“My liveliest interest is not so much in things, as in relations of things. I have spent much time thinking about the pseudo-relations that are called coincidences. What if some of them should not be coincidences?”
Welcome to Butterfly Language, a look at the world inside and outside my head.
On this day in 1979, reactor number 2 of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania (not to be confused with Pepe Silvia) had a partial meltdown. The result was known as the Three Mile Island Accident—the most significant accident of its type in U.S. history.
The accident itself, however, is not so much a concern to my peculiar personal interests as what happened 12 days before the accident. That was when the movie The China Syndrome was released…a movie detailing a major nuclear accident taking place in the United States. Pepe Silvia…er, I mean Pennsylvania, is also mentioned by name at one point in the movie, as a character says that an explosion at the nuclear plant “could render an area the size of the state of Pennsylvania permanently uninhabitable.”
As you can imagine, the uncanny timing of The China Syndrome in terms of real-life events really helped the movie at the box-office…so much so that Columbia Pictures’ marketing department had to make sure it didn’t look like they were taking advantage of a disaster.
But how could Columbia have been taking advantage of a disaster? It’s only a coincidence that the film came out less than two weeks before the Three Mile Island Accident. What other explanation can there be?
Per author & journalist Arthur Koestler:
“Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two unrelated causal chains which—miraculously it seems—merge into a significant event. it provides the neatest paradigm of the bisociation of previously separate contexts, engineered by fate. Coincidences are puns of destiny.”
In this example, the “two unrelated causal chains” are a) the Three Mile Island Accident and b) a motion picture that was planned a relatively long time in advance of said accident. They ended up, per timing, “merging” into a “significant event.” It’s the bisociation of previously separate contexts.
The definition of “bisociation,” again per Koestler:
“A distinction between the routines of disciplined thinking within a single universe of discourse—on a single plane, as it were—and the creative types of mental activity which always operates on more than one plane.”
On some quantum field, the Three Mile Island accident bisociated with The China Syndrome—a “pun of destiny.”
A pun, of course, features two word meanings bisociating into each other:
Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off?
He’s all right now.
Notable quotes from around Twitter this week so far:
“No jetpacks. Zero flying cars. Where is the future we were promised?”
“Quit whining and watch 3 million vaginas on your handheld Oracle. That’s the Future you really paid for.”
—Red Pill Junkie replying to Popular Science
“THE WRONG SCOTT WALKER DIED”
“AI, Artificial Intelligence, is only truly intelligent if it has consciousness. Otherwise any AI is simply reinforced learning. This is simultaneously comforting & frightening. There is also not a single person on Earth who knows what consciousness is.”
—Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
“If your dick is not a spiritually ordained crystal do not talk to me”
“They should just sail off the side and be done with it.”
—Adam Gorightly on the upcoming Flat Earther cruise to Antarctica
and, my fave so far this week (as it seems to represent a lot of the energy floating around thereabouts):
“Biting my tongue so hard my mouth is filling with blood.”
A reboot of the cult classic 1996 movie The Craft has reportedly been greenlit by horror powerhouse producers Blumhouse. As I’ve discussed in my post “The Craft: Witch Craze of 1996,” the original movie had a huge impact on an entire generation, inspiring their interest into Witchcraft (or, more often than not, “Witchcraft”).
This rebooting is notable to me in part because a couple of key pagan authors who were so visible during this period have recently passed away: Raven Grimassi & Edain McCoy. Both were prolific mainstays of occult publisher Llewellyn. Wow, I cannot even express how omnipresent their books were when I was doing my own research over twenty years ago.
Notable Raven Grimassi books:
- Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways For Modern Days
- Spirit Of The Witch: Religion & Spirituality In Contemporary Witchcraft
- Hereditary Witchcraft: Secrets of the Old Religion
- Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern Europe
- Wiccan Mysteries: Ancient Origins & Teachings
Notable Edain McCoy books:
- Celtic Women’s Spirituality: Accessing the Cauldron of Life
- Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods and Goddesses
- Astral Projection for Beginners: Six Techniques for Traveling to Other Realms
- Making Magick: For Witches & Pagans
- Mountain Magick: Folk Wisdom from the Heart of Appalachia
As for my own take on whether “popular magick” books like the ones found at Llewellyn are “genuine” or “real” or “effective” compared to more esoteric tomes…a lot of it has to do to what you bring to it. You can certainly gain a degree of empowerment & peace using some of the knowledge discovered in these books. But ultimately, it’s up to the specific practitioner. Read up on Grant Morrison’s “Pop Magic!” to get some very basic ground-level insight on this question.
So this clip from the 1993 Lethal Weapon parody movie Loaded Weapon 1 contains not only Dennis Leary, not only Tim Curry, but William Shatner doing a really weird accent.
Loaded Weapon 1 is a film that sees Samuel L. Jackson right at the cusp of breaking out in his career, and Emilio Estevez sort of just looking forward to Mighty Ducks sequels. I find it’s very overlooked and/or forgotten & is worth a viewing or re-viewing if you’re in the mood for something dumb but not too dumb. Great Bruce Willis, Charlie Sheen, and Whoopi Goldberg (her reveal will make you crap your pants it’s so funny).
And that’s it, folks. Have a good Thor’s-Day and if you meet the Buddha on the road…be sure to get his autograph.