The One Where Philip K. Dick Publicly Announced The Existence Of The Matrix

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I may be talking about something that does not exist; therefore I am free to say everything or nothing.
—Philip K. Dick

Something that came up on the radio show I did yesterday was the time in 1977 when Philip K. Dick announced to a French science-fiction convention audience that a) some of his fiction was “true” and b) we were probably all living in an artificial reality.

I can’t begin to describe or imagine what it must have been like to be in that room watching Dick say all this. It’s like something out of a John Carpenter or David Cronenberg movie. This was a respected author (at least, at that point, in sci-fi circles) basically stating some really far-out stuff as fact.

But it took a lot of guts to do.

Well folks, I just finished a two-hour appearance on a radio show, the first time I’ve ever done this—”Exploring The Bizarre,” hosted by Timothy Beckley and Tim Swartz.

I had an awesome time, and felt really at-home and in my element. I’m usually somewhat shy about doing this sort of stuff, but I felt that I really had to get over that and just start reaching out into the world further. (maybe I’ll do a video blog/podcast of my own in the future…maybe)

Anyway…tonight, I really had the strong feeling that I wanted to keep doing this stuff for the rest of my life. My thanks to Timothy & Tim and my fellow guest Adam Gorightly (I really geeked out that I was going to appear on the same show as him, big fan of his work)…and I will link to/embed the YouTube clip as soon as it’s up!

 

Everything Is Natural

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This is for health food fiends, the natural-fabrics gang, and all those green-head environmental hustlers who stomp around in the “natural”: Your key word is meaningless. Everything is natural. Everything in the universe is a part of nature. Polyester, pesticides, oil slicks, and whoopee cushions. Nature is not just trees and flowers. It’s everything. Human beings are part of nature. And if a human being invents something, that’s part of nature, too. Like the whoopee cushion.
–George Carlin, “Braindroppings”

Review: The Paul Is Dead Documentary “Who Is This Now?”

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Who Is This Now? is a short documentary on the “Paul Is Dead” conspiracy theory which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube. Standing out in an increasingly crowded subgenre of a subgenre, the film takes a fresh approach not only to the subject matter but—importantly to me—the way it is told.

If you need a brief refresher on the Paul Is Dead theory (and my post “Better Call Paul: The Mystery of the Winged Beatle” goes into this in far more detail), here goes: basically, it’s that Beatles singer Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a double. “Clues” to the existence of the “fake Paul” (“Faul”) can be found throughout Beatles album covers and lyrics—as well as playing the records backwards.

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An Alternate History Of Jack Parsons, Part 1: Warrior Lord Of The Forties

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Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for from no expected house cometh that child.
–Aleister Crowley, “The Book Of The Law”

I. INTRODUCTION

John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons was a rocket engineer and one of the key figures in what would become America’s space program. He was also an occultist of no small accomplishment, who might have helped impact the world in a completely different (though…sort of related) way.

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Will Amazon’s Whole Foods Be Mostly Staffed By Robots?

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Please understand, this is merely a rhetorical question: based on Amazon’s plans, as of six months ago, to have a chain of mostly-automated “self-serve” supermarkets. Now that the juggernaut company has plans to acquire Whole Foods, will the objectives for Amazon’s “Take It And Go” merely be transferred over to the more well-known grocery chain?

“Take It And Go” boasts “no lines, no checkout.” You merely “scan in” with your Amazon account as you walk through the door, pick up what items you want, and leave. Literally: that’s it. Everything else is kept track of through sensors and the like and charged to your account.

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The Road To 2020: The Soul Is Impatient

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“The Road To 2020” is a series of posts where I examine important topics to consider as we get closer to the key year of 2020. 

One of the biggest themes I’ve come across in my meditations on 2020 and our future is the concept of the Soul being “impatient.” There is this vastly increased desire to “get to the point” and be aligned with your life’s purpose—and this sense of urgency is, I believe, what we are experiencing now and have experienced for the last few years.

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