guard against what the sexually perverted do with our children in their heads? If we insist on pandering to the fear they excite in us, where will it end? Mini- burkas till they turn sixteen?