Monday, April 24, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Office of Naval Research created the program in 2014 in response to the observation of field reports from combat theaters such as Iraq, where it was recorded that military personnel had been found to prevent or avert what would have otherwise been disastrous situations, with their actions based solely on intuition. As naval office program manager Commander Joseph Cohn put it, "These reports from the field often detailed a 'sixth sense' or 'Spidey sense' that alerted them to an impending attack or I.E.D., or that allowed them to respond to a novel situation without consciously analyzing the situation."
Having relabeled this form of extrasensory perception as "sensemaking" under the broader Perceptual Training Systems and Tools program, active-duty Marines are taught to develop their intuition and precognitive skills to "preempt snipers, IED emplacers and other irregular assaults [using] advanced perceptual competences that have not been well studied." The concept of sensemaking itself is described in official Defense Department literature as "a motivated continuous effort to understand connections (which can be among people, places, and events) in order to anticipate their trajectories and act effectively."
The U.S. military's interest in extrasensory perception is not new, with development of psychic initiatives such as the Army's StarGate Project remote viewing program starting in the 1970s. While that program was transferred to, terminated and then declassified by the CIA, the reality of the phenomenon of heightened intuition continues to reemerge as a potential battlefield tool.
embrace as this post-coital cuddling,
this intersubjective ecstasy that you enter
with your romantic partner.
That is beyond physical attraction.
That space of shared soul-smearing.
Sort of sexually enabled, technologically mediated,
Buddhist space where two become one.
I keep bringing back term intersubjective, ecstasy.
Why do we love to cuddle?
Why do we love to give each other baby names and treat
each other like we're little children
and create kind of womb-like spaces of comfort and divinity
for one another where we can be as gods outside of time,
temporarily stepping off that people mover that's
carrying everyone else towards death, as Alan Harrington says?
We're trying to find escapes from the despair.
Together we are creating a shared universe
where we can float above the clouds of entropy.
Where we cannot die.
That is what love is about.
It's about saving ourselves from mortality.
We are the gods with anuses, as Ernest Becker says.
And we do everything we can to deny our own creaturely-ness,
to deny our own decay, to deny all you despair.
Can you blame us for squeezing so tightly around one another?
Can you blame us for wanting to listen to beautiful music
and cry together?
Can you blame us for wanting to seek out
comfort in each other's cold soul space and to say,
please tell me you will not leave me,
you will not disappear.
I will not be alone.
I'm not going to drown.
Just like, ah.
That's what we want.
That's what we seek.
And they say, oh, we're co-dependent.
We should be independent.
But come on, man.
It's what all the psychedelic explorers have told us.
It's all interconnected.
We are all one.
We're not alone.
It's OK to be co-dependent.
It's not a bad thing.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
We see through a glass darkly and search out the head scratching stuff. Undeniable themes and patterns emerge through seemingly ordinary events.
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” ― George Orwell, 1984