Talking Back To The “Alien”

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I recently watched a video from a mystic-type person I follow on YouTube. She started doing this channeling thing and I think I kind of momentarily crapped my pants. It was so sudden; just cutting the woman off in mid-sentence and “bubbling” out from her. But the advice she (or it…or they???) gave was so on-point—it felt almost as if this type of entity was SPEAKING RIGHT TO ME, sort of reading my mind and addressing my issues.

Then a little bit later on I watched some other videos from the series and I suddenly had a bad, dark, terrible feeling.

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The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection

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“They’re the start of a coming race.
Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
—David Bowie, “Oh! You Pretty Things”

Pop-music had always been an important theme for Philip K. Dick and his novels, especially later in his life. Linda Ronstadt (with whom he was a bit obsessed and wrote fan letters to) was a favorite of his, her “look” making its way into novels like The Divine Invasion as the musician “Linda Fox.” And the untimely death of John Lennon sets the stage for the somber Transmigration of Timothy Archer. Continue reading “The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection”

“The Exegesis” Of Philip K. Dick

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“What best I can do? Exactly what I’ve done. My voice for the voiceless.”
—Philip K. Dick, “Exegesis”

In 2015 I set out to perform a task that in some earlier era I literally could not fathom—reading Philip K. Dick’s almost 900-page Exegesis. While the edition I read was published in 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it was edited down from a far longer unpublished version spanning about eight thousand pages.

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Philip K. Dick On Order Vs. Change

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from “How To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”
by Philip K. Dick

So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind.

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Slamming Into The Fourth Wall

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I. THE FOURTH WALL: A VERY (VERY) BRIEF OVERVIEW

The following short video explores the concept of “breaking the Fourth Wall” in storytelling. That’s when a fictional character—or even simply the narrative itself—acknowledges the existence of the “real life” audience existing beyond the (now-tenuous) barrier between fiction and reality. Some famous examples of breaking the Fourth Wall are Ferris Bueller directly addressing the viewer, Dark Helmet discovering the VHS tape for Spaceballs during the middle of the movie, and the ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Living In A Post-Reality World

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“A single ego is an incredibly narrow view from which to perceive the universe.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

I am finding more and more that when referring to Reality I add a lower-case “r” and quotation marks: “reality.”

As in: Reality Tunnels, a term invented by psychologist Timothy Leary and expanded upon by author Robert Anton Wilson. The concept that we all have our own unique conception of what reality is, the result of the subjectivity of our senses plus the possibly “plastic” and equally subjective nature of the universe itself (as continually demonstrated by quantum physics). This means that there might be “infinite” realities, “real” to the people who experience them.

Is this a good thing?

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Divine Invasions: Philip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson and “Alien Contact” In The 1970s

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“Thus we may stand at the threshold of discoveries…which may require a literal evolution of our species—and this may indeed be taking place. Thus even to know this hyper-structure is to cease to be human, and yet such knowledge—not faith, not revelations, but the utilization of pure intellect—is possible. I argue, then, that man as a species may be coming to an end, subsumed into a higher level of organizational complexity; and a new species may be evolving out of him. I argue, finally, that the hyper-structure is to some degree actively involved in promoting this, since it is an evolutionary process in which it is involved.”
—Philip K. Dick, “Exegesis”

A very weird thing began to happen in the early-to-mid 1970s—a number of people were apparently “channeling” very similar information, from entities variously claiming to be aliens, God, and beyond. These people, from different backgrounds and fields, would end up basically forming an interconnecting web of High Weirdness that would impact popular-culture to the present day. Continue reading “Divine Invasions: Philip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson and “Alien Contact” In The 1970s”