The Limits Of Altruism

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I have a habit of picking up various invertebrates that are wandering in the middle of the sidewalk and placing them on safer ground. Snails, caterpillars, even earthworms. I am sorry to say that have not brought myself to be able to try this with slugs yet, because they are too sticky (after a good rainfall in my neighborhood is like a slug massacre).

I pick up these creatures because I cannot bear the thought of a big shoe crushing the bejesus out of them. I feel I am doing these little creatures a big solid, by helping them out like that.

But am I really?

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Alan Moore To Write Introduction To Robert Anton Wilson’s “Coincidance”

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Kind of a cool comic book/RAW intersection…Watchmen scribe Alan Moore is set to write the intro to the new Hilaritas Press edition of Robert Anton Wilson’s Coincidance: A Head Test.

While there is no date set yet on when Coincidance is going to press, the RawIllumination website shared a small preview of Moore’s intro:

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Mutant Days, Part 3

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I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards.
–Philip K. Dick

When I ended the last installment of “Mutant Days” I had left home, moved in with my platonic 32-year-old male friend, and proceeded to read all the esoteric books in his apartment. While other teens were out going to the mall with their buddies and girlfriends, I was reading William Bramley’s The Gods Of Eden. While other girls were preparing for their prom, I was reading The Book Of Lies: The Disinformation Guide To Magick And The Occult.

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Have The Remains Of The Buddha Been Found In China?

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Depending on your philosophy towards religion, you may or may not believe that your deity or spiritual figure of choice has left a physical trace on upon this blue-green globe. There have been numerous efforts to find literal proof of such physical traces—such as the “real” Noah’s Ark, the birthplace of Christ, and verifying the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.

And now we have this recent archeological discovery in China, in which cremated human remains within a ceramic box are speculated to be that of the Buddha.

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AI Programmed To Think Like Zodiac Killer Writes Creepy-Ass Poetry

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It isn’t bad enough that we’re being warned of the potential dangers of sentient AI…now developers are purposely programming artificial intelligence to think like serial killers!

A University of Southern California professor has created AI software to mimic the thought patterns of the infamous Zodiac Killer, hoping to break the serial killer’s Z340 code and possibly solve the decades-old case. And one of the most disturbing aspects of the act of feeding Zodiac’s writings to the super-computer is…

The AI is writing creepy-ass stalkery Zodiac poetry.

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The “Butterfly Language” Library Series

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I tried introducing these 3 ebooks at the very beginning of the year, but it just didn’t feel *right*—but I finally feel that the content on the site & the audience that has grown around it can support these babies now.

Three free ebooks for you to download, either from this post or on the sidebar:

ELVIN: Sort of my “take” on VALIS. A young man starts channelling what he thinks is his childhood imaginary friend who might have also been the spirit of a dead child. Said entity provides him with amazing nuggets of wisdom concerning the nature of reality. Certainly not my attempt to shoehorn actual channeled info into some shape of a plot.

CONSPIRACY!: And here’s something that’s sort of like a combo of Illuminatus! and Fight Club (please forgive the high-concept BS, but let’s face it it’s a fast fast fast world and buzz words “sell”). Having lost his job and his dreams, Tod Moriens falls into a series of conspiracies—and under the thrall of a series of conspiracy gurus. Hyman Lidge, the one-armed former short-stop for the Boston Red Sox. Edith Snider, mysterious 1940s-styled femme fatale. And Hansel Van Halen, maniacal refugee from an MKUltra experiment and the head of the anarchic Zaius Project.

THE RAT COURIER: Here’s a short novella about a dystopian future where all meat is tainted by the devastating Braineater virus—and where the only meat available is via a limited supply of lab rats. It’s the story…of one special rat.

And there you go.

If any of these books *speak* to you, please pass them around, recommend them, create fan-fiction, and/or donate a few shells to ye olde Butterfly Language PayPal.

Thanks!