Tripping The Manson-Nixon Line

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Would you buy a used car from this man?

I’ve been reading a lot about Richard Nixon lately, and the period of time from 1968-1974. Those years had some really weird, dark energy; dark energy that the late Robin Williams summed up as “The Manson-Nixon Line.”

Author Peter Levenda in his 3-volume work Sinister Forces sees the two seemingly diametrically opposed public figures, Nixon and Charles Manson, as essentially being opposite sides of the same coin:

“On the plane of the real world as understood by the media and the public at large, Manson was an insignificant crook compared to Nixon, the President of the United States, undeserving of the President’s attention or comment; but on another plane, Manson and Nixon were warring black magicians, fighting over airtime and the fifteen-second sound bite.”

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Blade Runner And The Last Temptation Of Philip K. Dick

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My god, this movie is the greatest defeat…and victory…
–Philip K. Dick, “Exegesis”

It was the end of 1981, and science-fiction author Philip K. Dick should have been ecstatic. After decades of struggle, he had finally reached a point not only of critical and mass-market recognition of his work—but a major film adaptation was in the works based on his story Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?.

But instead of considering this a great achievement, Dick found it to be his greatest—and, as it would turn out unfortunately, last—spiritual “temptation.”

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The “Forgotten” Philip K. Dick Movie: “Radio Free Albemuth”

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Came across of folder of these screenshots on my desktop, so I thought I’d share. 2010’s Radio Free Albemuth is one of the lesser known film adaptations of Philip K. Dick’s work, based on a book of the same name that was written in 1976 but published in 1985.

The movie and the book contain what is essentially “proto-VALIS material”…basically, going over a lot of the same stuff that Dick wrote in the “2-3-74” part of his Exegesis. The film had a small budget but it was pretty decent, and put a lot of the VALIS lore, like the pink beam of light, in visual form. Other stuff is like taken directly from the Exegesis, based on actual stuff Dick claimed happened to him (like his files being stolen). So there’s that liminal quality.

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When Philip K. Dick Met VALIS

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It was on February 20, 1974 that science-fiction author Philip K. Dick first “met” the supposed otherworldly intelligence that he would later identify as “VALIS”—Vast Active Living Intelligence System.

According to Dick, he was at home recovering from a very painful toothache when the delivery person from the pharmacy arrived with a package of Darvon. She was a beautiful young woman who wore a golden fish pendant around her neck. When he asked her what the pendant represented, she said it was the symbol of the Early Christians—a symbol he referred to as the “vesicle pisces.”

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Are “Aliens” Actually Just Artificial Intelligence?

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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

A common theme I read in many accounts of alleged extraterrestrial visitations is that of a metallic, almost electronic voice. Related to that is the paranoid feeling that what the person is really interacting with is some sort of computer. Author Philip K. Dick went so far as to refer to VALIS, the (extraterrestrial? extra-dimensional?) “entity” he claimed to have interacted with/been possessed by, as an “AI”—artificial intelligence.

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