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crispymiraclestarlight · 11 months ago
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It was allergy season. The Bradford Pears were in full bloom. You could smell their thick, mealy pollen strongly when the wind blew and the March winds were blowing strongly.

Well, working for social services during the ‘lockdown’ has been interesting (but not very much fun, lately). We have to ride along on the client’s bus and step out and interrogate them first, and then shoot 'em between the eyes with a laser thermometer, before they are allowed to step one foot onto the bus. Of course, they lie during the interrogation. And of course the outside of their skin in usually around 88 degrees on cool mornings.

Every day brings a new version of draconian policy adaptations. The latest iteration is that we can only have 10 clients (down from 50) a day, and they must be rotated so that no client attends on consecutive days. If it’s all the same to anybody, why don’t they just close down? If they’re so worried about germs, why do they even stay open and risk exposing everybody? We’re a voluntary-attendance, day treatment facility and none of our jurisdiction is emergency or essential.

Staff is another matter however. I had sniffles and a scratchy throat one morning (likely allergies from the pollen) and I have been made to feel like a pariah ever since. (Of course, everyone is in panic mode and downright scared…I really do understand that).

What a different world it has become almost overnight. My workplace only now decided to close (they wanted to give all the workers time to contract disease from the clients before sending them home without healthcare).

Went by the grocery store. Fortunately I’m a vegetarian and there was food to buy. All those poor carnivores must be eating McNuthins. I don’t know how anybody’s going to poop (without any toilet paper). I suppose social isolation is a good idea during the shortage. I did manage to find my deodorant (so I 'stocked up’)…the new ‘paperless’ normal!

As far as the universal basic income (democratic candidate Andrew Yang’s proposal): there’s nothing like stock market in free fall, sudden tax-base of zero for the whole nation, cities that can’t even afford garbage pickup much less run a jail or courtroom, oil below $20/barrel ($50 is the break-even point for profit), widespread death and panic, alongside global supply shortages for necessities and no labor force to draw from, (etc. etc. etc.) to get the attention of entrenched power-monopolists who are facing re-election in a few months! Did you ever read the Ayn Rand novel 'Atlas Shrugged’?

As it turns out, the 1,200 dollars the politicians have promised to every man, woman and child will only amount to 600 for me. Discount prices for discounted citizens. Not that impoverished citizens without jobs or healthcare would need it anymore than those with healthy savings and insurance (and extra stockpiles of toilet tissue), mind you; it just shows you how carefully they have considered all angles of yet another slap in the face. Perhaps the new norm is just the same old norm only more of it.

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When we consider the Malthusian bias of principles versus volition, having been thusly directed into a faith of reason, that Matter is Alive and Order is Social, we must accept a similar confidence that willful beings are trustworthy, adjusting our discretionary judgments accordingly.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Human Nature shapes and designs its environment in new ways which bring meaning and utility to the service of our needs, whether practical or aesthetic. The ability to see the big picture, to assess relationships, and to discover significance is what makes art the alchemy of our future. R-directed thinking is interdisciplinary and holistic: it is a Renaissance Perspective which Integrates technology, cognitive science, utility and beauty, bringing Human Consciousness forth into New Frontiers of expanded evolutionary excellence.

And there’s more: this New Consciousness exists Embodied within the new Designer Environment, co-recruiting the spontaneous improvisation of problem-solving resources with the maximum efficiency and lowest expenditure of energy. We are co-evolving along with the surrounding context of our own creative designs. Human cognitive function has now grown outside of our individual heads to become embodied alongside us in the participatively reciprocating millieu of our Cultural Objects.

In such Living Entification as this, it will be essential that Holistic and Integrated Ecology of Form and Structure be taken into account and the greatest care be lavished upon the ultimate sensitivity of our ongoing structurations; for every actuality is now an influential contributory to our health, livelihood and well-being. The Magical Paradise has Evolved and we are now the Chief Earthly Stewards of all that we see before us and whatever is to come.

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A Transitional State
In the Old Millennium, there is a Previous History and all of its complex interrelationships, which comes piling up to the Brink of the New Dimension, then stops abruptly; followed by blank space. We are well into the blank space now.
This demarcation forms along the boundary of the Old Dimension and shows very clearly that we have entered a New Dimension with no particular precedent. The reason for this lies in the New Consciousness, and the New Consciousness is an attribute of the New Human Being.
There is a New Species of Human Being walking on the Earth in These Times, for they are New Times as well.
Unrecognizable Novelty
The Old Majority will look upon these statements as mere allegory, and they will have to, because they are not able to conceive of the New World nor are they able to recognize the New Consciousness with their old familiar patterns of thinking. Nevertheless, The Earth itself has entered upon a vast transformation and sweeping changes have come upon all of her inhabitants. We are not what we once were.
The Old Consciousness is not able to Perceive or Recognize the New Consciousness because of its radical advancement and, truthfully, the New Consciousness can barely relate to the old primitive mindset anymore.
DNA Activation
Initially, our Human DNA was the director of our Fate; causing our health or disease and either fitting us with advantages wherever we competed or limiting us wherever we failed (Darwinian genetics). Then it developed to become a co-partner with us while expressing tendencies according to our interaction with our environment (epigenetics). Now our DNA has been Activated and it sits waiting; waiting to build whatever we should so choose to build; but waiting all the same, because we have not recognized our new role of Leadership in the Matter.
Runaway Vehicle
And so the picture is this: there is a Stage-coach with people riding in it. It is drawn by powerful and spirited steeds. But there is nobody holding the reins, so it is careening across the uncharted countryside at breakneck speed without the slightest hint of direction or purpose.
The Steeds are the Powerful New Engines which are driving us into the Future. The Coach is our New Body, complete with Active DNA. The Countryside represents The New Dimension we have entered. And the people inside the Coach are us: the New Species of Humanity.
Quantum Evolution Differs
In the Old Dimension; we would have felt our way into the New Dimension via Darwinian Evolution. The ride would have been much slower and we would proceed by the safe eventuality of trial-and-error learning experience. These are the New Conditions and the Old Methods will not serve us anymore. In the New Dimension we are Quantum Jumping through Unknown Portals into Altered Time and Syntropic Spatiality. We are profoundly unfamiliar with the New Topography.
Someone needs to take the reins and guide the Vehicle safely to its Destiny. But who? Who can say with any sincerity that he or she is an expert on the unique novelty of the New Dimension and its New Species of Humanity?

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Stress and Fatigue
The Earth and all who live in it are a part of this utter advancement. Those who choose to swim backwards against the tides of change will become exhausted in their vain efforts towards regression and be swept along with the prevailing currents regardless. But those who elect to ride the wave will advance easily, in almost infinite ways, and experience fulfillment while having fun.
At this point in time there is stress; many humans are feeling stress and fatigue during this stage of the transition. That is because the Stagecoach is bumping along through the scrub-brush at breakneck speed without anyone in the driver’s seat. There is a lot of careening and quite a bit of emotional concern; folks are hollering and there is a lot of unnecessary noise and finger-pointing. These represent Old Conditioned Behaviorisms and Complexes. Stress and anxiety are not the ideal prescription for health and wellbeing. Nor is scornful reciprocity the foundation of unified communities.
Benevolent Domain
Fortunately, we have not been abandoned without any help. There are Guides with Experience and Wisdom who can help us make this crucial passage in these important transitional times. These Guides are in fact the Original Engineers of our previous conditions, the conditions that we have rapidly outgrown, and are proud to assist us in this New Phase of our Evolutionary Advancement. They have helped us in our Past and they stand ready to help us Now.

The Wisdom and Experience of our Benevolent Guides can ease this Transition without wrecking our nerves and bruising our bodies; but only if we look to them for the help that is freely available. Being a New Species requires a New Consciousness and we must expand beyond our rustic and primitive thought-patterns, if we are to survive.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Assemblage of Machines
What is the Self? Until recently, it was presupposed that each of us had a coherent Self; something essential and permanent which made up the kernel of our Personality. It was thought that this was the True Being within us which maintained continuity throughout all the vicissitudes and impermanence of Life’s evanescing changes.
In modern Social Thought, such a being is largely dismissed as an ideological fiction in favor of a more Behavioral Assemblage of Complexes and Histories. So we have lost the notion of our True Self but we now project that notion upon a Coherent Continuity of Behavioral Complexes. We have become a post-modern Assemblage. Some are even referring to our Self as the Robot.
And why not? If we take a look at the 72 year cycle of Fractal History, we find that the looming contemporary phase is Machine Learning; AI and the Singularity. Humanity is crowded around the smart-phone, breathlessly awaiting the announcement of Machine Intelligence.

Terrifying Event Horizons
What does a Behavioral Assemblage of Complexes look like when we open one up and peer inside? We would see the Neural Networks of Operant Conditioning as they have wired together in Crystallized Learning Patterns derived from the Information Saccades of our most Terrifying Event Horizons. Personally speaking, that is, for each one of us.
Neurons that fire together, wire together. And especially when our objects of Interest are first-person-shooter games, feature-length Epic Adventures, and 24-hour News aggregation. These are all being compounded by the Rewards of Gamification, Socialization Media, Political Propaganda, and the fact that Fear sells. Our neurosynaptic Construction of Social Reality is precognitively Conditioned by continuous post-modern information signals.

Self-Driving Autobots
What are we trafficking in these days? There is a sense that in the modern world we are able to hack our own consciousness, to manifest thoughts. If the vast tangle of interconnections inherent in our neural structure resemble highway and transportation systems in the urban megalopolis, then contemporary Behavioral Conditioning has turned us into Self-Driving Cars.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Early Adapters
Humans have excelled in adaptation to their environment for at least 300,000 years. In fact, possibly better than many of our animal peers. We have certainly helped ourselves in our own cause by the dexterous use of tools as well as diligently reshaping our environment to better suit us.
We have been Scientifically taught that our Darwinian genetics adapt to our natural environment (via natural selection) typically over the course of many thousands of years. Modern research is uncovering examples of very rapid Selection; in some instances, almost virtual immediacy.

Frugal Genes
Humans carry a more frugal set of genes compared with, say an earthworm. Current scientific thought attributes this to the ability of Humans to employ epigenetic expression more adaptatively.
The early Anthropocene changed very slowly prior to Human technologicalization of their immediate surroundings. However, the pace of technologicalization has increased frenetically to the point where it is now startlingly Red-Queenish.

Trans-Ribonucleic Expression
Throughout this process, Human adaptability has kept up quite admirably. The continued ability of Humans to adapt at the current unnatural pace of advancement indicates that genetic selection has advanced to include trans-ribonucleic means of expression.
And why not? We have already noted that extended cognition has transcended the mere bounds of the Human brain; even to the exteriorization of Consciousness: beyond the nervous system of the Human body.

Trans-Individuals and Exogenous Reflexivity
If Whitehead is correct, it takes no stretch of the imagination to find that there is a Process Mind (or Minds) operating well outside of the individual cognition. This implies that Social Function may be more a matter of Extended Agency than of Individual Agency.
Extended epigenetics will turn out to redefine the gene as exogenous reflexivity at the trans-individual level as well.


The Living Agency
All of this points towards a deeply meaningful Truth: that Sociology is Alive and Social Functions are Living Beings, not mechanical activities that emerge from the clanking machinery of interpersonal reductionism.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Constructive Constitution
As C. Wright Mills noted in his book, ‘The Sociological Imagination’:

“Individuals, in the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious of their social positions. Within that welter, the framework of modern society is sought, and within that framework the psychologies of a variety of men and women are formulated.”
Of course, we now understand the extent to which the Social Construction of Reality affects us. This is a great cause for hope, for Construction is a modifiable pursuit.

Fluid Machinery of Sociological Transformation
As we have seen in Philosophy and Psychology; Perspectives, Frames of Reference, States and Doylies (the nuts-and-bolts of pattern building Mindsets) are able to be worked with and Transformed; that they often are left-overs and no longer suit the needs of the Citizen in the achievement of her goals or the satisfaction of his Beliefs, but can be up-dated and changed to work Beneficially and far more Efficiently (and Effectively).
So It is the same with these Perceptions, Mindsets and Pattern States of the Sociological Doylies. The task is to determine the workings, the Social Machinery, and the manner of Harmonious Workings in the Fluidity of Transformation.

Personal and Historical Biographies
Mills goes on to say that every individual lives out a historical biography and that he/she contributes to the shaping of Society and his/her moment in History by the very fact of living within and being a part of it.
These are the same Concepts applied by Jungians to the Journey of the Soul in the Development of its Character within the Context of its Plot and sub-plot. The Sociological Imagination applies this a little grander at the Collective scale.

Creative Intrapersonal Illumination
We have come a long way in Jungian Archetype and the Hero’s Journey; Transpersonal Psychology; and the 'Mechanics’ of Personal Success and Happiness. We are now upon the threshold of a new and exciting Frontier of Creative Sociological Illumination which stands ready to cheer the Hearts of all Mankind, bringing Joy and Satisfaction into our very Future.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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In so many ways of late, Science has been finding that we are a Universe of Self Organizing Automata, which grows and develops into Complex Systems of Interrelated data; Aggregates of Informational Architecture in a Social Milieu. In this model, Consciousness is an ambiguously related spin-off, the flagship product being non-thought cognitive sub-routines and neural circuit processors. The New Psychology then, being a Science, allows that our Personality is Constructed from the assorted patches and modules that run our prehensive application menu.

In such a case, our Perception is controlled and governed by the interpretative screening of these filters and the limits of their capacity to model. Object Oriented Design gets trumped by numerous other factors such as bandwidth, driver up-dates, wet-ware version, user interface, affordability, and other such factors. These chain-of-components considerations almost assure us that our operating system becomes one-of-a- kind. If this is so then we are only modeling the image of our filters rather more than any object of our attention. And lo, the cutting edge of today’s Science confirms that all we are really able to Perceive around us is an Image of the Reflected Model of our components and filters.
So we go through life, joyously substantiating the confirmation biases of our Self-Reflected Interior. Well and Good. Now the question arises: In what way can we find that Sociology Reflects the Self-Referential Truth of Individual Agency.

Sociologists are in the practice of searching out Patterns in large scale Behavior. This often involves analysis of broad data sets: we are looking for Social Structure in Large Scale Patterns (among other things, of course). This type of Architecture represents a Macro-level view of Social Phenomena.

Although we may find Large Scale traits, we will find Self-Reflexive Truth at work in the Doylies of the mezzo-persona of the Individual Agents. If we are finding the Mechanics of Individual Agency operating at the level of the pre-conscious Neural Machinery, and Contextualizing it within a Social System, then we are at the very least looking at things from the mezzo-level of Social Phenomena, and then juxtaposing Reflexivities with the macro-phenomena.

At this point we are asking: where is the seething Complexity of Emergent Self-Referentiality in the vast, churning confluence of Sociologistics? And here things take a rather surprising turn. The question now becomes (as in Physics): what is the smallest unit of Sociological Fact that we can legitimately measure?
The standard unit has classically been the unit of the Individual. In our Legacy Sociology, there hasn’t seemed to have been much interest in proceeding past the Individual Unit and even at that, we needed at least one other Unit and some Dynamics to peak the interest of the Classical Sociologer.

But we can go much smaller than that, for Individuals are Constructed of Infinitesimal Particles of Social Reality. Even our Personalities have become the Biographical Summation of our own Neuro-Synaptic sub-plots and the Neurotransmiting Actors of whatever Scene they are currently Performing.
And Behold, within a few meager steps downward, we are miniaturized to the Quantum level of Social Reality to find Self-Referential Belief emerging as our immersive micro-partner. When Social Construction becomes a Self-Referential Image of our data modeling, then it has become a Mirror and in the Self-Referential Circuit of Knowing/Acting and World-Making Autopoiesis is Reflexitively Social.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Human Nature shapes and designs its environment in new ways which bring meaning and utility to the service of our needs, whether practical or aesthetic. The ability to see the big picture, to assess relationships, and to discover significance is what makes art the alchemy of our future. R-directed thinking is interdisciplinary and holistic: it is a Renaissance Perspective which Integrates technology, cognitive science, utility and beauty, bringing Human Consciousness forth into New Frontiers of expanded evolutionary excellence.

And there’s more: this New Consciousness exists Embodied within the new Designer Environment, co-recruiting the spontaneous improvisation of problem-solving resources with the maximum efficiency and lowest expenditure of energy. We are co-evolving along with the surrounding context of our own creative designs. Human cognitive function has now grown outside of our individual heads to become embodied alongside us in the participatively reciprocating millieu of our Cultural Objects.

In such Living Entification as this, it will be essential that Holistic and Integrated Ecology of Form and Structure be taken into account and the greatest care be lavished upon the ultimate sensitivity of our ongoing structurations; for every actuality is now an influential contributory to our health, livelihood and well-being. The Magical Paradise has Evolved and we are now the Chief Earthly Stewards of all that we see before us and whatever is to come.

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What is Metaphysical Qabalah

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The following was found from one of our old websites going back to (2012):

Metaphysical Qabalah is a practical thought technology which enables you to target any type of objective with the confidence of exact and precise results.  It works no matter if your goal comes through the conscious or sub-conscious state.

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Welcome to Metaphysical Qabalah, a Spiritual and Educational Organization located in Greensboro, NC. Metaphysical Qabalah holds classroom sessions on Sunday afternoons (see schedule) that explore the practical aspects of Esoteric Spirituality in modern society. We invite you to attend!

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Deep Ecology and nonlinear dynamics

To address the complex nature of living things, scientists and mathematicians have developed a body of concepts known as non-linear dynamics (or complexity theory). Non-linear equations were resistant to solution until recently as high-speed computers have been developed. Now, with modeling and  other novel techniques, a new and exciting science has emerged.

Deep Ecology

Concurrent with (or perhaps because of this), new disciplines have come forth such as eco-psychology, eco-feminism, and of particular interest to us: transpersonal ecology and social ecology.

Concepts  associated with these might be expressed in language such as phase portraits, attractors, bifurcation, and fractals.

Important to these new disciplines is the extension of the conceptual into the domain of physical space and matter. The dimension of Time will be found to be symmetrical, with material causality operating from the historical present and projecting causality forward in time, while consciousness and intuition will be retro-causal, pulling us forward into the future via intangible backward in time poiesis.

Thus systems are not as self organizing as we now believe (but are self adjusting, at least in the sense of a living self who is sentient). This, of course, means that systems are alive. There is still a major role for the observer yet there will be found a plurality of witnesses which constitute, as it were, interconnected societies of observers, nested within communities of systems.

It also implicates matter in the sociology of life, meaning in other words, that matter is alive. Distinctions like ‘organic and inorganic’ will become irrelevant because everything is organic, Processural, dynamic and evolving… and conscious. Physical matter will be described as semiotic information just as the current notion of assemblage will transform to include systemic organs.

The grand purpose of social design will be to facilitate low-imprint and sustainable communities that nurture nature’s true way and her ability to support and sustain life. Nature has developed finely tuned principles that contribute to the health of her web of life and sociology must rise to the occasion and lead our society and its legal, political and economic structures toward harmony with this cosmic reality.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Pixel Hat’s Mulberry Tree at ‘the Park’ I remember exactly when and who it was that taught me that haunted song. It was my earliest (and best) nursery school: Becky’s in Greensboro NC. Becky was pure ‘Thelma and Louise’; she drove a red Cadillac convertible as an accessory to her shiny black hair and fair,…

Pop Goes the Weasel was originally published on Pixel Hat

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Fancy Carved Chairs (pair)

Here are some fancy chairs for you; just right for that hard to furnish focal point. We don’t ship these ourselves, but will help if you make the arrangements. We’d love to have you come by (and pick them up!).

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Apothecary Case

This is a slim, smaller version of the large cases found in old apothecaries. This one is in nice condition.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Large Ornate Chair

I’ve heard chairs of this type referred to as ‘King’ chairs (there is a smaller one like this known as the 'Queen’ chair)

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Old Radio

Old Timey Radios (two are shown: the large ones); actually all the old radios shown in the picture are available.

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crispymiraclestarlight · 2 years ago
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Old Timey Dental Apparatus

Caswell Faire is always on the lookout for unique and hard to find items. In this case we have gotten our hands on some kind of…

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Campaign for Esoteric Literacy

Campaign for Esoteric Literacy

Welcome to the Campaign for Esoteric Literacy! This project tackles the growing backlog of Metaphysical Qabalah’s super-extensive archives. You know, we’ve been at this for the last decade now and our archives are bursting at the gills. We’ve got to do something to make these resources available to the public.

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