April Fool’s Day, Fake News, And The Reality Wars

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April Fool’s Day…now THERE’S a subject. Especially in our current age.

One possible origin of April Fool’s Day, according to Snopes (and we’ll be circling back ’round to this site in a bit), involves the switching from the Julian to Gregorian calendars in 1582.

In the western world under the old system, New Year’s was technically on March 25—but, because of the Holy Week, celebrated on April 1. The story went that those who forgot about the switchover to the Gregorian calendar—which firmly established January 1 as the beginning of the year—and said “Happy New Year!” on April 1 were “fools.”

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The Four Characteristics Of The Evolving Human

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Evolution Has Accelerated

My personal belief is that human beings are fast evolving/mutating into Something Else. We’ve been doing this for some time—Robert Anton Wilson refers to it as “The Jumping Jesus Phenomenon.” But it has sharply accelerated now in the wake of 2012. And for every action is a reaction. So here’s where we get the heavy dose of Crazy—high partisanship, tribalism, fundaMENTALism and fanaticism trying to reassert itself.

Our media—movies, TV, comic books, video games, etc—has been trying to communicate with us for decades regarding this Change in humanity.

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On The “Problematic” Artist

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I’m going to touch upon a subject today that I probably should not touch upon…but I was thinking about it all last night in this gush of manic intellectual blather, and I need to just get it out of my system.

A few days ago I listened to an audiobook of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth to help me go to sleep. Now, the fact that I turned to such morbid fare as Lovecraft to help me overcome insomnia is a separate issue. I instead want to address the two immediate impressions this short story had on me.

Let’s start with my second impression: how taut, well written, and suspenseful Lovecraft’s prose was. Truly: a master of horror. I didn’t expect to be so transfixed on just some rando audiobook presentation of an old story that I found on YouTube.

That was my second impression. My first impression was: geez, this is a little racist.

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Review: “Email To The Universe” By Robert Anton Wilson

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“Some of us have become postmodern whether we like it or not.”
–Robert Anton Wilson

Email To The Universe is writer/philosopher/guerrilla ontologist Robert Anton Wilson’s final published work—a collection of essays concerned, in general, with “the relativity of reality.” The book covers about 45 years of Wilson’s writing career, spanning 1959-2003, and is—outside of The Cosmic Trigger I—the best way to start dipping your toes into Wilson’s work.

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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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