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"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." —Carl Sagan
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    Thoughts on Sound


    There is a lingering humour, a taunting presence in the mundane scenery of sensory experience. The glamour and appeal of natural sounds, and—sadly, misguidedly—the sacredness of human utterances—are all too often robbed of their magic and immediacy by the bullet-train of ceaseless categorization which takes place, as though driven by an unassailable force of agency, in that all-pervasive engine-room of the mind.

    Let me try to re-phrase this obscurity:

    The sound that resonates through our ears and into our hearts and minds owes its existence to the atmosphere. Meaning: sound cannot exist in a vacuum, due to the fact that it depends on the ability of unseen particles to vibrate in waveform harmonies amongst themselves. Our atmosphere allows for the existence of these particles’ vibrations by distancing us ever so delicately from the mute blackness in which we are framed. Our language hinges on the borders of soundlessness; our meaning floats atop an ocean of inarticulate possibility.

    We are ghosts within the machine, fragile emissaries of a cosmic imagination, whose silent searchings echo the poetry of soundless forms.
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    { What is emptiness but the home of possibility?
    What is fullness but the offspring of a void?

    Silence is the root of exposition
    While expression is the heartbeat of the unseen and unheard }

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    KRHartwig     Fri, Apr 1, 2011  Permanent link
    Beautifully written. Mankind can exist nowhere but within a closed loop, an environment that sustains us, both physically and spiritually. The boundless cosmos that frames our existence is, as you say, an ocean of inarticulate possibility. The key aspect of our future journey will be framed through our perception. Our closed loop environments will become mediators between our fragile lives and the inhospitable extra-terrestrial surroundings. Those designed environments render our perception of the true nature of the machine archaic.

    The Cosmos Through the Looking Glass
    Apollo     Sun, Apr 3, 2011  Permanent link
    I thank you for this thoughtful and poetic response.

    By 'closed-loop environments' are you referring to physical structures outside of our bodies or to our bodies themselves? It occurred to me while reading your comment as well as studying your posts on space habitat constructions that, fundamentally, there may not be much of a difference between the two.

    Also, I'm interested in your reference to 'the machine archaic'. What exactly do you mean by this?
    KRHartwig     Mon, Apr 4, 2011  Permanent link
    Closed loop environment: fundamentally any environment in which the exterior environment plays no direct role in the life-support of the system (albeit sunlight and cosmic rays enter presumably any structure). The idea however does not exclude the body from this analysis. Essentially our body is a mediator between our mind and the external, and the mind frames our perception.

    Closed ecosystems are essentially life support mechanisms in off-world settings. I.E.> Biosphere, the Standford Torus, Bernal Sphere, and the I.S.S < Our bodies cannot exist without these technological and biological structures being in place in inhospitable environments. The technological restrictions that these structures render upon us are generally in the way that they mediate our perception of the external environment. For instance it wasn't until recently that astronauts onboard the I.S.S. had a window larger than .5m diameter. There perception of the world and outer space was through a tiny looking glass. All other experiences were limited to EVAs (which occur through the mediated environment of a bulky and inflexible space suit) and interior life.

    The machine rendered archaic; the machine to me is the cycle, the ad infinitum. Our perception of this environment, the countless other planets and stars that we encounter (and perhaps life forms) will always be archaic so long as our inhabitation of those realms is performed through mediated environments. Our senses are limited and thereby many of them, such as smell and touch, are useless inside of a space suit. At this point we have a very biased perception of the universe as we are the only known creatures can recount and analyze its history. But we only look from one viewpoint, we are only one organism. Is this a barrier we can ever overcome? Will we ever discover the nature of the remaining dimensions or alternate histories of this universe? and will we ever unlock the secrets of the one we currently perceive?
    gamma     Mon, Apr 4, 2011  Permanent link
    Yes, the ether! ... Would it be interesting again to invent another ether? But, this time it would be an energetically inexpensive construct, functional and esthetic, for fun.

    Imagine that truths are untrue. So you look at the stars and you keep repeating the same convictions about the stellar physics, when one day you don't assume these things. Then you can feel the stars better and observe the observation itself. With it comes the secret parallel, the dark emptiness that you can see when you observe the act of observation itself. That is the other side, the hidden, autogenerated mental plane.

    The two perspectives then are the one that is perceived with the physical senses, and the other is the one that is created.
    KRHartwig     Mon, Apr 4, 2011  Permanent link
    The act of creating however is still an impression of our perception (as you say auto-generated) upon the physical universe. An interesting mental exercise is to close your eyes and imagine nothingness. Then place an object with in that. It's easy to imagine that object surrounded by space. Now imagine the space within the object. Once again fairly easy. But now try to imagine simultaneously the inside and the outside of the volume, or better yet, imagine all surfaces of the object simultaneously. Mentally I would argue most cannot perceive this.

    The fact that we cannot imagine distorted perceptions such as this is a result of our inexperience with encountering those situations in a physical, tangible universe. Therefore our impressions upon those environments (even if entirely unknown to us) are formulated through our archaic experience and observational techniques.

    The two perspectives, as you mention (the physical senses and the mentally created) are really tied into a feed-back loop of experience and perception. We perceive the experience, generate a logic, reinterpret our perception through an accumulated knowledge of experience, and then reapply that logic to new experiences. This is just my understanding of it, and I'm sure that there are many more perspectives to be added to this pool.

    Also I don't disagree with you, I just think your 2 perspectives are truly one in the same process.
    gamma     Tue, Apr 5, 2011  Permanent link
    The exercise has a good kick off with nothingness. I imagined a large bell with artistic relief in the unclear dark building with too much light from the fuzzy blue sky. I had a better luck with dreaming in the interior of the bell.

    Check this out.

    Magic Eye

    I woke and had this strange organic object in my hand. I had never
    seen anything quite like this before. It opened it's eye and looked at
    me and said: "How about an orange?"


    The two perspectives, as you mention (the physical senses and the mentally created) are really tied into a feed-back loop of experience and perception.

    I assume the same thing. I think that depending from where the tangible information enters the loop, we have smaller or greater chaotic effects as events on the mental plane. So the mind should be studied with the feedback dynamics.
     
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