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Saturday, July 14th, 2007
3:44 am
Adventures in eumenmics?
Today in the development of ideas: Why do you think there is a significant subculture re-developing around Hermetic ideas, including Wicca, Thelema, and what not?   What does it indicate?  What determines the interest?

Why do idea like "As above, so below" re-circulate even though it has to be made increasing metaphorical to be meaningful since cosmology and astrophysics don't align as much as one would like.

Also, why are we trying to reinvent traditions of which we have almost no real evidence of what the ancient traditions were before they were Christianized. (This is not so much true for those based on Greek and Roman religion, but definitely in case in Saxon, Celtic, and North European religions. This is why so much work going back to the Vedas is used in reconstructing ancient Indo-European beliefs).

This is not an attack on these belief systems, I just want ideas on why they are resurging now?
Sunday, January 16th, 2005
12:28 am
recently (which is to say, within the last few years), i've run into the concept of consciousness existing at a very low level of reality - perhaps as low as the so-called "zero-point field". do any of you have any good resources discussing this idea? books? websites?
Sunday, August 1st, 2004
9:54 am
in what ways do you prefer, or have found most useful, to improve the impact of memes that you present? by this, i mean to include anything, from selling things to teaching to political arguing and so on. what are your favorite/most effective techniques?
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
5:29 pm
Just a quick hello having just joined. Looking forward to great discussions...

Saturday, August 9th, 2003
11:06 am
A Warm LJ Welcome
To Professor apprenti, philosopher, esoterist, Hellenist, Slavophile, and maven of the alternative music scene, who, on a visit to New York, introduced me to Genesis P-Orridge. In return I should like to introduce him to you, and let you know that, if you are so inclined, you should drop by and say Hi.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2003
11:19 am
I'd like to introduce myself to the community. (I'm intro'ing myself on many, so please excuse the redundancy if you're on any of the other groups I am.) I'm a 29-year-old Scorpio in Southern California, real into art, guitar, music, the O.T.O., poetry, Thelema and Qabalah. I'm especially interested in the Abramelin Operation, and would love to hear from anyone that's completed it, or otherwise attained K. & C. of the H.G.A. And to anyone with a Palm handheld that's studying Qabalah, I can offer some Palm software I developed to help you out. Take care!
Monday, February 10th, 2003
12:53 am
An Incomplete Eumemic Bibliography
here is an initial bibliography. as ideas come along, i will try to keep it updated:

Agrippa, Henry Cornelius - Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Bandler, Richard & John Grinder - The Structure of Magic (I & II)
Blackmore, Susan - The Meme Machine
Bruno, Giordano - Cause, Principle and Unity and Essays on Magic
Couliano, Ioan - Eros and Magic in the Renaissance
Dawkins, Richard - The Selfish Gene
DeMeo, James - The Orgone Accumulator Handbook
Flowers, Stephen Edred - Black Runa
Greene, Robert - The Art of Seduction
Greene, Robert - The 48 Laws of Power
Harpur, Patrick - Daimonic Reality
Heller, Steven & Terry Steele - Monsters and Magical Sticks
Hine, Phil - Condensed Chaos
Hine, Phil - Prime Chaos
Keel, John A. - Disneyland of the Gods
Keel, John A. - The Mothman Prophecies
Keel, John A. - Operation Trojan Horse
LaVey, Anton Szandor - The Satanic Witch
Lieberman, David J. - Get Anyone to Do Anything
Linden, Anne & Kathrin Perutz - Mindworks
Machiavelli, Nicolo - The Prince
McMoneagle, Joseph - Mind Trek
Prigogine, Ilya - The End of Certainty
Reich, Wilhelm - The Cancer Biopathy
Reich, Wilhelm - Character Analysis
Reich, Wilhelm - The Function of the Orgasm
Rolfe, Randy - The Four Temperaments
Sargant, William - Battle for the Mind
Sheldrake, Rupert - A New Science of Life
Sheldrake, Rupert - Seven Experiments That Could Change the World
Skelton, Robin - Spellcraft
Stewart, R.J. - Earth Light
Stewart, R.J. - Robert Kirk: Walker Between Worlds
Stine, G. Harry - Amazing and Wonderful Mind Machines You Can Build
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Valee, Jacques - Passage to Magonia
Walker, D.P. - Spiritual & Demonic Magic: from Ficino to Campanella
Wier, Dennis R. - Trance: from magic to technology
Wilson, Colin - The Philosopher's Stone
Wilson, Robert A. - Everything is Under Control
Wilson, Robert A. - Masks of the Illuminati
Wilson, Robert A. - Quantum Psychology
Wynn, Denise - The Manipulated Mind
Sunday, February 9th, 2003
11:45 pm
Strengthening ideas
i've noted that there are several techniques (paradigms, systems, what have you) which propose to increase the force with which a meme impacts upon a given mental landscape. the ones which come immediately to mind include nlp, magick, propaganda, advertising techniques, and conditioning (aka "brainwashing"). most seem to operate by introducing disorientation to the processes which censor incoming information content, though each technique (in general) makes use of a different specific method to create that disorientation (eg propaganda attempts to link the new meme to sacrosanct prexisting memes such as "patriotism"; advertising typically relies on linking the meme to reproductive urges or other reptile-brain processes; conditioning uses an array of techniques from physical exhaustion to exploiting the social instinct). if a memeplex is structured around these "backdoor" techniques, and is also structured to incline the new mental landscape to attempt to retransmit the memeplex, this is a viral idea, a language virus. imagine, for instance, if Coca-Cola could include in its sloganeering the idea that, not only should one think that "Coke adds life", but that one should also convince others of that fact.

founding a religion is a good job, if you can stomach it. good hours, and the pay is great. however, it is a little bit difficult now, due to protective memes (for instance, the concept of "killer cults") which have arisen in the general population, restricting religions to those which either 1) pre-exist, or 2) can be tied to pre-existing religions. witness, for instance, all the hassles that the raelians are getting.

motivational speakers, though, are unaffected by religious xenophobia, but share many of the same characteristics discussed above (such as: those who are "motivated" by the speaker will also typically transmit invitations to friends and acquaintances to listen to the motivational speaker's message).

i think memetics, as a science, also needs to look at biophysical influences of memetic transmission. when a given mental landscape is affected by fatigue or chemical imbalance, the ability of a given meme to have an impact, even a lasting impact, is much greater. if accompanied by repetitive drumbeats, a given memetic packet tends to lodge more easily in a typical mental landscape (see William Sargant Battle for the Mind, among others).

just some random notes passing through my own mental landscape...
Sunday, January 5th, 2003
11:10 pm
Issues of Control and Rights
an interesting question, one which i have been struggling with, is whether a person has rights, and if a person does, whose rights are more important when they come into conflict?

my recent brush with this comes from Couliano's Eros and Magic in the Renaissance, where he notes that Giordano Bruno's De vinculis in genere presupposes no rights for the thing or person manipulated, reserving all rights to the manipulator. this is also, obviously, the case in Machiavelli.

now, i normally don't question this, since i don't believe in "rights" in the first place (i think that they are a tool of manipulation, which can be useful at times, but are usually simply annoying). however, the supposition comes often enough that i am left questioning if Couliano's analysis might be a better formulation: that is, in any situation wherein a person might legitimately assert a "right", and that "right" comes into conflict with another person's "right", then whoever is best able to assert the "right" is the one who has the "right".

as in, person A feels that they have the right to self-determination, but salesman B feels that they have the right to free expression. salesman B is justified in using hypnotic/magical and other manipulative sales techniques on person A, as person A is theoretically able to resist the techniques and assert his right, while salesman B is theoretically able to overcome person A's resistance and so assert his right. whoever succeeds wins, as it were.

this may, however, lead to social structure distortions. Bruno also notes that religion exists for the purpose of normalizing the behavior of populations, increasing the stability of those populations and increasing their susceptibility to manipulation (prefiguring Marx and Engels, though without the moral opposition). if a large proportion of the population then becomes capable of making the above distinction of the relative value of rights, it follows that the dominant religion would be undermined.

now, this is obviously an elitist point of view, which i have no problem with in general, but i'm left looking for a way to justify this system to people who maintain a knee-jerk opposition to elitism. why justify it? maybe it's the populist in me, i don't know.
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