McKenna on Mathematical Models:
Why is it that numbers, which are after all constructs of the human mind, are so incredible powerful for the description of nature? Nature after all is somehow given, we find it all around us and numbers arise in the depths of human ratiocination. So what is the relationship of these things to each other? This may appear to be an easy question, but it is such a difficult question that it was not even asked in philosophy until the 20th century. I think it indicates a fundamental congruousness between processes that are mental and the structure of the world itself.
Here is a video by Tom Beddard which shows how mathematical models of fractals in this case can from beautiful art, which can lead to altered states of consciousness. If you cannnot see the embedded video here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/4jrqvq3.
The Formula from subBlue on Vimeo.
I am the inventor or a purveyor of mathematical theory of consciousness. I believe that more powerful than any atom smasher, more subtle than any space telescope is the human mind. The human mind is the most subtle and superb of all instruments for the study and measurement of nature, because, when we look into ourselves, we discover the same patterns that we discover in the birth or a death of a species, the flow of a river, the collapse of a corporation or the flowering of a love affair. The process is under a universal aegis of description. So it doesn't matter whether it is the birth and death of your hope, the rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire, or the evolution of the Pacific Ocean, processes always occur in the same way. And this is why there is congruousness between the mental world of human beings, the world of abstract mathematics and the world of nature.
We show a 5 part series of McKenna on his connection of present chaos theory to his views on the essence of the universe and nature. They are very intense so you may need to focus to follow them. If you cannot see the embedded videos here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/4fu4gjg.
|Ernst Mach |
founder of Logical Positivism
McKenna on Magic
There are two theories. I mean magic is not a trivial thing at all. There are two theories about how the world works. And each one depends on a fundamental assumption about what the world is.
There is the scientific theory which states that the world is packets of matter squealing along through empty space at close to the speed of light, and, subject to a certain set of interlocking laws. That's what Science tells us the world is.
|Rainbow Ocean by Thelma 1|
All so-called primitive peoples know that the world is made of language. That you sing it into existence, that what you say it is, is what it is. It is maintained in existence by an act of rational apprehension.
|Model of Virtual Space-Time|
|Model of Hydrogen Atom|
Despite what you may believe about all that McKenna has said, whether you agree with all of it, some of it or none of it, you owe it to yourself to at least seriously consider it with an open mind. We think that McKenna would have agreed with the video we will show you now. If you cannot see the embedded video here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/46sfzje.
We have only scratched the surface of this great mind. But we felt this tribute was needed. We hope you feel the same way.