Friday, October 2, 2009

Lost In Translation (part 2)

Each evolutionary advance involves acquiring a new kind of language. The new linguistic form has it's roots in, overlaps and transcends those that preceded it. A more advanced type of language is incomprehensible to a less advanced one. I have often felt frustrated by the fact that "history" begins after our last major evolution, the invention of writing. If only we could remember what happened then, maybe we could make sense of where we are now. I don't think it is a coincidence that the "world" coming to a close in 2012, according to the long count calendar, began in 3114 BC. This is right in the middle of the time period when writing began to appear all over the world. Prior to this time, there was no history. The spoken accounts that were recorded shortly after that transition sound like myths. We are told that humans were taught writing by "gods". I don't think they were being deliberately mysterious or lying. I think they lacked the language to describe what had happened. It's interesting that remote viewers and precognitive claim to be unable to see past 2012. If that date corresponds to the acquisition of a new type of language, we wouldn't be able to understand it from where we are now.

From our current standpoint, we can only speculate about the actual experience of an earlier linguistic stage. Each child passes through these stages, but within the context of a literate society, so exact parallels cannot be drawn. It is a pretty safe guess that preliterate humans did not have our modern sense of individuality. The archaeological evidence shows that they lacked any awareness of social status and were very peaceful. Imperialism and war did not exist. So they probably didn't make a clear distinction between themselves and their social context. Prior to written language, people would have had no way of understanding their own psyches. I suspect that most psychic content was externalised. The "gods" of preliterate people may have been ETs, or not, but they were identified with what are now known as archetypes. The characteristics assigned to them were very consistent, even equivalent, in widely separated cultures. After the invention of writing, the "gods" were gradually internalised.

Our experience of time seems to be undergoing a similar process. The language of sensation knows nothing of time. Everything happens now. There is no past or future. Spoken language allows for a vague awareness of past and future, but precise chronology is still absent. Preliterate people don't seem to have cared when or in what order anything happened. Even after the introduction of writing, but before widespread literacy, this is still in evidence. Artwork of the medieval period depicts biblical scenes that represent the clothing and architecture of the period in which it was produced. There is no attempt at historical accuracy. Nowadays, we would consider it bizarre in the extreme to represent J.C. and the apostles in modern dress. After literacy, time becomes more and more specific. We experience it as an objective, linear progression and are able to locate ourselves precisely within it. We've taken the measurement of time to it's extreme limits. We now employ timelines that go back to the big bang itself, and scales of time measurement too small to even experience directly. Time and space are a matched set, and sure enough, spacial awareness has developed in parallel. Modern spacial measurement ranges from light years to the scale of the electron. Spacetime has now been fully externalised, just as the "gods" were at an earlier stage.

The acquisition and development of linguistic forms is symbolically reflected in brain development. Each of us passes through all these stages. Newborn babies are restricted to the language of sensation, which is processed by the R-complex and limbic system. The next brain structure to come online is the right brain. The mind of a toddler is wholly subjective. Preliterate children are highly imaginative and make little distinction between "fantasy" and "reality". Symbolic language has it's roots in right brain cognition, but it is little developed at this stage. It expresses itself through art. (No language is ever fully lost, but continues to evolve alongside newer forms.) With written language, the abilities of the left brain are accessed and begin to dominate awareness. Note the phonetic and visual similarity between the words "literate" and "literal". Left brain language is binary. It's the same as computer language, 0s and 1s, either-or, A-not A. Left brain cognition manifests the inner/outer split. It creates a dual world, divided into subjective and objective realities. This perception is reinforced by the conventions of verbal language, especially by our use of pronouns. It is now common to experience ourselves as totally separate from the world, in it but not of it. The inner/outer split results in a distortion of perception. This limitation can only be overcome by integrating the functions of the twin lobes. This occurs through the agency of the corpus callosum, possibly in concert with some other structure.

The symbol associated with the Ajna chakra, or Third Eye, looks like this:
This image could been seen as the left and right brain hemispheres, united by a third structure. Full activation of this energy center results in clairvoyance and telepathic ability. This could constitute the transcendence (internalisation) of spacetime.

The language we use both reflects and conditions our experience of "reality". More and more, I find myself fumbling around with a language that is unwieldy and insufficient to describe my experience. The trouble lies mainly with the inner/outer split that it assumes. I looked up the word "objective" in my dictionary and found this definition: existing independently of mind, or individual perception. There was a time when that statement would not have made me laugh. It perfectly sums up the limitations of binary language. It reflects a belief that no longer holds sway for me.

Once upon a time, everyone considered religious texts to be literally true. Now, a significant number of people are able to understand them metaphorically. Once this transition has occurred, the former conception appears ridiculous, laughable. The texts themselves are carriers of information. The information (interesting word that, in-formation) is real. Interpreting it metaphorically doesn't make it unreal. If anything, it it makes it more real because it is more correctly understood. Many people, myself included, are undergoing a similar transition with regards to "objective reality". We are beginning to realise that a metaphorical interpretation of it is more appropriate than a literal one. The "outer" world is increasingly seen as a reflection, a magic mirror. The separation of inner and outer is an illusion. In fact, they are one reality, seen from two perspectives. As the functions of the brain hemispheres become unified, verbal language, with it's binary bias, can no longer represent our experienced reality. I have to constantly resist the urge to place all references to "objective" reality in quotation marks, to indicate their metaphorical status.

How can I be sure that what I'm experiencing isn't just my personal descent into insanity? I'm fully aware that, to someone still trapped in binary language, I must sound totally nuts. That can't be helped. However, I'm also pretty certain that plenty of other people know exactly what I'm trying to say, and are having just as much trouble expressing it. I know this because I'm learning to read the "signs". Probably the most obvious of these signs is the explosion of synchronistic experience. Synchronicity is the experienced unification of inner meaning and outer reflection. Even if the meaning is not understood, it is always felt to be present. I see synchronicity as an early sign of left/right brain integration. When "objective" reality is perceived to be reflected and symbolic in the same way that dream reality is, other signs of this shift become visible. I see our technologies as external reflections of inner developments. The invention and rise of the Internet is one of these. There are indications of the development of an inner Internet (Hypernet?). On the plane of physical reality, our brains may be responding to the ubiquitous presence of information-carrying waves by learning to access them directly. I've noticed (and I'm not the only one who has) that I am increasingly able to access a field of information that spontaneously "downloads" knowledge. I don't know how or why, but the information appears to be time specific. Everyone who can link with this Hypernet is getting very similar information more or less simultaneously. I think the Hypernet is connected to the phenomenon of viral synchronicity. Some synchronistic experiences are related to themes that spread like wildfire. An example of this is the 11:11 time prompt. It's hard to remember just when it started (late '90s I think), but huge numbers of people started to notice it without any direct contact with each other. I still recall my amazement when I first googled 11:11 and realised how widespread it was. Anyone who has been paying attention to synchromystic themes knows that this sort of viral spread is far from uncommon. I think it very likely that 11:11, as well as other viral synchs and the crop-circle glyphs may be untranslatable "words" in a future, trans verbal language. This emerging linguistic form will allow for a massive increase in information processing. It is absolutely no exaggeration to say that, once this new form of language has been learned, our reality, our "world", will be utterly transformed. In a surprisingly short time, no one will remember what our present world was like.


  1. A notation on 11:11- 11 hours post-meridian is also the 23rd hour of a 24-hour day. Sure, obvious statement, but in a way it ties together two numeric synchronicity memes.

    I've found in my own breakdowns and restructurings on the mental level that "Well, maybe I'm just losing it" has a way of centering the experiences that drag the aware function beyond its perceived limits. Of course, I'm just as skeptical that I'm losing my mind as I am of alfar re-encoding my neural network and spinal fluid. Nevertheless, if it looks like an elf and acts like an elf, I'm calling it an elf while I'm experiencing it.

    Much as I'm loathe to put time-stamps on events, the New Language concept you've brought into the fold seems pretty on-point. If you get the opportunity, the author of the Invisibles approaches a series of ideas about narrative/language and the interacting themes/consciousnesses that develop through it in the now-collected Final Crisis. The hardcover (and hopefully the eventual paperback) contains the miniseries, plus an excellent Superman adventure that ties into the metanarrative theme of the story. Mind you, if Flex Mentallo would ever get collected I'd recommend that first, but what becomes available to a person happens in due time and with due meaning.

    Good luck!

  2. Thanks Ben. It's interesting that number synchronicities seem to favour primes. I've got "Final Crisis" on order from the library. I most appreciate your excellent literary advice.

  3. This is pretty deep stuff. Ties into things like the End of History, txt.spk, all sorts of stuff. I hope we don't lose completely the ability to use Words, but maybe only the Enlightened will be able to access that level of understanding in future... sad, but a good enough reason to chase Enlightenment for me.

    I've racked my brain but the only other Vision of this I can come up with is Tim Robbins' 'Jitterbug Perfume', in which (novel!) he proposes that the next layer of Brain upon reptilian, cortex etc. will be 'flower brain', mediating through scent. Lots about bees, I remember. I don't know if you've read this; it's VERY ODD but nevertheless interesting. Also McLuhan has lots to say on the absence of Time in future tribal/mythic society.

    I don't know if you're aware of Tim Boucher's site; he riffs on this sort of thing all the time. Communication not through simple 'words' but through wholesale cultural-reference-point transfer.

    Keep up 't good work...

  4. Hi Speedbird. I don't think we'll stop using words, just as we didn't stop experiencing sensation, but we'll almost certainly use them differently. Tom Robbins, one of my favourite authors, is a great example of this. One of the things I most love about his writing is his maniacal disregard for the rules of prose. "Jitterbug Perfume" is my fave book of his.(Actually it's a tie between that one, and "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues"). I underestimated fiction until recently. In many cases, I now consider it to be a more useful and uncensored source of knowledge than nonfiction, mainly because the information it carries need not be justified by rationality which can be so limiting. I'm not familiar with McLuhan's or Boucher's work, so thanks for that.

  5. Marshall McLuhan's collection of essays 'Understanding Media' is a good place to start. Written in the 60's but eerily prophetic.

  6. I have had -such- an all-around weird day today (my birthday), and now I read this:

    "...the explosion of synchronistic experience. Synchronicity is the experienced unification of inner meaning and outer reflection. Even if the meaning is not understood, it is always felt to be present. I see synchronicity as an early sign of left/right brain integration. When "objective" reality is perceived to be reflected and symbolic in the same way that dream reality is, other signs of this shift become visible."

    This hasn't risen to the very forefront of my awareness in a while, but today's experiences seem to underscore it. The outer is indeed simply the other half of the one whole... this seems important for me to begin to grok more fully...

    Thanks for these wonderful insights.

  7. Thanks BCth. Happy birthday (same as my dad).