In a best-selling book Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinations of Human Behavior, David Hawkins claimed it was possible to calibrate the “truth quotient” of a given artifact or individual, empirically and objectively.
Via kinesiology (muscle-testing), he claimed to have found a method to gauge truth (or consciousness) on a scale of 1 to 1000, where 1 is simply being alive and 1000 is an advanced state of enlightenment. (Ref.)
I read the book back in 2005, and as I recall, Hawkins never talked about the ways in which such a methodology, if even halfway perfectible, might be misused, despite the obvious inevitability of that.
I was reminded of the book recently when I began to wonder if there might be such things as energetic algorithms. Are there ways to use technology to calibrate the truthiness of a particular transmission (or the consciousness of an individual) and then build filters to quarantine anything considered “unsafe” for mass consumption?
Though quite old (1995) Hawkins’ book ranked today (May 8th 2018) 6,105 on Amazon. It has 842 reviews. So apparently either there aren’t Force Vs.Power algorithms just yet, or the truth-consciousness quotient of his book, and of Dawkins, is sufficiently low to be deemed non-threatening by/to AI.
Whether or not such filters exist, there be little doubt that their more profane equivalents are now fully operational on the Internet.
A Psychic Control Grid
So let’s talk about Amazon. Amazon is a microcosm for the Internet. The Internet is a microcosm, or facsimile, for the “noosphere,” the collective (un)conscious, or psychic-astral grid of controlled, directed, and “mined” awareness, also known as The Matrix.
Okay, that last might seem like a stretch, and readers of this blog know I prefer not to make overly speculative, “woo” statements about stuff. I am making an exception this time, for the sake of those who are already familiar (and okay) with the notion of a noosphere.
My argument doesn’t rest on establishing the reality of one, in any case. It’s enough if we can agree that the internet is suitable in some sense as a model for a) the world; and b) human consciousness in its worldly expression and experience of itself.
The blueprint for this psychic grid or noosphere (of which Amazon and the Internet are like reduced mirror images or simulacra) has to do with an apparent increase of freedom and opportunity that acts as a “Trojan Horse” for deepening, widening vectors of control.
The Dark Side of Convenience
For example: The Internet has made an almost limitless amount of information freely available to everyone with access to the technology (which is now virtually everyone). It has also provided us with the means to find and connect to people with similar interests to our own.
That’s two big wins, right?
Now let’s look at an even more specific example, one close to my heart as a writer: books. With the arrival of the internet, rare and obscure books became immeasurably easier to track down, and new books became that much easier (and often cheaper) to obtain.
Then, as was bound to happen in a world geared towards centralization, Amazon became the central hub for book seekers on the internet, and so a single site now dominates the book field, both old and new.
Amazon’s Black Budget
Partly, one supposes, this is due to the deals it offers on books—deals which have ensured that people rely on Amazon almost exclusively and regardless of how bad its reputation becomes.
Knowing admittedly next to nothing about the stock market, I deduce from this either that a) Amazon is lying; or b) Amazon is funded by shadowy organizations and doesn’t need to turn a profit to maintain its hegemony on the book market.
Let’s go with b) since it also implies a), i.e., that Amazon is lying when it claims to be an independent “grass roots” Net company, because it is really a front for a black-budget shadow organization (mentioning no initials) created for the control of information (i.e., the promotion of some literary materials and the suppression of others).
With Amazon established at the center of the reading universe, what you have is a population that relies disproportionately on a single site (or hub of sites) to find books to read.
It is as if you have lured the whole town into the meeting hall where the puppet Mayor delivers his address, endlessly and forever, at the same time ensuring no one is hanging out on any street corners where the few remaining dissident voices might be heard (trying to warn people not to listen to the Mayor or enter the town hall).
It may have been as easy as that. Manufacturing our mass consent to be brainwashed because it is so damn convenient. And so the circle turns, viciously, and exponentially faster.
The Matrix Has You Because You Want to Be Had
It’s true that those who know what they are looking for can still find it more easily than ever (even on Amazon, except for the books Amazon totally censors). But this is a very small percentage, made up of people who are already discerning enough to resist the indoctrinational sweep.
These are the few who have to whom more will be given: not because the matrix is generous but because they are so few that it is not worth the extra expense of designing algorithms, or the manpower hours, to deal with them. And maybe also because they, we, can be controlled in other, subtler ways.
The rest, however, the many who lose even the little they have, don’t know (exactly) what they are looking for, which makes them dependent on the Internet and on word of mouth to find it, that’s to say, on “customizing” algorithm-filters installed within a tightly regulated information matrix of social networks, corporate sponsorships, and mainstream and alt. media channels.
This collective Faceborg-ed customer can be easily (effortlessly) herded, both away from flagged material deemed too “sensitive” or “subversive” for their delicate retinas, towards “kosher” material that comes with the stamp of AI-approval. Only the Be@st for them.
Information Control 101
It’s easy enough to see how, if this can be mapped back from the present, the future could also have been mapped out in the past.
Once upon a time, the social engineers had a burning question: “With all the new technologies becoming available, how do we control information?”
The answer was, “Easy! Make it freely available to everyone, all of it, all the time, until there is more than anyone could sift through in a lifetime. (Hey, we can even get them to produce more of it!) Those who are seeking will soon become dependent on distribution channels (search engines, yay!) to find what they are looking for, and these can then be adapted with ever-more complex algorithmic filters. This way, the information we want to control becomes not easier but harder (and harder, and harder) to find. All as a result of becoming freely available! All hail democracy!”
Brilliant, isn’t it?
This is just one example, sourced in my own experience as a writer currently (still) trying to make these cursed algorithms work for me. It is also a microcosm of the world we exist in—a matrix world in which nothing reaches us without first getting past the Gatekeepers.
What or who are the Gatekeepers?
This is much harder to say. They are that which is built into the architecture of our perceptual existence, those who programmed the world and who programmed us, both not to recognize when we are playing with loaded dice and half a deck, but to be compelled to play no matter what. (A compulsion that makes us doubly invested in not seeing how crooked the playing field is.)
They are the aspects of the whole (noosphere) whose only game is control. They are you and I, as programmed sleeper agents pitted against our own awakening. The A-maze-on Empire-that-never-ended, within and without.
And (just in case you thought I’d forgotten) it is into this rigged game that JBP, with his very own filtered system of tool-obstacle-based perceptual structures of pragmatic, quasi-Christian morality and his 12 Steps to lobster heaven, comes blazing ~ proving his worldly mettle with a number one Amazon best-seller!
Ecco homo superior. D’oh!
Watch this space. The revelation is all in the method.