“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Max Planck, taken from Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power, Penguin Books, New York, 1998, p. 398. Whose rules I gleefully break on every page of this book, probably at great cost to worldly success. So what?
I’m taking a great risk in exposing to a weapon culture the weapon/peace antinomy as well as the armchair and threat deterrent formulas. Why? Because these hypotheses outline the elements of a grand theory that takes into account social life, history and the human experience as a whole.
The social and political sciences, like their counterparts, rely on empiricism and positivism: the conviction that reliable knowledge can only be achieved by studying specific examples, habits and phenomena in isolation. As a result, social science is a patchwork of wishful thinking more or less vague, tautological and contradictory, offering less predictive value than a sloppy weather forecast. That always happens when human curiosity is repressed.
Social scientists would rather leave things the way they are indefinitely. They shun the means, motive and opportunity to confront weapon mentality and thus take it to pieces scientifically. Anyone who’d offer them the tools to do so, presents them with a fearsome challenge.
Whether or not the weapon/peace antinomy shows scientific promise, they reject it by reflex, out of torpor, trepidation and tradition (as if those attitudes had anything to do with the truth). They’d rather dismiss new ideas than study them: an acquired habit and a professional skill among scientific positivists. Failing to honor this censorship or accepting it with less than total enthusiasm, such decisions entail professional ostracism that would never happen in a universe ruled by scientific honesty.
What difference is there between religious fanatics and scientific dogmatists, apart from the all-probing police state and enhanced firepower that the latter may call upon to impose their reactionary convictions (soon aped by their religious contemporaries in Iran, Burma, Kashmir and elsewhere – since psychopaths will wind up worming their way into each and every creed, ideology, ethnicity and nation)?
I submit that the predictive value of this antinomy could outshine the sputtering candlepower of current models. I challenge my scientific judges to refute or validate it as best they can. We shall see if their “scientific detachment” is up to the task, or if they care about nothing more than the by-the-book conformity of their next research grant proposal.
I am forced to ask this question: why have the outcomes of 21st century scientific inquiry not kept exponential pace with the three centuries prior? And don’t hand me that “information revolution” bullshit. We have merely redesigned the wheel by mere brute reiteration for more perfect circularity than is necessary. The answer may well be for the reasons that follow.
The major difference between Learner science and the weapon version is that Learner science would embrace every new discovery and innovation, whereas weapon science finds new ways to enhance the threat formula and suppress other discoveries that challenge its status quo. Learner science will lead to abundance, while the weapon kind leads to nothing but more poverty, pollution and mental stagnation in exchange for more numerous and more powerful armaments.
As our prejudices grow more subtle, magnificent new discoveries will emerge. Learners should anticipate two breakthroughs in mathematics. One will clarify chaos theory and perhaps help determine the probability of unique events. Another, yet to be glimpsed, will reopen the Imperial Way with a rewrite of mathematics to simplify its mastery.
As things stand, a priestly elite of mathematicians jams powerful computers and thick academic tomes with formulae that only a token few can decipher. Their best efforts at quantifying reality generate a gross and sterile caricature of the natural world. The Imperial Way may blaze a more accessible trail through this intellectual bramble and Learners may follow it to their penultimate discoveries.
Knowledge-value transformed the world when reformers replaced the Latin Bible with copies written in the vernacular that laypeople could read. The Imperial Way may do as much for mathematics and popular science. Unprecedented discoveries could emerge from it.
Just as the printing press transformed human thought; cybernetics, virtual reality, voice recognition, abacus and micro-energy technologies (powered by sunlight or the user’s pulse and body heat) could free us from our worst mental ruts.
In addition, someday soon, kids will enjoy a digital game that teaches mathematics as addictive as a first-person shooter game. It will subtly lure them into learning math up to their highest level of competence. No more math drudgery, only games to play and skills to show off. Plus a fully numerate world a majority of whose people would be much more comfortable with math skills.
Despite weapon technology’s many drawbacks, it inoculated medieval practitioners against their worst superstitions. They were forced to edge their way along alarming ledges of science and technology while terrible gargoyles crept below. Indeed, they went too far. They warped into mere fantasies certain supernatural phenomena they could not find a use for right away, while they made more weapons and better ones from what was left.
In our era tyrannized by science, weapon technology has taken giant leaps so far beyond our understanding that they’ve baffled even scientific managers like Robert McNamara. Those quantum jumps threaten us with annihilation. Can you imagine what a megaton explosion would feel like, or how industrial civilization will react once there won’t be enough petroleum to go around (very soon)?
The science of biology is mutating from a “soft science” into a “hard” one because its researchers have begun to make horrific weapons from living tissue, just as older engineers managed to make them from inanimate matter.
For this reason, we should make our research more holistic and less reductive; refresh our inspiration with intuition, instinct, personal insight and primal memory. It is not a question of abandoning one school of thought for the other, but of merging them without doing harm to either and then institutionalizing this Learner merger.
Elegant new technologies may emerge from the intensive study of spectral color lines, of noble gasses that should be in our skies but are not, of auroras, static electricity and lightning.
Lightning energy is more abundant in the Tropics. Poorer nations could harness it as a rich source of energy for local development and export. This technology would favor the regrowth of tropical rain forests to farm cheap energy. Osmar Pinto, Jr., of the Atmospheric Electricity Group, Brazilian Institute for Space Studies, and other Learners of lightning should enlarge this area of study. Could these phenomena provide power for future cities surrounded by climax forest?
How can we call ourselves civilized while we make the air we breathe reek so terribly? Some obscure chemist could achieve immortality by making diesel engines less fetid and replacing internal combustion technologies altogether.
In the future, history mentors will demonstrate just how primitive we were, simply by warming up a few drops of diesel fuel in their classroom and informing their disgusted pupils that our cities stank this way day and night.
Poor Dr. Diesel cannot be blamed for the stench of his invention. He used peanut oil as fuel for his machine during the 1900 World Fair in Paris. He wanted to motorize every farm on Earth (African and Asian ones included), one hundred years ahead of time — the way Ford dreamed of selling cheap cars to the American masses a few years later.
In 1913, Dr. Diesel disappeared off a ferry between France and England. Foul play, no doubt. It was settled by Churchill and his cronies that new-fangled engines would burn toxic and expensive petroleum. They set the stage for the motorization of armies after disposing of his drowned body. The war fleets of major powers already needed fuel oil; now their armies would too. Let serious death dealing begin!
In 1913 as well, an American engineer, Frank Shuman, gave a field demonstration of solar-powered water pumps to Egypt’s colonial elite including Lord Kitchener. His machinery was remarkably similar to equivalents proposed today. However, World War I curtailed such developments for the next hundred years. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/11/sahara-solar-panels-green-electricity
Future Learners will devote whole semesters in college to their appraisal of our professed “sophistication,” and many more to explain our homelessness, plagues, famines and wars. Hopefully, they will never find satisfactory reasons for these sordid constants of weapon history. They may well conclude that those were bloody but inescapable stepping-stones to Learner transformation.
Ancient Indian Vedic texts drops hints about antigravity machines made of copper spheres inside which gyroscopes churned mercury. These hypothetical technologies are not so farfetched. After all, copper/mercury batteries generate direct current, and copper coils produce alternating current when wrapped around a magnet. Subtler interactions between copper and mercury may generate gravity waves. Could they result from the interaction of a strong, hydrophilic acid and a powerful hydrophobic base, magnetized to the same polarity so as to remain separate and spun up into colloidal suspension with a little pure water? Research of this type may prove surprisingly significant in the near future.
We must take care not to distort and pollute the very fabric of space-time with misguided applications of this new electrogravitation. Of course, our over-industrialized overpopulation has already sabotaged a global climate that had been optimized for human comfort; why not demolish space itself while we’re at it?
It might be equally useful to study super-sensitive orgone boxes whose walls are alternating layers of stone wool (fiberglass), steel wool and organic wool (cotton or lamb’s). For some as yet unexplained reason during the 1950s, science and justice hierarchs declared these experiments taboo. Backed by the full force of the law, they murdered the experimenter, Wilhelm Reich, in prison, destroyed his equipment, burned and banned his writings. Even in modern times, even in the countries calling themselves “free,” the Grand Inquisitor is but a brief phone call away. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/07/01/dr-wilhelm-reich-scientific-genius-or-medical-madman/
Nikola Tesla’s research underwent pretty much the same fate at the hands of the same kind of barbarian. After his death (assassination by the Nazi commando Otto Skorzeny?), the U.S. Government confiscated a boxcar full of his research papers, consigned it to temporary oblivion and then to Top Secret classification after World War II (sic) when it was pawed-over by Nazi scientists reunited in the U.S. under the auspices of Project Paperclip. Most of it has never been allowed to see the light of day since, and God knows how much of it was simply trashed, the same way his structures were.
Water is a substance so mysterious it seems miraculous. Its molecular properties contradict the basic attributes of other compounds. It seems purpose-built to support life and mandatory for its continuance: the constant companion of life, if you will. Or could it be that the great body of atmospheric and maritime oceans is the primary living being and we are but drifting biota, mere viral auxiliaries? What other properties could water hold of which we know so little? In what way could we improve our interaction?
Gerald H. Pollack, a professor in biophysics at the University of Washington, has released a fascinating book: Water, Energy and Life. His research appears to be groundbreaking.
From the little of it I’ve understood (I watched his Research Channel lecture in 2008, then read his book), water organizes itself into a highly organized liquid crystal (another physical state in addition to the four we recognize: liquid, gas, solid and plasma) along its interface with air or gelled acids, and retains a small electrical charge along this interface that can grow up to several million molecules thick. This "exclusion zone" is free of dissolved chemicals that remain dissolved in the water beyond the interface. It is maintained and grows thicker under the influence of sunlight or another source of infrared light.
Prof. Pollack and his team have achieved a 200 to 1 purification of water, merely by drawing pure water from within the interface and drawing off the mixed water into another container; the whole powered by sunlight alone without any other filter or barrier.
He hypothesized that primitive lifeforms may have self-organized within this liquid crystal interface. Other researchers have looked into the microscopically thin sea-surface interface with the air, which seethes with microbial life when humanity is not sterilize it.
These are preliminary results and I have probably not been clear. You should check out Google with his name or his books for more details.
Some researchers (carefully suppressed) have studied water’s unconventional properties of energy storage and propagation as it is driven and spun through special turbines. Their results so far have been almost mythical — radiating anti-gravity waves and other extraordinary forms of radiation.
Others have studied the healing properties of water flowing in mountain streams that pick up natural minerals as they dance down rocky slopes and suspend their solutes in milky, colloidal solutions with promising nutritional qualities. Other people have stirred batches of plain water clockwise and counterclockwise repeatedly, and thus created elixirs (adding nothing more than a handful of aged manure) with outstanding capacities to fertilize plants, attract beneficial insects and repel destructive ones, for the general health of the soil and its crops and perhaps the purification of tainted water?
In the early 1800s, electricity was a novel plaything for a few scientific highbrows with no practical application. Nowadays, industrial society could not survive without its direct or alternating flows across trillions of circuits. In the near future, novel forms of water energy may replace fossil fuel, nuclear reactors and other sources of electro-magnetic radiation that supply us with electrical current. Such new energy sources may be electro-gravitic, hydro-gravitic or some other hyphenated term surpassing current comprehension.
These new technologies will require intensive study. They are as unfamiliar to us now as electricity was to the wise men of the 15th century. At least they knew something about lightning, magnets and the static electric properties of amber and silk. It is on these points that we should probably resume our research in earnest — starting from scratch and trying to find fundamental insights they might have missed.
We know nothing of new technologies that may rescue human civilization. Their advent may require the removal from office of the greediest and most reactionary leadership in history, compared to which ancient despots were forward-thinking progressives. It is going to take a series of technological miracles, miraculous technologies and corresponding leadership to wean corporate/industrial civilization from the fossil fuel rut without starving and freezing millions, perhaps billions of people to death in the process — as their lights and heat go out and the supply trucks taken for granted don’t roll into town any more. The technologies we’ve relied on in the past will become secondary to new ones we can hardly imagine today, upon which the survival of human civilization may depend.
It’s time for fossil fuel and nuke monopolists to climb off the back of the scientific community. They must stop dictating what kind of research is acceptable and start sponsoring the next generation of technologies that will make fossil fuels obsolete — before those fuels run out and not after.
We should have taken up this task in earnest fifty years ago and come up with fully mature new technologies by now. It may be too late to bring them online before masses of people suffer from the failure of oil production, of fossil fuel technology and their timely replacement.
Those responsible for this delay will answer in person for every casualty their profiteering will induce. A planetary civil war may have to be fought over this issue — to their long-term woe, since the overwhelming majority will oppose them. They must change their minds radically and soon, and spearhead new research in alternative energy sources to avoid the fate that befell every grasping tyrant in the past.
The other alternative – the Mad Max, Road Warrior one of cultural, technological and societal collapse at the hands of a managerial class least worthy of that privilege – does not bear contemplating.
There are no bad troops, only bad leaders.
As it stands, we’re pushing the outer envelope of ecological stability and human endurance. That which current military-industrialists are trying to get away with reminds me of a joke I heard about a man who'd jumped off a tall building. As he fell past the twentieth floor, he was heard to mutter “So far, so good.”
“Wallace Broecker, an ocean circulation researcher at New York’s Lamont-Doherty Earth observatory, described the situation perfectly when he pointed out that ‘climate is an angry beast and we are poking at it with sticks.’” From Bill McGuire, “Will Global Warming Trigger an Ice Age?” The Guardian, 11/13/2003.
Another social experiment could plant the Olympics where warfare threatens to erupt. Today, we stage it in richer, quieter, better-policed cities where its peace potential is masked. Learners may use the Olympics to help smother local violence, the way the ancient Greeks did.
During these new Olympics, local warlords would be expected to uphold the peace under intense public scrutiny. They would become international stars if their efforts bore fruit, and pariahs if they did not. Athletes, sportscasters and spectators would have to live like heroes: in tent cities, under fire and dying as martyrs if necessary. During these events, reconstruction and reconciliation would be renewed with grim determination.
If these projects failed and violence persisted, a massive world embargo would follow. Locals would have to exhaust their taste for violence in isolation from the rest of the world and then return to reason. Mass violence might recede as world opinion frowned on any interruption of these sacred games. Once again, the Olympics would become a worship service for peace — not the meaningless spectacle we’ve grown accustomed to, of empty sports statistics, national chauvinism and mindless advertising.
Reactionary detractors could point to the 1984 Winter Olympics in the city of Sarajevo a few years prior to Yugoslavia’s brutal Civil War, during which that city was besieged, shelled and wrecked. Its famous cosmopolitanism has yet to recover. We might conclude that such a project would be worthless, based on the flawed model of Sarajevo’s tragic heroism. Latent ethnic conflicts were not brought to the light of day. No public debate sought conflict resolution strategies before warfare flashed over. These vexing details were drowned out in sentimental Olympic twaddle — only to re-emerge as preventable genocide a few years later.
Learner Olympics would aim for the exact opposite. Much more attention would be paid to conflict resolution and much less to mawkish sentimentality, sports babble and tawdry publicity.
Humanity’s energy budget grows by means of unforeseen new peace technologies, not just by putting more ground under the plow or blindly burning more fossil fuel.
Crop yields from experimental, Stone Age freeholds have matched modern agro-industry’s per-acre productivity without massive inputs of chemicals, mechanical soil destruction and super-inbred seed stocks. The secret seems to be a loving manipulation of the soil, handful by handful. Have you noticed how much more beautiful and fit a garden appears to be after it’s been gone over inch by inch by hand? It glows, almost as if it had been made love to.
That, plus the clever cultivation of underground microbes, carried out as rigorously as the historic one of aboveground plants.
Industrial crop yields, however, exhaust the soil’s natural fertility. Only religious applications of Findhorn-style, labor/microbe/psychic cultivation can increase productivity in the soil, yet require fewer artificial inputs. This form of farming is shunned by current agro-business, most likely because it is only practicable on small family farms.
We may resume the moderate consumption of wild game species. “Unimproved” wilderness supports wild herbivores much more readily than sickly, feed-dependent domestic varieties. Their predator-hastened hoof prints knead the soil to perfection and their wastes restore its fertility instead of eroding it as an artificial pollutant that eutrophies waterways. The native vegetation they feed on is fully adapted to local climes and indestructible by local pests, without any need for genetic engineering. We could make this hardiness work for us. New hunter-gatherer cultures could harvest wild resources within restored climax ecosystems. This might allow us to stop penning food species in factory farms.
It may be that eating farm-raised food livestock may become not only obsolete but taboo, and some form of vegetarianism, the nutritional norm perhaps supplemented with insect, microbial or lab-grown protein. In a generation or two, people could sicken at the thought of eating animal flesh, just as much as if it were the human kind.
In the meantime, modern science invites renewed disaster by attempting to reduce natural species into unique brand names. We can only hope this insane tendency is reversed.
Long-suffering Ireland – practically speaking, the first and last of Britain’s many abused colonies – endured its Great Famine during one of the first experiments in industrial monoculture. While British landlords exported Ireland’s diversified crops under armed guard, the sole sustenance of the Irish peasant, his potato crop, rotted away. Mass starvation ensued. In the 1840s, Ireland’s population declined by half through famine, pestilence and desperate departures. By the way, during the 1830s, more Irish soldiers had signed up for the British Army than English.
By prioritizing industrial monoculture and dispossessing farm families in the United States and elsewhere, we are setting ourselves up for counterstrikes of terrorist reprisal — not to mention massive increases of farmer suicides as the corporate consolidation of farmlands ruins freeholders across the planet. Worse catastrophes loom: crop-focused blights and pest pandemics, unemployment riots, food bottlenecks and mass starvation.
Farmer suicides have reached pandemic proportions in India, the USA and elsewhere on Earth.
The 1995 truck-bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building was due in part to massive bank loan programs had ruined many regional family farmers. Their lands were repossessed and absorbed into corporate holdings. The most desperate among them turned to extremist organizations for support. In turn, those extremists roused fanatical outriders like the Federal Building bombers.
A new field of biomimicry could spearhead Vedic-guided biotechnologies. Genetic architects will adapt corals, plankton, seaweed, lichens and algae to construction and manufacturing requirements.
Ultimately, tailored tissue communities could be cultivated into ready-made housing. Contractors could pour pre-designed organisms and nutrient solutions into forms similar to concrete pours. Those organisms would metabolize the nutrients, dry out and die off within a few days. The resulting “skeletal” remnant (something like the hard remains of coral, bone or bamboo) could provide:
· construction materials of exceptional strength and elasticity,
· devices with special optical, moisture control and other properties, and
· electronic circuitry of unheard-of complexity, delicacy and micro-miniaturization.
Several properties could be layered in the same construct using different organisms and nutrient mixes. Silkworm or spider clones might produce optical cable, new textiles and microfilaments of extraordinary utility. Accelerated growth organisms could replace milled woods and inorganic insulation in construction. Genetic architecture may revolutionize communications, cold fusion, biopower, sunpower lighting, thermal insulation and evaporative temperature regulation.
Innovations in molds, algae, lichens and fungi promise breakthroughs in pharmacology and food processing. The serious study of lichens has just resumed; its in-depth research may be crucial. Research in fungoid/algid communities may produce house-sized accelerated growths whose surfaces might be glazed with opaque chlorophyll layers, self-protected from ultraviolet and adapted to nutrition and housing needs. Just imagine; special panels on the walls of your breakfast nook might glow with bioluminescence and/or sprout tasty edibles for you to harvest every morning.
Tailored bivalves and other marine filter feeders will filter pollutants from streams and rivers as well as through newly designed urban fountains. Pure water may flow once again almost everywhere. Specially bred trees and bushes could soak up long-lived pollutants for later extraction and disposal.
In the future, people with green thumbs shall earn their keep much the way good mechanics and computer code writers earn theirs today.
A revolution in agriculture could replace many annual food crops with perennial ones. Nowadays, we plant agro-commercial seeds designed to suck the fertility from the soil (that necessitate the addition of tons of mineral fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides for less and less output). We harvest this monoculture by stripping the soil bare. Then we watch it dry up, wash out and blow away at irreplaceable rates. It’s no longer sustainable farming; it’s strip-mining of the soil.
Instead, we could assemble a community of perennial plants similar to the wild plant communities of the late Midwest Great Prairie. These aggregates would soak up more rain (lessening flood/drought disasters), ward off pests and restore the soil’s fertility in a natural way. We could harvest edible seeds from them on a seasonal, low impact basis. The rest of the time, they would be left alone to restore nature’s balance and thicken good soil dependably.
We can look forward to limitless breakthroughs in the biological sciences once we stop abusing laboratory animals as our primary research method. We have warped nature in our labs to conform to the mechanistic, reductionist prejudices that led us to commit ecocide in the first place. We are on the verge of taking those experiments outside the laboratory and back into the forests and fields that our lab-bred prejudices led us to destroy.
The inhabitants of rich countries are reversing their population growth with spontaneous eagerness, despite foolhardy delays by their leadership. Weapon mentors abhor this reasonable self-restraint. Despite GNP growth projections, a massive reduction in the human overburden is inevitable — voluntary, traumatic or a deplorable combination of both. The only population controls Learners will discourage will be those favored today: weapon decimation, mass neglect and public health incompetence, those will no longer be tolerated.
Even though Learners will accept sexual abstinence on ecclesiastical grounds, they will encourage other zero-growth trends. In addition to unlimited family planning everywhere on Earth, new Administrations will offer quality Learning, dependable social security, complete sexual equity and exquisite health care: far more effective stimulants of rational family planning than the pious babble of sexual neurotics.
New public health campaigns will range from washing hands more often, to cultivating household and agricultural pests as food items, to relieving pandemic sleep disorders, to perfecting micro-nutrition and improving hydration (drink more clear water and less of other things!), to much more drastic alternatives.
Weapon managers once sought to sterilize the insane, violent recidivists and carriers of inheritable diseases both genetically and sexually transmissible.
I hear you gasp and share your revulsion. In the future, eugenic interventions will be much more precise, benign and effective. Specific gene clusters that control unprovoked aggression, sociopathy and other behavioral diseases will be targeted, but sexual viability and individual desires won’t suffer in the process.
Critics of selective genetic programs point to the Nazis who tried them first. Their evil deeds confirm the immorality of selective genetics. The eradication of genetic abnormalities has gone out of style.
Meanwhile, the mechanical recycling of trash is still trendy. Everyone praises the idea of recycling. No one points out that Nazis were among the first to experiment with economic recycling in their concentration camps among their victims' possessions.
Actually (as usual) every army that “won” a battle practiced systematic recycling. The primary criterion of victory was to hold your ground on the battlefield, no matter what losses you took, and force the enemy to abandon theirs. The reward was more weapons and booty for the victorious army to recycle, plus the grievous wounded to mercy-kill or abandon and rotting corpses to march away from unburied for local civilians to cope with.
Time is running out for business as usual. We must clear many moral hurdles — and those soon. At stake is not the soggy conscience we get by passing the buck to elites for every new problem, nor the aphrodisiac sense of moral rectitude weapon shadists experience when they torment chosen prey without opposition. At stake is human survival. Global pandemics, mass starvation and sovereign ignorance are no longer “acceptable” and it is our duty to make them stop.
The wealth required to jump-start and rev up PeaceWorld will be at least ten times greater than that available today. Rich weapon states cannot amass enough wealth to improve a privileged minority’s Learning, much less that of their underlings across the board. It is only through global Learner networks that we will obtain good results in time.
I’ll admit that many countries have made dramatic improvements by subsidizing public education and other local peace functions. Unfortunately, no homegrown effort will generate enough wealth to meet humanity’s insatiable demands, allow it to leap for the stars and tend the natural world properly. The sum of these tasks, the whole world will carry out in concert — or no-one will.
If we get everything exactly right, nothing will re-trigger our battle reflexes. If we fail this last time to turn away from total war, it will overtake us with all the fury of its momentary frustration.