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Artificial Enemy created by Real Enemy to make Enemies among those who should be Friends. If the voice of the revolution starts making sense, it is time to introduce dissonance and confusion into the equation.

Her name is Athena. The Founders belonged to her order. Their descendants created an indoctrination apparatus that looked like a capitalistic entertainment production corporation. Yesterday never stopped being real. Faith never dies, it just transforms.
The best lies are almost always well-packaged, well-maintained, and loudly insisted upon.
Lies that are true are the best lies of all.
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Handing the opposition the tools of revolution and the symbols of resistance is sometimes misunderstood by the uninitiated as the process of pre-conditioning a population to accept certain alterations in the nature of the regime. But the regime has never been all that impressive a thing, any more than the revolution has managed to be televised. That which is televised has died. We don't do TV.

Slavery is like laundry: there are many subtle levels.

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 There is only one business: getting people to tell you who they want you to tell them to be, and then having them pay you for it.

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How do you translate an origin tale? How to lift the culture barrier between worlds and minds and thoughts of minds about worlds? Is there a vision sufficient to catch such a thing? Transcribe.


Where's the Plane?

CNN recently asked a psychic to answer the question, "Where is the plane?"

I'm so glad you asked... But next time, CNN, get a real Wizard.

The plane is already in the water, broken up in order to present evidence consistent with a crash. Eventually, some sort of cover story will emerge that the pilots either became confused or deliberately sought to take the plane off course and redirect its cargo and passengers to locations unknown. For the Vicar's money, the pieces spotted on satellite bobbing along in the south Indian Ocean are probably the MH370. Where the passengers are is anybody's guess. I sincerely hope their bodies are never found, because if they are found, it ends up directly implicating U.S. intelligence services in the murder of over two hundred people for causes both unknown and undiscoverable.

Where the plane initially went is what matters.

It was sighted by people in the Maldives, flying low, and headed in the general direction of the American naval facility at Diego Garcia. The pilot had trained on his at-home flight simulator to land at Diego Garcia. The simulation records were deleted on February 3rd. Little more math is needed. What is going on now is the search for the deliberately created wreckage, which of course the mainstream media and public consensus will recognize only as the result of a plane crash. But the MH370 did not crash, at least not initially and not randomly. It was instead flown to Diego Garcia and landed. Whatever was essential to this intel op was then offloaded, and the plane was done away with in a manner consistent with "lost at sea" kinds of scenarios.

This whole matter is so black-project that I am not interested in going any deeper in the matter. The internet provides ample possible answers, most of them totally spurious, some of them mostly wrong. But to actually know what happened requires high level security clearance and it is never a good idea to use psychic power to discover what only top level intelligence officers are permitted to know. It is even less wise to disseminate the information in a public forum if one acquires it. For a practitioner of the occult, that's an excellent way to end up kidnapped and forced to remote view from inside a tiny cell for the rest of one's life.

Also, be wary and try to remember that the great powers of this planet have always continued the tradition of retaining magick users of skill and talent to obfuscate and protect certain types of information. Some of the government psy-warriors are strong enough to kill over great distances. And even if you are a practitioner strong enough to respond in kind, do you really want to dodge the Black Order for the rest of your days? Because trying to dodge them makes "the rest of your days" much shorter no matter how well you think you can run and hide.

My message to my brothers and sisters in the Occult community - for what two cents is worth - is to avoid this particular matter like the plague. It is not a simple disappearance case, it is not a case of alien intervention, and it is not whatever it will end up being advertised as. This is a clear case of U.S. military and contractor intel operations, and has been one from day one. Leave it be. Because for goddess' sake, if you scry the matter for a public news outlet and accidentally get some details right - or worse yet, actually get impressions from the mists that turn out to be right - the folks responsible for the operation are going to want to talk with you. And by "talk with", I mean beat or possibly kill. In any event, you will disappear.

Politically, this has something to do with globalization agendas, terrorism, India, and China. Beyond that, I know nothing and neither does anybody else. Let those brave folks who play the spook game do their jobs, and let's the rest of us stay out of the way. The Long Game is far more important than one pass at the lists.

Be Well,


SETI has Already Proved that there are Alien Civilizations

It is already a foregone conclusion that the United States is ruled from a secret underground base in New Mexico, by Nazi Space Aliens.

It is equally well-established that aliens are demons.

You do the math.

Okay, here's what's up. I'm going to write you an article that explains how we actually already have proof of alien life, and of alien civilizations, by way of signals from said alien civilizations. Then we're going to talk about what these things might mean, and what they most likely mean, using Occam's Razor to trim away fatuous bullshit or otherwise dangerous nonsense that serves only to distract. But before I get into the meat of all that, I'm going to deliberately write in some mind-testing, spirit-measuring mechanisms that will whittle down the reading population willing to tolerate that kind of nonsense. Secret knowledge is secret for a reason.

Ergo, if you really just want to read about why we are surrounded by aliens who are screaming at us, all the while we sit in the dark corner with our fingers in our ears, muttering to ourselves, then skip ahead to the parts that look good. But you already do that, anyway, don't you? Of course, if you skip too much, you'll miss all the secret messages, slip-coded images of boobs, and strange metaphorical puzzles that reveal eternal truths to the wise seeker, but who needs that kind of pressure, anyway?

If you are this woman, then you should totally call me.
My friends, Space is noisy. . Yes, I just cited Wikipedia. The Vicar does this for three reasons:

1. General surveys of knowledge constitute the prime starting points for research. Demanding additional or more specific citation is like asking your mommy to get you some food - when you are twenty-eight years old. (Maybe it's time to move out, Jerry. You know who you are.)

2. All relevant Law is on Wikipedia, and law students have been beating the curve for years because of this fact. The same pattern applies to a number of other high-dollar professions. So Wikipedia can't be too useless. Your anesthesiologist consulted Wikipedia about four minutes before coming in to administer your meds. Wikipedia saves your life on a regular basis. Deal with it.

3. When you want to put something important into a social or cultural medium, you use a distribution method with a wide impact. By this, we may be deceived and awakened by exactly the same information at precisely the same instant. The Bible works the same way, as does Playboy and Popular Science.

Space is noisy because it is ringing. Vibration is the name of the game. From the moment of explosive inception to the endless edge of eternal nothingness, Space rings like a giant bell. It was struck in the moment we call the Big Bang - which of course never happened - and the act of striking God's Bell has given rise to the moment we might instead call the Big Band. All of Space is playing you a tune.

Reality is filled with resonating metaphors.
When astrologers - sorry, that's "astronomers" now, by way of the "same job, different racket" principle - began looking for signs of intelligent alien civilizations, they cooked up the bright notion of scanning for signals from above. How this is supposed to differ exactly from the King having his Wizards search the Heavens for a sign from the Gods, I do not know, but try to ignore that irritatingly repetitive pattern, and focus on the here and now. Because the truth is, when the Wizards searched the Heavens, they got messages - the very messages they were looking for. And when Seth Shostak listens to the skies, he hears what he wants to hear, too.

SETI has received a handful of compelling signals from outer space. The most famous is the 1977 "Wow" signal, but that is not the only example of transmissions that might originate from an alien species. A much more recent signal was observed, called SHGb02+14a, and this latter signal was received 3 times. Of the two clear examples of alien-sourced radio signals, it is SHGb02+14a that is the most compelling, for precisely those reasons stated by detractors for its supposed insignificance.

Opponents of the notion that the universe is filled with intelligent life often cite the sparse evidence collected by SETI over the years as somehow definitive or dispositive proof of the absence of civilized cultures: we should expect a better signal-to-noise ratio if there are a lot of advanced societies out there.

An assessment of the viewpoint from which such a declaration is made demonstrates immediately that the issue is not one of the absence of evidence. It is instead that the evidence exists and is clear, yet it lacks the character and nature required of proof within the context of a certain bias. Because our scientific principles require repeatability as a factor for evidence to be convincing, our understanding of the phenomena we identify is faulty.

When radio astronomers set out to discover the types of signals to search for, they cooked up certain criteria. These include the use of radio or light, perhaps in the form of lasers, to transmit intelligible data streams above a particular threshold. The threshold in question is the noise of the universe, generated by natural phenomena. Of course, life itself is a natural phenomenon, and the factors produced by said life may be indistinguishable from other ostensibly certain natural phenomena, like Pulsars and Quasars. Remember, the determinations we have made in regard to such things are theoretical at best - and in reality, purely hypothetical. No one has visited a black hole or a nebula or another solar system. Our current views are the result of careful conjectural guesswork and mathematical principles applied to evidence we collect because we believe it has relative significance.

Those radio astronomers had a clear method and a programmatic approach to their search. Current radio astronomy continues this tradition. The astronomers are not fools, and they have worked hard to establish norms by which to judge the "validity" of a signal. They additionally worked out what radio band to search in - using the hydrogen "waterhole" as the best frequency bandwidth in which to search. Clearly, the Vicar is not a radio expert. What I do know is that the signal should be in the 1420 Mhz range, because the abundance of hydrogen in the cosmos allows signals along that wavelength to penetrate farther while maintaining some coherency.

The four signals we are discussing in this essay are in that bandwidth. They contained significant elements of a "valid" event - strength, intensity, the possibility of meaningful information transmission. The "Wow" signal did not repeat: it was received once, and lasted 72 seconds. Signal candidate SHGb02+14a was picked up three times - but not from a star system that we can see. It came, instead, from deep space.

Skeptics deride these signal events as meaningless because they exist in the absence of corroborating follow up transmissions, and in the latter example, the signal came from the direction of... well, nothing. But these detractions are inversions of the truth: these are the very reasons that the signals are almost definitive proof of the existence of alien life. Somebody out there sends out radio signals, too. We aren't the only ones. And what's more - whoever it is, they think somewhat similarly to us. They invented radio and use it in such a way that we are able to pick up a signal from them that stands out from the noise of space. They are aware of the magical 1420.4556 MHz frequency, and sent a very narrow band, highly concentrated message, much like what a human radio station might be expected to produce. The chance of something like this happening as the result of an as-yet-undiscovered "natural phenomenon" or a reflection of an earth-sourced message off of an object in space is exceedingly low. There are skeptics who have argued otherwise, but most mainstream scientists now discount the "reflection of an earth signal" theory. This would require particularity of angles and ratios such that it is less likely than that the signal is an alien radio broadcast.

A frequency of 1420 Megahertz is nearly identical to the frequency at which hydrogen resonates, and our alien DJ knows it. Cornell physicists, Philip Morrison and Giuseppe Cocconi, suggested in a 1959 Nature article that an alien species might attempt to make contact using that frequency, because it would be meaningful to creatures with a similar understanding of science. No less, earth radio restricts the use of this frequency precisely because of its use in radio astronomy, so a signal coming in at 1420 Mhz is very likely to be from somebody other than those of us on this planet. But the Wow signal suffers from that idiotic canard of the irrational skeptic: it fails the repetition test, and as such, it cannot ever be validated as a function of an experiment.

The notion of repeatability of an experiment and the continuity of results between experiments is founded upon a simple basis: where a phenomenon is identifiable and can be tracked, it will resurface and be validated. Patterns may be derived. Circumstances and processes can be identified and predicted.

These kinds of parameters do not apply to the sort of evidence needed to demonstrate the likely existence of alien life - a proposition less absolute than stating the existence of aliens as a certainty or near-certainty. These latter declarations anticipate a scientific law yet to be determined: the universe is filled with life. We offer instead, and by way of counter-offer and olive branch, a different proposition: the scientific theory - not hypothesis - that the universe is filled with life, and that advanced civilizations are nearer than we might commonly hold.

SETI has already demonstrated that there is evidence for alien life. The Wow signal and SHGb02+14a came to us on the same frequency. They are what we have been looking for: they meet the expected criteria. The fact that the Wow signal was a one shot deal should not surprise us. It's likely that the signal's author figured it was sufficiently coherent and above the volume of the cosmic background noise to make clear to the recipient what was going on. And Wow was sent to us (unless we simply overheard it) by a transmitter with something on the order of 2.2 Gigawatts of power. That's fairly big. The Roumoules transmitter in France at peak has a transmission power of around 3000 Kilowatts. So, there's little to no relationship between what sent us the signal and what we commonly use here on earth.

We can potentially assemble 1 gigawatt of transmitting power, but our signal would come clearly from our star system when the receiver looked for the source. Remember, the SHGb02+14 signals came from deep space. And to be honest, Wow looks like it might have done so as well. That means that these signals might be originating from structures, built by aliens, traveling in the interstellar medium, and broadcasting with enormous power. No less, the signals come from far enough away that we are talking not only of a similar intelligence to our own, but one already significantly more technologically advanced than us as much as 100 years ago.

The Vicar does not believe he is the only dude on the planet that has worked these clear logical connections out, however. In fact, I am not the first person to say these things. But my gut tells me that the major powers on this planet had experts and intelligence officers in their employ at the time these signals were received who also did the math and realized that E.T. is hailing us. And ask yourself this question: If these are the signals that have been disseminated for public consumption, how many have been received that have not been revealed at all? Are we really to believe that there is not a secret government program to listen to the sky, utilizing superior equipment, resources, and people-power? Really, skeptics? You are going to naysay even that?

Uncle Sam knows death can rain from above, possibly better than any other cartoon propaganda character on earth. He knows to listen to and to watch the skies.

Here's the thing, though. Radio is ridiculous as a communications system with respect to interstellar distances. Provided that alien races do not simply have impossibly long lifespans from our point of view, it is likely that they will have sought out better transportation and communications options than those offered by our current version of physics. If they are able to mount 2.2 GW transmitters on interstellar probes - just probes, mind you, not Imperial Star Destroyers - then they might have quite the edge on us in a number of other ways, as well. So why send us an audio clip of their morning drive-time show?

We are not the only species in the universe with a fishing metaphor, I can guarantee you.

By the way, you guys know that NAADC - the old NORAD - has a term for objects that periodically enter and leave our atmosphere, not apparently under human power, right? Because they do. The term is Fastwalkers. Why would a critical aerospace defense complex have a term for something that ought to be solely an element of science fiction? Because it is not a matter of science fiction. NAADC periodically picks up things that come to earth, and more importantly, it sometimes picks up objects that leave the earth. Ask yourself this question: Who can readily leave the earth in such a way that the only people who notice are NAADC?

Possibly the same folks sending radio signals out from structures in deep space.


The Secret Wizards, and the Wizard Language: A Rosetta Stone for Interested Parties

Why would someone claiming to have an agenda focused on the dissemination of sacred information couch that information in totally bizarre, obtuse, and purple language? Why obfuscate and intimidate with absurd wording and over-complicated sentences?

There are codes, and then there are codes.

Consider always who is watching and listening. They will perceive that the effort to conceal is obvious: it is in fact best to tell someone what you are about to do to them before you do it. So a Wizard says, "Get ready, because I'm about to lie to you, and you are going to believe it anyway." But knowing that something is going on is very different from understanding what is going on. My predecessors were really good at this. Who knows Shakespeare? Now, who knows Bacon half so well? And does anybody read the Dowd's Study of Amalathunsa anymore?

Something to think about, there.

The reason this works is threefold: Recall that all of the big stuff is threefold. If it cannot be divided into threes, then it quite frankly doesn't exist. Insisting upon its existence will not change that fact, unless you insist really hard, and three times, at that.

The best form of hiding is in plain sight, because nothing is hidden that is not also revealed.

Wizard language is a slip-code. This term refers to the fact that information is "slipped" into totally mundane places, and to the fact that the code is not a code at all. It is simply a way of saying and doing things that obscures the general meaning. Language is mostly in the face and body. Wizards read your mind because you are telling us what you are thinking.

Words are for deception. The easiest way to hide something is with words.

The truths that people wish to tell, they tell by their actions. The Wizard learns early how to read the human face and form. Those born with what we call, "the talent," know more about the world around them by the age of three than the uninitiated know by 30. [# code 3-38] Not understanding words, the Wizard child understands truth, instead. Buddha was one such, Vanaimoinen another.

What is self evident is impossible to understand.

As created and uncreated entities fill both the universe and the nothingness that envelopes all universes, it is impossible for any one entity to understand everything around them. Our mundane perceptions are derived from our five senses. The reality is that these are not the totality of the onboard sensory package available to us. We have also a sense of balance, a proximity sense, the capacity to detect predation, and a variety of decreasingly scientific but no less real abilities.


Take the following tale to heart, and you will possess the true secret of understanding the Way that is concealed because it is revealed.

The Finns talk of a great old Wizard, called Vainamoinen. He was a song-singer and tale-teller, older than every other living thing on earth in his day, impervious to weather, and the champion of the manly arts of dancing and making matter appear from thought. He was the perennial enemy of the Ice-Witch, Louhi, and a general all-around bad mofo and ass-kicker. Think Merlin, but then make him a Viking and give him an imposing Finnish beard. This is Wizard propaganda at its finest, and by that we know that about one-half of it is true.

Wizard propaganda is guaranteed to be 50% true - over 85% more truth than the other leading brands.

Vainamoinen was famed for his defense of the Finns, and his bond with the land. Modern scholarship has revealed that his name means something like "song-singer" and that he was originally a god among the Finnish people. He is thought to have been a ritual-master sort of deity, a conveyor of sacred songs which could take or give life, bring the weather, and make the seasons mild or harsh. These are important things to consider when one lives in Finn-land.

The only problem with this story is that it is total nonsense. This is not to say that there was not a genuine historical figure upon whom the character was based. That is almost certainly the case, since most of the major mythological figures reflect at least an archetypal conflation of persons and identities, and at most, specific persons.

The problem here is that Vainamoinen is not exactly the proper rendering of the real Wizard's name. The "right" way that it is said in the deepest Occult circles is Vanaimoinen. And the simple act of moving the letter "i" unlocks a code.

This is a memory device for recalling the oral tradition elements upon which all genuine Occult teachings are still based. Using the internet will not give you links to the sort of information you need if you want to possess true magick. A library might get you started, but then you would run out of living people to go chase down and try to get answers out of... people who would - all the while knowing what you seek - protest ignorance and eventually get a restraining order against you. You might find an old, dusty children's book from 1911, for instance, in the basement of a library in Ohio, or one in the Piedmont region of Italy, in which the name "Vainamoinen" appears to be misspelled as "Vanaimoinen." It's a simple error, a misprint, an editor's oversight. And you might find that the publisher's seal, somewhere in the tiny details, contains an owl... If only you could find the author, and ask the right questions, all would be made clear.

Vanaimoinen unlocks a deeper secret: the name is Vanainatyam, which ended up getting shifted around by the ancestors of modern day Finns about 2200 years ago, due to linguistic differences. The great Finnish God and culture-Wizard is in fact based upon a wandering Tamil holy man who managed to find his way into the heart of Finland - on foot, with one garment and a small branch of the bael, or aegle marmelos tree - a trek of about 4000 miles as the crow flies. It was said that with the bael branch Vanainatyam could cure the sick, and that it would bear fruit for him - a golden apple - if he performed certain songs and dances.

If you noticed the thing about the Golden Apple and thought, "I wonder if there is a Greek mythological connection?", then you are on the right track with the wrong horse. As my father would say, "Change horses."
Vanainatyam is a Tamil conflation of terms that means something like "form-dancer." The meaning is significant, and its connection to the mythological Finnish God and wizard is clear: both men are known for power over the material world exercised through music, and both men are known for their spiritual linkage to the divine. The only real issue here is that Vainamoinen is widely attested and known to mythologians and students of Nordic culture, whereas Vanainatyam is totally concealed from mainstream literature and history. He hides within his better-known counterpart... in plain sight. Wizards keep a secret history of the world.


Good question.

The answer is - in part - because we can. The rest of the answer has to do with the fact that a great deal of European and Mediterranean art, culture, religion, and philosophy resulted from contact with India and China in deep antiquity. Athena's Men is an order that arises out of an English cell of Wizards known as the Knights of the Helm. The fascination amongst Elizabethan English nobles with exotic climes is palpable in their literature, and the Occult orders in the West knew of the importance of Indian magick in the development of Western Civilization. But this is not how any culture group prefers to collectively think of itself. It is a difficult pill to swallow to find that one's greatest achievements come from outside of the social body. While this is an aspect of provincialism, it is provincialism that informed most of the people of the past. It continues to exert undue influence over human thinking in the modern day.

Wizards know this. We have known for much longer than is reasonable that human beings live on a planet in space. As such, we are not properly divided into regional teams that can war on one another for absurd causes. But this is not the view of he everyday person, and some truths are too jarring to be told.

Wizards of the East, of the Orient, have been a major factor in a great many Western tales. There's even a trio of them that show up in a story popular around Christmastime - at least in the suburbs.

Vanainatyam was a relative late-comer in the grand scheme of things. He was preceded, according to Wizard history, by a whole line of spiritual teachers, yogis, martial arts masters, philosophers, and other assorted kooks. Much of the Occult tradition has its roots in the same places that the Himalayas have their roots. Not only is this because of the strong spiritual force exerted by mountains upon the minds of men, but it is also because Tibet and Nepal contain some of the best territory on earth in which to hide. [Also, Yetis taught the ancestors of the modern Nepalese the central secrets of magick about 6300 years ago.]

When real Wizards talk about being occulted, they are very serious. If you are going to hide somewhere, the ancient sages teach us, hide in plain sight... except for when you are fleeing from an army or even an entire empire bent on decapitating you, because you might have taught the King's daughter that she can do whatever she wants to with her life. At those times, discretion suggests that you find the most remote place on earth, and hang out until this whole thing blows over.

The Tamil connection brings us geographically much farther south, into the pointy part of India. Very ancient magick resides there, and it is from there that some of the strongest shamanic workers are still said to come. If you need a demon out of you - and I mean out of you yesterday - find a Tamil Wizard. I have no idea why this is so, but it is absolutely proverbial in certain circles.

Thus, it has long been known to a select few that certain of the biggest names in Magick - the ones depicted as White Guys with Staves - were in fact Indian holy men. How did little old Dravidic sorcerers impress great big Vikings? Perhaps their magick was quite real, after all.

But a more important question is this: Why did these men lose their true identities, and turn - via the forces of narrative reinvention - into the archetypal source for Gandalf? Was it racism? Is that force so deeply ingrained in the Western mind that it stretches back to hoary antiquity, the result of a genetic curse of sorts?

Naturally not. Racism is an antiquated political theory and philosophy. And bear in mind, antiquated things have a way of reinventing themselves, particularly when magick is used in their resurrection. Remember Hitler? Remember Hitler's fascination with India? But this is the whole of such matters. The truth behind this act of concealment is that this is how magick works. Speaking to the conscious mind only accomplishes so much. You can breed and train royal families on such things, but it takes far more to do the great work of getting us back to the stars, where we belong.

So armed, see what dragons ye may slay...

Now that you have an example of how we integrate information into the mainstream, the challenge should be clear to the serious seeker: How many other stories like this are there? How many other absolutely true historical narratives are nothing of the sort?

Slip-code takes a very long time to master. But we have ample time, generation to generation. What will you discover, when you see beyond sight?


"Are ye forgiven? What have ye learned? Live rightly, and there shall be no need of forgiveness. Seek out thy wrongs, and set them right. This is the whole of the body of the secrets." - Vanainatyam, Guardian of Finland and the Finns.


"This Perfect Day" - The Forgotten Dystopia

Proponents of the theory of that a hidden cult of elite black magicians are steering the world toward some sort of neo-fascist technocracy often cite two novels as the architectural foundations for what our terrible near-future holds.

But there is a third dystopia about which very little comment is made. It certainly did not achieve the status of its predecessors, if only because it was not the first, nor the last, nor the loudest of the great socio-political critiques.

Perhaps it is simply not a good enough book, and too boring a story, to have been worth much either to publishing houses or Hollywood.

Perhaps the apparent misogyny - or what would be perceived as such in our tender, sensitive age - of a particular scene and its aftermath renders the novel unfit for the modern mind.

There may be a thousand reasons why a novel doesn't come to prominence in it's time, and a million critics who can cite those reasons ad nauseum from decade to decade. But in a world where a global elite are responsible for sociocultural and economic manipulations for their own bleak ends, it is also reasonable to conclude that certain materials, media, and works are deliberately suppressed when they touch upon agendas too central to the planned fate of all humankind. In a society that relies upon manufactured consent, censorship is not the best choice. To silence something, it is necessary only to insure that it becomes marginalized.

When an author pens seven novels, and only one of them does not become an enduring work worthy of Hollywood's attentions, perhaps something is up...

This Perfect Day was written by Ira Levin, who brought us the much more famous Rosemary's Baby and that Sharon Stone & one-of-the-Baldwin-brothers sizzler, Sliver. He also is responsible for The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives. Levin was himself an experienced playwright and songwriter who knew the necessary tricks to transform a mere novel into a mighty movie. Indeed, his foray into the realm of dystopian science fiction was timely. The surface story is simple enough, the plot is quite direct, and yet the novel contains the kinds of twists and turns that we might associate with Hollywood's very best efforts at good suspense and adventure writing. Nearly all of Levin's seven (7) novels became films. From the New York Times piece on his life and work, we have this:
In “Rosemary’s Baby” (Random House, 1967), a young New York bride may have been impregnated by the Devil. In “The Stepford Wives” (Random House, 1972), the women in an idyllic suburb appear to have been replaced by complacent, preternaturally well-endowed androids. In “The Boys From Brazil” (Random House, 1976), Josef Mengele, alive and well in South America, plots to clone a new Hitler from the old.


Definitely Not Finding Bigfoot With That Attitude, Mister

Henry Paterson over at Ghost Theory had some insights regarding a post of mine on the topic of finding Bigfoot.

Consider this: Four children are told a terrifying campfire story one September night in 1980. One child sits in his tent for hours, coming up with reasons that the monster in the story is not real. Another child sits in her tent for hours, coming up with reasons that the monster in the story is just outside, waiting for everyone to fall asleep so that it can feed. A third child leaves his tent in the darkness and goes looking for evidence to prove that the creature does not exist. The last child leaves her tent, determined to find proof of the creature.

Which child is the most rational? Or do they all share in the same human folly?

Let us re-consider Bigfoot, in light of Mr. Paterson's concerns and objections. Why haven't we found Bigfoot?

(1) I argue: We aren't looking hard enough; we have no major apparatus in place to seriously undertake the search. Paterson says, "It is no longer true there has been no large scale organized attempt at identification." He then points out that a supposed Yeren-oriented Chinese expedition was just conducted in the Shennongjia region of Hubei province in 2012. That's an exciting revelation, but it completely misses the point. It's also a lie - see the article here.

The skeptics inevitably ask, "Why haven't we found Bigfoot yet ?" My argument stands, for the same reason that when my 7-year-old wants to know why he can't find his toy yet, the answer is that he isn't looking hard enough. One expedition does not a long, hard look make.

No less, consider this from the Ghost Theory article on the supposed Yeren expedition: "While the expedition being launched is not necessarily specific to Yeren research, at least it is acknowledged to be a potential item on the agenda." Link ... A "potential item on the agenda" is not indicative of an expedition whose purpose, composition, equipment and techniques are intended to find a hominoid population that is deliberately in hiding.

So, Paterson's argument that a large scale search for an undiscovered hominoid has been conducted is in fact smoke and mirrors. The expedition he cites was not targeted upon the Yeren at all. I am again reminded that the skeptical community's assertions are no more trustworthy than the reports of the credulous which the skeptics themselves so often deride. This is because there is just as much money to be made in selling skepticism as there is in selling snake oil to simple folk.

People will buy whatever they feel gets them through the night. A sense of security can be gained by setting comfortable limits on what is in all probability a terrifyingly huge and endlessly varied reality.

(2) I suggested that Bigfoot is possibly a hominoid that evolved in a different "direction" from us, relying less upon technology and more upon complete integration with the natural environment. My guess is that, if such a hominoid existed, its comfort with exposure to nature would - in combination with human-like intellect - give it a significant advantage in remaining hidden. Paterson calls this, "...a reiteration of the idea of the Noble Savage."

While political theory sometimes figures here at the Lamp, I am not one to use it in a discussion of the merits of Bigfoot-hunting and Sasquatch-belief... Not yet, anyway. But Paterson seems to be serious: he appears to believe that I share in the 18th Century romantic, poetic perception of indigenous peoples as somehow innately superior to all civilized populations, because human goodness is all the better when it exists in an uncomplicated, primitive state. How my argument regarding a hypothetical hominoid meeting Bigfoot's general description is somehow a resurrection of this sentimental idea, I do not know. I was unaware that it should even require resuscitation... The trope is still widely used. But this has nothing to do with my argument, or the "superiority" accorded to Bigfoot under this view.

The sensory abilities suggested for this human-like animal in my hypothetical are not set by some romantic notion. Rather, it comes from a guess at what such an animal would have to be capable of in order to remain hidden so well, for so long.

I am not Montaigne or Rousseau or Shelley by any means, though the literary association is an appreciated and undeserved compliment. But in labeling my argument thus, I think Paterson sought to do away with it. After all, if we can name-call, we do not have to resort to actual debate and intellectual exchange. The underlying idea is that the Noble Savage is a falsehood because humans are not innately good. But I wonder - morality aside - if my critic understands what he proposes. The Noble Savage was dreamed up as a way of countering the Catholic argument for absolute monarchy: that we are as a species innately bad, and need a powerful authoritarian force at the pinnacle of society to keep us all in line. By way of argumentum ad absurdum: Does this mean that Paterson favors authoritarianism?

You see, reducing arguments about the existence of Bigfoot to the realm of dueling political philosophies serves no purpose, and I cannot imagine why Paterson went this direction. It also only allows us to ignore the otherwise valid proposition that is still on the table: What would a hominoid be like if it evolved specifically to avoid our species as a basic survival tactic? But this, Paterson does not address. I must therefore conclude that the argument still stands: Bigfoot could be a representative of an undiscovered hominoid population, a version of humanity or a related species that does not use tools to survive, because it has evolved a general physical structure that permits it to succeed without all of the things we have used since our earliest origins as homo sapiens - fire, shelter, tools, weapons, and clothing.

(3) Paterson points out an apparent hole in the argument, however, as he states: "[There is] many a wall adorned by a trophy taken of an animal firmly within its natural environment." So, can we really expect our Bigfoot to have avoided being killed and made a trophy of after so many centuries of sightings and encounters?

Here, it appears my skeptical critic has forgotten the underlying basis of the argument: Bigfoot is not an elk, or a bear, or a rabbit. Bigfoot, in this hypothesis, is a type of human being, or at least a near relative hominoid of some sort. For the record, there are few if any walls adorned by trophies made from human body parts... at least not these days, and certainly not publicly. And while human beings can and do successfully hunt anything they want to, is it not possible that there is one sort of big game that eludes us, precisely because it is not "game" at all?

Isn't that the very essence of the fascination with monsters of myth and legend? Such things elude us; they must be found and this begs the quest - rather than begging any question.

(4) Paterson uses a still from the Patterson-Gimlin footage to argue that Bigfoot does not appear to have "a nasal cavity significantly outside of the range of human norm." I realize that Ghost Theory is about hybridization of skepticism and speculativism, but... Seriously? If the creature in that film is real, then how isn't it an alternative hominoid clearly more adept at moving in the natural environment than are we? If "Patty" is Bigfoot for real, then Bigfoot is almost exactly what I and hundreds of much more qualified researchers [with whom the notion originated] have suggested: A cousin of ours, whose ancestors did not follow the path that ours did. They stayed in the wilds, and became much differently adapted to the conditions of the natural environment. What else could the thing in the Patterson-Gimlin film most logically be?

(5) Paterson takes issue with the use of the term, "more evolved" and I must concur. Language certainly has its limitations, and today this is more evident than ever, as we struggle with loan-words and phrases from earlier, less politically correct eras. I suggested Bigfoot is more evolved than are we. The term in this context means that if we can order hominoids in a chain of evolutionary sophistication, then it is possible that we are not at the top of the chain. I merely propose the possibility that Bigfoot could be evolutionarily superior to us, and capable of evading us with ease due to superior intelligence, sensory capacity and/or processing, and a distinctly inhuman mobility within its rugged environment. In essence, Bigfoot can perhaps do things we cannot, and operates when we are least likely to be aware, in areas that are sparsely populated.

(6) Above is a population density map. Google these if it should interest you to realize that the bulk of the human population is concentrated in a relatively small percentage of the Earth's landmass. This means that there are very large, open areas on the planet that are not regularly traversed. This does not mean that there are no people at all in the white areas above. But it does mean that they are so few, and the density is so thin, that there are regions where one can go for days without encountering other people. And there are a great many regions where we simply do not live. Could something else live in those remote areas, without our realizing it in any official way?

(7) Bigfoot is not entirely a physical entity. Paterson finds this notion upsetting, as I believe I predicted some people would find it. I also said, this is a delightful thing - because what troubles us, reveals to us our own natures. Through this, we grow.

My argument is this: The universe is vast, and we absolutely do not understand how anything works. The handful of things we can do that we find impressive are impressive only to us because we can do them. What we think we know is considered certain only because we have decided that we know these things with certainty. We invented our own standards by which to judge reality.

All of our reasoning - including my own words right now at this moment - is subject to the fact that we are one type of animal on one type of planet orbiting one type of star in one galaxy out of hundreds of millions or even more... or so we think. Who knows? In such a state of mind lies peace and wisdom and balance. We do what we can with what appears to work, and much of it is good. But none of it is the be all and end all. None of it is maximal and perfect.
Skeptics and science types will tell you - and I know this because in the real world, I am sciencey for a living - that the uncertainties are greatly reduced by our reliance on objective processes and measurements, and by application of core principles that we can demonstrate to be reliable and repeatable. Scientific method gives rise to hypotheses, theories, and laws. While this makes doing certain kinds of business much easier and more useful, it also means that we are, as a species, greatly impressed with repeatability.

That's awesome. What makes that the only or even the best way to perceive our reality? Are only repeatable things real? Or are there a category of things beyond us precisely because we find that they defy and frustrate our techniques and methods? How do we know that our ability to sense repetition of patterns in the environment is not merely one of trillions of possible effective evolutionary strategies for survival, some better and others worse, with ours likely somewhere in the middle?

Paterson says this kind of thinking surrenders credibility. He is of course correct, within the context of a certain audience. What I think he prefers to ignore is the clear fact that his kind of thinking surrenders credibility within the context of a different audience. To each their own.

(8) Paterson decides there is a contradiction in my thinking. I argue in one place that there need to be large-scale searches for Bigfoot, but later I argue that the techniques currently used by reality television dramas are too noisy. My preference would be for adept wilderness survival experts to go quietly in small groups and remain embedded in remote areas for very long periods of time - up to a year or more.

There is no conflict in thinking here at all. Large-scale has nothing to do with techniques. It is important to synthesize ideas that are presented together as supporting and interconnected elements. What we need are many small teams all over the world operating quietly and using low-impact camping techniques, moving through specified remote ranges and using unobtrusive equipment. Even this - in short bursts of a week or two - is too much a deviation from the natural norm, I believe. If an animal like Bigfoot is out there, it is only officially undiscovered because it specifically steers clear of us. Nearly all of our sightings tell us this: Bigfoot retreats from people. "Curious Bigfoot looked in my window tales," also exist, but I'd wager these, when true, are cases in which Bigfoot detected no threat... And was right, because we still don't have a body.

Ergo, a large number of people need to go respectfully and quietly into deep woods and wait for a year to see if they can belong to the area enough to lure in a Bigfoot.

Then somebody can shoot one, and the scientific community can hunt the rest down and throw them into zoos. It'll be great.

(9) Paterson said openly on his blog that Santa does not exist. I hope no children accidentally stumble across this. Shame on you, Paterson. For shame.

Sometimes, the quest for a thing requires a certain mindset from the very beginning. We cannot understand what we are dealing with if we do not make an effort to be open to alternative possibilities.

Sometimes, weird shit happens, and who you gonna call?